Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted at The Broke and The Bookish where they post a list idea and everyone is welcome to post the list with their own answers. This week is a freebie, so we can choose any topic. I’ve decided to go with my Top Ten favourite reads since I started blogging.
**I’m only allowing one book from a series on the list, so the list doesn’t get dominated by lots from the same series!**
Throne of Glass (Review)
I absolutely loved both Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight.
Celaena, the eighteen year old assassin of Adarlan is a wonderful feisty heroine, and I loved the plot of Throne of Glass. Sarah J. Maas’ worldbuilding is wonderful, detailed but not dry, and the story is still fast paced. I loved the characters, the mystery and the romance (despite a love triangle). Crown of Midnight was every bit as good as the first book, and I can’t wait for Heir of Fire in September.
The Humans (Review)
The Humans is one of the books I recommend the most. It’s currently £3.50 and I honestly feel it’s worth every penny of that and more. Matt Haig’s writing is wonderful, and The Humans manages to be funny yet poignant, inspiring and heart-warming. As I said in my review, The Humans is a brilliantly written, truly funny tale of an alien who discovers what it means to be human.
After The Humans, Fangirl is probably the book I recommend the most. I was really wary of it because I’d read so many rave reviews, and was worried it wouldn’t live up to them (and also because though I liked Eleanor and Park I didn’t love it). I don’t think I can sum up my feelings on Fangirl any more clearly than this bit from my review: “I want to buy everyone close to me a copy and say “THIS. THIS IS HOW MY BRAIN WORKS!”. ” – I genuinely loved it, and it reminded me how much I love being a fangirl!
Dance with dragons part 2
It’s really hard to say much of anything about this one without giving away spoilers! It’s safe to say though that Game of Thrones has become an obsession – I started watching the show basically just to keep getting my fix while I wait for the next books. I very nearly missed out on these, because although I got a copy of A Game of Thrones for Christmas years ago I just never really got into it. I went back to it later and am so glad I gave it another chance!
I picked up Feed from the library because I really enjoyed Parasite by Mira Grant and was looking for more from her. I wasn’t sure I’d like it because zombies are definitely not my thing: I’m very squeamish and a huge wimp! I gave it a go anyway and I ended up loving it. The story is filled with twists and turns, and I was absolutely hooked!
Graceling is one of those books I’d been meaning to read for absolutely ages. I took a copy out from the library years ago but ended up forgetting about it and having to take it back. It wasn’t until Bex sent me a copy from my wishlist as part of the Valentine’s Ninja book swap that I finally started it. I’m sorry I waited so long to read it, because I ended up really enjoying it, and read the whole series in quick succession!
I picked up Ender’s Game mostly because I saw the advert for the film and thought it looked good to be honest! The book is, I’ll admit,a bit weird. For one thing, the writing changes from third-person to first-person occasionally, which at first I absolutely hated. Despite my wariness of the writing, the plot drew me in, and I just loved the way the book made you think. This is one that stuck with me for months after reading it, and is well worth a read – though I was nowhere near as impressed with either book 2 or 3.
The first word that comes to mind when I think of Crewel is unique. Albin’s world-building is wonderful, and I absolutely loved the way Crewel blurs the lines between genres. It’s hard to say too much about this one without spoilers, because I think the less you know before you start the story the better, but Crewel is well worth a read if you like fantasy, feisty (yet imperfect) heroines and a unique premise.
The Dragon Keeper
Let’s be honest, did you ever doubt that Robin Hobb would be
appearing on this list somewhere?! I read The Rain Wilds Chronicles (starting with The Dragon Keeper) a few months after I started blogging, and it didn’t disappoint. Her characters are amazing (and she writes some awesome kickass heroines!), her world-building is wonderfully detailed, and the plots are always gripping and unpredictable. If you haven’t read any of her books yet: do! I’d recommend starting with Assassin’s Apprentice – where it all begins! – but honestly, I’ve yet to read a series I didn’t like.
The Martian (Review)
If you don’t mind a sci-fi story that actually has some science, you’ll probably love The Martian as much as I do. Mark gets stranded on Mars when a mission goes horribly wrong, and the story follows Mark (and occasionally his crew) as he tries to survive. The Martian is a gripping survival story of course, but it’s also surprisingly funny, and I loved that Weir isn’t afraid to leave a little technical detail in. It has heart-stopping moments of drama, but it also had moments that made me laugh out loud, and I ended up loving it.