Saturday, July 13, 2013

Top Ten All-time Favorite Books

This topic came from Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  I'm going through and doing all of the old themes whenever I get a chance here and on my Youtube channel.

1. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.  This is in no way surprising to anyone who knows me at all.  It will definitely always top this list.  Harry Potter was my entire childhood.

2. The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  This was the other series that kind of made my entire childhood.  I think it's the reason I fell in love with that time period and possibly why I fell in love with history in general.

2. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.  When I started reading this series in high school it almost instantly became one of my all-time favorites.  The only books that top it in my mind are Harry Potter.

3. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare.  We read this book in eighth grade, and I just absolutely fell in love with it.  I was kind of in awe of the idea that people once used to actually believe in witches and accuse people of witchcraft.

4. The Giver by Lois Lowry.  We read this book in sixth grade, and it was another one that I fell in love with instantly.  I'm almost positive that it was my first experience with dystopian, which I would later go one to love completely.

5. The Chosen by Chaim Potok.  I had to read this for summer reading before my senior year.  I remember choosing it because I like history (and had already read Pride and Prejudice), but I wasn't really expecting much.  This book made me an emotional mess though, and instantly became an all-time favorite.  I love how it's a unique perspective of World War II.  It's the only book I've ever come across that tells about a Jewish American during World War II.

6. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.  I read this independently but for school.  I'd heard so much about this book, and it was intriguing enough that I decided to pick it when we had to choose a classic to read on our own.  Turns out that a despise every character in the book, but for some reason I absolutely love it anyway.

7. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.  Yet another dystopian...  This was part of summer reading the same year The Chosen was, but this one was required of the entire class.  It hit me in a way no other dystopian ever has before.  Unlike with others, I could actually see our society becoming this, and it really kind of hit me hard.

8. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli.  This was in our classroom library sometime during elementary or middle school, and I picked it up to read in class.  It kind of broke my heart, but I love it for it.

9. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.  I could have chosen any John Green book here (and Looking for Alaska almost got put instead), but I decided I had to go with The Fault in Our Stars.  Cancer has definitely had an effect on my life (as it has with most), and this book just really kind portrayed cancer in an incredible way.

10. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson.  This was another book in our classroom library (I remember it was fourth grade), and it got passed around by all of my friends.  I remember that it made every single one of us cry.  I think it was the first book I'd ever read that had death as a major part of the story (other than Cedric's death in Harry Potter, which was much more fantastical to me at that age), and it really hit me hard.

There are so many books out there that I could have put on this list, but I'm very happy with naming these ten my all-time favorites.  I realized while making this list that most of them were introduced to me through school, which I feel is incredibly lucky considering how many kids hate school reading.  The list may have a few changes at some point in the future, but even so all of these books have a huge amount of meaning to me for various reasons.

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