Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Books During the Lifespan of My Blog!


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week a different topic comes up and bloggers list their top ten books in that category. 
I love a good list...I've always said that. That's practically my catchphrase.

Top Ten Favourite Books You've Read During the Lifespan of Your Blog

I started my blog back in March so I have been doing it for exactly 6 months! I have read some very good books and some very bad books (and quite a few mediocre books too). Here is the cream of the crop:

Title: Tamara Drewe
Author: Posy Simmonds

Why I Loved It: I seriously rate this graphic novel. It is so English, and satirical and has pretty artwork. It is both light-hearted and serious at the same time and I can read it over and over again.

My Review of Tamara Drewe

Title: Kick Ass
Author: Mark Millar

Why I Loved It: Ooof I loved the movie (probably more) but this was still awesome. It takes the story in a different direction and is a proper blood and guts superhero story with a twist.

Title: The Book Thief
Author: Markus Zusak

Why I Loved It: This is a very sad and beautiful book, that does something really special: it manages to be moving and sweet without being cheesy. It is narrated by Death which is really unique and I grew to like him!

Title: The Uninvited Guests
Author: Sadie Jones

Why I Loved It: Oh, I am a massive Downton Abbey fan, and I love sprawling mansions and rich people problems. This book is so farcical and sparkly and intriguing that it has always stuck with me.

Book Review of The Uninvited Guests

Title: Seraphina
Author: Rachel Hartman

Why I Loved It: This is a very interesting book that is really imaginative and unusual. It is a fantasy, and presents dragons like you've never seen them before.

My Review of Seraphina

Title: House of Shadows

Author: Rachel Neumeier

Why I Loved It: House of Shadows is a very rich, deep fairytale-esque novel, with hints of magic and dragons. I loved the characters and the setting and the geisha influences.

Title: The Immortal Rules
Author: Julie Kagawa

Why I Loved It: This book was about vampires, and I never thought I would love it as much as I did. It was scary, gruesome and had a really likeable heroine.

Title: Defiance
Author: C.J Redwine

Why I Loved It: The heroine is my favourite YA heroine EVER- she is so brave and feisty! The dual POV works well and the author is not afraid to kill off characters.

Title: Everything is Illuminated
Author: Jonathan Safran Foer

Why I Loved It: I am kinda getting sick of the sound of myself talking about Jonathan Safran Foer, but he is my favourite author and I love him so much and everything he does is magic.

Title: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Author: Jonathan Safran Foer

Why I Loved It: See above. Except a teeny tiny bit more. 

That concludes my 'Top Ten Favorite Books Since I Started Blogging!' Making this list made me want to re-read them all!


  1. I started book blogging in February, so luckily I didn't have too huge a list of books to have to choose from! I really enjoyed The Book Thief when I read it. Great list!

  2. Great list. I must check out House of Shadows. I've heard many good things.

  3. Fabulous list! I loved Seraphina so much! I really need to read Johnathon Safran Foer's books. I'm know they will be spectacular. I read Eating Animals also 3 years ago and it changed my life! I haven't ate meat since then.

    My Top Ten

    1. Ooo that is the one I haven't read! I do have a copy though so one day I will! That is incredible that it changed your life that much- it must be good!

  4. I haven't yet read The Book Thief although I hear amazing things about it. :)

    1. It's one bloggers seem to love, but I have tried getting family members to read it and they haven't liked it so...that was odd! Most people seem to really love it though...everyone loves a good cry now and again don't they!?

  5. I too loved The Book Thief. I actually have a group of students this year who will be reading it in class :) I haven't read The Uninvited Guest yet, but it is already on my WishList :) Great picks!

    1. Ooo I would have loved to read that at school...although I would probably get embarrassed due to the amount of sobbing I did whilst reading. I was a mess. Hope they like it!

  6. A lot of the books on your list are on my to-read list. I will try and get around to them soon. :)

    My TTT.

  7. I didn't realise your blog is only six months old - you've done well!!
    I really want to read Safran-Foer. Oh, and Book Thief. I keep forgetting I haven't read that one yet!

    1. Do read some Safran Foer if you can get round to it- I really think you would love it! Very poetic and beautiful!

  8. I really liked The Immortal Rules, despite the fact I'm the anti-Vamp! Such amazing world building!

    1. Haha I know what you mean- vampires have been gettinga bad rep recently! I think they redeemed themselves a bit under Julie Kagawa's re-model :-)

  9. THE IMMORTAL RULES was a wonderful book, I loved it so much! I have yet to get to DEFIANCE but I hear great things!

    Awesome choices!

    -Marybeth P.

    1. Ahh I know- 'The Immortal Rules' actually rocked so hard. I was not expecting it. Vampires were stinky and I liked it.

  10. Wow, I want to read pretty much everything on this list! I just pre-ordered Defiance and Seraphina looks wonderful too. You read some awesome books in the last six months :)

    1. Ooo I hope you enjoy Defiance- I am gushing about it so much at the moment but it really surprised me by how good it was!

  11. I've heard so many good things about Defiance -- I can't wait to read it!

  12. I have heard fantastic things about The Book Thief! I bought it a while ago and still haven't had a chance to get to it yet.. might have to bump that up the list :) I liked Extremely Loud, so I'll have to check out his other one too :)

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Michele | Top 10

    1. It is a very original and beautiful story- I only really see good reviews so hopefully it's quite a safe bet! Keep some tissues handy though! Definitely try 'Everything is Illuminated'- it's funny and awesome!

  13. I haven't heard of about half of these. Way to make me feel like such a slacker! :) Just kidding, I actually really want to read some of them. (esp. the Downton one and Defiance because your favorite heroine EVER? That's worth reading for sure.) The danger of visiting book blogs is adding to to-read lists. *sigh* Thanks!

    1. Haha whenever I look at other people's book blogs I feel like such a slacker because the amount of books some people can read boggles my mind! And I always see books I have been meaning to read for ages but just never get round to! At least slacking gives you los of books to look forward too :-P 'The Uninvited Guests' is one that most people seem not to like so much but I loved it! I like a good farce and secret-revealing dinner set in the 1920's in a big mansion! And I think maybe I liked 'Defiance' so much because I wasn't expecting too...will definitely have to re-read in a few months. Hope you like it!

  14. Great choice with The Book Thief. It's a really powerful book.

    Alison at The Cheap Reader

    1. Really was! I was sobbing reading it, and then I passed it on to my dad and he cried too! I found that bizarre- I've only ever seen him cry once before and that was when my grandad died. Clearly a very special book.

  15. Wow, such a great list! The Book Thief made mine, too. I've wanted to read House of Shadows for awhile, and now I want to even more! And I'll definitely have to check out Jonathan Safran Foer!

    1. I hope you will like them- House of Shadows is a very exciting and fairytale-esque book whereas Safran Foer is more wordy and serious. Definitely worth a read.

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