Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Top 5 Tuesday: Authors from A-Z Weeks 2 & 3: F-O

This week I decided to switch back over and participate in Top 5 Tuesday, hosted by BionicBookworm!

This week's topic is: Authors Whose Last Names Start with F-O

These last two weeks have been absolutely insane, and I know I'm not alone in saying that! As such, I've fallen behind again in continuing Bionic Bookworm's Authors A-Z posts, so today is a bit of a catch up! Today I will be covering weeks 2 & 3 with letters F-O, and next week I'll be combining weeks 4 & 5 with P-Z! You can find A-E here.

I'm sorting these by author's last name, and just a refresher for how I'm picking authors I'll post my plan of attack from my previous post: Since I'm only choosing one author for each book, I've developed a process: I'm organizing my 'read' shelf on Goodreads by alphabetical order, counting how many of each letter there are (ex.: I have 36 authors whose last names start with A), picking a random number with a number generator, and using that book!

The Hunting Party
The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley
I just read this earlier this at the start of this year (you know, back when things... didn't suck?) and I was super disappointed because I thought I'd enjoy it a lot more than I did. It wasn't great, but I still love the concept and setting.

The Sleeper and the Spindle
The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
A very classic retelling from Neil Gaiman! I definitely recommend this one, the illustrations are also gorgeous and by the truly fantastic Chris Riddell.

Alice (The Chronicles of Alice, #1)
Alice by Christina Henry
I'm so thrilled this one landed on a Christina Henry book because I just love her writing and the more I get to share her books, the better!

To the Bright Edge of the World
To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey
This book of exploration in the Alaskan wilderness was so beautiful and I really loved following the perspectives of both husband and wife as they each embarked upon their own unique journey.

Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts, #1)
Gilded Cage by Vic James
This was a dystopian that came out what feels like a lot of years ago and I think I remember finding it pretty good? I was pleasantly surprised since it came out after alllll the other dystopian books. I apparently did not continue the series, but I am curious if I would still like it or not...

Tahn (Tahn Dorn #1)
Tahn by L.A. Kelly
Oh my god, this book is from when I was a wee young kid! I do recall really enjoying it, though I am pretty sure that would not be the case now. It was an interesting concept, though, and the general setup is still a trope-like one that I enjoy.

At the Mountains of Madness
At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft
I was so disappointed by this book. The premise and what actually happens is so cool and right up my alley, but the way it was written took all of the excitement, thrill, and my interest away.

The Gene: An Intimate History
The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee 
I found Mukherjee's nonfiction biography of cancer The Emperor of All Maladies so wonderfully written and informative (go read that one!) so I read this other book by him as well. It wasn't as interesting as the previous one, but I also had more of a vested interest in the previous because both of my parents + others I know have had cancer so it was more personal, Still, this was an interesting topic!

Spinning Silver
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
Naomi Novik is a beautiful storyteller and this was no exception. I highly recommend this one, even if you didn't care for Uprooted!

In the Forest
In the Forest by Edna O'Brien
I read this so long ago, but I still remember how haunting it was. I definitely recommend it if you like literary fiction that's based off of a true crime story. It is still one that stands out to me even today.

Have you read any of these? Let me know your thoughts!


  1. I love just about anything Christina Henry writes, so I'm happy to see her on this list. And I remember when Gilded Cage came out, I haven't seen anyone talk about it in a while😁

  2. What a fun development. Good luck with this reading challenge. It sounds so creative.

    My TTT .

  3. An interesting collection of books. https://pmprescott.blogspot.com/2020/03/ttt-032420.html

  4. In the forest looks quite good- that cover definitely got my attention. Looks like a thriller kinda but the true crime element has me curious now. also the Foley book- I remember thinking the premise of that one was really fun! I haven't read it but was pondering it.

    Happy Tuesday!