Welcome one, welcome all, to ‘Emma Remembers Top 5 Wednesdays Exists And Decides To Join In’… again. Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme/challenge which was created by the wonderful Lainey from gingereadslainey and is now overseen by the equally lovely Sam from Thoughts of Tomes. Every Wednesday, participants devise their Top 5 based on a given topic.
This Wednesday’s theme is Books You Want to See as TV Shows. As a huge fan of TV, it will come as no surprise that it was difficult to narrow down my choices to just five books. But, for the most part, these books are all stories I feel would warrant a long story-telling format than, say, a film could provide.
I had severe case of deja vu whilst composing this list and I realised it’s because I’ve actually done this topic before and a lot of my choices are still the same! I’m nothing if not consistent (read: obsessive) about books I want/need as TV shows. I’ve tried to include a few new things into the list though, just to mix things up.
Last week the unthinkable happened – I actually successfully read every book on my Friday Reads over the course of the weekend. I’m as surprised as anyone. However, none of them were particularly taxing reads, so that’s quite possibly how I managed to actually stick to a TBR for once. This weekend I’m hoping to repeat the success, with only two books on the go…
The first one I categorically will not finish. This is because it’s a 20-hour long audiobook of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. I tried to read Gaiman’s Hugo and Nebula award winning fantasy/Americana/mythology novel once before, when I was probably much too young to even attempt, let alone finish, it. However since then I’ve read more of Gaiman’s work – An Ocean at the End of the Lane, The Graveyard Book, and Good Omens which remains one of my favourite books, along with a valiant attempt at Neverwhere. I thought now would be a good time to give American Gods another try. After reading Rick Riordan’s Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer last week (stay with me on this), the idea of gods and mythology amongst everyday life is something I’m keen to explore further in fiction. I recalled that American Gods was of this sort from the few chapters I did read years ago, and so it seemed a natural choice when I had an Audible credit left. I’m enjoying it so far and listening to it every morning whilst I take a bath, get dressed, make breakfast etc. We’ll see how much of this I get through today/this weekend, hopefully at least two hours.
The second one, I do have a hope in hell of finishing if I make it a priority as it’s Robert Galbraith aka JK Rowling’s The Silkworm, the second book in the Cormoran Strike crime series. Despite everyone ever’s assurance that Rowling’s foray into crime fiction was a successful one and that her books were a good jumping off point for those of us who aren’t seasoned crime fiction readers, I was still a little hesitant. However, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I ended up enjoying the first book, The Cuckoo’s Calling, and its cast of colourful characters (Robin in particular) so I’m eager to hear more of their adventures. Plus the mystery in this one focuses on the alleged disappearance of a writer of a rather controversial manuscript so this surely should be even more up my street than the previous narrative! What can I say, give me a book about books in some way, and I’m a happy customer. I’m about 100 pages into the novel at the moment so there is a slight chance that I will be able to get through the rest of The Silkworm this weekend, especially considering the fast pace of crime fiction and how engaging I find Galbraith/Rowling’s writing style.
So that’s how my Friday/weekend reading is looking – how about yours? What books are you all perusing this weekend? Anyone read the books I’m working on at the moment? Would love to hear any thoughts/comments/recommendations!
Unsurprisingly I have fallen so far behind with NaNoWriMo that I feel like I’ve stopped trying to catch up. I had put reading on the backburner a little in favour of writing but in the past few days I’ve realised that, if I’m falling behind with writing anyway, I might as well read a little more. So I have a literal stack of books checked out from the library right now (precariously balanced on the shelves above where my head is when I sleep) and I really need to get to finishing them. So I suppose if I had a theme for this Friday Reads it would be library books. Here we go…
Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan – I never thought much of Percy Jackson when I tried to read the first book in the series, but this series features Norse mythology and if nothing else I love a good reference to Heimdall and Yggdrasil! Enjoying this a lot so far, I like Magnus’ voice and Sam feels like a breath of fresh air.
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith – I’m not much of a crime reader, I’m sure that phrase will crop up in a lot of people’s reviews of the Cormoran Strike books. Because it’s a JK Rowling book and therefore nothing will put me off reading it, even if she were writing Westerns or something. I’m enjoying this so far, I love Robin’s attitude and intelligence and Cormoran is growing on me so all signs are promising.
Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso – I’ve heard this mentioned so many times and … I know nothing about Sophia Amoruso, in fact I’ve never heard of Nasty Gal. It’s just never been on my radar but I’m curious as to why people love it so I picked it up from my local library. The font is huge and it’s short so it shouldn’t take me too long to find out what the deal is with this book. I’m hoping to be pleasantly surprised since it’s not really something I’d pick up normally.
And there we have my Friday Reads. What books are you all perusing this weekend? Anyone read the books I’m working on at the moment? Would love to hear any thoughts/comments/recommendations!