Is it another Tuesday already? This month is passing by swiftly which is actually a good thing because of Christmas! This week’s theme is Top 5 books I want for Christmas. This tag is originally created by the very lovely Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm. She always has some amazing book recommendations so stop by her blog, you would end up increasing your TBR.
It is going to be a tough task to limit myself to five books as the greedy self in me wants all the books in the world. So, to make this post informative let me add a little twist to this week’s theme and mention books that won accolades in 2017. This year has been vibrant in terms of book releases with new authors getting recognition and exploring different genres. Mentioning below some of the books I really want to read and own, hoping Santa would be generous enough to give me all of these.
National Book Award
Fiction: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
In Jesmyn Ward’s first novel since her National Book Award winning Salvage the Bones, this singular American writer brings the archetypal road novel into rural twenty-first-century America. Drawing on Morrison and Faulkner, The Odyssey and the Old Testament, Ward gives us an epochal story, a journey through Mississippi’s past and present that is both an intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle. Ward is a major American writer, multiply awarded and universally lauded, and in Sing, Unburied, Sing she is at the height of her powers. – Goodreads
Man Booker Prize
Fiction: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (US)
Unfolding over a single night, Lincoln in the Bardo is written with George Saunders’ inimitable humor, pathos, and grace. Here he invents an exhilarating new form and is confirmed as one of the most important and influential writers of his generation. Deploying a theatrical, kaleidoscopic panoply of voices – living and dead, historical and fictional – Lincoln in the Bardo poses a timeless question: how do we live and love when we know that everything we hold dear must end? – Goodreads
Man Book International Prize
Fiction: A Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman
A Horse Walks into a Bar is a shocking and breathtaking read. Betrayals between lovers, the treachery of friends, guilt demanding redress. Flaying alive both himself and the people watching him, Dovaleh G provokes both revulsion and empathy from an audience that doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry – and all this in the presence of a former childhood friend who is trying to understand why he’s been summoned to this performance. – Goodreads
Fiction: The Power by Naomi Alderman
What if the power to hurt were in women’s hands?
Suddenly – tomorrow or the day after – teenage girls find that with a flick of their fingers, they can inflict agonizing pain and even death. With this single twist, the four lives at the heart of Naomi Alderman’s extraordinary, visceral novel are utterly transformed. – Goodreads
Fiction: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hellish for all the slaves but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood – where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned and, though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted. – Goodreads
That’s all for today folks. I am thankful to Shanah from Bionic Book Worm for coming up with this innovative idea. It has been a wonderful experience in making these lists every Tuesday. This is the last prompt of Top 5 Tuesday for this year and I’m glad to give it a festival wrap-up.
Happy (Christmasy) Reading!