Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Favourite Books I Read Before I Was a Blogger
April 9, 2013 § Leave a comment
Unfortunately, there’s a bit of crossover here with the books I most recommend. (You expect that you’d recommend your favourite books, right?)
As somone who’s never identified as a fantasy fan per se, there sure is a fair share of fantasy present on this list. Recently, I’ve considered my tastes more in line with literary fiction, but as the list suggests, that wasn’t always the case.
1. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
2. Pricksongs & Descants by Robert Coover
Pricksongs & Descants is a collection of short stories, each story more bizarre and disturbing than the last. Coover plays with structure to disorient his reader, bringing to light the true freedom and creativity that comes of deviating from linear storytelling.
3. His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman
It’s been a while since I’ve read Philip Pullman’s celebrated fantasy series, but I remember being completely enthralled by it, especially Book 2: The Subtle Knife.
4. The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud
Set in a parallel London where the country is run by a parliament of magicians, Bartimaeus, an ancient djinni, is conjured by Nathaniel, a young apprentice, and expected to do his bidding. Bartimaeus’ sarcastic voice coupled with his cocky manner secured this series as an instant favourite. The story of political intrigue, self-serving leaders and revolution is also compelling in and of itself.
5. The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
I can’t ignore this classic. I was addicted to Enid Blyton’s books as a child, transported to fantastic lands where just about anything was possible. Enid Blyton’s stories are what really what made me fall in love with reading in the first place.
6. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
This YA novel is a retelling of Cinderella, featuring a heroine who holds absolutely no resemblance to the character played by Anne Hathaway in that atrocious movie that shares its name. Ella is a determined, clever girl who is cursed with the ‘gift’ of obedience. Determined to break the curse, she sets out to find the misguided fairy responsible and thus, regain her free-will.
7. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
8. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
This one goes without saying, doesn’t it? Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is probably my favourite of the bunch.
9. Hard Times by Charles Dickens
10. The Lost Girls by Laurie Fox
The Lost Girls is an unofficial sequel to J. M. Barrie’s Peter and Wendy. Named after her great-grandmother who travelled to Neverland, Wendy is aware of her birthright. At a certain age, she will be whisked away by Peter Pan, an experience that will haunt her and impinge on her relationship with her own daughter. I appreciated Fox’s attempt to contemporise the famous story, and while I can remember not being crazy about her version of Peter, I truly enjoyed this darker take on the girls who had to grow up.