Top 5 Saturday: Books with a Survival Theme!

It’s time for another Top 5 Saturday, a weekly meme created by Mandy @ Devouring Books and this week’s topic is: books with a survival theme. So it’s been a hot minute since I participated in a top five saturday post because I’ve either been too busy on the weekend or I’ve just been too mentally drained to feel inspired, but I’m glad to be back this week. That said, I’ve pretty much drawn a blank for this week’s prompt because do I even have any books with survival themes on my TBR or read list? Then again, ‘survival theme’ has a pretty broad scope and can be interpreted in a few ways: actual survival from the elements/nature or survival of a trying situations. So I’m going to do my best with that for my list of five books that I want to read one day!

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
I’ve not read the book or seen the movie (with Reese Witherspoon!) but I’ve heard some pretty amazing reviews about this book. It’s definitely one I’m keen to check out!

The Stand by Stephen King
This is a story about those who survived after a worldwide plague killed off 99% of the population. I have no doubt that this post-apocalyptic story is going to be creepy AF (I mean just look at that cover?) and we all know how I am with creepy books. But it just sounds too good to not try!

The Revenant by Michael Punke
I really enjoyed the movie when it came out and have been interested in the book ever since. It sounds like a brutal story about survival and revenge after being left to die in the Rocky Mountains!

These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) by Amie Kaufman & Megan Spooner
I haven’t had this one sitting on my tbr for too long but I’ve been wanting to read another book by Kaufman for a while now! This is about survival in space with a bit of romance thrown in!

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
This one is very obviously a different kind of survival story but it’s very much a survival story. I’m super keen to read it as I’ve heard so many great things; I just really hope it lives up to all the hype!

Have you read any of my ‘survival themed’ book picks? Any recs on which one to start first and any more recs to add to my list?!
Come let me know in the comments and let’s chat! πŸ˜‚

15 thoughts on “Top 5 Saturday: Books with a Survival Theme!

  1. Sooo many good choices. Wild looks fun I wanna see the movie. The Stand and These Broken Stars are both on my TBR. Survival theme is hard to find books that you haven’t read yet bc you really find out if it has that theme after you read it but I’m glad that you joined again!!

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    1. Thanks Mandy! I’m keen to check out the movie as I love Reese Witherspoon but I definitely wanna try to read the book first πŸ˜… This prompt was pretty awesome — made me look at my books and see them in a slightly different light because survival can mean so much! 😊

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  2. Loved your take on it this week!! I’ve had Wild sitting on my book shelf for what feels like years now and still haven’t gotten around to reading it πŸ˜› I bought it when I was in my ‘hiker phase’ (that never really got anywhere) and haven’t touched it since. It’s meant to be amazing though! Plus, Witherspoon is my idol… I mean from Big Little Lies to Legally Blonde… I’m a hardcore fan πŸ˜› I loved Revenant the movie (Hardy *sigh* ) but I really disliked reading These Broken Stars. Man that book was a drag! Sorry I’ve just dumped my opinions of everything on to you πŸ˜› Lovely post!! Jen

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    1. Haha I don’t think I’ll ever have a hiker phase but it’s nice to dream and experience that kinda stuff vicariously through others. Pretty sure I wouldn’t make it up a hill let alone a full on hike! Haha 🀣 I heard Wild was amazing though so I do hope to get to it at some point! And YES HARDY but I also gotta say LEO πŸ’œ Haha I had no idea what to expect when watching the movie but I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it so much. It was pretty dark πŸ˜‚ I’ve heard some pretty mixed reviews about These Broken Stars actually… But I do love me a good space opera LOL

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  3. god i read the stand when I was 16 and it fucked me up for WEEKS. Any time somebody coughed or anything I was like WHICH ONE OF YOU BITCHES HAS THE PLAGUE.
    that book is insaneeee.

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