To review a book on my blog, it has to be written for an adult or young adult audience, has to be released within the last 10 years (usually even 5 years), and with only a couple of exceptions, if it is from a series it has to be the first book in the series. However, since I do these top 10 prompts almost every week, most books that I read do get a mention somewhere in my blog. That made this week’s Top 10 Tuesday Prompt from That Artsy Reader Girl exceptionally difficult – just trying to find a few books that I genuinely haven’t ever mentioned! So I wracked my brain (and limited my list to 5), but here are 5 that I did enjoy but never mentioned.
1. A Grown-Up Guide to Dinosaurs by Ben Garrod
This started as a podcast and was combined into a non-fiction book. And it was so much fun! Each chapter has a different theme and premise, but it was engaging, educational, and definitely worth the listen.
2. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
This came at the recommendation of one of my co-workers – he had a long-term partner that loved this book and wanted my opinion on it. It’s definitely worth the read! The worldbuilding is fantastic and the character development draws you in. He doesn’t recommend the second book in this series as much as he does the first, so I haven’t started it yet, but I imagine I will eventually.
3. A Promised Land by Barack Obama
This was actually a book club pick a couple of years ago, and I’m so glad we tackled it. I already was an Obama supporter, but this book gave some really interesting context to his personality and history, and why and how he chose to run for president, as well as his perspective on his time in office. He is certainly verbose, but his writing was well worth it.
4. Looking for Alaska by John Green
This one came at the recommendation of an old friend of mine. I hadn’t read much John Green before, but it was an interesting look into a painful part of young adulthood, and I appreciated his perspective on the pressure to be everything to everyone, and how that can lead to tragedy.
5. Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
I had honestly almost completely forgotten about this book. Which is too bad, because it was a great read and I definitely want to return to the series someday. It’s a sci-fi that feels very much like Contact but still has some interesting things to say about humanity and globalism.