‘Top 5 Saturday’ is a meme created by Mandy @ Devouring Books, where you list your top 5 books of the current topic – these can be books that you want to read, have read and loved, have read and hated, etc. etc.!
‘Twenties Girl’ by Sophie Kinsella
Lara Lington has always had an overactive imagination, but suddenly that imagination seems to be in overdrive. Normal professional twenty-something young women don’t get visited by ghosts. Or do they?
When the spirit of Lara’s great-aunt Sadie-a feisty, demanding girl with firm ideas about fashion, love, and the right way to dance-mysteriously appears, she has one request: Lara must find a missing necklace that had been in Sadie’s possession for more than seventy-five years, because Sadie cannot rest without it.
As the mission to find Sadie’s necklace leads to intrigue and a new romance for Lara, these very different “twenties” girls learn some surprising truths from and about each other.
This was hilarious, emotional and full of strong characters – definitely needs a reread!
‘Station Zero’ (‘Railhead’, #3) by Philip Reeve
The Great Network is changing. New worlds, new alliances, new enmities. For Threnody Noon, the changes have brought great power. For Zen and Nova they have brought separation. For the trains that run from world to world, they have brought questions. Now all of them must find out what really matters to them and who they really are…
The third book in my favourite sci-fi series of all time! Incredible world-building and emotional range.
‘The Book of a Thousand Days’ by Shannon Hale
When a beautiful princess refuses to marry the prince her father has chosen, her father is furious. So furious he locks her in a tower, where she has seven long years of solitude to think about her insolence. But when she escapes from the tower, she finds her land has been laid to waste and the kingdom destroyed.
A retelling of ‘Maid Maleen’ set in a fantasy land inspired by Mongolia. A childhood favourite that still has my heart today.
‘The Two Towers’ (‘The Lord of the Rings’, #2) by J.R.R. Tolkien
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
Frodo and his Companions of the Ring have been beset by danger during their quest to prevent the Ruling Ring from falling into the hands of the Dark Lord by destroying it in the Cracks of Doom. Now Frodo and Sam continue the journey alone down the great River Anduin—alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they go.
I feel like this series needs no introduction from me. The Isengard segment was my favourite!
‘The Three Evangelists’ by Fred Vargas
The opera singer Sophia Siméonidis wakes up one morning to discover that a tree has appeared overnight in the garden of her Paris house. Intrigued and unnerved, she turns to her neighbours: Vandoosler, an ex-cop, and three impecunious historians, Mathias, Marc and Lucien – the three evangelists. They agree to dig around the tree and see if something has been buried there. They find nothing but soil.
A few weeks later, Sophia disappears and her body is found burned to ashes in a car. Who killed the opera singer? Her husband, her ex-lover, her best friend, her niece? They all seem to have a motive.
Vandoosler and the three evangelists set out to find the truth.
Translated from French, this murder mystery novel was well-plotted and full of distinct personalities that made for some very funny moments.