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Top 5 Books with ‘Wind’ in the Title

As a voracious reader, I am always looking for ideas of what to read next even when my list is already hundreds of books long. 🤣 Today I chose a random word — wind — and searched it in Goodreads’ database to see what the top 5 recommended books related to the word wind would be. Most of them include the word wind as the force of nature, but one included it as a sense of a twisting or turning motion. Here’s a quick look at what the top 5 were!


1. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Top 5 genre tags for this title:
Classics, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Historical

2 Sentence Summary:
Scarlett O’Hara, the beautiful, spoiled daughter of a well-to-do Georgia plantation owner, must use every means at her disposal to claw her way out of the poverty she finds herself in after Sherman’s March to the Sea. (Goodreads itself only had one sentence so that’s all I’ve got!)

Have I heard of / read this before?
Yessss, I have heard of this one! Although I’m aware of the movie, I’m not totally sure I knew there was a book.

Do I like the cover?
Not really! 😂 Since this is an older book, it really shows. It looks like something I would borrow from my grandma when I would run out of books to read while visiting when I was younger.

Will I read it?
Probably not. Western-based stories with cowboys and train heists don’t usually interest me much.

2. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Top 3 genre tags for this title:
Fantasy, Fiction, Epic Fantasy

2 Sentence Summary:
Kvothe has lived the life of a legendary hero, but now he just wants to be left alone to run his inn anonymously. That won’t do when a traveler with tales of danger arrives asking questions, however.

Have I heard of / read this before?
Uh, YES I’ve heard of this, because I’ve read it before! My high school English teacher mentioned she was reading it, and at the time I didn’t think much of it but always kept it in mind. I picked it up a few years later and was blown away. What a fantastic series! Now if only it would be finished…

Do I like the cover?
I’m neutral on this cover. It’s not awful, but it’s not very exciting. I do like that it’s more subtle than current trends, though, and it suits the story.

Will I read it?
I will read this again for sure. In like another ten years when the final book in the series comes out. /sigh

3. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Top 5 genre tags for this title:
Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Fantasy, Books about books

2 Sentence Summary:
A bookseller in Barcelona in 1945 realizes someone has been systematically destroying ever copy of an author’s work. He may have the last copies intact – and someone is coming for them.

Have I heard of / read this before?
I have not! Although I feel like I might have seen copies at used bookstores, because the cover looks somewhat familiar.

Do I like the cover?
I do find it rather fascinating. It’s like he lives in the book without knowing it, or is going to escape a story. Plus a book on a book cover is always a bit delightfully meta. ^.^

Will I read it?
I actually might! It’s not my usual pick, but I’ve been working on reading more outside my usual comfort zones. This also sounds like it would be a perspective I haven’t heard before, as it’s around WW2 but in Spain.

4. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

Top 5 genre tags for this title:
Fiction, Magical Realism, Japan, Japanese Literature, Fantasy

2 Sentence Summary:
In a Tokyo suburb a young man named Toru Okada searches for his wife’s missing cat. Soon he finds himself looking for his wife as well in a netherworld that lies beneath the placid surface of Tokyo. As these searches intersect, Okada encounters a bizarre group of allies and antagonists: a psychic prostitute; a malevolent yet mediagenic politician; a cheerfully morbid sixteen-year-old-girl; and an aging war veteran who has been permanently changed by the hideous things he witnessed during Japan’s forgotten campaign in Manchuria.

Have I heard of / read this before?
I’ve heard of this one, and I believe I had this on my list to read “eventually.” I’ve read Murakami before, and while I generally enjoyed 1Q84, it was also hefty. I need to be ready to settle in for a surreal story if I come back to this one.

Do I like the cover?
It’s simple and strange, like the story seems to be.

Will I read it?
Once I feel up to a somewhat confusing read with delightful linguistic elements, I will!

5. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahme

Top 4 genre tags for this title:
Classics, Fiction, Children’s, Fantasy

2 Sentence Summary:
When Mole flees his little underground home he discovers new friends and adventures with Raj, Toad and Badger. (Goodreads only had 1 sentence, so this is all I’ve got!)

Have I heard of / read this before?
I have vague memories of hearing of this before. I was pretty sure it was a children’s story, though not one I’ve ever read or heard.

Do I like the cover?
It’s very quaint and suits the feel of the story, since I know it as a nostalgic thing from childhood. It makes me think this will be a really cute innocent story.

Will I read it?
It’s fairly short, so maybe I’ll pick it up one day to learn this classic children’s story that I apparently missed when I was younger!


Any familiar reads?

What do you think? Are any of these books you have or might read? Drop any suggestions for words you’d like to see in the comments below! 😊

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