Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of the bloggers there at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join!
Today’s topic is the Top Ten Favorite Books I Read Before I Was A Blogger. This wasn’t difficult to put together at all, although I tried to stay away from my go-to favorites in order to spice up the list just a tad. So, while I easily could have added the Harry Potter books (number three is my favorite), the Percy Jackson books, or the His Dark Materials books, I left those off this week. Consider them honorable mentions!
1) Impossible by Nancy Werlin
I just really loved the main character in this one. Lucy has to face enormous odds – odds no one in her family has ever overcome – and she does it with humor and determination. I also loved the faerie lore interspersed throughout.
2) Lament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception by Maggie Stiefvater
To this day, this is the only Maggie Stiefvater book I’ve read. I LOVE faerie books, and this one was just amazing. There was lots of suspense, romance, and drama throughout the entire thing. The ending broke my heart a bit, but I’ve heard there’s going to be a third in this series so I’ll hold out hope that perhaps things can be fixed satisfactorily for this romantic.
3) Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
This was a required title for my Fantasy Literature course in Grad School, and I’m SO glad I was “forced” to read it! Sunny is a wonderful main character who has to deal with a lot of discrimination, but has a pluck and good humor about her that makes her a joy to read. The magical elements in this world are also amazingly creative and fun!
4) Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
This was also a required title, this time for my YA Literature course (feel free to be jealous; I had some amazing required reading lists!). I’ve talked about this one on previous TTT posts, but I just love the humor in this book. Audrey is a very real character, and I loved the musical backdrop provided for this story. The romance is sweet, the characters laugh-out-loud funny, and I just very much enjoyed every single thing about this book.
5) The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The only adult book on my list! This book packs quite the emotional punch, which is not always what I’m going for when I’m reading. To this day, I’ve only been able to read it the one time. I just found myself entranced by the improbable romance and love story. And bonus points for having a character who’s a librarian!
6) Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Oh, Howl. He’s such a whiny brat, but I couldn’t help but love him anyway. I also adored Sophie’s determination and grit, and Calcifer’s wit. This book is just all kinds of fun!
7) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Oh, this book broke me in ways I didn’t think possible. I remember when it was first released; I was working at Barnes & Noble, and it was a book we were told to push the heck out of. I don’t like pushing books I haven’t read, so I took it home to read. I still remember the sobbing mess it left me in! The entire thing is very unique and so emotionally wrenching. I haven’t been able to re-read it since.
8) The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart (and sequels)
These are amazingly fun MG books. The four children in this books are smart, funny, adventurous, and all kinds of other good adjectives. I love the focus on intelligence over physicality, and the ways the problem solving really falls to them. The latter two books in the series are darker in tone, but still so good.
9) Born Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier
Another required title for my YA Literature course, and was another I otherwise would not have picked up at all. I loved Dimple’s personal journey and her search to figure out who and what she was and wanted to be. I also want to give props to the author for not making it all about the romance!
10) Stardust by Neil Gaiman
I picked this one up prior to the film’s release several years ago, and ended up really loving it. This surprised me, because to that point I’d read some other Gaiman books and really didn’t enjoy them as much as I thought I would. But this one was fairy tale-ish, magical, and creative, and I gobbled it up. Definitely my favorite!
So those are my picks for this week! What are yours? Please link me!