“The villagers of Little Hangleton still called it ‘the Riddle House,’ even though it had been many years since the Riddle family had lived there.”First line in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
I’ve worried too much about this post than what was strictly necessary. I’ve reminded myself that books don’t have feelings and therefore won’t hate me for not picking them for this list (are we completely sure about this?). Shanah from Bionic Book Worm is the creator of Top 5 Tuesday (which today is a top 10) and she has come up with some pretty cool topics, so I needed to participate. Here are the topics for June if you’re interested.
In making my list, I decided to expand it a little so that it’s a list of my favorite books/series. If I have a favorite book in a series, I will mention which one. The list is ordered although 10-3 are somewhat interchangeable. Spot number 1 and 2 are completely set though. Now then, I can’t seem to put it off any longer so here are my Top 10 all time Favorite Books/Series.
10 – Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness
Such a thought-provoking series of books in so many ways. Also, the best villain ever. He’s so manipulative. Patrick Ness writes him so expertly that I found myself thinking: “Maybe the villain is right?”. I’ve never experienced an author trick me like that and I love it. A movie is coming at some point and I can’t wait.
Favorite in series: The Ask and the Answer
9 – Gentleman Bastard series by Scott Lynch
This is a newer favorite of mine. The main characters Locke and Jean are absolutely perfect in the way that they are violent, swearing con-artists and also the best of friends. The plot is intricate, full of action and extremely exciting.
Favorite in series: Red Seas under Red Skies
8 – The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
From a new favorite to an old favorite. These books were the first to open my eyes to a lot of issues in our society and I really appreciate them for it. Katniss was also the first introverted main character that I’d ever read about, and I remember identifying with her lot. Maybe that is also why I have an unpopular opinion: I really like Mockingjay (gasp!). It’s not my favorite but it really fascinated me because so much time is spent inside Katniss’ mind.
Favorite in series: Catching Fire!! (As in, I love this a lot!!)
7 – The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Here we have the first standalone on my list and it’s one of the popular ones I think. You should know that I really love sad books and books that just in general hurt me. Sounds counterintuitive, I know, but I want to feel things. The Book Thief is so devastating that it, of course, belongs on my list of favorites.
6 – Mistborn (Era 1) by Brandon Sanderson
This is just quality fantasy. It’s action. It’s politics. It’s a world so detailed and “real” that you can’t help but want to know more about it. I’ve only read the first trilogy of Mistborn but I intend to read the rest at some point. I just want more of this world.
Favorite in series: The Final Empire
5 – Shades of Magic series by V. E. Schwab
Victoria Schwab is one my absolute favorite authors, and this was the first of her series that I read. The magic system is interesting without being too complex so it’s easy to love. I mean, there’s a coat that changes to whatever shape and color you need it to be. I need that to be real. The characters are easy to love as well, except for Lila. Without her, this series would have been higher on the list, but I still love everything else about it.
Favorite in series: A Conjuring of Light
4 – A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Remember when I said that I love books that hurt me when talking about The Book Thief? A Little Life hurt me a hundred times more. Even though I read it about 5 months ago, it’s still a book I find myself thinking about. It’s just that good (and so traumatizing). Also, I can’t express the love I have for Jude and Willem. They are everything to me.
3 – Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo
Six of Crows is the heist novel I didn’t know I needed. Bardugo has such a great focus on the characters and their development that I don’t mind that not a lot happens in the first book. All six main characters are relatable and deep. The plot contains all the action and scheming I could hope for, but it is definitely a character driven duology and that’s what I love.
Favorite in series: Six of Crows
2 – Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
How can I explain this? I’ve never related so much to a character as I relate to Cath. It made me feel all warm and fuzzy to read about her issues because it made feel understood and not so alone. Also, I’m in love with Levi. I know he’s the most perfect character to ever exist and therefore completely unrealistic, but I don’t care. I love reading about him.
1 – Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
Yeah, I can’t not put this as my number 1. I grew up with them and back then, it was the only thing on my mind. I still reread them as an adult and my experience is that I don’t love them any less than when I was 14.
Favorite in series: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
There you have it. This was difficult so now I really want to know if you’ve read any of these books and where they are on your list of favorites.
Have a happy day of reading.