Ok, so I’ve not really done this sort of thing before. Also, bear in mind that it has been a long while since I read some of these, so details are probably fuzzy, but the memories of me crying (YES!) are clear. I hope I did this right!
Also I’m a dirty YA reader, come at me
Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag [some] friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them.
1 - Everything by J. R. R. Tolkien
I have never connected with a series of books so much. The Silmarillion is my favourite, but the Hobbit was first, and the Lord of the Rings was my favourite for a very long time. Some of my favourite characters of all time are from the Silmarillion, and I can’t ever see my love for it dying.
2 - The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
It’s actually been about six years since I read this book, so I can’t actually remember that much about it, but I do recall that the end made me cry. And that doesn’t happen very often at all.
3 - The Tales of the Otori by Lian Hearn
I really enjoyed these books. I liked all the characters and the setting and story kept me gripped. And the ending of The Harsh Cry of the Heron made me cry.
4 - The Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett
Despite my adoration for Tolkien, these are my faves to actually read. Kickass awesome characters, including some of the most well rounded women I have ever seen written (the Witches series probably wouldn’t pass a reverse Bechdel test, that’s how awesome his ladies are). I have read these books so many times, and I never get tired of them. They blend humour and drama so incredibly well. If you haven’t already, go read them. Chances that you’ll regret it are incredibly small.
5 - Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Also known as the only classic you will see on this list, and also the only romance. I loved the perspective of the nameless new wife, and the looming shadow of Rebecca. It was incredible to read.
6 - Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
*Groans* I knooooow, but despite my issues with these books, they are fantastic children’s literature, and they deserve all the fame that they got. Also, they touched me and pretty much the entire world, so it’s hard not to put them on here.
7 - The Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix
I love these books. They are well written, with an awesome cast. I must have read them a hundred times. I don’t know exactly why, but something has always kept me coming back for more. (Also Clariel now has a solid release date, and I can’t begin to tell you how happy that makes me)
8 - Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Not so much the sequels, but Inkheart is incredible. I loved all the characters, and the longing to return to their books was something I really felt acutely. I spent ages after reading it feeling simultaneously glad that I couldn’t read people out of books, but also really upset that I couldn’t read myself into one.
9 - A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin
I don’t think I can really say anything about these that hasn’t already been said by people who are infinitely more articulate than me. These are really great books, and you should read them.
10 - The Percy Jackson Series (and Heroes of Olympus) by Rick Riordan
Alright, hear me out. I actually only read these pretty recently, because I heard good things about it, and Greek mythology is my JAM, and they’re actually… really good? They’ve got awesome plot, and a really diverse cast of characters, including an explicitly gay character, which is very unusual in such mainstream books marketed to children. I really like them, and I’ll continue to read them!
Sooo for tagging, I’ll tag the-sarcasm-fairy and theangrytim because I wanna see what you guys put!