Top 5 Tuesday – Top 5 Books About a Birth

Hello everyone! Welcome back for another Top 5 Tuesday! The prompt for today is the top 5 books about a birth. I struggled with this list a lot. I don’t really read a ton of books focused on a pregnancy/birth. So, it was pretty much impossible to make a list of books that focus specifically on that topic. Instead I’ve chosen five books I’ve read, or intend to read, that contain a pregnancy or birth in them. I’d love recommendations for books about a birth (fantasy or sci fi preferred) because I obviously don’t read enough of them. I’ll definitely be perusing others’ lists this week for recs, as well. 🙂 Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm, and is now being hosted at Meeghan Reads!

Jade War by Fonda Lee

In Jade War, the sequel to the World Fantasy Award-winning novel Jade City, the Kaul siblings battle rival clans for honor and control over an Asia-inspired fantasy metropolis.

On the island of Kekon, the Kaul family is locked in a violent feud for control of the capital city and the supply of magical jade that endows trained Green Bone warriors with supernatural powers they alone have possessed for hundreds of years.

Beyond Kekon’s borders, war is brewing. Powerful foreign governments and mercenary criminal kingpins alike turn their eyes on the island nation. Jade, Kekon’s most prized resource, could make them rich – or give them the edge they’d need to topple their rivals.

Faced with threats on all sides, the Kaul family is forced to form new and dangerous alliances, confront enemies in the darkest streets and the tallest office towers, and put honor aside in order to do whatever it takes to ensure their own survival – and that of all the Green Bones of Kekon.

Jade War is the second book of the Green Bone Saga, an epic trilogy about family, honor, and those who live and die by the ancient laws of blood and jade.

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

This is the way the world ends. Again.

Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, a woman living an ordinary life in a small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Meanwhile, mighty Sanze — the world-spanning empire whose innovations have been civilization’s bedrock for a thousand years — collapses as most of its citizens are murdered to serve a madman’s vengeance. And worst of all, across the heart of the vast continent known as the Stillness, a great red rift has been torn into the heart of the earth, spewing ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.

Now Essun must pursue the wreckage of her family through a deadly, dying land. Without sunlight, clean water, or arable land, and with limited stockpiles of supplies, there will be war all across the Stillness: a battle royale of nations not for power or territory, but simply for the basic resources necessary to get through the long dark night. Essun does not care if the world falls apart around her. She’ll break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.

The Darkness Outside Us by Eliot Schrefer

Two boys, alone in space.

After the first settler on Titan trips her distress signal, neither remaining country on Earth can afford to scramble a rescue of its own, and so two sworn enemies are installed in the same spaceship.

Ambrose wakes up on the Coordinated Endeavor, with no memory of a launch. There’s more that doesn’t add up: Evidence indicates strangers have been on board, the ship’s operating system is voiced by his mother, and his handsome, brooding shipmate has barricaded himself away. But nothing will stop Ambrose from making his mission succeed—not when he’s rescuing his own sister.

In order to survive the ship’s secrets, Ambrose and Kodiak will need to work together and learn to trust one another… especially once they discover what they are truly up against. Love might be the only way to survive.

The Hollow Hills by Mary Stewart

Keeping watch over the young Arthur Pendragon, the prince and prophet Merlin Ambrosius is haunted by dreams of the magical sword Caliburn, which has been hidden for centuries. When Uther Pendragon is killed in battle, the time of destiny is at hand, and Arthur must claim the fabled sword to become the true High King of Britain.

The Last Command by Timothy Zahn

The embattled Republic reels from the attacks of Grand Admiral Thrawn, who has marshaled the remnants of the Imperial forces and driven the Rebels back with an abominable technology recovered from the Emperor’s secret fortress: clone soldiers. As Thrawn mounts his final siege, Han and Chewbacca struggle to form a coalition of smugglers for a last-ditch attack against the empire, while Leia holds the Alliance together and prepares for the birth of her Jedi twins. Overwhelmed by the ships and clones at Thrawn’s command, the Republic has one last hope–sending a small force, led by Luke Skywalker, into the very stronghold that houses Thrawn’s terrible cloning machines. There a final danger awaits, as the Dark Jedi C’baoth directs the battle against the Rebels and builds his strength to finish what he had already started: the destruction of Luke Skywalker.

So, there you have it. My top 5 books with a birth. What books about a birth have you enjoyed? Let me know what they are down in the comments!

9 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday – Top 5 Books About a Birth

  1. We both picked King Arthur although I went for The Once and Future King as my book. You have some great books on here and I must get round to reading the next book in the Jade wars.

  2. Oh wow, what a topic! I don’t think I’ve ever seen it done before for one of the weekly memes 😂 Since you mentioned Jade War, I thought immediately of Jade Legacy too (oof, I love these books *SO MUCH* 🥹). I really can’t think of any others off the top of my head so you’ve done a great job with this list!

    • Yeah. I’ve never seen it done before either, and it was definitely a bit of a struggle. I love those books so much too! I ended up reading a bit of Jade War to make sure I was remembering correctly, and I didn’t want to put it down. My next read is Fonda’s new novella, and I’m super excited.

  3. Hey — sorry about being late with the visit, AND the post this week. Everything got away from me, and then the topic was NOT as easy as I expected, so the whole thing went into the ‘too hard basket’ until today when I had brain space.
    You did really well and I love the take on the topic!! You’ve also reminded me that I really need to pick up The Fifth Season soon…

    • It is no problem! I totally get putting it off for being too hard. It was honestly a lot harder than I expected it to be. If I hadn’t started brainstorming as soon as the topic was posted, I probably would have been late or skipped it altogether. I did have fun racking my brain trying to figure it out, though. 🙂

Leave a Reply