Top 5 A, B, C, D, E | Top 5 Tuesdays

Hello again! It’s Tuesday, and of course that means it’s time for a Top 5 post. Top 5 Tuesdays and their topics are brought to you by Shanah @ the Bionic Bookworm. Check out her blog, she’s awesome, and this page for the list of topics for July!

Okay, when I saw Shanah’s themed month for July, I was actually quite excited! I mean, I love a challenge and this month will definitely be a challenge. And not even because of the last week’s theme, either! I have read a great many books by some of these letters and the hard part will actually be whittling all this stuff down! I mean, it’s gonna be crazy!

Let’s see how I did for this week:

A: As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales From the Making of the Princess Bride – Cary Elwes, Joe Layden

Book cover of "As You Wish" by Cary Elwes

Who knew so many books begin with the letter “A”? Tons, apparently, that I’ve read at least. I’m kinda cheating on this one, since I’m using “As,” but of all the “A” books that popped up for me, this one is definitely one of my favorites. I love, love, love “The Princess Bride,” and I’m a huge Cary Elwes fan. This book he put together is so beautiful and so special to me, a “Princess Bride” fan.

I listened to the audiobook and it’s amazing, because Elwes’ voice is so soothing and gentle, and he invites the other actors and crew who worked on this film to read the bits they contributed to the book. It’s awesome. If you love “The Princess Bride,” you’ll love this book.

B: Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness – Susannah Cahalan

Book cover of "Brain on Fire" by Susannah Cahalan

It’s kinda funny that with each letter search I did for this post, the books standing out to me were non-fiction books! This is my second letter and my second non-fiction book, but it’s so good! Cahalan’s story of her illness is so gripping, so scary, I could not put this book down. It reads like a mystery, because she goes from doctor to doctor, trying to find out what’s wrong and it’s only by chance that she finds one who is able to properly diagnose her.

I would recommend this book even to people who aren’t fans of non-fiction, because it truly is so engrossing and mysterious. It will keep you on the edge of your seat.

C: The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

Book cover of "The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexandre Dumas

I can finally promote my love for this book! I read this book so long ago, but when I read it, I was entranced by it. Dumas’ writing is fantastic, the story is so epic, and the characters run the gamut from villainous to naively innocent. If you love adventure and stories with revenge plots, this is the one! It’s so amazing. I could go on forever. Please do yourself a favor and pick it up if you haven’t already.

D: The Drowned Cities – Paolo Bacigalupi

Book cover of "The Drowned Cities" by Paolo Gacigalupi

This is probably one of the only books that is a sequel that I ended up liking more than the first book in the series. It doesn’t happen often. But man, Bacigalupi really hits his stride with this series in this book. It’s got action, it’s got amazingly well-written characters, and it’s a story that addresses climate change in a way that I think is so fascinating and nuanced. It’s a dystopian future story and I was hooked from page one.

E: Ella Enchanted – Gail Carson Levine

Book cover of "Ella Enchanted" by Gail Carson Levine

Wow, E was the hardest letter, by far! This book had to compete with Ender’s Game, Every Hidden Thing, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, and so many others! But I have to stay loyal to Ella, the closest book to something I can call favorite of all time. If you need more convincing on why I love Ella Enchanted so much, you don’t need to look too hard on this blog to find me waxing poetic about it, like my Top 5 post from last week. Suffice it to say that I love Ella and you’ll never find a better Cinderella re-telling than this one right here. Look no further!

Thoughts & Thanks!

I had so much fun with this topic and I’m looking forward to next week’s letters! This was a really interesting look into the books I’ve read. Choosing is definitely going to be the hardest thing about writing these posts this month, for sure!

What do you think of my selections? Did any of your favorites make it on this list? Thank you for reading this post. Let’s chat in the comments! And, as always, happy reading!

5 thoughts on “Top 5 A, B, C, D, E | Top 5 Tuesdays

    1. Awesome! Yes, Ella is so wonderful! And I highly recommend listening to the audio of As You Wish. I own a physical copy as well, but the audio is definitely amazing 🙂


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