This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is: Books I Loved but Never Reviewed.
1. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. This is a pre-blogging favorite and one of a handful of books I marked as 5 stars on Goodreads.
2. A Voice in the Wind (Mark of the Lion #1) by Francine Rivers. Another pre-blogging/5 Star Goodreads book.
3. Defending Jacob by William Landay. I just remember being really surprised by the direction this story took. This has been made into a tv show, but I don’t have the whatever platform it’s on. If someone has watched it, I’d love to hear what you think of it!
4. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. What stands out about this series for me is how everyone in my family read it – and loved it.
5. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. I think this is Austen’s most underrated book. I absolutely love it.
6. Us Against You (Beartown #2) by Fredrik Backman. I rated this one just as highly as Beartown, but didn’t do a full, formal review of it.
7. In the Dark (DI Adam Fawley #2) by Cara Hunter. I reviewed the book before and after this one, but never did this one for some reason, even though I liked it just as much.
8. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Like everyone else, I was obsessed with this book. It was from my pre-blogging days, though.
9. On the Fence by Kasie West. One of my favorite West books and I only wrote one sentence about it on Goodreads.
10. Wild at Heart (The Simple Wild #2) by K.A. Tucker. I seemed to be in the minority that enjoyed this more than the first one, but never did a review to explain why.
What books have you liked that you never reviewed?
This week’s Top 5 Wednesday is: Books I want to Re-Read. I have always been a big re-reader of books I love. I’ve decided to list some of my favorite books that I have only read once and am in desperate need to revisit.
1. The Red Rising trilogy by Pierce Brown (Red Rising, Golden Son, Morning Star). I started this series shortly before the last book came out and could not believe that I waited so long! It’s beautifully written, brutal, thought-provoking, suspenseful, action-packed, twisty, surprising…I could go on and on.
2. Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin. A very different kind of serial killer story. Very character-driven and suspenseful. Every time I see someone new reading/reviewing it I want to re-read it.
3. Landline by Rainbow Rowell. I have great love for Rainbow Rowell books and I gave this one a really high rating, but I have only ever read it once. I think I definitely need to remedy that.
4. Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas. I’ve heard from people that this isn’t as good the second time around since you know the ending, but I still want to give it a try and see if there are clues I missed the first time around. Plus, it was just really good and I want to read it again.
5. Defending Jacob by William Landay. I read this long before I started blogging, when I was just getting back into reading again, and gave it 5 stars on Good Reads (if you follow me now, you know that never happens anymore). I’d like to see if it’s as good as I thought it was back then.
What books do you want to re-read?
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is: Top Ten Books You Would Classify As ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS from the past 3 years. In no particular order, they are:
1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
2. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
3. Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White
4. One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
5. The Passing Bells by Phillip Rock
6. Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout
7. I’ve Got Your Number by Sophia Kinsella
8. Defending Jacob by William Landay
9. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
10. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is: Books For Readers Who Like Character Driven Novels.
1. One Plus One by JoJo Moyes
2. Landline by Rainbow Rowell.
3. Cop Town by Karin Slaughter
4. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
5. The Fever by Megan Abbott
6. All the Truth that’s in Me by Julie Berry
7. The Last Letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes
8. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
9. Defending Jacob by William Landay
10. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
What are some of your favorite character driven novels?
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) is: Top Ten Books I’d Recommend to “X Person”. I chose The Reluctant Reader – the person that doesn’t understand the concept of reading for fun. The following are books I would recommend from various genres to get someone into reading again.
Recommended to the Romantics/Lovers of Chick Flicks
1. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
2. I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
Recommended to the History Lovers
3. The Passing Bells by Phillip Rock
4. A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers
Recommended to the Crime/Mystery Enthusiasts
5. Defending Jacob by William Landay
6. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Recommended to the Young at Heart
7. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
8. Divergent by Veronica Roth (I hated the last book in this series, but the first is still one of my favorites)
For the Sci-Fi/Paranormal Fan
9. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
10. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Question (Hosted by Booking Through Thursday): All other things being equal (good writing, enthralling story, etc), which would you rather read—something serious, angsty, and tragic? Or something light, fluffy, and fun? Or a blend of both? (Since, really, isn’t that how real life works?)
I think it really depends on my mood and what I’ve recently been reading. For instance, when I tried reading the Confessions of a Shopaholic series, there was only so many in a row I could handle before I needed something of substance. Conversely, after reading something heavy, like Dark Places by Gillian Flynn, I need something light to lift my spirits back up.
Obviously a mix of both is always good. But realistically that doesn’t really happen. Something truly angsty and tragic is never going to be “fluffy.” The most you can usually hope for is a little dark humor. And anything light and fun is never going to go to far into the tragic.
Overall, I think I usually prefer the light and fun that contains a little drama, but generally ends happy – like Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy reading the tragic, as well. Some really wonderfully written books that have characters that stuck with me long after reading have been really horribly depressing books Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, Defending Jacob by William Landay, for example.
What do you prefer?