Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish that features a new top ten list posted every week. This week’s topic is Top Ten Tuesday REWIND where we can pick any previous featured topic, and because I missed out on last week’s meme, I’m going to blog about the Top 10 Favourite Books I read before I was a blogger.
I only actively started participating in the reading community back in Sep 2011 and when I discovered Goodreads I was delighted to find the genre that suits me and meet a whole bunch of people who loved books as much as I did! Back then, the only paranormals I read was Twilight and Vampire Academy, and I tended to focus on best sellers (whatever was heavily promoted at the bookstore) and classics. Here’s my Top 10 books:
Is there any other series that more powerfully inspires the love of reading than the one about the boy magician? Back when I was in school, Harry Potter was all the buzz when it first came out. Picking up one of the new hardcover books and feeling the pages sprouted a love and anticipation for the series ahead. Between my sister and I, we ran out to buy the book upon release. I’m happy to have followed the JK Rowling phenomenon from start to finish.
This was another popular book when I was in high school. I read The Da Vinci code and the writing was quite difficult to get into, although I did like putting the pieces together at the end. Angels & Demons on the other hand, was fast-paced and exciting, featuring some controversial issues with race, religion and science. I couldn’t put this book down and the short chapters were a treat too. Robert Langdon and Vittoria Vetra were such a vexing, intelligent couple, it’s hard not to root for them. I can’t wait until the 4th Robert Langdon book, Inferno, comes out this year.
A more recent favourite book that I read before the Hunger Games phenomenon, I picked up the box set of the first three books before it became famous in Australia for only $30. This book was mind-blowing, the bleak dystopia, the political struggle between the districts and the Capitol, the vivid imagery and Katniss Everdeen, the brave, heroic character central to the series. I didn’t hesitate to recommend this series to everyone and was pleased to see it explode onto the book & movie scene.
4) A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
I’m a thinker and meaningful books really strike a chord with me. When looking for my next read, someone recommended A Thousand Splendid Suns as one that would leave me with a lasting impression. A Thousand Splendid Suns is about two Afghan women who experience the volatile history over the past 30 years in Afghanistan, including the Soviet invasion, Taliban reign, to its downfall. This novel is incredibly rich with description and moving in the unlikely friendship and how these two women are treated. It really opens our eyes to a world so different to our own and this book still remains one of my favourites.
Another book on the best seller list for a long time, The Book Thief is now studied in English classes everywhere for it’s beautiful prose, unique & poignant story, and unusual narrative. The Book Thief is an artistic masterpiece in the way it uses words to illustrate a bleak, depressing time where Death is the narrator. This title deserves to be a classic of our time and I highly recommend it to everyone.
6) The Walking Dead graphic novels by Robert Kirkman
I’ve always been a zombie lover and because I loved the Walking Dead TV show, which came out in 2010, I decided to pick up the comics when I saw them at Borders. As the first graphic novel I read, I was pleasantly surprise by the strength of the narrative presented within images and speech bubbles, it was like watching a story come to life. Stark, bleak, and desperate, these survivors witness and undergo horrific events by humans to survive the zombie apocalypse. I now look forward to the hardcover books every year. Here’s my article on Why you should read the Walking Dead comics.
After reading Twilight, Vampire Academy satisfied my craving for a teen paranormal book. I picked this up after being heavily promoted at Borders and boy, was I glad I discovered Richelle Mead. VA and it’s vampire class systems between the Moroi, Dhampir (protector) and Strigoi was really interesting, and the author created some compelling, strong characters within. It was set in a teenage setting, but it was never juvenile. Richelle Mead is one of my favourite authors and I eagerly anticipate everything she writes.
Because I loved the VA series so much, I searched for other books by the same author and this is where I discovered the Georgina Kincaid series. Witty, smart, funny and presenting demons & succubi in an engaging way, I absolutely loved this series. This was where my love for paranormal romance and urban fantasy books were born, was so glad to finally discover my niche genre.
This was a pleasant discovery from the library. Combining historical fiction with fae in the Victorian era, this series is unique and compelling. I wish there were more books like this, and glad I found heaps of genre mash ups now. While there were some parts definitely intended for the teenage audience (a bit young in the drama), I loved the majestical fairy tale feel in this book.
10) The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Now that I think about it, The Time Traveler’s Wife was actually quite difficult to get into because of the narrative that jumped around and the different times. But such is the nature of time travel, and in my opinion the time travel in this book is really well done. The pieces don’t come together until the latter half of the book, which makes this book one to be read again and again. I remember reaching the end and crying on the bus, and that in essence is a very good book.