Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Love But Haven't Talked About in a While (Or Talked About Enough)

As always, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the amazing The Broke and The Bookish

1) Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

This has been a favorite of mine since high school, and I even wrote a paper on it for A.P. English when we got to choose our book.

2) A Man Lay Dead by Ngaio Marsh

I love Ngaio Marsh, and this is one of my favorites by her. It features the classic isolated country house, the "killer is one of us" trope I love so, and even a take on "The Murder Game" that ends in actual murder.

3) The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

I read this for a Russian Lit class in college, and it remains one of the best books I have ever read for school. I love it so much I made my dad read it, and then my friend brought me a copy back from her trip to Russia.

4) Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl

I've talked about my love for Night Film quite a bit before, but this book was the one that first got me hooked on Pessl's amazing writing.

5) The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

It is impossible for me to talk about this book enough. It has been my favorite book for 20 years now, and I re read it at least once, if not more, every year.

6) The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale

One of my all-time favorite true crime books.

7) Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

This is one of those books I keep coming back to. It's so powerful, and so creative, and so well-written. 

8)  Soulless by Gail Carriger

 I adore this series. Carriger has done some amazing world building, all the characters are great, the protagonist is a strong smart woman, and there is a really wonderful romance.

9) Sharpe's Rifles by Bernard Cornwell

I don't usually enjoy books centered around wars, but I loved this book, and the series. My dad got me hooked on them, and we read all the books and watched all the movies.

10) Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

This was another series I was completely hooked on. My mom got me the first book because she wanted me to have access to more literature with strong female protagonists. I read every book in the Song of the Lioness series, and much of what else Pierce wrote as well.


  1. Thirteen Reasons is so underrated! It was a heartbreaking tale but was also so eerie.

  2. I really enjoyed Speak, and I think Laurie Halse Andersen is just a really wonderful writer in general. I actually own Soulless but I keep putting it off for some reason, even though I'm really excited to read it!

    My TTT

    1. I completely agree about Laurie Halse Andersen, I've loved everything of hers I've ever read.

      You should definitely pick up Soulless, the whole series is so good, as are the graphic novels!

  3. Thirteen Reasons Why was on my list this week too!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/03/22/top-ten-tuesday-49/

    1. Yay, another Thirteen Reasons Why fan!