Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
I find that Top Ten Tuesday posts are always the hardest to write, not because they’re difficult to figure out or anything like that, but rather because they just take so damn long. I love them, but the amount of work that goes into these posts is insane and I think it largely comes down to the pictures and the formatting. As if I don’t already feel like I’m running out of time for everything I want to do.
But books are such an amazing thing and they certainly deserve the amount of time I put into them—whether it’s from reading, raving about them, or simply writing a review—and so here are the top ten books that I’m most grateful for and more than happy to give a massive amount of my attention.
10. The Hunger Games by Susan Collins
A great story with a great premise that did not get the right kind of attention that it deserved. I find it thoroughly ironic how this book was a commentary on the mistreatment of the poor and our disturbing ability to allow personal entertainment to overshadow everything that is going on. Funnily enough, I think that actually plays a role in how we ended up with such a piece of shit for a President. We were supposed to condemn the people of the capitol, to see how their views and reactions to the world are detrimental to so many…and yet, when these books were read and turned into films, what was the one thing that everyone kept focusing on? “Are you team Peeta or team Gale?” I continue to cringe just thinking about how poorly the true message of these books was received by the public.
9. A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
This one, admittedly, is on here largely because I just love the show. Frankly, I think the show did a better job but it wouldn’t be here without the source material and therefore I do have a deep appreciation for the books. Martin does well building his world and his characters, he just has a harder time making his writing less dull. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve groaned out loud when I see that I’ve stumbled upon a Bran chapter because they were just so frustratingly boring to read. They aren’t bad books, for sure, but the show definitely does a better job of keeping me interested.
8. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
I genuinely just adore the books in this series. I even picked out the name I want to give my future daughter—should I have one—from this very book. In truth, it’s a wonderful story with wonderful characters and I reread it all the time. I can’t wait to have kids, really, because this is going to be one of the first book series’ that I read to them. Hopefully my future child will love it as much as I do. And maybe she’ll even share a name with the main character!
7. The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
A gorgeous, exceptional graphic novel that addresses important topics in a unique, emotional, and at times humorous way. I cannot stress enough how important and perfect this book is. I knew I wanted it from the moment I learned about it and was over the moon the day it came in the mail. Finished the whole thing in the span of a few hours, but it was so utterly worth it and I’m quite pleased to have it sitting on my shelf right now. If you haven’t read this book, you really should do so as soon as you get a chance.
6. Into the Wild by John Krakauer
This book got me into college. Now, I likely still would’ve gotten into college without it because it’s not as though I couldn’t have found something else to base my entry essay on, but still. I wish that I still had it, to be honest, because I haven’t the foggiest idea—seven years out—how the hell I managed to make an essay about a guy who dropped out of college worthy enough to get me accepted. Come to think of it, maybe this is why I got waitlisted at Dartmouth…
5. All Our Yesterday’s by Cristin Terrill
This book was a storm. I read it in a single day, having gotten myself disastrously attached to the story and the characters so much so that all of my other responsibilities were completely shirked and my boyfriend was quite put out with me when he came home to find the apartment was still the utter mess that it had been when he’d left for work that morning. This is one of those few books that I find myself infuriated at the fact that there isn’t a companion novel or something more to the series and yet I can still understand and accept why that is. It’s so amazing that I need more, yet also so amazing that I don’t want it ruined.
4. The Wendy by Erin Michelle Sky and Steven Brown
My very first arc and one of the best novels I’ve read to date. I cannot even begin with how attached I am to the copy I own of this book. It will unquestionably be close to my heart for a very long time. I’ve read quite a few Peter Pan retellings in my life, having perhaps an unnecessary obsession with he story of the boy who did not want to grow up, and The Wendy is the best one I’ve read to date. I don’t imagine many will surpass it considering how well written and impressive the story is as a whole.
3. The Enchanted Sonata by Heather Dixon Wallwork
Just as The Wendy is the best Peter Pan retelling I’ve had the fortune to find and read, The Enchanted Sonata is the best Nutcracker retelling I’ve been lucky to get my hands on. As with the last, I have also read my fair share of Nutcracker retellings and this most recent one that I’ve read was perfection in all the right ways. I cannot express enough how much I love this story, but if it is any indication, I’m already rereading the book after having only just read it last month.
2. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Cinder, Marissa Meyer, and The Lunar Chronicles mean a great deal to me. To this day, these are some of the most amazing books I’ve ever read. I love them immensely, have gone out of my way to get special copies of them, and they are the books I would likely be the most devastated to lose if I ever did—I am kind of cringing right now just thinking about the fact that my puppy is at home with them on the shelves with my roommate, though hopefully he is doing a good job of protecting them from Mickey’s teeth and chewing habits. These books helped me through a thoroughly depressing part of my life and I will be forever grateful to them for that.
1. Eragon by Christopher Paolini
This is the book of my childhood, the book that I held onto for so long and brought so many places that it is falling apart from the mere fact that I read it so many times. If we could base our goodreads shelves off of how may times we’ve re-read a book, I guarantee you that Eragon would be nearing a hundred right now all by itself. The first time I was ever grounded in a way that I saw as an actual punishment was when my mother took this book away from me for a week. I always felt especially attached to this book and even more so I felt inspired by the author in so many ways. And so, I don’t think there’s a book out there that I could be more grateful for than Eragon.
And that’s all for now! Happy reading, everyone!