Wow, I am bad at writing anything other than top 5 posts at the moment! In fairness I am trying to get a lot of reading done – I’ve been averaging a book per every 2-3 days for the last week or so, as I upped the goal on my Goodreads account to 50 books this year, and I’m a little behind. However, I’m currently on the final book The Magicians Trilogy, which was one I said I wouldn’t continue after the first one, so once I’ve finished that I’m planning on writing about it and the pros/cons of continuing with a series you’re uncertain about, as I also had a really bad book experience of this recently.
As ever, you can find out more about Top 5 Wednesdays here, and the topic this week is top 5 books as event themes – think proms, weddings, parties, and so forth. In all honesty, I struggle a little with this theme, as I’m not really the sort of person who throws parties (I live with my three close friends plus my boyfriend, every night is like a quiet party), but I still gave it my best shot. As ever, this list is in no specific order, and I have also avoided putting two obvious ones on the list: Harry Potter and LOTR. I just feel that these are done so often, and I wanted to give other books my consideration. Also, it will become clear that I’m mainly concerned with outfits, which is surprising as I generally don’t care how I dress, but the actor in me will never die – I love a character.
- The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch – I only just read this last month, and I have to admit that I didn’t think I would hugely enjoy it. Sometimes it’s great being wrong – this book is beautiful. The writing is sharp and witty, the characters are complex and hugely likable (despite their actions) and the world feels rich. Imagine Renaissance Venice with magic, and you have this. While a Venetian masquerade is always a good party theme, why not add some alchemy and disguises into the mix, with delicious spicy seafood and a heist game thrown in?
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – I love this book so much that, even in the midst of all the books I have on my TBR at the moment, I’ve read it twice in six months. While the novel is set in a grim dystopian world, everyone escapes into the OASIS, a fully interactive metaverse where every single geek indulgence has been created. Basically, this is an excuse to dress up as ANY game or pop culture reference since the fifties, with 80s music, fast food, with a video game themed Easter egg hunt.
- Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire – Obviously, most people know this book from the musical adaption, which I am also a fan of (although admittedly my absolute zeal for it has diminished as I’ve gotten older), and is best thought of as a darker look at Oz. There are plenty of different sartorial styles to choose from, ranging from the sleek silks of Gillikin, to the steampunk high fashion of the Emerald City, to dark dresses of Elphaba experimenting in her tower. You ain’t in Kansas anymore.
- Any/all Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett – I know that I mention Pratchett a lot on these lists, but Discworld is so broad and complex, that you could have any theme, or a mix, from his books. A rock and roll party for Soul Music, an alternative Christmas gathering for Hogfather, you name it. My own personal pick would be Polly Perks from Monstrous Regiment – girl in Napoelonic-era drag? Yes please.
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – It’s actually been years since I read this, as my mum bought it as a present for me when it first came out (way back in 2011) and I haven’t read it since. However, it has stuck with me, and an enchanted circus sounds like a beautiful setting for a uni formal, complete with ice sculptures, Victorian style dresses, and plenty of fairy lights.
So there is my list for this week! I will hopefully have my next post up in a couple of days, so watch this space. Until then, may your plots be satisfying and your characters get what they deserve.