"Top Ten Tuesday" is an original feature/weekly meme created on the blog "The Broke and the Bookish". This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at "The Broke and the Bookish".
It is now hosted by Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl.
Since I am just as fond of them as they are, I jump at the chance to share my lists with them! Have a look at their page, there are lots of other bloggers who share their lists here.
This week, our topic is Books With Your Favorite Trope/Theme
Sometimes it would be nice to have a closer explanation of what the suggestion really means, I have done several about a certain theme:
Top Ten Books From My Favourite Genre. I chose historical fiction here.
Top Ten All Time Favourite Books in X Genre. This was one about my favourite classic books.
According to Wikipedia, "a literary trope is the use of figurative language, via word, phrase or an image, for artistic effect such as using a figure of speech."
So, I thought I should check what kind of books fit into a certain category and before even checking my lists, I thought of epistolary novels. I love writing (and receiving) letters (mostly e-mails today but it's about exchanging news via written word rather than social media, so that counts in my opinion) and reading books that are written as letters or diaries is a lot of fun. So, epistolary novels it is.
When I came to choosing which book to put on this list, I found many that were written by people who suffered from a war or other devastating circumstances and that's what I went with. Maybe Mr. Putin should read at least one of those books, it might change his mind.
Atwood, Margaret "The Handmaid’s Tale" (Re-Read) - 1985
Dugain, Marc "The Officer's Ward" (F: La Chambre des officiers) - 1999
Filipović, Zlata "Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Wartime Sarajevo" (BOS: Zlatin dnevnik: otroštvo v obleganem Sarajevu) - 1993
Frank, Anne "The Diary of a Young Girl" (NL: Het Achterhuis) - 1942-33
Hanff, Helene "84 Charing Cross Road" + "The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street" - 1970 + 1973
Hesse, Karen "Letters From Rifka" - 1992
Remarque, Erich Maria "All Quiet on the Western Front" (GE: Im Westen nichts Neues) - 1928
Schami, Rafik "A Hand Full of Stars" (GE: Eine Hand voller Sterne) - 1987
Shaffer, Mary Ann & Barrows, Annie "The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society" - 2008
Zweig, Stefanie "Nowhere in Africa" und "Somewhere in Germany" - 1995+1996