I’ve decided to muscle in on The Broke and the Bookish‘s fantastic Top Ten Tuesday meme! This week it’s…
🌈 top ten books I love but feel like I haven’t talked about enough 🌈
So many lovely books, so little time! Inevitably, you end up talking about the most popular books and some of your other favourites get left behind. So, today is for them.
When I talk about my favourite books of all time, this one is definitely in my top five. Although it is a children’s book, I only read it recently but I was so blown away by the adventure and morality in this book about rabbits. It had been in my to ‘to be read’ pile for as long as I can remember but I had always been put off by the animated film version I’d seen when I was younger. Seriously, harrowing doesn’t even come close (but it’s also super good!) But I’m so glad I put my fears aside and read it. It’s a long time since a book left me genuinely breathless with excitement but I definitely stayed up until the wee hours to find out what would happen to Hazel and his warren.
The Bell Jar
The book I read just before Watership Down left a profound mark too. Poignantly published just a month before her own suicide, the semi-autobiographical tale by Sylvia Plath documents a young woman with the world seeming at her feet. She’s attractive, incredibly intelligent and gifted but suffers from severe depression. Plath tackles isolation, depression and suicide honestly and her writing reflects her own immense gift for poetry. A must read.
His Dark Materials
With Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings being as popular as they are, it’s sometimes difficult for another fantasy series to get a look in but ‘His Dark Materials’ really is up there with the best. Controversially, the trilogy deals with Miltonian themes of Christianity, Original Sin, multi-universe theories, particle physics and philosophy among other cerebral themes. Pullman invites children to ponder these adult themes while they follow Lyra and Will in a story filled with adventure, betrayal and sacrifice.
The Secret History
The Secret History is recent Pulitzer prize winning Donna Tartt’s first novel and what a début novel! A terse thriller, narrator Richard reveals from the outset that one of members of an elite Classics group (of which he is part of) has been murdered. The novel follows Richard and the five other Ancient Greek students and slowly reveals the details of the murder as well as the life of Richard’s peculiar classmates. Donna Tartt is a Pulitzer winner for a reason. If ‘The Goldfinch’ is looking a bit too big and scary, I highly recommend you start here!
This is the series I’ve read more than any other (even Harry Potter!) It’s just so accessible, side-achingly funny and touching. Written in diary form, we begin with Adrian when he is 13 (and 3/4) years old and follow his teenage dreams of marrying childhood sweetheart, Pandora, and becoming an accomplished writer. Through the subsequent books we follow Adrian as he grows up, has children, a number of failed marriages and is completely unable to fulfil his dreams. It may sound depressing but no other books have ever made me laugh so much! Even the final book, where Adrian develops prostate cancer is addressed with wit and tact. Sadly, Sue Townsend died in 2014 so we’ll never know how Adrian’s story ends…
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I’m really looking forward to hearing your unsung favourites so please leave a link in the comments to your TTT!