Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Spring To Be (Re)Read List!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Something a little different here - I've somehow gone the first 2 1/2 months of the year without rereading anything, a new record for me, so one of my aims for the spring is to reread some old favourites. Here are 10:

1. Drina series by Jean Estoril - I reread individual books fairly often but haven't gone through the entire series for a while and Bunheads by Sophie Flack has got me wanting to return to these ballet classics. Probably my all-time favourite series, this has wonderful characters who develop brilliantly throughout the series and are lovely comfort reads.

2. Coming Home by Rosamunde Pilcher - Speaking of comfort reads, this is perhaps my all-time favourite of them. My old copy fell apart - it was already reasonably battered when I was given it second-hand by my aunt, and reading it a dozen or so times didn't help its condition. A couple of years ago a student I taught was thoughtful enough to give me a book token when he left school and I bought a new copy to replace it. Definitely looking forward to returning to it!

3. Wereworld: Rage of Lions by Curtis Jobling - I read book 2 in the amazing Wereworld series after getting it from the library. Having reviewed the other 2, I feel I need to review this one to fill the gap but don't think I could do it justice without a reread!

4. Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson - One of the best contemporary YA books for years, this gorgeous road trip book was stunning. I can't wait for Matson's upcoming Second Chance Summer but this will help tide me over.

5. Dreaming of Amelia by Jaclyn Moriarty - Moriarty is crazily talented and creates some of the best books around, pulling together exam answers, letters, blog entries, assignments and poetry to create a truly unique narrative. Somehow, I never returned to this one after reading it on its release 2 years ago - I definitely need to put that right!

6. The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald - Jillian Larkin's superb Vixen has got me wanting to read more Jazz Age books, and while I'm sure there are plenty out there to discover for the first time, I'll have to reread the ultimate one just once more before trying anything new. Perhaps the greatest novel ever written, despite its short length, this tragic tale of the dark side of the American dream never fails to move me.

7. The Moorehawke Trilogy by Celine Kiernan - I love epic fantasy and these three books - The Poison Throne, The Crowded Shadows and The Rebel Prince - just edge out the orignal Dragonlance trilogy and the Dark is Rising sequence as the best of all-time for me. Romance, political intrigue, and moral dilemmas make this an outstanding series.

8. The Monstrumologist series by Rick Yancey - I enjoyed the first book but thought it was too long, loved the second, and found the third to be absolutely phenomenal despite its epic length. I'm so hooked on this wonderful Victorian horror series that I'd love to go back to the start and see Will Henry and Dr Peregrine Warthrop's tale unfold.

9. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson - Breathtakingly, incredibly, heartbreakingly beautiful. One of the best ever YA books, without a shadow of a doubt.

10. We, The Drowned by Carsten Jensen - Third adult entry on my list, this Scandinavian seafaring epic - mainly told by a Greek chorus of unseen dwellers in the town of Marstal - is a century-spanning tale which combines romance, adventure, war, comedy, coming-of-age, and some of the most beautiful and beguiling writing of the last decade. I fell in love with this one within a hundred pages or so and am looking forward to returning to it.


  1. I love rereading books. It's so comforting. I recently reread the Hunger Games trilogy. I think next will be Divergent, to get ready for Insurgent.

    I loved The Sky is Everywhere. Every time I see it on anyone's list, I get all happy. I want everyone to read it. It's so beautiful; one of the best, like you said.

  2. The Moorehawke trilogy sounds intresting. I love epic fantasy so will have to check these out! We, The Drowned sounds intriguing too. I love having new book to check out :)
    Happy reading!
    New follower too :)

    Here's my Top Ten list:

  3. Great top 10 - I'm ashamed to say I haven't ready any of them! Oops! But I do want to read Amy and Rogers Epic Detour :D

  4. Thanks for the comments, everyone! Bekka, could't agree more on The Sky Is Everywhere - completely outstanding. Becca - We, The Drowned is one of the only adult novels of the last few years I really, really, rave about. (As opposed to a few dozen YA books.) Well worth checking out! Jesse - you HAVE to read Amy and Roger, it's phenomenal!

  5. Alright, now I feel like I've been living in a box. I haven't read any of these books. I may have to look into them now.

    Thanks for visiting my Top Ten.

  6. Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting on my review of Bunheads! I haven't heard of the Drina series, but I really liked reading about the world of ballet in Bunheads, so I might just have to look it up!