I’m excited to write this post, this’ll be my first time participating in a Top Ten Tuesday! I got the idea from, Erika (hover over the link for a message if you’re her, or if you’re not that’s cool too). The idea of T10T is originally hosted and created by The Broke and the Bookish, and basically every Tuesday they develop a new Top Ten topic for other bloggers (and themselves) to feature in their blog. Now let’s get started! And these are not in order of favoritism. I’m just going to list them in the sequence I think I read them in the last 3 years. Oh and I’m sorry for such bad quality pictures, I thought it’d be more fun if I actually took pictures of the books if I had a copy. I have such a terrible camera! -___-
Half the Sky
by Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn
Genre: Nonfiction, Social Movement
If you haven’t read this, you must pick it up immediately! It’s an inspirational book with a compilation of real life stories of young women in less developed countries. It explores issues such as women oppression, sex trafficking, and gender inequality.
by Kristin Cashore
Genre: [Young Adult] High Fantasy
If you like strong female characters and the high fantasy genre, this is the book for you.
The Mortal Instruments (Series) by Cassandra Clare
Genre: [YA] Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
It seems that people either really hate this series or love it. Obviously, I’m part of the latter. The shadowhunter world is just badass. I love Clare’s wit and humor in these. And don’t even get me started on Jace. 😉
East of Eden
by John Steinbeck
Genre: Classics, Fiction
This one has to be my favorite read from high school. It’s about two families and how fate brings them together. There’s a lot of biblical symbolism used in the book, and overall the narrative is really interesting. If you’re looking for a classic that’s not too challenging or too easy, I recommend this one.
Vampire Academy (Series)
by Richelle Mead
Genre: [YA] Paranormal
Vampire Academy is probably my all time favorite vampire series if I had to choose one. I love to read paranormal fiction, but I always have a hard time reading vampire books (the first vamp series I read was Twilight, and I hated it, sorry!). But this one has a strong female lead, great humor, and an unpredictable plot!
by Sarah Dessen
Genre: [YA] Contemporary, Romance
My favorite Dessen book is The Truth About Forever, but this has to be a close second. It has all of the Dessen elements, and the characters are so lovable. Usually I hate weak protagonists (especially if they’re whiny). And in Dessen’s novels the girls are vulnerable, but there’s always character development throughout.
The Infernal Devices (Series)
by Cassandra Clare
Genre: [YA] Steampunk, Paranormal
You guys already know I’m Clare biased, so no need to explain how much I love this series. Will Herondale. That’s all I’m gonna say.
The Tiger’s Saga (Series)
by Colleen Houck
Genre: [YA] Supernatural, Mythology
This one was a real interesting series I started last year… It kind of reminds me of Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians because of the use of mythology. But this one has Indian lore. Even though I didn’t care for the main protagonist, it was interesting and fun!
(…why are the books out of order in the picture? This is going to bother me…)
by Laura Hillenbrand
This is a great biography, really well written. If you’re interested in looking at WWII through the eyes of a POW (prisoner of war), I’d recommend this one. Even for non-history buffs, this is a really great read. Louis Zamperini lived a great life.
If you want a longer review, I wrote one! (:
The Glass Castle
by Jeannette Walls
Genre: Autobiography, Memoir
This one was a recent read, and a very good one. If you’re into memoirs, this is wonderful. It’s written well and a fast page-turner.
I also have a longer review for this one if you’re interested.