Top Ten Tuesday #143


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:

  1. 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.

68 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #143

  1. malanielovesfiction 23/01/2018 / 12:14 pm

    young Sherlock Holmes series seems like something I’d love!!!!! I love you list + your blog ❀

    • iloveheartlandx 24/01/2018 / 12:42 am

      Aww thank you πŸ™‚ You should definitely check out Young Sherlock Holmes!

  2. Greg Hill 23/01/2018 / 12:19 pm

    I was kinda curious about 13 Reasons Why, having seen the show, and also some of the commentary on both the book AND the show. I may still read it.

  3. pennma05 23/01/2018 / 3:26 pm

    Great list! I really enjoyed reading Thirteen Reasons Why also! It’s been so long since I’ve read it though so I don’t really remember what happened in it.

  4. Astilbe Reviews 23/01/2018 / 4:01 pm

    The Storyteller sounds like an intriguing read.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

  5. bookmuffin 23/01/2018 / 4:44 pm

    I wasn’t a big fan of Thirteen Reasons Why, but I read it because there was so much hype around the Netflix show (which I didn’t end up watching in its entirety!)

    • iloveheartlandx 24/01/2018 / 12:38 am

      Ah that’s a shame, but if we all liked the same things, the book community would be very dull!

  6. Chachic 23/01/2018 / 5:03 pm

    I’m so jealous that you tend to remember most of the books you read! I wish I was the same way but I mostly forget about books unless they wowed me or I wrote a review about them. From your list, I’m really curious about Noughts and Crosses.

    • iloveheartlandx 24/01/2018 / 12:37 am

      It’s a weird thing, I’ve always been able to remember stuff I read or watch really well-my dad always joked if I got rid of some of the book plots and trivia, I would have more space for school stuff! Oh you definitely should check Noughts and Crosses out, it’s so good.

  7. jennielyse 23/01/2018 / 6:53 pm

    I like your take on this list since you have a good memory when it comes to reading. Artemis Fowl made my list too, but that’s because I remember loving it but I don’t remember much about it.

    I watched the Netflix series of Thirteen Reasons Why and thought of reading the book, but I’m not sure if the book would be triggering. The series was excellent, but it was very triggering, or at least the last few episodes were.

    My TTT

    • iloveheartlandx 24/01/2018 / 12:31 am

      Thanks! Ah fair, I think the movie version is coming out next year, perhaps time for a refresher? The book is much less graphic than the series, so in that respect better for triggers, but it still deals with the same subjects, I reckon you would have to make a judgement call on that one.

  8. lindseyhabets 23/01/2018 / 7:26 pm

    Love your topic! We tend to always rave about the same books, so it’s nice to let some other great books shine sometimes πŸ™‚ I haven’t read any of these yet, though I am intrigued by 13 Reasons Why as I did love the show.

    • iloveheartlandx 24/01/2018 / 12:28 am

      Thanks! Yes we do and you’re right, it is nice to share the love from some other books! Thirteen Reasons Why is great, you should definitely check it out πŸ™‚

  9. Just Another Girl and her Books 23/01/2018 / 7:58 pm

    I’ll have to check out Cross my Heart and The Storyteller. While I tend to be more drawn to Holocaust/Germany related WWII books, I have been trying to branch out some lately.

    Have a great week. – Katie

    • iloveheartlandx 24/01/2018 / 12:27 am

      They are both great! I love Holocaust and Germany related WWII books too, but it is nice to branch out occasionally and I’ve discovered some really great books that way!

  10. exploringallgenres 23/01/2018 / 8:43 pm

    Great list. The only one I have read from this is Thirteen Reasons Why and don’t remember much about it, but I do agree that the way the story was told was a big part of what I did like about it.

  11. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense 23/01/2018 / 8:47 pm

    I love how you modified this week’s topic. Noughts and Crosses is a really good one. I don’t think I’ve raved about that one enough either.

    • iloveheartlandx 24/01/2018 / 12:19 am

      Thanks! It’s an older one, so I think we just forget about it, which is a shame, cause it’s so good!

  12. the (book) supplier 23/01/2018 / 9:00 pm

    Great take on this week’s topic. I have a a good memory for books I’ve read recently, and books that I think my students will read, but not so much for things I don’t think they’ll pick up. Happy reading!

    eli @ the (book) supplier
    My TTT

  13. everythingalyce 23/01/2018 / 9:35 pm

    I should have thought to put Noughts and Crosses on my list, because I absolutely adored them but can remember hardly anything about them. If I could remember them, I know I’d definitely rave about them more – I can remember it being not only the first series of books I finished reading, but the first book is still one of the only books which has ever made me cry multiple times.

  14. Kay Wisteria 23/01/2018 / 10:43 pm

    I haven’t read any of these, but they sound interesting! Especially Circus Shoes–I loved Ballet Shoes when I was younger (probably because I wanted to be a ballerina though THAT didn’t last long)!

    • iloveheartlandx 24/01/2018 / 12:15 am

      I think we all went through that phase! Circus Shoes is just as good!

  15. Eve L (Evilous) 23/01/2018 / 11:31 pm

    Haha I’m with you on remembering books/series though I struggle to remember some things in regular life lol so I changed the topic too! Oh some of these are on my list to check out like 13 Reasons Why, I gave in and watched the show before I got to the book. I also want to check with The Storyteller as well.

    • iloveheartlandx 24/01/2018 / 12:12 am

      Yeah, all my memory is reserved for fictional worlds, real life has no place there! The show is pretty close to the book, though they have expanded a lot on the other characters’ backstories, the book is mostly Hannah and Clay. Oh you should, it’s so good!

  16. kozbisa 24/01/2018 / 12:14 am

    I also enjoyed Thirteen reasons. There are some parts I remember vividly too.

  17. Cait @ Paper Fury 24/01/2018 / 12:39 am

    Again, I totally envy your memory.πŸ˜‚ But hey that’s really cool that remembering books isn’t a terrifying thing for you! And omg I’m so guilty of loving books and then never talking about them so I appreciate this list a lot. I never read Circus Shoes but I remember liking Ballet Shoes…like waaaay way way back. And this also reminds me how much I want and need to read Noughts and Crosses.πŸ˜‚

    • iloveheartlandx 24/01/2018 / 12:46 am

      I envy the fact that you can read hundreds of books a year, so I guess we’re even! I have plenty of other bookish related things that are totally terrifying. I think we all are, when you read a lot of books, it’s hard to flail about all the ones you love at once! Yes, Ballet Shoes was way, way back for me too, but I read a few of the other Shoes books as well, Circus Shoes being one. They’re blinking difficult to find though (or at least they were, some of the more famous ones are in Waterstones now), I had to get most from a second hand bookshop. Yes, you definitely do need to read it, classic YA right there!

  18. Lee @ Rally the Readers 24/01/2018 / 2:27 am

    I’ve heard so many great things about Artemis Fowl and really need to check out that series! Thanks for stopping by my Top Ten earlier! πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 24/01/2018 / 9:31 am

      Thanks! Oh I’m glad you’ve found some new books to read. Yes 13 Reasons Why is awesome right? No problem πŸ™‚

  19. Holly 24/01/2018 / 7:44 am

    Wait, Gossip Girl is leaving UK Netflix?? My friends are going to be SO disappointed! Also, great list! πŸ™‚

  20. Ah, I wish I had your gift for remembering everything I read! Oh, I wanted to read the Storyteller but never got around to it. I used to read so many of Picoult’s earlier books. I need to get back to her!

    • iloveheartlandx 24/01/2018 / 9:28 am

      I’ve always had a pretty great memory, it’s nice to be able to use it for something useful! You definitely should, it’s so good πŸ™‚

  21. Sumedha 24/01/2018 / 8:11 am

    I’ve only read Thirteen Reasons Why and Artemis Fowl from your list and I totally agree with you on AF! I remember pretty much nothing from that series!

    • iloveheartlandx 24/01/2018 / 9:27 am

      Oh I remember it, I just don’t rave about how much I love it enough! I changed the topic slightly as I have a pretty good memory.

  22. hannawsreads 24/01/2018 / 8:19 am

    I have watched 13 reasons why at netflix but haven’t read the book. I’ve heard some saying that the book is not as good as the show?

    • iloveheartlandx 24/01/2018 / 9:26 am

      The book is different, the story is a bit simpler, just focuses on Hannah and Clay, and the backstory of the other characters aren’t fleshed out as much. I wouldn’t say either is better or worse,

  23. Dinara Tengri 24/01/2018 / 11:33 am

    I’ve been curious about Atemis Fowl for years, but I never got around to give it a try. And you have so many titles here that I haven’t heard about. That makes me curious. too.

  24. Ashley 24/01/2018 / 1:57 pm

    I read the first two Artemis Fowl books and they were really good. I need to get back into the series!

  25. Loretta @ The Laughing Listener 24/01/2018 / 2:35 pm

    Artemis Fowl is one of those books that’s been on my tbr forever and I’ve just never gotten around to. I really need to get to it because I keep hearing amazing things!! Great list!

  26. Heather Cilley 24/01/2018 / 4:25 pm

    I have tried time and time again to get into the Artemis Fowl books and I just can’t!! I am hoping maybe seeing the movie will spark some interest to maybe trying for a fifth (or maybe sixth? I cannot remember) time. Awesome list! Thanks for stopping by mine πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 25/01/2018 / 11:02 am

      I read them when I was more around the target age range for the books (like 9-14), so that probably helped with the liking them! Yes, hopefully the movie will reignite your interest. Thank you! No problem πŸ™‚

  27. Kathy_A 25/01/2018 / 5:03 am

    I love your take on this topic. I’ll have to check out the Young Sherlock series. I love that era and mysteries.

    • iloveheartlandx 25/01/2018 / 10:58 am

      Thanks! Oh you definitely should, it’s so much fun πŸ™‚

  28. Amy 25/01/2018 / 11:36 am

    I’ve always wanted to read the Artemis Fowl series and your post has just reminded me! I’ll have to read the first book soon. Great list πŸ™‚

  29. sydneyeditor1 26/01/2018 / 2:21 am

    I haven’t read any of these! No 6 and 9 are particularly standing out to me right now. Thank you for a list of new books to go searching out 😁

    • iloveheartlandx 26/01/2018 / 4:31 pm

      No problem, I’m glad you’ve found some new books to read!

  30. Rissi 29/01/2018 / 4:11 am

    I go back and forth on reading “13 Reasons Why.” Most recently because of the buzz attached to the TV show. But ultimately, I don’t think it’d be a book I could “enjoy,” and because of this, chances are low I’ll ever read it. But never say never! πŸ˜€

    Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland.

    • iloveheartlandx 29/01/2018 / 3:09 pm

      I mean it’s not for everyone! That’s the great thing about books, there are so many options out there that there’s no reason to pick up books you’re not sure you’ll enjoy when there are so many books that you will!

      • Rissi 30/01/2018 / 4:40 am

        I agree! That IS the great thing about there being SO many books in this world: there’s always something for everyone. πŸ™‚

  31. Daisy Chain 01/02/2018 / 3:29 am

    My husband read the Artemis Fowl books and said they were really good. Im thinking about getting into the series.

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