I got such a great turnout on last week’s Top Ten Tuesday list. It’s so encouraging to know there are others out there looking for the same thing. I really hope we see some books that touch on at least one of those list items (and some of them kind of skirt around them so I know that the industry is looking in the right direction!). With that said, I decided not to go literal “world” as in science fiction for this week (although I may touch on one or two books), but instead think about the world as it was for the character inhabiting it.
1. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
There is no way I’d be able to survive in this world. I’m not physically fit – not at all, in fact, the idea of having to strategically plan and participate in some of what Ender does makes me cry inside. But, then again, I don’t know that I’d be able to handle not being chosen either. It’s just a rough situation all around.
2. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
Or.. really any story set in WW2-era. My grandfather escaped from Poland during WW2 and I’ve heard his story. I don’t know that I would have survived. I know people always say things like that, but… like my first choice in books and explanation, I’m really that much of a wimp. And that makes me appreciate strength like the characters show in these books even more.
3. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
This is probably a big surprise to some of you out there, given the way I praise this book. But, frankly, I couldn’t live in Avonlea – not because I wouldn’t love it but because I would love it too much. But, in the words of Anne, “That’s the worst of growing up, and I’m beginning to realize it. The things you wanted so much when you were a child don’t seem half so wonderful to you when you get them.” – I’m afraid the same thing would happen if I were ever to live in Anne’s world.
4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Yes, this is somewhat along the same lines as Anne…but still very different in other ways. I would not be middle-class in Austen’s England. I would be one of those maids working downstairs and, frankly, there is no way I could handle being that close to bodily functions without being able to take a really hot shower every day (more than once.) Have you READ Longbourn by Jo Baker?
5. An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine
Alameddine’s protagonist is a woman living in Beirut. I loved reading and identifying with her in ways, but other parts of her life were completely foreign to me. I don’t know if you have seen it, but there has been a food commercial lately on Hulu talking about the crisis in Syria. I long to have the courage to go and help, but all I can do is open my wallet because I’m too scared to do so. In the same way, I lack the courage of Aaliyah (if you haven’t read this book, you need to asap).
6. Children of Paradise by Fred D’Aguiar
I’ve seen enough cult horror stories on the news, read about it in books, and heard about it from word of mouth to be deathly afraid of living in a world where I could be brainwashed to the point of taking my own life. Children of Paradise explores that idea in a chilling way and I had trouble sleeping for a few nights as a result.
Many of the others I thought of were along the same themes. What about you? Chime in!