Like many of my fellow book bloggers, I was a voracious reader before I started blogging. Which means, I have a lot of favorite books that I haven’t really talked about on this blog. And today I get to share ten of them with you!
- The Diviners by Libba Bray. My love for Libba Bray goes way back to my junior year of high school (side note: how was that eleven years ago already?) when I started reading the Gemma Doyle Trilogy – A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels, and The Sweet Far Thing. I read The Diviners last year, and absolutely adored it! It’s a young adult urban fantasy set in 1920s New York. YES PLEASE! I’ve definitely mentioned this book before (I’m pretty sure there’s a review of it from early last year) but not nearly as much as some of my other favorites.
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Once upon a time, I was a lonely book worm who read a lot of Philippa Gregory and Meg Cabot books. One day, I overheard a few of my friends talking about The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (and Ender’s Game) and asked about it. Their response: “oh, you won’t like it.” Naturally, I went right out and read it. And boy, did I prove them wrong (I later read and loved Ender’s Game)! This book is a classic, and I’m pretty sure it’s what sparked my interest in science fiction.
- Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. I’ve read this book twice, and ended up sobbing both times. It’s about a boy who tries to find answers after his dad is killed in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. I love that it’s such an interesting, personal look at a tragedy most of us are familiar with. And I always have a soft spot for awkward characters like Oskar.
- The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North. This is actually a recent read, but I think I only mentioned it in a brief book review. This book is absolutely fantastic, and is definitely one of my favorites of the year so far! The writing is beautiful and the story is so unique and intriguing. It took me a while to get into this one, but once I did, I couldn’t put it down.
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I’ve mentioned The Martian about a million times on this blog, but Ready Player One is right up there as one of my all-time favorite sci-fi books. I’m pretty sure I stayed up until about 4am to finish it, because it was so good! I’m really excited for the movie, which is set for release in 2018, with Steven Spielberg directing.
- The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis. Before there was Harry Potter, I had Narnia. I actually have the huge, 767-page bind-up of all seven books, and spent a month reading them when I was probably ten or eleven. These books really were a part of my childhood, and I will always love them.
- Matilda by Roald Dahl. Speaking of books that were part of my childhood… have I mentioned how many hours I spent trying to move things telekinetically? It’s and embarrassing amount. But it’s all because I was fascinated by this book. My copy is absolutely falling apart, it’s so
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. I’m a huge fan of the Brontë sisters – all three of them – but I can’t remember the last time I mentioned Jane Eyre on this blog. I prefer it – just barely – to Wuthering Heights. Now that I think about it, it’s been a full ten years since I’ve read it, so maybe it’s time for a reread. (I did just read The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, and that’s now my favorite Brontë novel, but I do love them all.)
- Animal Farm by George Orwell. I’ve talked a lot about my love for 1984, but I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned Animal Farm. This was one of my favorite assigned readings in high school. And I think the main reason I love it is because it’s an allegory for WWII, which I really enjoy. Basically, I just love George Orwell.
- The Time Machine by H. G. Wells. Have I mentioned that I’m a huge fan of classic sci-fi? Because I am. I love H. G. Wells, and this is my favorite (so far). This is actually another book I want to reread, because I really enjoyed it!
That’s it for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday! This post was actually more difficult than I expected, but I really enjoyed thinking about some books I haven’t read or talked about in a while. If you want more information about Top Ten Tuesday, just head on over to The Broke and the Bookish (and check out everyone else’s posts while you’re at it). Thanks for reading!