Welcome to another Top 5 Saturday Reads meme. It was created by the lovely Mandy over at Devouring Books as a way to share books that we would love to read. This week’s topic is: Books with a Survival Theme.
When Nen and I read the topic for this week we had a complete mental blank! When you think survival the first thing that came to our minds was The Hunger Games but Nen had already read them. Finding books we wanted to read was a nice challenge. Once we realised it could be about any form of survival things became easier. Here are five that are near the top of our TBR lists!
Here they are:
When Breath Becomes Air – At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. A profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir by a young neurosurgeon faced with a terminal cancer diagnosis who attempts to answer the question What makes a life worth living? Need we say more?? As a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize it’s a guaranteed good read and ultimate sob fest.
Educated – Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her “head-for-the-hills bag”. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home. This book comes highly recommended to us and is one we’re really keen to try. Education is dear to our hearts and puts this book near the top of our TBR lists!
The Martian – Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Jen’s obsession with this movie (and Matt Damon) has put this book on our radar for a LONG while now. Who can resist Matt Damon though?!
Vox – Set in an America where half the population has been silenced, VOX is the harrowing, unforgettable story of what one woman will do to protect herself and her daughter. On the day the government decrees that women are no longer allowed to speak more than 100 words daily, Dr. Jean McClellan is in denial—this can’t happen here. Not in America. Not to her. This is just the beginning. We can’t imagine ever living in a scenario such as this and surviving with so little freedom of expression. The deeper themes in this book have us highly anticipating it!
Children of Blood and Bone – They killed my mother. They took our magic. They tried to bury us. Now we rise. Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. We’ve read so many good reviews about this book and it’s been on our TBR lists for months. Not only is the cover stunning but Nen’s love of magic in books has this one high up on our lists!
// have you read any of these books? what were your thoughts on them? //