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Top Ten Tuesday

August 21, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The Top Ten topic this week is: Top Ten Favorite Books You’ve Read During The Lifespan Of Your Blog.

My blog is at one month old merely a baby blog, so it would be a little premature to post a Top Ten list for my blog. But in early 2011, I started keeping an Excel Spread-sheet log of the books I was reading and my brief opinion and review grade. So I compiled my Top Ten from this review list. According to my spread sheet I’ve read 155 new books, not including rereads. I gave an A grade to 19 books which is roughly 12% of the books that I read. For this Top Ten Tuesday I selected my favourite 10. Just for fun I’ve included my initial opinion in a text box – eloquent I am not 🙂


1. What I did For A Duke – Julie Anne Long

Julie Anne Long is not an author that I’ve read often. But I was blown away by how much I enjoyed this story. My spreadsheet opinion:

Really enjoyed this book. Great characters, believable actions & a great non-asshole alpha hero.

2. The Informationist – Taylor Stevens

The Informationist is a thriller, which I almost never read but this story surprised me.

Loved it. Don’t usually read this genre but I really enjoyed this book. Main character was great & the story just raced along.

3. These Old Shades & Devils Cub – Georgette Heyer

I’ve cheated and lumped these two together because I just can’t choose – they’re so much crazy fun.

These books are considered classics. I can understand why. Loved the characters and the dialogue.

4. Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card

Ender’s Game had been sitting in  my TBR stack for a criminally long time. I’d come across this book in so many lists but was wary of the hype. No hype, just a great story.

Great book. Sad story though, Ender is used and manipulated dreadfully by his teachers at the Battle School.

5. Telling Tales – Alan Bennett

A friend lent me my first Alan Bennett book, The Uncommon Reader. I was enthralled by this charming and funny novella in which the Queen of England becomes a bookworm. Shortly afterwards I was travelling and found Telling Tales in an airport shop.

I adored Snap shots from a childhood in Leeds. Great writing and poignant memories.


6. Magic Slays & Silver Shark – Ilona Andrews

I’m  unashamedly a Ilona Andrews fan-girl. There were about four of her titles in my list. I’ve cut it down to my favourite two.

Ilona Andrews delivers again. Loved it. Great characters and imagination.

7. A Long, Long Sleep – Anna Sheehan

A Long, Long Sleep was my favourite read of 2011 which I read because of a recommendation by The Book Smugglers. Those girls are rarely wrong.

Futuristic. What happens when Sleeping Beauty wakes up? Really great read. Thought provoking with fantastic characters.

8. Elfhome – Wen Spencer

Pity about the horrendous cover but I adore this unique and original series by Wen Spencer.

Book 3 of Tinker.  Wen Spencer delivers again. Wonderful.

9. The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

My first title by John Green and it won’t be my last. I literally inhaled this book. Didn’t stop reading till I got to the end – I was a cranky zombie the next day but worth it.

Amazing story about teenagers living with cancer. A brilliant story about living and a really sweet romance. Loved it. Cried for about half an hour at the end of the book.

10. Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss is probably on several lists. The story and characters and settings are just enchanting.

Contemporary. I loved this story about a girl attending her final year of school at a private French school. The characters were real and believable. Loved Anna and St. Clair.  Really good read.

14 Comments leave one →
  1. August 21, 2012 10:06 am

    Oh, I should have put TFiOS on my list! Sigh…it was so hard to narrow it down to ten.

    My Top Ten

    • August 21, 2012 12:28 pm

      So hard to pick. I’ve read so many amazing books lately. And you always forget some. 🙂

  2. August 21, 2012 10:38 am

    When I saw first five books I realized I haven’t read any of them. I’ve read Anna and it’s amazing book. I should read Lola soon! 🙂
    Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  3. August 21, 2012 2:25 pm

    Ah of course you have read Her Royal Spyness because you are a Georgette Heyer fan and therefore have awesome taste! I haven’t reviewed any of those yet because they are such a happy secret guilty pleasure of mine (guilty because I tend to reread them embarrassingly often…) but I really should!

    • August 21, 2012 5:55 pm

      Georgette Heyer is awesome. You should definitely review her when you get a chance.

  4. August 21, 2012 4:10 pm

    Anna and the French Kiss is on every list, and of course that’s because it’s so darn good. I haven’t read any others on your list, but The Fault In Our Stars is in my TBR pile. Great list! Oh, and you should totally check out The Selection! Something about it draws you in–just like a competition–and you really want to know what will happen.

    Rachel @ Beauty and the Bookshelf

    • August 21, 2012 5:54 pm

      Thanks to a B&N giftcard from one of my friends, The Selection is loaded onto my reader. 🙂

  5. August 21, 2012 6:38 pm

    That’s a great list :). I haven’t read many of them though but I hope Stephanie Perkins’s books and I’ve also read The fault in our stars a few months ago. I t was my first John Green book and I LOVED it ! Thanks for stopping by my blog !

  6. August 21, 2012 9:33 pm

    TFiOS is a must!

  7. August 22, 2012 12:44 am

    I’ve GOT to read The Fault in Our Stars and Anna and the French Kiss. Everyone is raving about these two.

    Check out my TTT.

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

  8. August 22, 2012 2:58 am

    The Fault in Our Stars was a great read! Same with Anna.. super cute book 🙂 The Informationist sounds really interesting! Great list 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Michele | Top 10

  9. August 22, 2012 5:43 am

    I still need to read The Fault in our Stars. It sounds so good.

  10. August 22, 2012 12:43 pm

    I picked up Ender’s Game recently because of blogging. I didn’t love it as much as everyone else but it was enjoyable enough.

  11. August 22, 2012 10:41 pm

    I haven’t read most of the books on your list but do like the one I have. I’ll be sure to check them out!

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