Welcome back for another post, and another Five Books With post. Last time I posted about strong female leads, which I loved writing about, and I may well have to write another version of at some point as stopping at five was almost impossible. But that is the point of these posts, so I restrained myself – FOR NOW.
This time, I’m posting about something completely different; covers. There’s so many beautiful covers out there, with so much variation happening in them. Especially at the moment, there are some stunning covers out in the world, and today we’re going to focus on white covers. That might sound dull, and originally I was going to do quite the opposite – looking at colourful covers. But that’s why we’re looking at white ones – a white cover doesn’t mean a dull book.
The Help – Kathryn Stockett
Praised by many as an eye opening book and a stunning work of fiction, this novel brought a lot of awareness to a time period that many would like to suppress and forget. As the blurb starts;
Enter a vanished world: Jackson, Mississippi, 1962
Where black maids raise white children, but aren’t trusted not to steal the silver…
This book is incredibly hard hitting and eye opening, and one of the works of fiction that could be hugely important right now, when – most, hopefully – people are putting in energy to raise their own awareness of racism, both past and present. This doesn’t come exclusively from fiction books, naturally, but it can help put things in perspective for some.
The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How It’s Broken
Nominated for numerous awards, this book is intriguing and horrifying in equal measure, looking at the flaws in the British legal system. The Secret Barrister has been blogging for a long time with wit and cutting honesty, and this book is a compilation of some stories already told, and more new ones that needed to be brought into the open to show the painfully brutal wrongs in the systems around us. It also touches on the ‘how’ of defending someone you know – or at least suspect – to be guilty, often of horrific crimes.
A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder – Holly Jackson
When looking at white covers, this was a natural book to mention. Not only is the stark white brilliant in contrast with the colour on it, but it’s a book I’ve raved about, along with the sequal, Good Girl, Bad Blood. In search of the truth, Pippa Fitz-Amobi battles through secrets and threats to find the truth about one of the town’s darkest secrets. This young adult murder mystery is easily one of my favourite crime fiction novels, simply because of the way it’s been handled; the writing is engaging and the plot more thought out than many novels I’ve previously encountered, with twists all over the place. The characters are relatable, and maybe this is part of why it’s as hard hitting as it is.
What If? – Randall Munroe
“Serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions”, this book reaches out into the world of science and science fiction simultaneously. Similar to a book I reviewed a long time ago, Hollywood Wants To Kill You, this looks at just how absurd questions we have for science can be answered accurately, with intriguing and often hilarious results. This book manages to be for those of us that are self proclamined geeks while still remaining accessible for anyone who may be curious about questions such as “what would happen if the moon went away” and “how fast can you hit a speed bump and live”.
One Of Us Is Lying – Karen M. McManus
Another young adult murder mystery that I’ve adored reading and reviewing, this is yet another well thought out and powerful crime fiction novel that I read when I was searching for something to fill the gap that was left in my life after AGGGTM. Luckily I found not just this one, but two others written by the same author with young adult crime based storylines. The ideal thing about YA crime over adult is there isn’t unnecessary violence, especially against women, which is so prevalent in general crime works. It’s brilliant to get away from that whilst still being so engaged in a mystery.
So there we are! Five books – all of which I own for that matter – with white covers. Two might be the same genre, but once more I’ve tried to cover a selection of books that might suit everyone. I’ll be back again with another Five Books With collection at some point soon; let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see!