Tuesday, 22 March 2016

I LOVE These Books, But Don't Talk About Them Enough!

It's time for Top Ten Tuesday and this week I am doing last weeks topic, as I missed it and think it's way more interesting to do than my Spring TBR.

Books I Love But Don't Talk About Enough

I LOVE this weeks topic!!! It is basically just an excuse to gush endlessly about some of my all time favourite books!!! WOOP WOOP! I can't wait. I definitely feel that I don't get to gush about my favourite books enough. I know I talk constantly about Harry Potter, but everything else seems to take a back seat to new releases. Not any more, time to fangirl!!!

bring it on emperor's new groove

Adult Fiction

I concentrate so much on young adult fiction on this blog, all my favourite adult fiction barely gets a mention on here. 

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

I have actually only read this once, but it's a book that I always immediately think of whenever someone asks me about my favourite books. This was a book that got me back into reading regularly, about eight years ago now. I could not put this book down and it started my obsession with Jodi Picoult. I went and bought as many of her books I could find and devoured them all, she quickly became a favourite author of mine. I loved this book for all the different character point of views, and the fact it made me cry far too much. Such an amazing book and, just so you know, a million times better and different from the movie.

The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffeneger

I just loved this book! I adored it so much it is truly hard to explain. The story of Henry and Clare was just so beautiful, romantic and sob inducing. This is a love story that spans years and years, as Henry finds himself time travelling at random. The first time I read this book I couldn't stop thinking about it, even months after finishing it. I want to reread this one and see if I adore it just as much the second time around. Oh, and again, if you have seen the film but not read the book... Please, don't judge it by the movie, the movie was terrible and the book is incredible!

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Another wonderful story that completely captivated me, then also got a rather mediocre movie adaptation that didn't do it justice - although, of the three, this one got the better adaptation. I love everything about this book. I love the main character, an elderly man who is looking back on his incredible life. I love the wonderful circus setting, it was just absolutely perfect and so well done. I loved Gruen's writing, it was glorious. And the romance... swoon!

The Weight of Silence

I actually haven't been able to bring myself to read this book again, seeing as this book completely destroyed me. This is one of those books that had me lulled into a false sense of comfort and then gut punched me so hard I could barely stand it. I cried so hard reading this book, it just touched me so much. This was wonderfully well written and gripped me, this was one of those books I devoured in one sitting.

The Martian

I only read this very recently, part of the reason why I haven't talked about it too much yet. I LOVED this book soooooo much! It is just such an incredibly awesome and hilarious book. I laughed so much when reading this book, I literally laughed so hard that I cried. Andy Weir managed to write my favourite and most awesome, hilarious and sarcastic male protagonist of ALL time!

Maybe Someday

I definitely don't talk about this book enough and I truly do love this book, mostly for the incredible experience I had whilst reading it. This book involves characters who write songs together, and the author worked with a musician to create an album to go along with the book. As they were writing the songs together, you got to listen to them as well. I love Hoover's books anyway, but I loved the album as well and the experience was just unlike any I have had when reading before.

The Sea of Tranquility 

I definitely don't shout my praise for this book enough, considering the fact I still haven't even reviewed this one. I honestly don't know how I would review this one. I was blown away by the writing and it made me want to devour anything and everything Katja Millay has written, unfortunately this is the only thing she's written so far.

The Road

This book, this book... this book! I should seriously go on and on about this book more, it is amazing. It's a post-apocalyptic novel and is another book I devoured in one sitting and then proceeded to sob for about an hour. This book is one that has stayed with me and I highly recommend it.

Young Adult Fiction


Any excuse to talk about how much I adored Forbidden. This will always be one of my all time favourite books, mostly because of how deeply it affected me. This is one of the few books where I have finished it, then immediately picked it up and read it again. I adore Suzuma's writing, and I especially love that she isn't afraid to write about taboo subjects, as well as write spectacularly about mental illness.

Dangerous Girls

This is definitely one of the best young adult thrillers out there. If you haven't read this one yet then you definitely need to get to it as soon as possible. I literally couldn't put this down, it was that good. I ended up reading it until three in the morning, despite the fact I had work the next day.

The Sight

Childhood favourite that I still adore to this day and will recommend forever and ever and ever. A book that is told from the perspective of wolves. There is magic and myth and it is AWESOME! David Clement-Davies needs to write more books, as I will happily buy and read every single one.

Noughts & Crosses

This is yet another childhood classic that I don't think I will ever be sick of. I just love this series, so much so that one of my cats is named after a character from this series. It is also one of the first books I think of when someone asks which books have made me cry. The first book in this series made me cry soooooo much!

His Dark Materials

I have to! I HAVE to include the His Dark Materials series because it is one of my all time favourite things. I want a daemon so much... soooo much! Oh, Lyra Bellacqua, how I adore that character. She's young, fierce and just so brave and I love the journey she takes in this series.

Not a Drop to Drink

I really don't talk enough about how absolutely incredible this book is! Mindy McGinnis is a genius, this book is frigging spectacular. It was beautiful and moving and very soul destroying. McGinnis just moved me far too much with this book.

So, come on, what are some of your favourite books of all time? Would any of mine make your list?


  1. I agree with so many of these! Especially Forbidden and Dangerous Girls - I love those two!

  2. my sister's keeper is also one of my first adult book, and i haven't seen the movie adaptation because i'm afraid it will ruin the book for me. it's one of the first books that gives me feels and made me stop and think about the story. i didn't really enjoy forbidden though.. i love the angsty-ness and that it talks about taboo subject, but i was hoping for something more. that ending was a killer though! :D

    tasya // the literary huntress

  3. I LOVED Dangerous Girls!! It really was the most shocking YA Mystery I've read. I feel like I compare every other mystery I read to it, and it's really not fair. I also love Jodi Picoult's books and wish I would have put some of them on my list this week.

  4. AHH YES!! Much love for Not a Drop to Drink! I'm actually kind of annoyed at myself for not having read the companion book yet *facepalm* That first one absolutely BLEW me away and afjaklsd I loved Lynn. I also love Dangerous Girls...OF COURSE. ;D I am forever thankful of your recommendations of that one!!

  5. I loved Noughts and Crosses! Malorie Blackman's writing is spot on, and I applaud her for being able to write about such a touchy topic.

  6. I still need to read some of these. *hides face*

  7. Woow such a great list !! Oh how I loved The Sea of Tranquility.. it completely blew me away ! Some I didn;t know yet.. thanks for sharing !!
    My TTT

  8. I enjoyed My Sister's Keeper too when I read it. The Sea of Tranquility is one of my absolute favorite books. I just love it. I talk about it a lot though, so it isn't on my list.. but it is a beautiful book. Great list this week!

    Alexis @ Stay at Home Reader

  9. Snap! I added Northern Lights too. It's an amazing book but for some reason every time I try and read The Subtle Knife I don't finish it. I really need to try again this year.

    Under The Mountain Of Books

  10. My Sister's Keeper is probably the first Jodi Picoult book that I read. It caught me off guard, but I guess it's a good thing because it made me want to read more of her work.

  11. There's so many of these books I want to read! Time Travelers Wife is one I own and I should seriously start my first Jodi Picoult book because I know both my older sister and my mum love reading her works. I CANNOT WAIT to read Dangerous girls, The Martian and Forbidden. Especially that last one because I read an excerpt and I need more...

    but of course, the one I have read and loved is Noughts and Crosses. Such a well written and meaningful novel. It provokes so much thought and pushes ethical implications. As does the whole series.

  12. LOVE The Northern Lights Series ♥♥ I still need to read Not a Drop to Drink AND The Martian though but hoping to get that done soon :) Awesome selection here^^ x

  13. OOH I so badly want to read the Noughts and Crosses trilogy as well as His Dark Materials! THEY LOOK SO GOOD. Great list! :)

  14. Like, Dangerous Girls is so PRAISED, but also so... UNKNOWN? It baffles me. (And yes, I've read it, and yes, others should, too. IT HAS BEEN DECREED. BY ME AND YOU. RIGHT NOW.)

    I loooOoOoOOoOOove adult fiction, but I'm guilty of just NEVER reaching for it anymore since the blog took over my heart and soul. At one point or another, I've wanted to read ALL of those (Water For Elephants! My Sister's Keeper! The Martian! The Road! Time Traveler's Wife!). But I just... didn't.

    This might just be the push I needed, frankly! Bless you, Charnell!

    - Lexie

  15. Loved My Sister's Keeper, but read it a long time ago...or so it seems. Also loved The Sea of Tranquility. I really need to get to Maybe Someday, my friends keep shaming me for not having read it yet.

    My TTT.

  16. Ahhhh The Sea of Tranquility & Forbidden! Loved those two!

  17. I loved the Time Traveller's Wife too! Although it was a bit confusing, it was just so touching with Henry and Clare's interactions. Oh man, Water for Elephants made me mad with the animal abuse in that. I'm so glad you LOVED Maybe Someday and The Martian, some of my favourites! Maybe Someday is definitely one of my favourite Hoovers! OMG DANGEROUS GIRLS IS MY FAVOURITE. MY FAVOURITE! And I've heard great things about Not a Drop to Drink. I even borrowed it from the library once but never got around to it.

  18. There are so many books on here that I still need to read, but I absolutely adored The Martian because it was so unexpectedly hilarious! I felt like the movie was really faithful to the book, too.

    I actually own Fell, which is the sequel to The Sight I think? Because I didn't realise it was a sequel. But I'm really excited to get my hands on The Sight now that I've read this post. ♥

  19. I really need to read The Time Traveler's Wife, Not A Drop To Drink, and Dangerous Girls. These books have achieved such high praise from my favorite bloggers and friends!! Nice list <3

    Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books

  20. The Time Traveler's Wife has been sitting on my shelf for so long. I'm excited to read it but at the same time I worry that the time travel aspect of him popping in and out in different years is going to be too confusing to follow/understand. And that has kept me from picking it up for several years. *sigh* Maybe Someday was the first I ever read by Colleen Hoover and what an introduction to her that was. I feel in love with Sydney and Ridge and their story. And to this day I listen to the song Maybe Someday by Griffin Peterson all the time. :) The Sea of Tranquility is another that has been on my shelf for a long time. It's one that I feel like I'm going to LOVE - like, love it forever and ever - so I keep putting it off to prolong the anticipation. (Ridiculous, I know, but I do this All The Time.)

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

  21. How great are His Dark Materials? No idea why he renamed it Northern Lights, but probably the most underrated series ever. Awesome indeed!
    Here's my TTT: http://spinningjennysbookblog.blogspot.ca/2016/03/top-ten-tuesday-13-top-ten-dystrumpian.html

  22. Ok, so this is the first time I'm visiting your blog & ohmygoodness IT'S SO PRETTY. *immediately follows everywhere*

    Also, so much YES to this post. I loved Maybe Someday (and Ridge haha ;)) so much. That's actually my favorite book I've read so far this year. <3 Really need to read The Martian because anything Science/space related is life & I just really loved the movie. His Dark Materials is also on my TBR.

    -Cari @ My Addiction: Books

  23. I remember Noughts and Crosses causing major feels when I read it, but such a great book. I haven't really seen that many people talk about Dangerous Girls, it's been on my TBR shelf for well over a year now, really need to pick it up and read it.

  24. I've heard a lot of great reviews for Water for Elephants. Haven't read it yet. My granddaughter is reading The Martian. It's one I really need to add to my list. :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

  25. The Time Traveler's Wife is beautiful. I also read it so many years ago and I can still remember all my feelings well reading it.
    I have only read two of Picoult's books. Shame shame.
    Sea of Tranquility. My love. It still makes me happy that you finally read it. And yea, I'd say there's no way to review it. IMPOSSIBLE!
    Noughts and Crosses=sobbing. I still haven't continued on with the series though....

  26. His Dark Materials is one of my all-time favorite series and is so wonderful to re-read. Great picks!


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