Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Top Ten: Books I've Read Since I Began Blogging

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1. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. This was one of the first books I read after I began blogging, and it completely blew me away. I gave it four stars at the time, I think because - although I thought it was amazing - it was such an uncomfortable read and made me feel ALL THE FEELINGS, so I knew I wouldn't revisit it very often (which is how I generally know a book is five stars for me - I want to reread it immediately). I kind of regret not giving it five stars. It definitely left a big impression.

2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I tried to read this twice before I started blogging, and gave up each time. I just couldn't get into it. When I picked it up for the third time, after creating my blog, I pushed through and ended up absolutely loving it. Perseverance wins!

3. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. The whole The Hunger Games trilogy really belongs in this spot, as I read them all together in one blur. But Catching Fire was definitely my favourite in the series.

4. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I probably never would have read this book if I hadn't started blogging. I'm one of those awful people who judge books by covers, and this cover is pretty terrible. Then I read a whole heap of gushing reviews on blogs I respected and my curiosity got the better of me. I'm glad it did, because this is now one of my favourite books. It's just so fun.

5. The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle. I grew up watching the movie, and finally read the book as an adult. It took my breath away with its vivid imagery, lovely language, memorable characters and magical story.

6. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. This is another one I would never have read if it wasn't for blogging and reading the rave reviews from my fellow bloggers. I wasn't really familiar with Bray's work prior to this so I didn't know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a colourful, witty and intelligent story that I absolutely fell in love with.

7. I Came To Say Goodbye by Caroline Overington. This is a beautiful, haunting tale about family, the foster care system, mental illness, feminism, domestic abuse - but most of all, love. It's amazing.

8. The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan. This was such a surprise for me because I didn't think I enjoyed verse novels, but after glancing at the first couple of pages of The Weight of Water I was completely hooked and couldn't put it down. It totally changed my opinion on verse novels.

9. On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. 'Nuff said, really.

10. Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey. I read this pretty recently but I'm already a hardcore fangirl. Everyone should read it. I would say my adoration for this book is almost on par with my love for The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. Almost.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

30 comments:

  1. I loved the Games in Catching Fire, they were so interesting and cool! Anna and the French Kiss is on my list too!

    MY TTT - http://robolobolynsuniverseofbooks.blogspot.ca/2012/08/top-ten-favorite-books-youve-read.html

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  2. I have had Never Let Me go for so long on my shelves. I love The Remains of the Day, so I don't know why I haven't read it yet.

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    1. I, on the other hand, haven't read The Remains of the Day! I feel like I should for sure.

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  3. I read Jellicoe Road and The Hunger Games series and loved them all. I’ll have to look into some of the others that you mentioned.

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    1. Would love to know what you think if you do.

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  4. What a great list! Love that you mentioned Catching Fire (my favorite HG book) and Anna.

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  5. I think I have to agree with you on Catching Fire (it, too, was my favourite HG book) and The Great Gatsby. Every time I read it, I think of Robert Redford in the film version and just swoon. It's funny because a lot of my "to-reads" are based on your and other book blogger recommendations. :)

    http://foiltheplot.blogspot.com

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    1. I only watched the movie after reading the book, but Robert Redford was definitely a great Gatsby (see what I did there? lol) Not so sure about Leo Dicaprio, but I'm excited to see the new movie when it eventually comes out.

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  6. I AGREE on Jellicoe Road. I cried happy tears! and I have always wanted to read Never Let Me Go. I don't know what is holding me back!
    Great TTT , check out ours! http://yafictionandwhiskeysours.blogspot.com

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    1. Jellicoe Road made me cry too. Such a beautiful written book. Never Let Me Go will make you cry, but not happy tears!

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  7. Loved Catching Fire! Great book and series! I can't wait for the movie! I want to read The Last Unicorn but haven't gotten around to it.

    Here's who made my top 10!

    http://www.wholly-books.com/2012/08/top-ten-tuesday-15.html

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    1. I'm really excited to watch Catching Fire too. It can't come quick enough.

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  8. Catching Fire was my favourite too! The arena in this one totally solidified it for me as cleverly awesome :)

    Great list!

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Michele | Top 10

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    1. Me too. When I heard they were going back in I was a bit suss but it was done in a really clever way.

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  9. Great list! I've been meaning to re-read Never Let Me Go for some time...it didn't resonate as much to me as perhaps it ought to have because I was so busy with my thesis work at the time but it is quite the novel. I also re-read The Great Gatsby earlier this year and I'm glad I did because I finally appreciate all the different elements to the novel (read it the first time during high school; didn't think much of it because I had all these assignments attached to it).

    Thanks for dropping by my blog earlier! =)

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    1. I feel like I need to revisit some of the books I read in high school, somehow I don't think I appreciated them fully at the time.

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  10. walking here with a smile. take care.. have a nice day ~ =)

    Regards,
    http://www.lonelyreload.com (A Growing Teenager Diary) ..

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  11. Libba Bray would have totally made my list for A Great and Terrible Beauty (and probably The Diviners too though I haven't read it yet to be sure) because I love her writing but I read AGATB before my blog. I need to read Anna and the French Kiss really badly. So many people have included on their top ten this week. Great list!

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    1. Oh I really need to read her other books! And yes you need to read Anna!!

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  12. You've got such a lovely list! Word on Melina Marchetta, I love seeing her pop up on lists. There's so many books I probably would have passed if it weren't for blogging. I haven't read Beauty Queens yet but I do really want to read The Diviners!

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    1. Thank you Elena. I want to read The Diviners and the rest of Bray's books too!

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  13. I completely fell in love with Never Let Me Go, but unfortunately I read it right before I set up my blog. It's only been a year but I'm dying to reread it already! I keep meaning to watch the film, but it hasn't happened yet.

    I think I prefered the first Hunger Games book though. I mean, I liked Catching Fire NEARLY as much, but everything's new to you in the first book so it seems more shocking, I think.

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    1. The movie is AMAZING. I think I liked it even more than the book. I agree, the first book often has the most impact. I think the ending to Catching Fire blew me away. It was one cliffhanger I really enjoyed.

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  14. I haven't read Never Let Me Go, but I did just finish The Remains of the Day, which I'll be reviewing today. What a brilliant book!

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    1. Ooh looking forward to reading your review! I haven't read that one.

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  15. That's a lovely list, Belle. I'm reading NEVER LET ME GO now and am quite swept away by it. I'd have a hard time choosing my own top 10 list, I think, but I enjoyed reading yours. :)

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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    1. Thanks so much Wendy. I can't wait to see what you think of Never Let Me Go when you're finished! Such an amazing book.

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