Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wish I Could Read Again for the First Time

by Tee

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week we’re discussing the Top Ten Books I Wish I Could Read Again for the First time.  Ahhhh, you know the feeling when you get so swept into a story that you don’t ever want it to end.  Or maybe it’s so incredibly engrossing that it’s like a drug.  Or maybe it evokes memories of a certain time in your life.  Either way, with certain books, no matter how many times I read them, there is nothing like that first time.

1. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffinegger- This is hands down my favorite book of all time.  I read it many years ago over the course of two days when my husband was out of town and I—pregnant with my second child—couldn’t sleep (gotta love that pregnancy insomnia).  Henry, Clare and their beautiful story left such a lasting impression on me that I’ve often looked for books that can recreate the way this one made me feel.  This is part of why I’m so stoked to read Tamara Ireland Stone’s book Time Between Us, which is being called a YA version of The Time Traveler’s Wife.  It’s still quite a wait though.

2. Any Harry Potter book– Yeah, I wasn’t real specific here because I loved all of them and felt completely engrossed in every detail of the story.  It was so magical and fun, while still being complicated and well-planned.  There are few books as perfect as these.

3. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See– I love books that delve into other cultures. This story is set in 19th century China and revolves around a lifetime friendship that blossoms between two girls during their foot binding periods.  It is such an interesting look into this culture, but more so, it is such a beautiful tale about friendship.  I wept, people. I really did.

4.  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl–  Holy cow I love this book.  I think I’ve read it at least thirty times and only two of those times have been as an adult.  It  completely transported me to Dahl’s incredible, whimsical world and made me wish it were real.

5. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte– Gah! I read this in high school and fell in love with Mr. Rochester almost immediately.  The only person I loved more than him was Jane.  She is still one of my favorite heroines of all time.  I read this every year and it still gets me.

6.  Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen– Of course when I read this six or seven years ago, I knew the basic story: Mr. Darcy has a stick up his butt and he falls in love with sassy old Lizzie Bennett and both are too prideful to see their own faults and errors.  But oh,  I had no idea there was going to be such humor or that I was going to love Elizabeth so much. Darcy won me over too, of course.

7. Twilight by Stephenie Meyers– Should I duck to dodge your flaming arrows of hatred?  When I read this series, the last book (and none of the movies) were out yet.  There weren’t crazy old ladies throwing their panties at Taylor Lautner and Trya wasn’t asking Robert Pattinson to bite her neck.  (I mean, whew! Thank God all that’s over because those things made me hate Twilight fans).  I’m not saying these are the most amazing books, or the most well-written—but I like the story.  I don’t care about whether or not I agree with Bella or whether or not I think Edward, swoony as he may seem, is a stalker (even though he totally is).  I just loved that I cared enough to keep flipping the pages at one o’clock in the morning.  I was excited to buy the next book and find out what was going to happen.  I love any series that can do that for me.

8. Where She Went by Gayle Forman– You guys, I wish I could bottle the way this book made me feel.  Part of it was the pure relief that a sequel to a book I adored could be SO good.  Part of it was that it was heartbreakingly beautiful. Part of it was that it was totally romantic.  And part of it (I know! There are alot of parts here) was being able to see Mia, who I’d grown to love so much, in such a happy, healthy place in life.  It was so perfect that I cried at the end (in a good way).

9. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden– This one also goes back to the fact that I love books about other cultures.  It was particularly interesting and  so beautifully written.  Have you read this?  You should. Don’t see the film instead. You have to read it.

10.  Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding– This book was hilarious! The first pages had me giggling like crazy.  I love Bridget (and Mark. Of course I love Mark) and all the stupid, completely embarrassing things she does, including listing every drink and ciggy she has.  Plus she uses words like F&*@wit, which I think is brilliant.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Read Because of Another Blogger

by Tee

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish (a site I love).  This week’s topic is: Top Ten Books I’ve Read Because of Another Blogger.

It’s actually pretty difficult for me to trace why I read certain books.  Most often, I just know I’ve heard something good, or maybe I love the author or the premise.  Every so often the cover gets me (but let’s be real, in YA I usually have to fight the urge to run screaming in the opposite direction. The covers are SO bad. ).  Quite often I pick up a book because a blogger I trust has raved about it.  Here are a few that stand out in my mind:

1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsIf you’ve ever stopped by and visited the ladies at Forever Young Adult, you know that The Hunger Games is a staple there.  In the midst of their discussions about Peeta or Gale and the posts that help you find your Hunger Games name (I was Gersless O. Singmint, in case you were wondering),  I recognized I’d have to check this series out.  At the time, Mockingjay wasn’t out yet, so it was a bit of a gamble for me (we know how I hate to wait for sequels.  And it was still a significant wait), but once I read the first two books—and totally flipped out over them—at least I had a community of people to spazz with.

2. I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan– Holy crap, this book blew me away.  I first read about it when author Gayle Forman mentioned it in her Twitter feed (and also on her blog) and it seemed like immediately afterward, the ladies at FYA were also singing its praises.  They couldn’t have been more right.  This book was amazing.

3. Delirium by Lauren Oliver- This is one I’d heard about, obviously, but wasn’t in any rush to get to (you know how it is when the TBR stack is taller than you). But, when I read how Carla at The Crooked Shelf pretty much fell in love with it, I ordered it immediately.  I’m so glad I didn’t drag my feet on this one.

4. Divergent by Veronica Roth-  It was inevitable that I pick this book up at some point, considering that before its release the world of bloggers was going cray cray for it.  The first person I heard spazz about it was, again, Carla at The Crooked Shelf, so I promised myself I’d read it and love it (which I did).

5. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks by E. Lockhart- You guys, where would I be without Frankie?  She reinforced the cold hard truth: Girls rock.  And she makes up her own words, which, or course I love.  Again, my favorite blog, Forever Young Adult, put this one on the radar for me.

6. Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have) by Sarah Mlynowski- I read great reviews on two blogs I love, first at Anna Reads and then over at GReads.  Both ladies were right on the money. I loved the pants off this book and pretty much wanted to read it again the moment I finished it!

7. Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready- Holy bananas I love this series.  I would never, ever have picked it up (because I’m sorry, but I’m not a fan of the covers) had it not been for Jen at Makeshift Bookmark.  Thanks to her I know of the incredible hotness of Zach and Logan.  I love these books! Did I already say that?  Good.

8. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra ClareThe weird thing is, I read Clockwork Angel before reading any of The Mortal Instruments books.  Based on the fact that I looooooved Clockwork Angel and the fact that several blogs, including Mundie Moms (I mean, wow, an entire site dedicated to Clare’s books? In a word, awesome) and The Story Siren, mention this series, I finally read (and loved) them.

9. Where She Went by Gayle Forman- Okay so, I honestly would have read this book anyway, considering the way I blubber like a maniac every time I read If I Stay, but I was a little scared.  When a book is THAT good, it’s normal to be concerned about the sequel because it seems like nothing can match up.  Then I read this great review at Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing. She convinced me that, not only was it a good book, but that I would absolutely fall in love with it (and of course, I did).

10. Graceling by Kristin Cashore- This one I picked up from a blogger, Yannabe,  whose site now seems to be inactive (sad face, because I loved her reviews). I wanted to mention it though, because if she hadn’t spoken so highly of Graceling, it would have completely slipped past my radar and that would have been tragic.  It’s so excellent.