Top Ten Tuesday (1)

You guys! I'm getting in on the Top Ten Tuesday train! I'm excited.


This week's Top Ten Tuesday is: Older books you don't want people to forget.  Honestly, could I have picked a better time to get in on this action? NOPE.

Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness.  Seriously it is rare that any list I make about anything EVER doesn't have this series on it. But for real it's the best and it's older so DO NOT FORGET.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore. I always compare every YA fantasy and heroine back to this book and I almost always come up lacking. Katsa is the #1 badass forever and always.

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. Percy. Jackson. <end>

I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak. This book had me crying all the ugly tears via audiobook in my car and too public and I didn't even care because THAT ENDING. I love you Ed. Also, Markus talked to me about the book once and I was not even calm.

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff. This was one of the first YA books I ever read and it holds a super special place in my heart. Meg writes in a way that pierces your heart again and again with her phrasing and the way she sets up her characters. This book in particular puts a bunch of teens in a war zone where they have to survive and it's NOT easy and it does NOT end well.

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. Jane Austen + gothic mystery + romance = OH YES.

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. Sci-Fi meets pre-teen boy. Can you think of a book more perfect for me? But really, the reason why you should never forget it is because it poses some serious moral questions and gives you a hero that makes your heart soar and weep at the same time.

Gentlemen by Michael Northrop. One of the rare books I read in a single sitting. Mostly because it was incredibly well written but also because it was super suspenseful and I could NOT sleep until I knew how it ended!

A Swift Pure Cry by Siobhan Dowd. Sometimes, I'll just be sitting and reading a book or watching a movie or something and a scene or a moment will trigger a memory of this book and I just can't help but relive the whole damn thing. It's sad and beautiful and so very hard to read. Dowd was a master.

Looking for Alaska by John Green. THE COLONEL. I love you to the moon and back. Everyone else should too. Also this was the first JG book I read and it was love at first page.

Have you read any of these? Do you agree they should not be forgotten? Do share!

Thanks for hosting the good times, Broke and Bookish! oxo



Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.

23 comments:

  1. How could I have forgot to put I Am The Messenger on my list!?! I loved that book!! ALSO..yes to John Green! Obviouslyyy though I didn't put him on my list lol I STILL need to read Graceling. I own it though so maybe one of these days I'll actually get to it!

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    1. Jamie - read Graceling. STAT. I'm gonna be rereading that and Fire before Bitterblue. Wheeee!

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  2. Oooh oooh oooh I haven't read a few of these. And OMG Jamie hasn't read Graceling?!

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  3. LISA!! your list makes me so happy because I HAVE READ 80% OF THESE BOOKS. whooooop or whatever a whip crack sounds like!

    dude how amazing are the chaos walking books? SO GOOD. like actually think they are better than the hunger games books. YOU HEAR THAT ANNA?

    I am currently reading Graceling right this second and I AM IN FOREVER LOVE. and hell yes to how I live now...one of the most impressionable books ever and the reason why meg rosoff will always be a hero of mine.

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    1. TODD HEWITT FOREVER.
      I am the circle and the circle is me.

      Graceling is so badass I can't even.

      OF COURSE you would lurve Meg Rosoff. She's the best.

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  4. Rick Riordan is AWESOME. He writes such great books, and I love all of his series. (Also, The Mark of Athena is out today!!!)

    And Graceling is GENIUS. I need to reread that particular book and soon too!

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    1. I need to read more of Rick's stuff! I love Percy to pieces!

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  5. Markus Zusak made me cry to, but with his other book. I still want to read this one as well.

    My TTT @thedailyprophecy

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  6. Yes, yes, YES to Chaos Walking!! So many great books on this list - and a bunch that I'll be adding to my TBR. Embarrassingly, I have never read Northanger Abbey - eek!

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    1. Northanger Abbey is so fun! And it's also got some swoon so that's fun. :)

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  7. I'm a little sad that I've never read any of these books. Ever. Please don't hate me. I have, however, seen Percy Jackson (as in the movie-version) and was not all that impressed. The book is now a MUST on my TBR list because I know it'll all kinds of make up for that sad excuse of a movie.

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    1. That's okay! The movie sucked. The book is a million times better!

      Add them all to your tbr. You won't regret it!

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  8. GRACELING! Yes! I have to hide my face in shame though because I have yet to read the Chaos Walking Trilogy. Bad Carrie!

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  9. I was SO CLOSE to putting Percy Jackson on my list! Hit me with those greek myths and a little PJ action and I'm golden. Love him. And of course, Graceling. I am feeling like I need to reread it soon.
    One of these days I'm going to read Chaos Walking but I'm scurred!!!

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    1. There's a lot to be scared of. BUT there's also a lot to be EXCITED FOR!

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  10. I'm so so scared to read I Am The Messenger, because I loved The Book Thief THAT MUCH. How do they compare?

    My TTT: http://shelversanon.blogspot.com/2012/10/top-10-tuesday-top-ten-older-books-you.html

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  11. THE COLONEL!!! LfA was also my first JG novel and it was also love at first page for me. TWINSIES!!

    Seriously though...I'm adding, like, most of these to my wishlist. Thanks for the recs, Lisa!!

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  12. I liked all of the books I've read that you listed. So I think that means I need to read the others because I'd probably like them too. Love when that happens. <333

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  13. I KNOW people get tired of looking at all of my lists and seeing them all Ness-y. But I CANNOT HELP IT. You know this! Actually, it's kind of your fault.

    xoxo

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  14. Love this list!! There are a few books I need to put on my list from YOUR list (Ender's Game, I KNOW!).

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