This week’s topic is the Top Five Books with Books. Cue the dramatic music and get Leo DiCaprio on the line; it’s Inception week! (I am so sorry, I couldn’t resist!)
This was a challenging list to put together, but one I thoroughly enjoyed just the same. I’ve once again had to step a little outside my usual genre – and I confess I haven’t read a bunch of these books yet – but hopefully I managed to sneak a few hidden gems in there that will catch a reader’s interest. There’s nothing better than discovering a new book (or several new books, as is usually my habit) and this list was no exception. My only complaint is that now I have stacks upon stacks of books to get through! I’ll never shrink my TBR at this rate.
… Who am I kidding? That was never going to happen.
But enough of my terrible jokes; let’s get started already!
Top Five Books with Books
It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will be busier still.
By her brother’s graveside, Liesel’s life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger’s Handbook, left behind there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordian-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor’s wife’s library, wherever there are books to be found.
But these are dangerous times. When Liesel’s foster family hides a Jew in their basement, Liesel’s world is both opened up, and closed down.
It’s seven in the morning. The Bantrys wake to find the body of a young woman in their library. She is wearing an evening dress and heavy makeup, which is now smeared across her cheeks. But who is she? How did she get there? And what is the connection with another dead girl, whose charred remains are later discovered in an abandoned quarry?
The respectable Bantrys invite Miss Marple into their home to investigate. Amid rumors of scandal, she baits a clever trap to catch a ruthless killer.
Nina is an information broker with a mission–she and her team of mercenary librarians use their knowledge to save the hopeless in a crumbling America.
Knox is the bitter, battle-weary captain of the Silver Devils. His squad of supersoldiers went AWOL to avoid slaughtering innocents, and now he’s fighting to survive.
They’re on a deadly collision course, and the passion that flares between them only makes it more dangerous. They could burn down the world, destroying each other in the process…
Or they could do the impossible: team up.
In 2025, with the world descending into madness and anarchy, one woman begins a fateful journey toward a better future.
Lauren Olamina and her family live in one of the only safe neighborhoods remaining on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Behind the walls of their defended enclave, Lauren’s father, a preacher, and a handful of other citizens try to salvage what remains of a culture that has been destroyed by drugs, disease, war, and chronic water shortages. While her father tries to lead people on the righteous path, Lauren struggles with hyperempathy, a condition that makes her extraordinarily sensitive to the pain of others.
When fire destroys their compound, Lauren’s family is killed and she is forced out into a world that is fraught with danger. With a handful of other refugees, Lauren must make her way north to safety, along the way conceiving a revolutionary idea that may mean salvation for all mankind.
Tim Hunter, destined to become Earth’s greatest sorcerer, defends the realm of Faerie from the deadly manticore while trying to maintain a normal childhood life. Is his real father the one-armed drunk in the front room or is he the man who can turn into a hawk? Is his mother dead and buried or is she Titania, Queen of Faerie? Plus Death herself weighs in on the subject of identity.
And with that, we’ve wrapped up the Top Five scavenger hunts for March! This month has been an absolute joy to participate in, and has given me a whole heap of new stories to explore. Another big thanks to Meeghan for setting this all up! I can’t wait to see what’s in store for April.
Have you read any of these books? Let me know what you thought in the comments below!
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