Ten books I loved and would always recommend but never reviewed. Top Ten Tuesday 08/11

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. 

This week’s theme is books I’ve read but never reviewed

 

The books below are books I will always recommend but haven’t reviewed because …I didn’t know you could review books!!!! And I either wasn’t on Goodreads yet, either began and didn’t dare write in English.

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

She is pretty and talented – sweet sixteen and never been kissed. He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future. And now they have fallen in love. But… they are brother and sister.

Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings. As defacto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives—and the way they understand each other so completely—has also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right. As the novel careens toward an explosive and shocking finale, only one thing is certain: a love this devastating has no happy ending.

 

 

Voldemort

The whole Harry Potter series

Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.

Though Harry’s first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it’s his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.

Full of sympathetic characters, wildly imaginative situations, and countless exciting details, the first installment in the series assembles an unforgettable magical world and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come.

 

The Host by Stephanie Meyer (made me cry more than Twilight)

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, didn’t expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

As Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she’s never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.

 

 

 

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

ONLY A TRUE BEST FRIEND CAN PROTECT YOU FROM YOUR IMMORTAL ENEMIES…

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires – the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.

After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger… and the Strigoi are always close by.

Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever…

 

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

A Thousand Splendid Suns is a breathtaking story set against the volatile events of Afghanistan’s last thirty years—from the Soviet invasion to the reign of the Taliban to post-Taliban rebuilding—that puts the violence, fear, hope, and faith of this country in intimate, human terms. It is a tale of two generations of characters brought jarringly together by the tragic sweep of war, where personal lives—the struggle to survive, raise a family, find happiness—are inextricable from the history playing out around them.

Propelled by the same storytelling instinct that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once a remarkable chronicle of three decades of Afghan history and a deeply moving account of family and friendship. It is a striking, heart-wrenching novel of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love—a stunning accomplishment.

 

 

 

The Clan of the cave Bear by Jean M Auel

This novel of awesome beauty and power is a moving saga about people, relationships, and the boundaries of love. Through Jean M. Auel’s magnificent storytelling we are taken back to the dawn of modern humans, and with a girl named Ayla we are swept up in the harsh and beautiful Ice Age world they shared with the ones who called themselves the Clan of the Cave Bear.

A natural disaster leaves the young girl wandering alone in an unfamiliar and dangerous land until she is found by a woman of the Clan, people very different from her own kind. To them, blond, blue-eyed Ayla looks peculiar and ugly–she is one of the Others, those who have moved into their ancient homeland; but Iza cannot leave the girl to die and takes her with them. Iza and Creb, the old Mog-ur, grow to love her, and as Ayla learns the ways of the Clan and Iza’s way of healing, most come to accept her. But the brutal and proud youth who is destined to become their next leader sees her differences as a threat to his authority. He develops a deep and abiding hatred for the strange girl of the Others who lives in their midst, and is determined to get his revenge.

 

Angelfall by Susan Ee

It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again. 

 

Confession of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

Becky Bloomwood has a fabulous flat in London’s trendiest neighborhood, a troupe of glamorous socialite friends, and a closet brimming with the season’s must-haves. The only trouble is, she can’t actually afford it—not any of it. Her job writing at Successful Saving magazine not only bores her to tears, it doesn’t pay much at all. And lately Becky’s been chased by dismal letters from the bank—letters with large red sums she can’t bear to read. She tries cutting back. But none of her efforts succeeds. Her only consolation is to buy herself something . . . just a little something.

Finally a story arises that Becky actually cares about, and her front-page article catalyzes a chain of events that will transform her life—and the lives of those around her—forever. 

 

 

 

Fall of Giants by Ken Follett

This is an epic of love, hatred, war and revolution. This is a huge novel that follows five families through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for votes for women.

It is 1911. The Coronation Day of King George V. The Williams, a Welsh coal-mining family is linked by romance and enmity to the Fitzherberts, aristocratic coal-mine owners. Lady Maud Fitzherbert falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German Embassy in London. Their destiny is entangled with that of an ambitious young aide to U.S. President Woodrow Wilson and to two orphaned Russian brothers, whose plans to emigrate to America fall foul of war, conscription and revolution. In a plot of unfolding drama and intriguing complexity, “Fall Of Giants” moves seamlessly from Washington to St Petersburg, from the dirt and danger of a coal mine to the glittering chandeliers of a palace, from the corridors of power to the bedrooms of the mighty. 

 

City of Bones by cassandra Clare

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

 

 

Have you read these books?

Thanks for reading!

Sophie

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31 Replies to “Ten books I loved and would always recommend but never reviewed. Top Ten Tuesday 08/11”

  1. I read Forbidden based on your recommendation and I have no regrets! I loved it! But don’t shoot me…I didn’t really like HP and although I have the Twilight books, I haven’t read them.. 🙁 :O

  2. Some amazing books on here! I’ve heard so much about Forbidden and yet I’ve still not read it 4+ years on. I really need to!

  3. I’ve been meaning to give Khaled Hosseini’s books a try for years now! I really should fix that. 😮

    1. He is an amazing writer Lashaan!

  4. Fall of Giants is amazing (and I never reviewed that one either, lol!).

    1. :-)))))))))))))))

  5. I can see not reviewing Forbidden. It’s such a hard book to put into words.

  6. I am guilty of not adding reviews to GR for so many titles. I probably need to do one for Harry Potter, too. 🙂

  7. You never reviewed Harry Potter!!! Also, The Host…..I never bought it, do I need to?

      1. Heeeheeheee!

  8. I have read the Harry Potter series, The Host, Vampire Academy and the TMI series! I have also read Forbidden and I’m happy to see it here. I think is one of those books that has been kind of forgotten? I read it years and years ago and it broke my heart. I have never dared to re-read it if I’m honest. I was starting reading more books, discovering contemporary books, or maybe I should say non-fantasy/non-dystopia books and that just blew my mind and heart.
    This was a great post! Hope you have an amazing rest of the week! ✨

    1. I don’t dare re reading them either!

  9. There were tons of books I read pre-blogging that I never got to review, and I probably won’t unless I do a reread 🙂 Lots of Ken Follett on my list too, and of course the Harry Potter books which I read through high school/college 🙂

  10. Loveeeee this post so much!

  11. thebrowneyedbookworm says: Reply

    I’ve never review HP either, and boy did I love The Clan of the cave Bear so many fond memories. I think I read them around the same time I read Gabaldon.

    1. She took more than 10 years to write her whole series Corina!

  12. The Clan of the Cave Bear!! Oh wow, it’s been years since I read that book, and I loved it:-)

    1. I know!!!!!! 🙂

  13. Every single time I see Forbidden on the list, I’m reminded that my copy is sitting on my shelf unread. I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about it and yet here I sit not reading it. Too many books, you know?? I need to try and find the time asap!!

    I feel you on reading these big books before I knew reviewing was a thing/ever considered reviewing books on my own platform. I did an entirely different thing for TTT today, but you can check out my list here if you’d like: https://bit.ly/2PHmMwL

    1. Yes yes I know all about the too many books! :-D)))

  14. THE HOST! I was so obsessed with it and would love to reread it sometime. Also, Vampire Academy. LOVE LOVE LOOOVE!

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  15. I’ve seen The Host mentioned a few times recently and I’m really intrigued! I might have to read it because it sounds really good. Great post

  16. I’ve read 5/10 so that’s pretty good because usually on lists like these I’ve read like 1. LOL

    1. That shows that we share the same interests and taste Vicki!

  17. I can’t recall if I ever reviewed City of Bones or not but I have vivid memories of when I read it. What a fun, wild ride that one (and the rest of TMI series) was.

    1. I know ! I wish I reviewed at that time!

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