Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all been having a good week, mine has been not so great, I am currently in essay hell and I swear after this week I will likely never want to see my University library ever again (okay that’s a little over-dramatic, but seriously, I’ve spent more time in the library in the last five days than I have in the entire 2 1/2 years I’ve been at University!). My NaNoWriMo project is still just about on track, despite the aforementioned essay hell, though I’ve hit a slight snag with the middle, so I’m going to attempt writing the end (which I know) and working backwards. This is the first time I’ve ever written out of chronological order, so wish me luck (and anyone who does this regularly, if you have any tips, then help a girl out!).
Anyway, since it’s Tuesday, I’m back with another Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of the lovely ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books I Want My Future Children/Nieces/Nephews/Godchildren/Young People in my life to read. Since I’m pretty adamant that I don’t want kids in the future (not a kid person at all!), I’m going to go with Top Ten Books I’d Pass On To My Nieces/Nephews If I Had Any In The Future (I’m adding the if, since I don’t know if my sister will have kids in future or not). These will all be books that I, or my sister, currently own, that I would want to keep to pass down to nieces or nephews were I to have any.
- The Harry Potter Series-JK Rowling
There is no way these books wouldn’t be the top of my list. The copies we have actually belong to my sister, but I reckon she would agree with me in wanting to pass these books on to my hypothetical nieces/nephews. Our dad read them to us when we were little and I would love to keep up that tradition with my nieces/nephews were I to have any.
2. Heartland Series-Lauren Brooke
Horses have been such a big part of my life (and part of my sister’s too, though she hasn’t ridden in a while), so I would definitely want that love to be passed onto my nieces/nephews and this series was one of my favourites when I was a kid, so I would love to get to share that with my nieces/nephews.
3. Percy Jackson/HOO/TOA-Rick Riordan
Rick Riordan’s books have been a staple in my life since I was 14, and I would love for my nieces/nephews to have that too. I definitely aim to instill my love of fantasy in any nieces or nephews I may have, and I think Rick Riordan’s books will be a great place to start with that.
4. Skulduggery Pleasant-Derek Landy
Skulduggery Pleasant is quite similar to Percy Jackson in terms of humour, so I reckon if my future nieces/nephews liked Percy Jackson they would love Skulduggery Pleasant too. Plus, there’s no way I would allow them not to have my favourite skeleton detective in their lives.
5. The Book Thief-Markus Zusak
The Book Thief is one of my absolute favourite books, so when my nieces/nephews were a little older, I would definitely give them this one, not only because it’s an amazing story, but because I would like to one day have a family member who I could talk history with without their eyes glazing over.
6. Matilda-Roald Dahl
Matilda was a childhood favourite of mine and Roald Dahl was another staple of my childhood, so I would love my nieces/nephews to be able to grow up with that as well.
7. Blind Beauty-KM Peyton
Another one of my childhood favourites that I would love to pass on my nieces/nephews and another step on their hopeful future horse obsession. I would hope that this lovely story might lead onto Black Beauty when they were a little older, and KM Peyton’s other horse related books.
8. The Faraway Tree Books-Enid Blyton
Yet another set of childhood favourites that I would love my nieces/nephews to read. This series introduced me to the wonders of fantasy and I would love my nieces/nephews to become as obsessed with fantasy books as I am.
9. Noughts and Crosses-Malorie Blackman
I’d like to hope that one day this story won’t be as politically relevant as it is today, but that’s just wishful thinking, racism has always been a thing and probably always will be. When my nieces and nephews are older and looking for their first introduction to YA, this will be one of the first books I give them, it’s a beautiful, poignant, important story that I would love for them to read.
10. Ballet Shoes-Noel Streatfeild
Another one of my favourites as a kid, I would definitely love my nieces or nephews (because boys can read books about girls too darn it), to read this one, it’s such a lovely story about family and growing up and finding your way in the world.
11. Shades of Magic Trilogy-VE Schwab
When my nieces/nephews are a little older, I will be shoving VE Schwab’s books into their hands, because they need to be exposed to the wonderful things that come from the brain of VE Schwab and become as addicted to her books as I am.
12. The Hunger Games Trilogy-Suzanne Collins
This is a series that both my sister and I really loved, so it would be great to be able to share that love with my future nieces and nephews if I were to have any. This would be a great introduction to YA for them, I think.
13. Unwind Dystology-Neal Shusterman
Another one of my personal favourites that I would love to pass down to my nieces/nephews when they were teens. I mean it’s better for them to learn sooner rather than later that my nieces/nephews learn that their aunt is into weird, creepy books no? But in all seriousness, this is one of the most unique dystopian series I’ve ever read and if I’m going to get my nieces/nephews into dystopia, I may as well start them with the best!
14. The Raven Cycle-Maggie Stiefvater
Another of my favourite fantasy series that I would love to be able to share with my nieces/nephews, I want to be able to introduce them to Maggie Stiefvater’s weird, wonderful world of dead welsh kings and psychics and magic and one of my favourite friendship groups in YA.
15. Code Name Verity-Elizabeth Wein
I’d love my nieces/nephews to read this, both to get them into history but also to show examples of great female friendship as it’s so important to show girls getting along and supporting each other, and I would like both nieces or nephews to aspire to having friendships as wonderful as Maddie and Julie’s.
16. Charlotte’s Web-EB White
This was one of my favourite books when I was a kid, so I would love to get to pass it down to my nieces/nephews and see if they love it as much as I did.
17. My Sister’s Keeper-Jodi Picoult
Jodi Picoult is one of my favourite authors and I would love to be able to share that with my nieces/nephews when they were old enough to read her books and since this one is my favourite, it would be the one I would start with.
18. Anything by Sophie McKenzie
I’m not picking a specific books but I gobbled up Sophie McKenzie’s books when I was a teen and I would love to be able to share the love and pass them onto my future nieces/nephews.
19. Dangerous Girls-Abigail Haas
Because everyone, including my hypothetical nieces/nephews need to have their minds blown by this book. I will not stop until it has happened.
20. Cross My Heart-Carmen Reid
This is another one of my favourite historical fiction YAs and I would love to be able to share it with my future nieces/nephews, it’s such an underrated but incredibly brilliant book and I’d like them to know about lesser known parts of WWII as well as the stuff that everyone knows about.
So there we go, the books I would pass onto my hypothetical nieces/nephews! I know I got a bit overexcited, but let’s face it, I will be passing every book I can onto my future nieces/nephews if I have them, the love of reading in the Elliott family is not going to die with me! Have you read any of these books? What books would you pass onto to your children/nieces/nephews/godchildren? Let me know in the comments!
Next week’s topic is Top Ten Books I’m Thankful For, for Thanksgiving week in the US. Now it’s not Thanksgiving week in the UK as we don’t do Thanksgiving, but I like the idea of the topic, so I’ll still be doing it, it will be a great chance to give my favourite books some love! I am going to be in the midst of essay hell for the foreseeable future, so I probably won’t be posting at all for the rest of this week. I still need to write my review of House of Ash at some point, but I don’t know when that will be!