Hi all! I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these, mine has been very snow filled (we had snow all week), but I did get out to Glasgow for the New Voices 2018 event last Tuesday which was super fun, and I’m bingeing Gossip Girl for the thousandth time before it leaves UK Netflix on 15th February (why Netflix,why? Oh well, I have 5 seasons on DVD already, I just need to get the sixth!).
Anyway, as it’s Tuesday, I’m back with another Top Ten Tuesday from Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week we’re talking Books We Loved But Can’t Remember Much About, but, and please don’t throw things when I say this, I actually have a pretty great memory for the books I read, I remember pretty much everything I’ve ever read (within reason, I do sometimes need a quick refresher on a series books), especially the books I loved. So I’m adapting the topic a bit to fit me. I actually changed my mind slightly on how I was going to change it from what I said last week though, so what I’ve landed on is Books I Love But Do Not Rave About Enough. So this excludes any of my favourites that I mention either here or on Twitter all the time, like Harry Potter, ADSOM, The Book Thief, Percy Jackson, Skulduggery Pleasant, My Sister’s Keeper, Unwind, The Hunger Games etc. So here we go, Books I Love But Don’t Rave About Enough:
- Noughts and Crosses-Malorie Blackman
I know I’ve talked about this one a little bit on here, occasionally when the TTT topic permits it, but it’s not one that I rave about all the time. This was one of my first ever YAs, and it’s so good, really timely right now as well, with everything that’s happened recently and it’s still one of the most heartbreaking stories that I’ve ever read. For those of you who don’t know, Noughts and Crosses is a dystopian set in a world where black people are the ruling class (called Crosses) and white people (called Noughts) are the oppressed ones, and follows the interracial romance between Sephy and Callum in a world that is totally against them being together. This book will shatter your heart in two but it will be so worth it.
2. Thirteen Reasons Why-Jay Asher
Yes, I’m aware of the problematic elements of this book, and I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone, but I loved the unique format of this book and it was something very different to anything that I had ever read before. I even wrote a Glee fanfic based on it back when I did fanfic, about five years ago!
3. Artemis Fowl-Eoin Colfer
Another one that I think I’ve briefly mentioned in passing, when the topic permits, but not one that I flail about very often, which is a shame because I love this series (well the early books anyway, the last four get a bit odd), and it has one of the best antiheroes I’ve ever read about. It’s such a cool take on fairies, these are not the kind of fairies you’ll see in most fiction, they’re certainly not the sexy kind that appear in SJM books!
4. Blind Beauty-KM Peyton
This is another one I know that I’ve mentioned occasionally in passing, but not one that I flail about all the time, one of many horse books I read when I was younger (no the horse phase is not over, I still ride as often as I can), it’s your classic outcast story, misfit girl falls in love with ugly horse and together they attempt to win the Grand National. It’s such a beautiful coming of age story.
5. The Storyteller-Jodi Picoult
I’m not sure I’ve ever mentioned how much I love this book, as I read it before I started blogging, but I do. It’s the story of Sage Singer, whose grandmother was imprisoned in Auschwitz, who is approached by an old man who turns out to be one of the Nazi guards from Auschwitz who imprisoned her grandmother. Sage’s story is nice, but it’s Minka’s tale of her life in Auschwitz that is truly captivating.
6. The Truth About Celia Frost-Paula Rawsthorne
This is a mystery about a girl who will supposedly bleed out if she is ever hurt, or so she has been told by her mother. When an incident proves that’s not true, she sets out to find out the truth about her life. This was a really cool mystery and I enjoyed it, but I don’t feel like I talk about it enough.
7. Circus Shoes-Noel Streatfeild
I know I’ve mentioned Ballet Shoes a few times on these posts, so this time I’m going with a different Noel Streatfeild book. This one was my first ever “circus book”, although it’s a lot different to The Night Circus or Caraval! It was so lovely to watch Peter and Santa (yes, unfortunately that’s her name) blossom and develop over the course of this book and it really made me wish I could run away and join the circus (thank goodness I didn’t!).
8. Cross My Heart-Carmen Reid
I know I’ve reviewed this one on the blog and have mentioned it in TTT’s before but I still don’t flail about it anywhere near as much as I should. It’s such a unique WWII story, focusing on an aspect I’d never read before, the Belgian Resistance and the main character Nicole is so great, if you like WWII stories, I would definitely recommend this one if you’re looking for something that isn’t Holocaust related, or German based.
9. HIVE series-Mark Walden
Again, I’ve mentioned these in passing, but never really talked about them in any detail which is a shame because this series is really fun! It’s all about a secret school for training future super villains, and follows genius Otto Malpense and his misadventures. If you like Artemis Fowl, then this series will definitely be up your street!
10. Young Sherlock Holmes series-Andy Lane
I’m not sure I’ve actually ever mentioned this series, but it’s one I’ve really enjoyed, it follows Sherlock through his teen years and he solves some really wacky mysteries! The series can get a little repetitive but it is a lot of fun.
So there we go, books I loved but don’t talk enough about. Have you read any of these? How about you guys, what books do you love but don’t talk enough about? Let me know in the comments!
Next week’s topic is Books I Can’t Believe I Read, which will probably mostly be required reading from school, I’m sure!
That’s next week, but in the meantime, I will hopefully have my second discussion post of January up on Thursday.