I saw a cool thing somewhere on the internet a while back (I honestly have no idea where), asking what five X you would tell people to read/watch/listen to etc to get to know you and I thought it was a pretty cool idea. Knowing what someone loves, can really help you figure out what makes them tick.
So here we are.
I’m starting out with books, but will do other things in the future. I’d love to know your five, too!
These five are not necessarily my top five BeSt BoOkS eVeRrRrRr, but five that I think give an all-round sort of idea of what I like to lose myself in when I am reading.
They aren’t all the same genre or style, but I think each one fills in a little bit of ‘me’.
Five Books To Read To Get To Know Me Better
Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
Whimsical, magical, heart-breaking, dark-but-hopeful urban fantasy. Angels. Chimera. Magic teeth.
‘Once upon a time an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.’
Oh, and the main character has blue hair…
I, Houdini: The Autobiography of a Self-Educated Hamster by Lynne Reid-Banks
Sassy, hamster narrator! Chaos and calamity! Mild peril!
Did I mention the narrator is a hamster?
Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
Space! Romance! Intrigue! Action! Things that go BOOM! An AI system that become so advanced it almost learns to feel.
AM I NOT MERCIFUL?
Wolfbrother by Michelle Paver
Stone-age historical fantasy. A wolf as a main character (just being a wolf, not a magic fantasy one). Adventures, magic, mystery, demons.
Rivers Of London by Ben Aaronovitch
Police procedural but with ghosts and spirits and goddesses and other weird and wonderful supernatural things that most people refuse to see or acknowledge. Set in and around modern day London, with dry humour, bad weather, and a general irreverence for normality.
There were, of course, countless other books I could have picked. And my list has changed repeatedly in the time since I started writing this post, because I’m indecisive and want to share ALL the books.
Have you read any or all of these?
What five books would you suggest for someone to read to get to know you?