Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
This week’s topic is a freebie, so in honour of Valentines Day, I’ve decided that I will write about:
Books (or Series) That I Loved!
I’ve chosen write about 10 books, or series, that I loved! These are of course personal choices, and vary wildly across the board. A couple are from my childhood, because a great book will stay with you even after several years!
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine: Gail Carson Levine is a phenomenal fairytale re-teller! Out of all her books, I think that Ella Enchanted was my favourite when I was younger, but they were all great options and always seemed to feature strong young protagonists. The books were geared for younger audiences, but they also didn’t pull their punches, and I feel like they featured some pretty tough choices for the characters. I still have the books in my collection for my daughter to read when she gets older.
The Mediator Series by Meg Cabot: While The Princess Diaries did cross my path when I was in elementary/junior high, I always found Meg Cabot’s The Mediator series to be a bit more exciting. Even when I was younger, I thought fantasy/paranormal books were more fun to read. Suze is another great strong female lead, and I probably read the whole series at least 3 times before I was in high school.
Child of the Morning by Pauline Gedge: Yes, I already featured this book in last week’s Top Ten Tuesday, but it is still one of my favourite books from junior high. I loved reading about an Egyptian historical figure that wasn’t Cleopatra, and the fictional narrative that Pauline Gedge provides is engaging even after several rereads.
Graceling Realm Series by Kristin Cashore: Another great fantasy series that spanned across my youth and has now spilled into my adulthood! Graceling was first released in 2008, and I have been faithfully reading each new book as it is released, often rereading the others first to remind myself of the story. I’m actually due for a reread, since the latest book, Winterkeep, was recently published in January of this year. Kristin Cashore has a great gift for storytelling, and her books fit well with many age groups, I never feel like I’m getting too old to read them.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky: This book is small and unobtrusive, but manages to catch you off guard and thoroughly wreck you all the same. Some books have a vibe, or feeling, that really stick with you long after you are finished reading them, and this is one of those books. It’s amazingly well done, and I’ve reread it several times. Each time it destroys me the same way, even though I know what’s going to happen.
The Raven Cycle Series by Maggie Stiefvater: This is a delightful Young Adult fantasy series! I love the characters so much, I wish there were five more books in the series so I could keep enjoying their adventures. Thankfully Maggie Stiefvater did start a new spinoff series with one of them, so we get to experience more of this magical world!
The Newsflesh Series by Mira Grant: Mira Grant’s books tend to be on the grittier side, and this series is no exception. Now normally zombies give me anxiety, so I try to avoid them in books if I can help it. But this series isn’t your typical zombie story, and I think that Mira Grant does a great job building an intricate plot with dynamic characters.
The Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs: Patricia Briggs has written my favourite werewolf fiction, hands down. Mercedes Thompson is a fun heroine to follow, and her interactions with the otherworldly hidden members of society are always exciting. In particular, her stubborn-to-a-fault personality speaks to me, so I can’t help but reread this series whenever I need a good comfort read.
The Alpha & Omega Series by Patricia Briggs: Yes, this is a bit repetitive, I admit it. But while the Alpha & Omega series is set in the same world as Mercy Thompson, and has a lot of intersecting characters, the stories have their own unique twist to them. The main character, Anna, is also quite different from Mercedes, so if you aren’t the biggest fan of one series, you might actually enjoy the other.
The Nadia Stafford Series by Kelley Armstrong: I really enjoy Kelley Armstrong’s books, and I’ve read most of them over the years. The series I like best is the Nadia Stafford series, and it’s probably close to the only crime fiction I’ve truly enjoyed. Nadia, the protagonist, is a contract killer who used to be a cop, which is pretty intriguing. I think this series could potentially make for a fun tv series (probably HBO since it is pretty violent).
These are the 10 books or series that I loved, just in time for Valentines Day! Would any of these books land on your list? What are some of the books or series that you have loved? Let me know in the comments!