Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks TTT is 10 books that I had very strong emotions about. Books that broke my heart, made me angry, confused or all the above and more.
- Looking for Alaska by John Green
The book that changed my life and made me want to be a writer. That’s all I really need to say.
- Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
This series changed how I viewed Sci-Fi and this book being the last in the series blew my mind. Things happened that I hated and loved and cursed Ness for. I hated how it finished because I never wanted it to end. I wish I could re-read this for the first time over and over again.
- Harvesting the Heart by Jodi Picoult
One of my first Jodi Picoult books and definitely not the last. Jodi tends to write the kinds of stories that throw you for a loop. She isn’t very kind to her characters and this is no exception. Paige isn’t a perfect leading lady and she struggles and falls and gets back up and does it all over again. She messed up a lot and does some stupid things. She is beautiful and talented and human. That’s what I love most about Picoult’s writing. She writes stories about people who are far from perfect. My favourite of all her books.
- Entangled by Cat Clarke
Just . . . no words. Read it. Just do it.
- The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen
This was another book that I read early in my book obsessed and I was quite young when I read it. But I’ll always remember it because of Macy. She was the first main character that wasn’t what I expected. This story is about learning who you are. Finding your place in the world and I have lost count of how many times I have re-read it over the years.
- Boy’s Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman
This story was so many things. It wasn’t always happy – a big chunk of it is sad. But it’s also bitter sweet and I thought about it long after I finished reading it.
- On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
On the Jellicoe Road is one of those books that will be a Penguin Classic one day. One of those books that people will talk about the way they do of books like To Kill a Mockingjay. It is wonderful and beautiful and will linger with you long after you read it. I know it did with me.
- Things I Want My Daughters to Know by Elizabeth Noble
This book was one of the ones that I read early in to my new found book obsession. It was also a little over a year after my mother died so it was extra sad for me. A seriously heartbreaking and yet wonderful book about a mother who wanted to leave something for her daughters to help them after she was gone.
- Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas
I think this book is out of place amongst all the others but I had to included it for one main reason – it is not at all what you think. I remember seeing this book when I was working in a book store and I thought it was frivolous drivil. But there is hidden depths to Sugar Daddy that I did not expect. It might be a romance story but there is so much heart in it to. It’s not just a love story – its a story about a girl who had to be a grown up too soon. It’s about sacrafice and compromise and loss. And of course, love.
- So Much to Tell You by John Marsden
This book was the first novel I ever read. I was twelve years old and I found it in the library on my lunch break. I took it home and read it and cried and read it again. And cried some more. And thus my love of reading books was born.So many emotions.