I Will Survive! Top 5 Saturday

Hi Guys! I’ve been a bit behind on my posting recently, having a slightly hectic couple of weeks/weekends meant that I really struggled to find the time to schedule posts. Thankfully though, everything has calmed down now and normal scheduling should resume in no time. I’ve really enjoyed being part of the Top 5 Saturday gang and i’m super excited for all the November prompts.

This week is all about books with a survival theme. Whether its surviving in extreme weather conditions, surviving in a court full of backstabbers or simply just surviving your day to day life, there are plenty of books out there with this as a theme and the genre that they mostly seem to fall into is Dystopian. Books filled with uncertain futures after we have ruined the planet, people struggling for food, water and for their lives. These books have gripped me from the start and have truly made me look at my environmental footprint. Some of these futures don’t seem like too far of a leap from where our countries are currently headed and you never know… it could be us fighting for survival in the near future so be sure to give these books a read for some tips 🤣.


  • Share your top 5 books of the current topic– these can be books that you want to read, have read and loved, have read and hated, you can do it any way you want.
  • Tag the original post (This one!)
  • Tag 5 people

This idea was originally created by Mandy @Devouring Books and you should definitely go and give her blog some love!

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

Getting entered into a competition where you literally have to fight to the death against other contestants… all ages and all sexes for a marginally better life than you had before. Talk about survival skills. This is a fantastic series and has a heroine that, although not overly likable, we see overcome a multitude tasks put in place to ensure she doesn’t win.

After the Green Withered – Kristen Ward

I was lucky enough to be on a blog tour for this, set in a dystopian future where water is that scarce it is used as currency. Another strong heroine whose story we get to follow with baited breath, she gets pushed to her limits and manages to rise up every time.

The Handmaids Tale – Margaret Atwood

I mean, is it me or does this not seem like it could be non-fiction book in the next few years. Like 1984 before it this book is hitting a little close to home with how people in power are behaving towards women. Another not overly likable character, but even if you don’t like her personality you have to like her style.

The 100 – Kass Morgan

Set years after a Nuclear bomb destroyed Earth and group of 100 teenage delinquents are dropped back to Earth to see if it is viable to hold human life. Full of Lord of the Flies like moments, with some beautifully strong characters and some amazingly evil ones. I first started this series through the TV show but recently read the first book and will definitely be picking up the rest.

Night – Elie Wiesel

If you want to talk about survival, this man survived Auschwitz. This isnt a story for the feint hearted, written in three installments Night, Dawn and Day this is the story of one man and his family’s frantic journey to try and stay together and alive whilst travelling to the infamous concentration camp. Another story that hits a bit close to the current political climate with the US and other countries enforcing immigrant style camps. Probably the hardest hitting of my pics but also the only factual one, if you want to hear a true story of survival be sure to pick this one up.

Ok! So those are my pics. As you can see i’ve decided to look at more dystopian style stories, even if some of these do hit a little close to home. Have you read any of these? Or are there any other survival style books you can recommend? Let me know in the comments.


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  1. Love your picks!! I love all the different ways people have been interpreting survival. And I LOVE that you included a WWII book because if that isnt surviving idk what is. I’m loving all the choices this week. So glad that you keep joining

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    • Thanks! I was actually struggling to think of books and then I remembered Night and just thought ‘if that isn’t a survival story I don’t know what is!’

      Yes everyone’s kind of put their own spin on it and I’ve really enjoyed reading all the posts… got some great new additions to my TBR as well 😊


      • Topics are always open to interpretation so feel free to put your own spin on it anytime! A couple people did WWII books. Saturday is always a day where I wind up stacking my TBR with tons of new titles

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    • It is and it isn’t. There are characters you know, some from the tv show don’t exist and there are new ones but the overall story is pretty similar… the first one was a pretty easy read though and I read it in a few hours, hopefully the rest will be similar 😊( also if you’re a Bellarke fan the books ship those two waaay more than the tv show)

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