Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Top Ten Tuesday: Favorites
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is "top ten best books you've read since starting your blog." Well. That is HARD. I've modified it slightly in order to make it a *little* easier to answer. First, I considered only the books that I've read in 2011 and 2012, all of which are reviewed on this blog (which I technically only launched this week, but included older reviews on). Secondly, I only allowed myself one title per author... which cut the list down considerably where some of my favorites are concerned. So here they are, in no particular order:
1. John Green - It is truly a toss-up which of his makes my list. Looking for Alaska was my introduction to John Green, so maybe that should be listed because it's the one that inspired me to read all his others. Paper Towns *might* have been my favorite because of the wide range of emotions that it covered. But I simply couldn't put down The Fault in Our Stars or Will Grayson, Will Grayson either.
2. Sarah Dessen - Again, a tough choice. This Lullaby was the book that started my obsession with her. What Happened to Goodbye and Along for the Ride also get honorable mentions, but my favorite might have been Just Listen.
3. Scott Westerfeld - I absolutely adored his trilogy about characters Tally and Shay, so I'll list Uglies (the first book) here.
4. Lauren Oliver - While I loved her dystopian Delirium and its subsequent series (anxiously awaiting the last book!), I have to say that Before I Fall is the one that has really stayed with me.
5. Ransom Riggs - I really enjoyed Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, not just for the excellent storyline, but also for the fascinating photographs that accompanied it. I'm looking forward to seeing more from him.
6. Maggie Stiefvater - I devoured her Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, but the first book in it (Shiver) was definitely weaker than the other two (Linger and Forever).
7. Swati Avasthi - Split was a realistic, engrossing story about a survivor of abuse. This was Avasthi's first book, and I'm very interested to see how she follows it up.
8. Jenny Han - Oh, how I loved The Summer I Turned Pretty! I can hardly wait to get my hands on the sequel.
9. Stephanie Perkins - Although I was initially turned off by the cheesy title, I truly loved Anna and the French Kiss. Looking forward to reading more from her!
10. Emily Giffin - While I do tend to have a problem with not liking her main characters, I just love Giffin's writing. Since I just finished re-reading Something Blue, I'll list that as my contribution for her.
I remembered these after posting my Top 10... I couldn't bring myself to cut any of the ones I previously posted, but these are definitely worth a read as well:
* Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
* When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
* the Crank trilogy by Ellen Hopkins
What are YOUR favorites? What do I need to pick up next?