Top 5 Tuesday

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah at the Bionic Book Worm. Each week, she gives a topic and participants get to answer.  This week’s topic is K, L, M, N, O!

K is for King of Fools by Amanda Foody. The sequel to Ace of Shades really lets Enne Salta come into her own as she creates her own girl gang that’s just as powerful as any other gang in the city, but on Enne’s terms. There’s a lot of politics and political maneuvering in it, and I just loved it.

I’ve never met a Cat Sebastian novel I didn’t like, but this one is probably one of my favorites. The Earl of Radnor is convinced he’s mad when he’s just brilliant and thinks differently from everyone else. Georgie Turner is a swindler on the run and together they find a love they’d never thought they’d deserve. It’s beautiful.

Millennium Approaches by Tony Kushner is probably the most beautifully written play I’ve ever seen and read. It’s poetry in the guise of prose and when I first saw and read it, it blew me away. My college did a production of it and while I only got to see it once, I was in a play in the next theater and spent my moment’s offstage with my ear pressed to the theater door so I could drink in the beauty. It truly is magical.

Northanger Abbey is one of my favorite Jane Austen novels. I love the lighthearted air of it. I so identify with Catherine Morland and her love of novels and the way she lets her imagination get run away with her. And Henry Tilney is just a delight. There’s just something about his humor and his manner that really gets to me. I love him so much.

Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz is a favorite of mine. I’d never read anything by Koontz when he was speaking at a panel I was at during Comic Con. I don’t think I was even there for that panel, but a following one, but when Koontz started talking about how he started writing Odd Thomas, it just sounded magical. I knew that the character was special and the book had to be too. And it really is. Odd is an amazing character who’s been through a ton of trauma and come out with a deep sense of humility and openness to the world that’s wonderful to read. I love this book.

Have you read any of the books on my list? What did you think of them?