Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Top 5 Tuesday: Authors from A-Z Weeks 4 & 5: P-Z

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 P-Z

I'm continuing my participation and catch up in BionicBookworm's Top 5 Tuesday A-Z series this month! Today will be authors with last names starting with P-Z. You can find A-E here and F-O here.

I'm sorting these by author's last name, and just as 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!

Night Film
Night Film by Marisha Pessl
This became an instant favorite for me when I read it last year! It was wonderfully dark and I loved the way the mystery was explored.

Airwoman (Airwoman #1)
Airwoman by Zara Quentin
Zara Quentin was literally the only 'Q' I had! This book holds some fun memories for me because it was one of my early reviews/guest posts from way back in 2016.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
With all the J.K. Rowling in the my 'R' section, it only makes sense that the odds of landing on one of her books were higher! Half-Blood Prince is a great one in the series, though I feel like it doesn't get as much love as it should (I really love Order of the Phoenix as well, actually, though people seem to hate on it a lot!). A perfect pick for 'R'!

The Entirely True Story of the Unbelievable FIB
The Entirely True Story of the Unbelievable FIB by Adam Shaughnessy
This was a delightful middle grade fantasy about a town in which two kids discover that there are a slew of Viking gods living beneath their town. This book was so fun and would be a perfect option for kids with any interest in mythology (or adults!).

The Thief (The Queen's Thief, #1)
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
I remeber when I read this years ago I enjoyed it, but found it a bit odd and never cotninued with the series. Now it seems to be super popular again and the way people describe it makes me really want to restart this series!

No U!
Apparently, according to what I have recorded in Goodreads, I haven't read any books by an author that starts with 'U'! There were a few 'unknown,' but I didn't count those. Is it now my goal to read a book by an author whose last name starts with a 'U' this year? It sure is!

Palimpsest by Catherynne M. Valente
This is one of the more underrated Valente novels, in my opinion. It's definitely weird, so I get why it may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I love how imaginative and unpredictable and beautifully written it is. Also, Valente filled up a lot of my 'V' author books, so I wasn't too surprised it ended up on one of hers!

The Once and Future KingThe Once and Future King (The Once and Future King, #1-4)
The Once and Future King by T.H. White
I am so ashamed and saddened that I didn't really like this book that much! I had the highest of hopes and I did find it genuinely hilarious at times, but there were so many parts that really lost my interest and bored me a bit? I still readily recommend it because I know how loved it is and it was super entertaining at times, but I just didn't get into the entire thing for some reason, which is a shame since I love the overall story.

The Autobiography of Malcolm X
The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcom X, Alex Haley
This was such a fascinating read. I picked it up in high school on a bit of a whim and found myself really sucked into learning about Malcolm X's life--definitely a recommended read.

Anne Bonnie Volume #1: The Journey Begins
Anne Bonnie: The Journey Begins by Tim Yates
This is a fun graphic novel about Anne Bonnie, Pirate Queen! It's a short little graphic novel and only the first part, but I thought it was a great adventure and the illustrations were so vibrant and exciting!

The Girls at 17 Swann Street
The Girls at 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib
This book hit me so much harder than I expected beause of how real and relatable it was at so many different moments. Zgheib was one of the few 'Z' authors that I have on Goodreads, but I'm so glad I got to feature this book! It's beautiful and I related to so much, it really portrayed these girls' journeys well and I would be interested to read more from Zgheib in the future!

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


  1. I still need to read Night Film! And I love that you chose J.K. Rowling for R:-)

    1. It seems hit or miss for some people, but I highly recommend it!

  2. Fun list! And, yeah, The Autobiography of Malcolm X was great.

    My TTT .

  3. Anne Bonnie definitely sounds fun, and Night Film and Airwoman look interesting too!

  4. Other than the HALF-BLOOD PRINCE I haven't read any of these. I hope you enjoy them.

    Happy TTT!