Top Ten Tuesday (#5)


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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. It features weekly top-ten lists, and this week it’s

Top Ten Favorite Books I Read Before I Was A Blogger

Well, this one could be really easy, seeing as I’ve only been a blogger since the beginning of March… but I’m not going to include any of the books I posted in my Most Recommended list – which could’ve answered this question by itself, hah. ;)

871575The Bartimaeus trilogy, by Jonathan Stroud

Nathaniel is a magician’s apprentice, taking his first lessons in the arts of magic. But when a devious hot-shot wizard named Simon Lovelace ruthlessly humiliates Nathaniel in front of his elders, Nathaniel decides to kick up his education a few notches and show Lovelace who’s boss. With revenge on his mind, he summons the powerful djinni, Bartimaeus. But summoning Bartimaeus and controlling him are two different things entirely, and when Nathaniel sends the djinni out to steal Lovelace’s greatest treasure, the Amulet of Samarkand, he finds himself caught up in a whirlwind of magical espionage, murder, and rebellion.

In British author Jonathan Stroud’s excellent novel, the first of The Bartimaeus Trilogy, the story switches back and forth from Bartimaeus’s first-person point of view to third-person narrative about Nathaniel. Here’s the best part: Bartimaeus is absolutely hilarious, with a wit that snaps, crackles, and pops. His dryly sarcastic, irreverent asides spill out into copious footnotes that no one in his or her right mind would skip over. A sophisticated, suspenseful, brilliantly crafted, dead-funny book that will leave readers anxious for more.

The Codex Alera series, by Jim Butcher

For a thousand years, the people of Alera have united against the aggressive and threatening races that inhabit the world, using their unique bond with the furies – elementals of earth, air, fire, water, and metal. But now, Gaius Sextus, First Lord of Alera, grows old and lacks an heir. Ambitious High Lords plot and maneuver to place their Houses in positions of power, and a war of succession looms on the horizon.

Far from city politics in the Calderon Valley, the boy Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. At fifteen, he has no wind fury to help him fly, no fire fury to light his lamps. Yet as the Alerans’ most savage enemy – the Marat – return to the Valley, he will discover that his destiny is much greater than he could ever imagine.

Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman

Under the streets of London there’s a place most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, knights in armour and pale girls in black velvet. This is the city of the people who have fallen between the cracks.

Richard Mayhew, a young businessman, is going to find out more than enough about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his workday existence and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and utterly bizarre. And a strange destiny awaits him down here, beneath his native city: neverwhere.

The Obsidian Mountain trilogy, by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

Kellen Tavadon, son of the Arch-Mage Lycaelon, thought he knew the way the world worked. His father, leading the wise and benevolent Council of Mages, protected and guided the citizens of the Golden City of the Bells. Young Mages in training-all men, for women were unfit to practice magic-memorized the intricate details of High Magic and aspired to seats on the council.

Then he found the forbidden Books of Wild Magic-or did they find him? Their Magic felt like a living thing, guided by the hearts and minds of those who practiced it and benefited from it.

Questioning everything he has known, Kellen discovers too many of the City’s dark secrets. Banished, with the Outlaw Hunt on his heels, Kellen invokes Wild Magic-and finds himself running for his life with a unicorn at his side.

126431Sabriel, by Garth Nix

Sent to a boarding school in Ancelstierre as a young child, Sabriel has had little experience with the random power of Free Magic or the Dead who refuse to stay dead in the Old Kingdom. But during her final semester, her father, the Abhorsen, goes missing, and Sabriel knows she must enter the Old Kingdom to find him. She soon finds companions in Mogget, a cat whose aloof manner barely conceals its malevolent spirit, and Touchstone, a young Charter Mage long imprisoned by magic, now free in body but still trapped by painful memories. As the three travel deep into the Old Kingdom, threats mount on all sides. And every step brings them closer to a battle that will pit them against the true forces of life and death—and bring Sabriel face-to-face with her own destiny.

The Shades of London series, by Maureen Johnson

The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it’s the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city, gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper events of more than a century ago. Soon “Rippermania” takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him. Even her roommate, who was walking with her at the time, didn’t notice the mysterious man. So why can only Rory see him? And more urgently, why has Rory become his next target? In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities.

2767052The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender.

If she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

11870085The Fault in our Stars, by John Green

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love

Divergent, by Veronica Roth

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

121121The Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling

[Does anyone still need a synopsis for this one?!]

Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He’s never worn a Cloak of Invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry’s room is a tiny cupboard under the stairs, and he hasn’t had a birthday party in ten years. But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that’s been waiting for him… if Harry can survive the encounter

What’s YOUR Top Ten this week??

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33 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday (#5)

    • Oh wow, you started it and put it down?! Haha, I was hooked from the first footnote! I think I read it in just a couple days, lol. The entire trilogy is fantastic.

    • I cannot recommend that series highly enough. It’s hilarious and touching and fun and exciting…. Definitely read it when you get the chance. :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

    • The Codex Alera is totally different than the Dresden Files – Alera is epic fantasy through-and-through, and I think it could have an even wider (though maybe not larger) fanbase than the Dresden Files, if only more people knew about it! It’s fantastic. Jim Butcher is also working on a steampunk series called The Cinder Spires – I heard him talk about it during a book signing event, and it sounds AWESOME. :)

      thanks for stopping by!

  1. Ohhh, I can see that you have seriously good taste. SABRIEL & NEVERWHERE together are like a siren call. I’m also berating myself for forgetting to put Harry Potter on my list – such an amazing series!

    Thanks for visiting my Top Ten!

    • Yes! Those books are just… in another league. And I can totally forgive those who forgot HP – it’s not really a “favorite book”, is it, it’s more of a way of life…… ;)

    • Haha! Right?! Harry Potter is a MUST. And you definitely need to read The Madness Underneath – it’s a lot different than Name of the Star, and the end is a horrible cliffhanger, but it’s SO good. ;)

  2. The Stroud, Nix, and Lackey books are all on my TBR – I’m glad to hear the Obsidian Mountain was good because I don’t hear feedback on it very often. Nice list. :)

    • I adored the Obsidian Mountain trilogy – great characters, great adventure, great magic… There’s actually a second trilogy in the same world (hundreds of years later, I think the first book is The Phoenix Unchained), and I like that one almost as much as the first one. Both really good!!

      You should definitely read Sabriel and the Bartimaeus books. Fantastic, incredibly memorable characters. :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Oooh I just started in March too, but I cheated and included books for my Most Recommended list (which means it was pretty much just a copy). Way to make me feel like a failure! :P

    I read Sabriel so long ago, but I remember loving it. I really should reread it sometime. And of course, The Fault in Our Stars, Harry Potter, and the Hunger Games are amazing.

    I finally bought Divergent so hopefully I’ll get around to reading it soon. Then maybe it’ll be on my future lists as well. ;) Great list!

    • Haha, aww! I just wanted to switch things up – there’s no shame in repeats! ;D

      Ah! You totally need to read Divergent – SO good. I’m super excited for the last book to come out – October is way too far away!

  4. The Bartimaeus books are wonderful. I haven’t read the third, but I loved the idea of incorporating footnotes; so unique at the time, although I’ve seen other books do it since. Bartimaeus is just so wonderfully snarky!

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT! :)

    • I’ve definitely heard of that series, but it never registered in my brain that it was by the same author! Definitely going to have to check it out, I love good middle-grade. :D

  5. Oh wow, another Neil Gaiman! I feel like the slowest person ever because I have legit never read any of his books (although I recently bought Coraline so I will, soon!)

    Harry Potter was on my list too, of course. I’ve read The Hunger Games and The Fault in our Stars but not before I became a blogger!
    Great list!

    • I’ve only read Gaiman’s Stardust, Neverwhere, and The Graveyard Book – all ones I’d highly recommend!! Still need to get to Coraline… I hope you like it!

  6. Divergent is also on my list! And The Fault in Our Stars is great!! I haven’t read anything from Neil Gaman and – honestly – Harry Potter too. xD Thanks for stopping by at my blog and have a nice day! Awesome list.

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