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Hi bookish fans!

Today’s Top 5 Wednesday is: Hidden Gems in Your Favorite Genre “What are some of your favorite books in your favorite genre that don’t get a lot of hype?”.

I thought this would be a difficult topic, but as I’m lying here on my bed staring at one of my bookshelves I realized I’ve read a lot of a certain genre that rarely gets read or discussed: Nonfiction. So, this list will be my top 5 nonfiction books that don’t get read by nearly enough people! Pick one of these up!!

Killers of
1. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
–> I had to read this for a class last fall and I fell so in love with it I listened to it on audiobook (amazing, by the way) and then re-read the physical book to enjoy the pictures that went with the story. I LOVED this book. 10/10!

 

Romantic Violence

2. Romantic Violence: Memoirs of an American Skinhead by Christian Picciolini
–> I also read this for a class last year and was worried I would find it boring, though, I actually ended up loving it and I still think of its contents often. There are hard parts in here to stomach, though, just from a personal viewpoint.

Desert Flower
3.Desert Flower by Waris Dirie
–> I picked this up at random in high school in the library thinking I’d “give it a shot”. Though, I ended up not only enjoying it but finding it has stuck with me for years and years since leaving high school. The topic of female genital mutilation left a lifelong topic for my brain to dwell on and remember – Waris’ story is absolutely fantastic.

First They
4. First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers by Loung Ung
–> This is yet another sad story that somehow ends with a positive outlook despite the unimaginable things that happen in this girl’s life. I learned about Cambodian genocide which I hadn’t known was a reality until picking this up.

Diary
5. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
–> Many people were asked to read this in school (at least, back when I was in school in what seems like 8,000 years ago). I read it several times and like some of the other nonfiction stories I’ve read it was difficult to get through at times. Another story that has never left my mind or heart.

I am clearly obsessed with history (what I am going to school for) and books such as the ones mentioned above bring me a sense of the world I cannot get simply from existing here on my bed. I have learned unimaginable tragedies and faces of hope in dark places of the world. My bookshelf currently has over 15 other nonfiction reads waiting to be picked up. They are the ones I usually glance at first when looking for something to read next.

» Has anyone read any of these OR have any of you read an amazing historical nonfiction story that you’d recommend? I’m 100% about those recommendations in this area of reading and would love to hear if anyone has one or two ideas! «

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Top 5 Wednesday

Hello bookish fans!

This Top 5 Wednesday is “books you didn’t end up getting to in 2017, but really want to prioritize in 2018”. I got this tag off of a Goodreads group I recently joined. Let’s dive right in…

I had an unbelievable amount of books I wish I could have read in 2017, so there is no particular order for these as well as a few honorable mentions towards the end.

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A  Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
I loved An Ember in the Ashes and was so thrilled for this book to come out when it did. I don’t often purchase books at full price but once this released I felt I had to own it, went out and bought it immediately, and then set it down where it’s been resting ever since. Since the next book is coming out in 2018 I know I need to step it up and re-enter this world which I truly loved.

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Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Let’s discuss how often people rave about Leigh Bardugo. That discussion is summed up easily by saying “a lot”. Everyone loves her work and her different worlds. I accidentally downloaded Siege and Storm as an audio book, began listening, and about 1/4 of the way in realized that I was missing a lot of information. That’s when I decided to see if this was part of a series. It is. Despite not knowing what was going on in a lot of the pieces I listened to in Siege and Storm, I found the world interesting and wanted to backtrack to the first book of the Grisha’s so I could finally finish the second part!

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Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
This was all over the book world when it was released last year. Even now people rave about how wonderful it is. I got this in a book box and wasn’t sure how I’d feel about it, yet with the mental health representation that I hear exists in this book as well as the overall love so many share of this story makes me want to finally put it on my more immediate TBR for 2018.

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Oh. Look. Leigh Bardugo again. While it seems that people either love, hate, or have mixed feelings about different stories by Leigh Bardugo, this is one story that almost every single person claims to love unconditionally. Not only that, but the sides of the pages are black and just looking at it is a pleasure. I kept waiting to find Crooked Kingdom somewhere cheap so I’d feel comfortable starting and ending this smaller series, but I’m almost at a point I don’t care if I have the second installment and just want to see what all the hype is about!

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Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
First of all, all of the covers for this book are gorgeous. Though, I do prefer the hardcover version better, this version was cheaper and still just as beautiful. Besides being a good-looking book, Ruta Sepetys is an amazing author and storyteller. When I read Between Shades of Grey I had so many feels for such a long time. To this day, when someone asks me what book they should read I pull that one out almost immediately and attempt to convince people to read. This, I hear, is another heart-wrenching story based on true events. I’m finding that historical fiction and non-fiction are becoming one of my favorite genres and I almost shed tears when I finally became the owner of this book. I’m so excited!

 

Honorable Mentions

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
&
Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Howl’s Moving Castle is one of my favorite movies of all time. I cannot wait to read the story behind something I treasure so greatly.

Cinder has been on my shelves for so long and, again, everyone raves about this series. I hope to get the rest of the series on my shelves and to enjoy a lighter YA read with this one.

 

Those are my top 5 (actually 7) books for this week’s Top 5 Wednesday.

Tell me, are any of these books on your list of books you didn’t get around to in 2017? Or have you read one of these and can tell me your thoughts on one of them?!

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Top 5 Wednesday

Hi there! How has the week been treating everyone so far? Hopefully well as the week is now half over for most people, right?

I clearly have never participated in a Top 5 Wednesday (or a Top 10 Tuesday, for that matter) so this is a new experience for all of us. Thrilling. Anyway, the Top 5 Wednesday that most people seem to use is hosted (now) by a girl with lovely lipstick named Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes

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