Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: All-Time Favorite Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This week's topic: Books You Would Classify As ALL TIME FAVORITES

Marie's Favorites

The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling ~ I can never choose a favorite from these seven books, so I always say the whole series. They changed me as a reader and as a person. I can't imagine my life without Harry Potter. 

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery ~ I've read this book so many times over the years. It's whimsical and funny and sweet and sad and romantic and just so, so amazing. Also, it's written by a Canadian author and set in Canada, a definite plus in my books! Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe will always be my ultimate OTP. 

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins ~ This book has everything I love about contemporary YA - it's funny, it's sweet, it's romantic, it has great character growth, a swoonworthy romance, plus characters that leap off the pages. And it's set in Paris. What could be better? This book always makes me giggle like crazy, and I love it even more each time I read it.

Jessica's Favorites

Wanted: Wife by Gwen Jones ~ I just read this one last year and instantly named it as being my favorite of the year AND put it in my Top 10 Favorites. It's one of those stories that seems ridiculous on the surface (the couple marrying without even knowing each other), but it has so much heart. I loved seeing Andy and Julie grow in their affection while building a life together... and he spoke French. *swoon*

Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard ~ This one came out early in my blogging career and it sparked a desire to travel in me. Kirsten travels all over the place and is constantly posting pictures on Instagram... causing my "wanderlove" to grow even more. Reading Bria's journey, not just the travel itself, but what she learned along the way, opened up my eyes to what's available in the world around me.

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen ~ I borrowed this from the library and read it long before I started reviewing books. I was so captivated by it that I went out and bought myself a copy so I could read it whenever I wanted to. It's still on my shelf. I loved the unlikely friendship that developed between Annabel and Owen, how love for music centered them and everything blossomed from there.

Molli's Favorites

Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop - An English teacher of mine in high school recommended this series to me in 2003, but I didn't get around to it until 2007. Anne has expanded the series past the original trilogy in the last few years, but DAUGHTER and its two sequels are always going to be some of my favorite books EVER. They're full of magic, sensuality, stunning world-building, and amazing relationships. I've read them several times.

Far From You by Tess Sharpe - Even though this book hasn't been out long, I always come back to it when I talk about diverse books and why we NEED them so much. Tess's book celebrated friendship and bisexuality, and wrapped it in such loving prose. There's also an awesome mystery. I can't wait to re-read this one, and considering I cry every time I think about it, I believe it will always be one of my favorites. 

The Archived by Victoria Schwab - I cried my way through this book. I had SUCH an emotional reaction to it each time I read it (twice now) and I also loved the sequel. V has such a beautiful, haunting way with words. I think of her books, this one especially, as coming home. 

Lilly's Favorites

Suddenly You by Lisa Kleypas ~ One of the first historical romances I read, and one of my favorite authors because of it. I read and reread (and REREAD) this on numerous occasions. Since then, I've read plenty of other books in the genre (including others by the same author), and while I enjoy them, I still always go back to this one. There was just something about it, something sweet and honest.

Melt Into You by Roni Loren ~ I actually read the novella that follows this book, Forever Starts Tonight, before I read Melt Into You. I adored Evan, Jace, and Andre, so I had to read how it all started. Their story was full of love, depth, honesty, heartache, and completely unexpected. It may be an unconventional romance, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Escorted by Claire Kent ~ Such a realistic portrayal of a not-quite-normal situation. The way the story played out was a million times better than you expect. While the reason Ander and Lori started out might appear a bit unseemly, their "relationship" changed over time in small increments, leading them to some life changing thoughts and decisions. After I finish typing this up, I'm going to be picking it up again to read a couple of my favorite scenes. It's just that good.

Those are our top 10 (okay, okay, 12) all-time favorite books. What are yours? Leave a link to your list in the comments and we'll be sure to visit you!

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1 comment:

  1. I've been meaning to stop by this list since you lovelies posted it! I finally made it and I have not heard of any of these books except for Marie's top two (but then who hasn't?!). Once I have more "reading for pleasure" time, I will have to grab at least a few! I'm not going to leave a link to a list, but you can still stop by my blog for a visit if you have time :) My #1 is The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. It's the book I recommend to everyone. From there I would go with Citizens of Nowhere by Debi Goodwin because it is just an incredible tribute to some of the refugee students that I dedicate a large part of life to helping. My favourite classic is Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen, but I only recommend it if someone has read more than one other novel by Austen, otherwise it's Sense and Sensibility all the way!
    Brandy from Brandy's Bustlings