Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
It’s coming up to Valentines day and so this week’s Top 10 Tuesday is a freebie with the theme of ‘Love’. I’ve decided to pick the 10 books/series that I love to reread.
As always it’s not in any particular list.
- Harry Potter – J. K. Rowling
A series that got the whole country reading. With everything that JK has said recently I’ve divorced her from the books and am able to just enjoy this truly magical and life changing series.
Stephen Fry reading these books made him the voice of my childhood and I have no regrets. I also queued to get the final book at midnight and didn’t sleep until I had read it. I was the 21st person in my town to receive a copy.
- Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell
I first read this book on a plane to Thursday Island, Australia after having been told for a long time that I should be reading Rowell’s books. I side with Cath and her social anxiety and how that makes her an outsider at uni/college, also she writes fanfic and fanfic is life!
I’ve recently got the audiobook and I’m looking forward to listening to it at work rather than having to deal with other people.
- His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
This series is up there with Harry Potter for me at 1 and 1a and the position will change every time someone asks me. It deals with friendship, betrayal, organised religion, death, other worlds, philosophy. To understand this book is a big part of understanding me. When the film was announced I stood in a queue for hours to be part of the open audition for Lyra – of course the film is BS but I loved the TV series and I can’t wait to see them do Subtle Knife and Amber Spyglass.
The radio 4 full cast plays were a massive part of my childhood and are the way I often return to Will, Lyra and Pan and their adventures.
- Radio Silence – Alice Osman
Podcasts and friendships, and asexuality. Honestly this book has it all and was my entry into Alice Osman. She’s now one of my favourite writers and I preorder any book of hers.
The audiobook is great as well and everyone needs to read this book if they haven’t already.
- The Names they gave us – Emery Lord
Oh man this book brings me to tears pretty much every time. It’s an ‘issue’ book without feeling preachy. For me it’s about how faith is personal and how it you deal with a crisis of faith. There’s a brilliant moment at the very beginning where she is angry at God and feels herself beginning to pray and stops. This is one I recommend to a lot of people if they liked Jacqueline Wilson as a child/teen
- Matilda – Roald Dahl
This book is a staple for any child who loves reading, especially any little girl who feels out of place in the world. Roald Dahl is a must read for anyone but this one talks to me the most.
The film and stage show are both utterly brilliant as well. If you haven’t listened to the musical soundtrack yet you should, and if you get a chance to see it on stage it’s an absolute must, the staging is magical and perfect and they have swings and a slide.
- Burial Rites – Hannah Kent
I first picked up this book as I needed a book ‘based on real events’ for the first PopSugar reading challenge in 2015. It was suggested to me by an indie bookshop in Cairns Australia, (Hannah Kent is an aussie and had just won an award). I wish I knew the name of the bookseller or could remember the name of the shop so I could thank them because it’s one of the best recommendations I’ve ever been given.
It’s about the last woman to be killed for witchcraft in Iceland. She had to spend months staying with a family and talking to a priest before her death and as the story goes on you learn more about what happened to her and the family start to understand what brought her to this point. Every time I read this book I think that she’s not going to die and every time I am disappointed even though the death is part of the premise.
- Winnie-The-Pooh – A. A. Milne
What is there to say about these books that has not already been said? It’s the perfect childhood book and one I still go back to if I need a comfort read. Pooh bear and his adventures with Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger, Rabbit, Owl, Kanga, and Roo are the perfect answer to a shitty day at work.
It’s also a book that is regularly quoted in my family:
‘The more it snows, tiddly pom,
the more it goes, tiddly pom,
the more it goes, tiddly pom,
- Among Thieves – Duglous Hulick
This is a lesser known series but one I really enjoy. It’s about the various gangs and roles in the city as Drothe (a Nose) tries to keep control of everything that is happening in his gang – his role is to sniff out the trouble and quash it.
It’s got magic, danger, politics, and so much more.
Unfortunately due to his mental health Douglas Hulick hasn’t completed the series so there are only two books. But they are so great that all I can be is upset that it wasn’t completed but glad that it existed.
- Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman
Gaiman doing his thing with the under-city of London. I’ve not actually read the book but I adore the BBC4 radioplay. It’s full of twists and turns and shows London in a magical and amazing light.
Allegedly the sequel is coming out this year but Gaiman has said he’s been writing it for years so I’m not holding out too much hope but will be very excited if it’s true.
What are the books/worlds you love to return to? How many on my list have you read?
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