Top 5 Tuesday is a fun, weekly meme that asks you to pick 5 books that fit that week’s theme. It was created by Bionic Bookworm and is currently being hosted by Meeghan Reads. You should check out their wonderful blog for more details and the list of prompts!
We’ve made it to another Tuesday and that means it’s time for Top 5 Tuesday! This week’s topic is a tough one. Out of all the incredible books that will be releasing between now and the end of September, I have to choose my top five. Which is gonna be tough! I’m so excited for a lot of books that will be releasing soon, so whittling this down to my top five took some effort.
But the books have been chosen, so let me show you which ones made the cut!
#1. Amari and the Great Game by B.B. Alston
Starting off strong with one of my most anticipated reads of 2022! I absolutely adored Amari and the Night Brothers, this first book in this magical middle grade series. It’s such a beautiful book with strong characters and a lot of fun ideas going on. I’m eager to jump back into Amari’s world!
Expected Publication Date: Aug 30th, 2022
#2. Babel by R.F. Kuang
I’ve wanted to read this book ever since I saw the full title: Babel, or The Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators’ Revolution. Like, come on! That sounds absolutely intriguing! The fact that it’s written by R.F. Kuang, who wrote the incredible Poppy War series, makes me even more eager. Kuang + dark academia = I NEED IT!
I’m back with some mini reviews today. As a big consumer of fantasy, I tend to read a lot of longer books. Fantasy writers have a lot to get into a story and, sometimes, that can lead to some chonky books. Lately, though, I’ve found myself really getting into shorter fiction. That’s why I figured it was time to do a mini review of some mini books, aka novellas!
I’ve been having a great time with the novellas I’ve read recently, but am so behind on actually reviewing them! That being said, let’s jump into this post, shall we?
Title: Remote Control
Author: Nnedi Okorafor
Genre: Science Fiction
CW/TW: Child abuse, body horror, grief & loss depiction, death of a family member, gun violence, animal death
Nnedi Okorafor has been on my radar for quite some time, but this was my first experience reading her work. Now, I wish to read everything she has ever written!
In Remote Control, we follow the story of a young girl who has lost her name and been adopted by Death. After a tragic event, Sankofa becomes her new name and death follows wherever she goes. She spends her days wandering Ghana with her small fox companion, trying to find answers and an object that fell from the sky and changed her life.
This was such an incredible, quiet read. You would think a book about a girl that brings death with her would be more in-you-face, but this book is much more a character study that was strangely calm. Even when the character was surrounded by death and destruction. I absolutely loved the writing in this story and how it gripped me from beginning to end. I loved Fatima/Sankofa and following her around as she searches for answers to her suffering. Watching her character growth and her interactions with the world around her was a treat! And, even though I could have followed this story for chapters and chapters more, it still felt like a fully formed and finished book in this short amount of pages. I can’t wait to read more from this author!