As promised- Monday through Friday this week are Book Nook Blogs and today we are going through My Personal Library and picking my top 10 reads and okay, okay- some series will count as one book. Bite me. It’s hard to choose. Most of these books are ones I read as a kid or teen. Books for me were always a safe place for me to go in rough times and…a fun place to go during the good ones. So without further ado-
Top 10 Favorite Reads
1.Harry Potter By: J.K. Rowling
I KNOW! Mildly overrated- but this is my number one spot because this was and is my comfort series. It was a fun world to enter whenever I didn’t like my current reality, its a decently easy read, and let’s face it’s a classic of the millennial generation.
2. Inkheart Series By: Cornelia Funke
“One of the central themes in the book Inkheart is the astonishing ability shared by Mo and his daughter Meggie to read characters and objects out of books and into real life.” My personal favorite character is Dustfinger…and if you have seen the movie- but you have not read the book- then you are simply mislead on the magic of these books. These books made me laugh, well up in tears, and I highly recommend- even and especially as an adult- that you read.
3. The Mysterious Benedict Society Series By: Trenton Lee Stewart
“It tells the story of four gifted children: Reynie Muldoon, George “Sticky” Washington, Kate Wetherall, and Constance Contraire, who form the “Mysterious Benedict Society” and are sent to investigate an institution called L.I.V.E. (the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened), run by a man named Ledroptha Curtain.” I recently reread and reviewed these books here on the blog. The story is fun, mind bending, and fun for again- anyone from a young teen to a full on adult.
4. Walking Disaster By: Jamie McGuire
“In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. But just when he thinks he is invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.” Now this is a raunchier book on my bookshelf and definitely not recommended for teens…at least not from me. For me this was a fun book to read- the same way a lot of women liked Fifty Shades of Grey. I wasn’t personally into that book because character development was lacking and getting whipped personally doesn’t sound fun to me. But- this was a bad boy turned good for the right girl fantasy and as you know…that is a real fun fantasy to have.
5. Artichoke’s Heart By: Suzanne Supplee
“Artichoke’s Heart by Suzanne Supplee tells the story of Rosemary Goode, an overweight teenager from the South. Rosemary is not comfortable in her own skin and has a serious love affair with all things chocolate.” Once again, I have reviewed this book on my blog. I struggled with my own weight and this really helped me as a kid. While- as an educated adult- I wouldn’t recommend the route she chose for weight loss and self discovery…I related and I found it really helpful in the lonely place in my brain.
6. Milk & Honey By: Rupi Kuar
This is a beautiful and yes, mildly overrated poetry book. I don’t particularly enjoy poetry but I find that Rupi’s poetry are raw and beautiful. I definitely recommend even if you are not a poetry junkie.
7. Percy Jackson and the Olympians By: Rick Riordan
This is definitely a series written for kids- but I also get some childlike joy rereading it. I loved the world of the greek gods when I was in 4th grade and now- as a woman in her 20’s. I cannot stress this enough- THE MOVIE WAS ABSOLUTE TRASH IT SHOULD BE ILLEGAL.
8. Uglies By: Scott Westerfeild
“It tells the story of teenager Tally Youngblood who rebels against society’s enforced conformity, after her friends Shay and David show her the downsides to becoming a “Pretty,” even though it is obvious to most people.” This is just a fun read. It’s a little bit eerie, a lot a bit relatable, and I recommend to anyone who wants a little bit of conspiracy.
9. Fablehaven Series By: Brandon Mull
“The story follows thirteen-year-old Kendra and her eleven year old brother Seth, left in their Grandpa Sorenson’s care while their parents go on a Scandinavian cruise. What they did not know is that Grandpa Sorenson is a caretaker of Fablehaven, a sanctuary for magical creatures in the woods near his home.” This is another childhood favorite and was definitely targeted at kids- but would recommend if you like twists on fairy tales. 🙂
10. Maximum Ride Series By: James Patterson
“The youngest Flock member, Angel, is abducted by the Erasers and taken back to “The School”, the lab where they were genetically altered and raised in cages. Max, Fang and Nudge leave their home in an attempt to rescue Angel, while Iggy and the Gasman were forced to stay behind.” This sounds wildly insane and confusing without context- but trust me- a great read and I highly recommend.
Drink of the BlogGiant cup of ice water with lemon. Boring but healthy.
That is all for today. I hope you all have a great night and happy reading.