Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week you compile a list of ten books which coincide with that week’s theme. You can find everything you need to know about joining in here!
This week’s theme is ‘Books I Enjoyed but Rarely Talk About’, which is a great theme for us book bloggers because I think we’re all guilty of gushing about the same books. And that’s great! There are books I’ve gone out and bought, read and loved because I’ve seen another blogger rave about them, but there are plenty of books I’ve loved that I haven’t shouted about as much as they deserve.
Some of these are books from my childhood and teens that I still often think about while some are books I was assigned to read at uni and really enjoyed, and some are just books I’ve read for pure enjoyment and haven’t talked about enough.
Lola Rose by Jacqueline Wilson: This is a childhood favourite of mine that I read and re-read over and over again, as I always did with Jacqueline Wilson’s books, and I still think about it.
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins: One of my favourite classics and the first English-language detective novel. I read this book for uni and loved it.
The Unlikely Ones by Mary Brown: This is another book I read while I was at uni, after I found it in a charity shop, and it’s the ultimate traditional fantasy story. I honestly don’t know if I’d like it as much if I read it again now, but it was just what I needed when I read it.
Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn: This is another book I read when I was younger and still think about. At times it’s brutal, but I loved it.
Skellig by David Almond: This was the first book I had to read for secondary school, and it’s a modern children’s classic here in the UK. It’s such a good book.
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks: Another book I ended up reading for school, and one I really enjoyed. I don’t think any novel has quite captured the horror of the First World War like this one.
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke; translated by Anthea Bell: I loved this series when I was younger! I actually enjoyed the sequels even more, mainly because Violante is my favourite character, but I have such a soft spot for this first book and I’m still sad the film adaptation was rubbish.
Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie: This is another book I had to read for uni and I loved it. It’s the ultimate story about stories.
Delirium by Lauren Oliver: I really didn’t like the other books in this trilogy but, as a standalone, this book is a wonderful YA dystopian novel.