Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Top Ten: Books I Push

I'm a [book] pusher.
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Hey, you there! Have you read this book? No? Go read it. Now. Seriously, it should be compulsory for everyone in the world to read this book. The language, characters, structure, plot... everything is just magnificent. I've literally pushed it into the hands of everyone I know.

2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. This book took me by complete surprise and made me so incredibly happy, so I like to try and pass on that experience to as many people as possible. So far I've succeeded - everyone I know who has read it has loved it. Don't let the naff cover and title fool you!

3. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. I adore this hate-turned-love classic almost as much as Pride and Prejudice, and jump at the chance to tell fans of the latter who haven't read North and South to do just that. Oh, Mr Thornton...
 
4. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. Like Anna and the French Kiss, Beauty Queens took me by surprise. It's not just really funny, it's also incredibly clever and has some awesome kick-ass characters. Great for fans of satire.

5. Anything by Melina Marchetta. She's one of my favourite authors. Most Aussies who went to high school in the mid '90s and after would be familiar with Melina Marchetta from Looking for Alibrandi (it's not only iconic, it's required reading in a lot of English classes), but the rest of her books are just as awesome - if not more so. As I tell the world at every chance I get.

6. The Princess Bride by William Goldman. It's one of my all-time favourite books, and is the basis for my all-time favourite movie. It's a classic and has pretty much everything going for it. A must-read.

7. Liesl and Po by Lauren Oliver. I only read this recently, but it's definitely one of my favourite books of the year. It's a simple, bittersweet exploration of grief, filled with elegant language, touching emotions and a great cast of characters. It's a magical book - and who doesn't need one of those in their lives from time to time?!

8. I Came to Say Goodbye by Caroline Overington. This book stayed with me for a long time after finishing it. In fact, I still find myself thinking about the main character, Med, from time to time. He is so realistic and heartbreaking - as are all the characters, really. A beautifully written Australian story.

9. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I adored this book and if it wasn't for the cliffhanger at the end I would recommend it unreservedly. As it is, I think EVERYONE should read it - when the sequel comes out. Unless, unlike me, you're patient and don't mind cliffhangers - in which case, go ahead and read it now!
 
10. The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan. I didn't think I liked verse novels - until I read Sarah Crossan's The Weight of Water. It's so beautiful and powerful, and convinced me that verse novels can be brilliant. So I highly recommend it for anyone who is a bit iffy on the genre!


What books do you push on to others the most?


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51 comments:

  1. Old Follower. I loved Stephanie Perkin's books , Have you read her Lola and the Boy Next Door ? Melina Marchetta is another one of my favourites. I loved her Looking for Alibrandi and Jellicoe Road (my all time fav)
    http://thephantomparagrapher.blogspot.co.nz/2012/07/top-ten-tuesday-most-ocd-book-habits.html

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    1. Yes, I liked Lola but not as much as Anna. I'm looking forward to Perkins' next book too. Jellicoe Road is probably my fave Marchetta too!

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  2. Sooo much yes to Anna, anything by Melina Marchetta and Caroline Overington! A couple more from your list are in my TBR pile.. must get to North & South one day!

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    1. Oh I'd love to know your thoughts - I think you'd love it!

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  3. Great list! North and South is <3, I definitely push that novel on as recommendation whenever I could xD

    Here's my TTT for this week =)

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  4. Such a wonderful choice for Top Ten Picks for today! I am going to add stuff from here!

    Here is my Top Ten post!

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  5. Ooh, great list! (And movie reference) I love Anna, The Book Thief, and Miss Peregrine, and I just started Beauty Queens. (Although, everything Libba Bray does is genius.)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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    1. I haven't read any other Libba Bray, but I really want to!

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  6. I've just started reading Marchetta based on your recommendations! I love Anna and the French Kiss and the Book Thief as well. Great list idea! Yeah for the Mean Girls reference!!

    Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews
    http://feministfairytalereviews.blogspot.com/2012/07/top-ten-tuesday-28-fictional-crushes.html

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    1. OMG Jennifer, that makes me so happy! Yay!

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  7. The book thief <3 I definitely think you are right by this one! I always try to recommend it :p It keeps popping up on my blog in all my top 10's :p That book is just amazing. And Liesl and Po was also a very nice book!

    http://thedailyprophecy.blogspot.nl/2012/07/top-10-tuesday-14-freebie.html

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    1. Yes, it's one of my favourites!

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  8. I'm german and only very few people here have read To kill A Mockingbird so I'm trying to make everyone in my family read it :)

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    1. Wow, really? So awesome that you get everyone to read it, it's brilliant. Though I only read it this year myself!

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  9. I LOVE this topic! There are certainly a few books I'm always pushing on people and both "The Book Thief" and "Anna and the French Kiss" are on that list!! I may have to keep this one in mind for a future freebie!

    You can see my list of my top ten favorite tv characters here!

    - Sarah @ Breaking the Binding

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  10. Such a great list. I put Liesl and Po on my TBR list - I know I need to get to it!

    New GFC follower

    My Top Ten

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  11. I feel like you actually pushed those books into my hands. :'DD

    Patricia // My Post

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  12. Totally Agree about the book thief!!! I liked Anna but didn't love it, I preferred Lola...and Beauty Queens was a DNF for me!!!

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    1. I was really disappointed with Lola, I think because I had such high expectations. It was still good though.

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  13. Totally agree with Anna! I seriously recommend it to everyone! As of right now my aunt is reading it because I bothered her so much about it. (:

    Top Ten: Favorite Declarations of Love in YA

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    1. Nice work! I think it's one of those books that definitely spreads through word of mouth.

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  14. I can't believe I haven't read Anna and the French Kiss yet! And I'm so jealous that Looking For Alibrandi is required reading in Australia. ALL Marchetta should be required reading EVERYWHERE!

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    1. Agreed. Anna, you totally need to read Anna! :D

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  15. I love The Book Thief as well but I think Anna and the French Kiss is over hyped.

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    1. When I first saw all the hype around it, I was like, REALLY? But then I read it and became part of the hype :)

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  16. I've heard soooo many great things about The Book Thief and still haven't read it yet. I just got around to reading Beauty Queens and thoroughly enjoyed it so I'll have to look into some other books on your list.

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  17. Great list! I've recommended Anna and the French Kiss and Melina Marchetta's Finnikin of the Rock to my cousins. Whenever I get someone to read North and South, I insist they watch the BBC adaptation with Richard Armitage as John Thornton, too. :)

    New follower. Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. Would you believe I haven't read Finnikin yet?! I really want to!

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  18. I push Salley Vickers, Mary Hooper, LM Montgomery and Frances Hodgson Burnett. Need something to read, eh, eh? I can hook you up.

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    1. LOL Stephanie I can just picture you pulling books out of your shifty trench coat.

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  19. I've only read the book thief and I had issues with it. But I love the top ten idea

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    1. Ooh really, what issues?
      (Trying not to sound defensive - to me it is perfect - but I am genuinely curious and would love to hear your perspective) :D

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  20. I completely agree with Anna and the French Kiss and North and South - oh Mr. Thornton indeed.

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    1. Especially as played by Richard Armitage!

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  21. Great list, I LOVED Looking for Alibrandi when I was in high-school. I must check out some more of Melina Marchetta's books.

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    1. Yes, they're even better than Alibrandi!

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  22. Great choice of books Belle. I still haven't read some of them but based on the excerpts, they are indeed interesting. Thanks for sharing your list with us. I am looking forward to your next post.

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    1. Libba Bray reads the audio book herself and I've heard it's brilliant!

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  24. I've just gotten into Melina Marchetta and am in the process of making my way through all her books!

    My favorite author to push is E. Lockhart. Frankie Landau-Banks is one of my favorite characters ever.

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    1. I need to read E. Lockhart. I keep seeing her books in my recommendations on Goodreads!

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  25. Oooh, awesome list!

    YES. Anything by Melina Marchetta is amazing. So far I've read Looking for Francesca, Looking For Alibrandi and in the last two weeks, On The Jellicoe Road (I. AM. BLOWN. AWAY)! It is my absolute favorite. Best book I've EVER read.

    I've only heard great things about The Book Thief - I'll be sure to read it soon! Anna! Swoon! *hugs book* I haven't read Beauty Queens but it looks like such fun.

    I'll be sure to check these out :)

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    1. Jellicoe is definitely one of my faves! I don't think Melina Marchetta can do anything less than awesome.

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  26. Sorry! I meant Looking For Alibrandi and Saving Francesca (but I'm sure you knew what I meant)! I think I got too excited about talking about On The Jellicoe Road :D

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