August 16, 2017 by elnadesbookchat
This week’s Top 5 Wednesday is Character’s Fitness Routines. This can be interpreted a bunch of different ways! Fitness comes in many different packages. This can be about characters who are super fast, strong, agile, good at dancing, good at climbing, athletes, or foodies! Whatever it means to you. This is inspired by those routines you see in magazines for actors, but with more of an open mind and less body shaming.
I’m not sure I am totally interpreting this the way it is meant but here are my five books for this week’s Top 5.
Court of Fives by Kate Elliot was the first book I thought of. Partly because I am reading the third and final book of the series as I write this. But also because I really enjoyed reading about the training and the competitions that Jes and Kal go through. It was a fascinating world and well described by the author.
Snow Like Ashes By Sara Raasch. There are a few scenes describing some of the fight training that the characters go through. But one in particular always come to mind as one of my favorite. Meira comes across a group of soldiers training without their shirts on and some of her thoughts were just hilarious.
Scythe by Neil Shusterman. Citra and Rowan end up having very different fitness and training routines. Of the two I would prefer Citra’s routine. They are both training to kill people, but Citra’s was a kinder killing than poor Rowan’s training allowed him.
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. Elias’s training to become a mask was also brutal and not kind. It is amazing that anyone survives it, but some must or their wouldn’t be any elite soldiers. Not my ideal fitness program but still an amazingly cruel program.
Half Bad by Sally Green. Nathan’s exercise routine is more traditional with running and pushups and sit ups. But it was nevertheless grueling as it was forced on him, but it also helped to develop his character.
So three out of the five books are very dark and dangerous types of routines. I wonder what that says about me… Please remember to go to the Goodreads group to check out everyone else’s answers. It will be an interesting collection of books I think.