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Top 5 books about a birth

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!!

If you missed the April-June 2022 topics, they are out now! Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm, and is now being hosted here @ Meeghan reads.

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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

The Handmaid's Tale by 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.

Awk-Weird by Avery Flynn

A Court of Silver Flames — Sarah J Maas

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas

**SPOILERS AHEAD**

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.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell Waterstones edition

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow — Jessica Townsend

Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend (UK hardcover edition)

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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until next time, happy reading! Meeghan xo

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