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 Top 5 Books I don’t talk about enough.

I thought I’d never talked about Odd Thomas on my blog before, but apparently I have. I’ll assume I told the story, about how I’d never had any interest in Dean Koontz and then I saw him talk at Comic Con about how Odd came to him. I knew that the character had to be something special, so I read the book, and I was so glad I did. Odd really is something special. He can see the dead and does everything he can to help them. He had a terrible childhood, but pulled himself out of it and forged his own path. He sweet and thoughtful and humble and just wonderful. I liked the whole series, but the first book holds a special place in my heart.

Yet another book I thought I’ve never mentioned, but I have. I first read Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede when I was in seventh or eight grade. I have a confession: I’m not hugely into dragons, but this book is the exception. The princess is amazing, the dragon is fantastic, and the bad guys can be defeated with soapy water. It’s an fun romp that turns the damsel in distress trope on its head and leaves you guessing.

I picked up Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry because the cover and title intrigued me. I almost put it down right away because I thought the main character, Joe Ledger, sounded like a sexist dick and the book was going to be in the vein of OH JOHN RINGO NO. But, for some reason, I kept reading and found that my initial impression was very wrong. Joe might like looking at “beach bunnies”, but he’s not going to have sex with anyone who’s drunk and grieving and can’t properly consent. He also is highly competent at his job, has a wicked sense of humor, and has a pet cat named Cobbler. The villains in this book are numerous, varied, and all interesting in their own way. It’s a fantastic beginning of a long series that’s still going on, much to my pleasure.

Love Underground by Alicia Fields is a retelling of the Persephone myth, which has always been my favorite. In this book, no one is a god or goddess exactly, but Hades is a mysterious man who has a kingdom in a cave under Persephone’s village. When someone is sick or injured beyond help, the villagers leave the body by the entrance of the cave for him to deal with. He take them in, does what he can, and is never seen by the villagers. Then, he sees Persephone, kidnaps her, and they eventually fall in love. Yeah, it’s problematic, but I liked it.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield was one of the books I couldn’t put down. It’s about a reclusive author who invites a woman named Margaret to write her biography. Her tale is twisted and weird and left me on the edge of my seat in anticipation of what would come next. It also blew my mind. In some ways, it’s similar to The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, but it’s much more gothic. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it.

And those are the top 5 books I don’t talk about enough. What’s a book that you loved that you rarely talk about? Drop a comment below and let me know!