TOP TEN TUESDAY IS HOSTED BY THE BROKE AND THE BOOKISH.
THIS WEEK’S TOPIC: Ten Books I Really Love But Feel Like I Haven’t Talked About Enough/In A While
Out with the old, and in with the new – isn’t that all too common today? In the onslaught of bigger, better, and newer, it doesn’t take a long amount of time for something to age in the media. A movie from three years back? Boring. The latest IT girl in Hollywood from last year? Hardly see her. The hottest book from two years ago? They now fill the shelves of second hand book stores.
However, just because books are older doesn’t make them any lesser than the latest book. There are wonderful books that are older that hardly see any love because they are not on the top list from this year. We have a monthly feature that spotlights some of these older books, but they are a hit and miss. So this week, Maryam and I are going to discuss our top ten ‘geriatric’ books that we love and want to gush over.
1. To Catch A Pirate by Jade Parker
This is my ultimate favourite book of all time, and it made me fall in love with pirates. To be honest, I’ve never really recommended this book to anyone, because I wanted it to be all mine. I’m sure Cait @ Paperfury wrote about feeling obsessive about one’s favourite book, and I am definitely feeling that. BUT in the spirit of, well, HAPPINESS, I shall recommend this book to all of you. I hope that this book breaks your heart as much as it broke mine. Don’t worry though, it’ll patch up back your heart too, I promise.
2. How To Fall In Love by Cecelia Ahern
Two years ago, I actually recommended this book to most people, and their replies back to me were not nice. “This isn’t Young Adult.” “Why would I wanna know how to fall in love?” “Is this another trashy romance novel?” NO. NO. NO. I mean, okay yes, this is not a Young Adult book, but that doesn’t mean that you guys can’t read it. So again, I am recommending this book to y’all, because I believe that everyone should read it. It’s about a girl who made it her mission to show a random stranger why his life is worth living, and she has a deadline, because if she doesn’t manage to convince him otherwise by that deadline, he might just decide to not live anymore. This book was heart breaking and touching at the same time. And I know that most books these days deal with suicide, but this is one of those books that you need to read. Trust me on this one.
3. Wuthering High by Cara Lockwood
This is the retelling of the Wuthering Heights, but even better. For some reason, I actually understood more about Wuthering Heights through reading this book, than reading the classic itself. AND THERE’S HEATHCLIFF. HEATHCLIFFFFF. <3 It’s been quite a while since I read this book that I can’t really remember all the details, but I do remember something about how there’s Jane Eyre and all the famous authors, or something like that. READ THIS OKAY?
4. Jinx by Meg Cabot
This will ALWAYS be my favourite Meg Cabot book. I’m sorry, Princess Diaries, I still love you. But here’s the thing: I find Jinx to be unique because it’s about witches and also about people’s judging looks. There have always been a whole lot of stereotypes about how blonds are dumb, brunettes are smart-alecks and redheads are evil (I’m referring to legit RED redheads, not that strawberry blonde kind). Hence, I love how the author addressed that in the book, pertaining to the main character’s red headedness and her suspected of being a witch because of it. BUT ANYWAY, yes, you have got to read this.
5. Feed by Mira Grant
ZOMBIES. ZOMBIES. SCARY ZOMBIES. And no, there’s no human falling for zombies, don’t worry. It’s just basically about two siblings against the zombie apocalypse. And what made me love this book was the reason as to why this zombie apocalypse happened. You have to find out. And you have to read this book. It has tons of amazing side characters which will make you fall in love with them, then rip out your heart the moment they die. YUP. GO AHEAD, READ IT.
Speechless by Hannah Harrington
There are so few books about the popular in crowd, and then, on top of that, even fewer where the MC actually does something pretty bad. This book is so great, because the writer took a chance by making her main character someone who isn’t the perfect girly girl hater, and I loved this book for going against the norm to bring up some very important social issues. This has to be one of my favorite contemporary books, ever.
Keeper by Kathi Appelt
If there was one book I would make more people read, it would be Keeper. The story line is great, the twist is beautiful, and this is a middle grade book that features a a gay couple – a magical gay couple! It takes place on the coast of Texas, one of my favorite spots ever, which is such a great spot for fantasy and realism to collide for a perfect one-of-a-kind novel. When it comes to middle grade novels, this one is the top of my list.
The Year of Shadows by Claire Legrand
Another wonderful Middle Grade novel! I loved this one, because this didn’t pull any punches when it came to the story line, which I envy in MG novels. It was honest and very touching in some places, and emotionally raw in others, while still holding onto the humor and heart of the story.
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
I really wish more adult books were like this one. Historical is blended with fantasy to create a whimsical and very emotional tale of two older people trying to survive a tough wilderness. I love how this one makes the audience keep wondering and guessing behind the true story while just enjoying the story for what it is. Also, the historical landscape of Alaska is haunting and lovely all at once.
Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis
I am still so very sad that this one didn’t go over very well with readers when it came out. I loved the new take on Cinderella, with the wit and humor of the “dwarves” added in to make this book one of the most unique fantasy retellings I have come across.