Hello bookworms!! Welcome to Top 5 Tuesday!! This week’s topic is top 5 books about a birth.
Well… I gave us a reprieve last week. And now all of a sudden we’re back at hard topics. I’m not sure why I thought this would be easy. I was clearly out of my mind when I wrote them. Oh yes, Easter is all about new beginnings… Bloody hell… I promise it was not intended to be this hard!!
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top 5 books about a birth
Unlike last week, I actually had a hard time picking five books. So, some of the below are a bit abstract, but there’s 5 books!! And I promise they will make sense once I have explained!!
The Handmaid’s Tale — Margaret Atwood
Honestly, The Handmaid’s Tale is probably the only book on this list that makes sense, but it’s also the only book on here that I haven’t read. LOL.
Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, The Handmaid’s Tale is dystopian series (maybe just duology?) where women are only useful as birthing tools. The totalitarian society (which was once the US) is ruled by a fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state. This is primarily due to plummeting birth rates and huge environmental issues in the world.
The birth-related link in this book is… pretty obvious.
Awk-Weird — Avery Flynn
Awk-Weird is basically the opposite end of the fictional spectrum from the above. (Which is probably why I HAVE read it.) This is a cutesy sports romance about an accidental pregnancy after a one-night-stand.
I want to say this is the… third book in the Ice Knights series by Avery Flynn. Which is one of the (many) ice hockey romance books I read. I don’t know why, as ice hockey isn’t that popular in Australia. I just seem to read them. Reasons unknowns. (Honestly, I don’t even follow any sports-ball type games. I will never understand why I enjoy sports romances.)
So, the birth-factor in this one is also pretty obvious.
A Court of Silver Flames — Sarah J Maas
Although honestly, if you’ve not read ACOSF yet then you likely aren’t going to. Or you don’t know about Sarah J Maas.
So, ACOSF is the start of Nesta and Cassian’s trilogy (and they’re my faves so I loved this book so much). BUT, they don’t have a baby. In fact, the birth in this story happens right at the end, but it kind of runs as a sub-plot throughout this whole book. Because it’s the main characters of this whole series (who I don’t even really like that much).
So, the birth-related factor is a sub-plot, but it’s there!!
Carry On — Rainbow Rowell
Ok, so we’re getting SLIGHTLY more abstract here. Really I could have used any prophecy-related story ever. Most prophecies start with the birth of a fabled hero, chosen one, etc. Including (but not limited to) Carry On, the Belgariad, the series that shall-not-be-named, Good Omens and more.
In Carry On Simon’s birth, while not on-page in this story, is talked about throughout the series. I think there might even be a conversation where someone talks about the event. Or possibly it’s a flashback? (It’s been a while since I’ve read it.)
But the reason I chose Carry On over the others is because Simon’s birth is an orchestrated event. There was a prophecy, and someone tried to fit Simon’s birth to make it fit. It’s an interesting take on the chosen one trope.
So, the birth-related factor is there… ish. Kind of.
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow — Jessica Townsend
Ahhh, Nevermoor. I do love this series. And really, any excuse to talk about it will make me happy!!
I probably could have listed this one under the above ‘chosen one’ type trope about births, but there’s a reason that I decided to keep it separate. (And it wasn’t that I was running out of books… weirdly enough.)
Morrigan’s birth is interesting, because it’s less about a prophecy (because as far as we know there isn’t one), and more about the day that she was born. Morrigan is considered a ‘cursed child’ because of her birthday. And every other child who shares her birthday is also considered ‘cursed’.
So, the birth-related link is… obscure at best. #SorryNotSorry
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