Top 5 Tuesday is a meme hosted by Bionic Book Worm and it is about time I did one again! I like this week’s subject, as there are so many books I love that don’t get talked about. I think all of the books I have chosen today I may have mentioned before in Top 5 posts or tag posts, but I may devote a post to a few of these indiviually at some point. They need more love!
1. Bambi ( Felix Salten)
I have mentioned Bambi before on my channel. I feel it is such an underrated classic. It simply does not get talked about and it should! Most people will think of the Disney movie when Bambi is mentioned, but the book is actually very different from the animation and in my opinion, much, much better. Yes, Bambi is about deer, a roe deer in fact, who is born in the forest. But there’s no Thumper or Flower. The book is far less cutesy. The forest can be a harsh place and the book shows that. It very much touches on the cruelty of man, but also the nature of decay and predation. I think it’s a wonderful book. One small spoiler, a deer does get shot, but it’s not Bambi’s mother…
2. Shannara series (Terry Brooks)
I decided to talk about the whole original Shannara series rather than the individual books. I know they get a lot of stick, but I have always loved them. It’s epic fantasy light as I would call it. I first read them in my mid teens and they were the first fantasy books I read. I have re-read them quite a bit and they never disappointed me. It has been a while though, so maybe it’s time? Maybe next year… I love them because the stories are full of adventure, the characters are wonderful, the world feels natural and well developed, but it never gets too dry, gritty or ugly. They read away quite easily and would be great for a reading slump (why did I not think of that last November??). Just don’t get me started on that car crash of a TV show…
3. The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde)
I was completely blown away by this book when I first read it. It remains one of my favourite books of all time, but I don’t think I have talked about it on my blog yet. I do not know what to say about this book, apart from that it is incredible and Wilde’s writing pulls you in so easily. Such a shame he did not write a lot more novels! If you have not read this book, do!!!
4. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Mark Haddon)
I have read a couple of books by Mark Haddon (the other one being A Spot of Bother) and I enjoyed both, but this one is kind of special. It was quite a hyped book when it came out in the early 2000s and I read it quite a long time ago when I borrowed it from a friend. I fell in love. Last year I saw the theatre production for it when I was in London and it was so good as well. Very original. I am sure I will talk about this book some more in the future.
5. The Silver Brumby (Elyne Mitchell)
This Australian children’s classic needs so much more love! As a child it completely changed the books I read (I can credit both The Silver Brumby series and The Black Stallion series by Walter Farley, but I chose to go with this one here). I have mentioned it in Top Whatevers on my blog before, but I should do a dedicated post sometime. I loved horses, but books about horses were always about some girls at some riding school, but not this one. This one was about wild horses and their lives and their fictional interactions. Elyne Mitchell really brought the Australian Alps alive for me. One dream I have is to visit Australia again and find the Brumbies in the high country. Thowra and Storm are still some of my favourite fictional characters.
Let me know if you have done this Top 5 Tuesday, cause I would love to see other people’s choices for this one!