(Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and The Bookish!)
I read a lot of books (you probably already knew this, I’m sorry for stating the obvious). Sometimes I absolutely love a book – it gets five stars, I fly through it and it makes me feel all of the emotions – but then I forget about it within a couple of months, and I never mention it here on the blog.
This week, I’m giving those books some well-deserved attention, and forcing you all to read them at your earliest convenience.
10) ‘Cruel Summer’ by K. R. Conway
When I read ‘Cruel Summer’ last year, I loved it. It’s a novella, part of K. R. Conway’s ‘Undertow’ series, but for some reason I’ve never read the other books in the series. I don’t know why – I intended to, but I just haven’t had time! It means I often forget about ‘Cruel Summer’ and the brilliant characters that it focused upon.
9) ‘Teeth’ by Chele Cooke
I contacted Chele back in November 2014, asking if I could read and review ‘Teeth’ for her before it published. Thankfully she accepted my request, and it ended up being one of the most bloodthirsty vampire books I’d ever had the pleasure of experiencing. The second book in the series hasn’t been released yet (unfortunately), but I really should mention ‘Teeth’ more than I do – it’s wonderful!
8) ‘The Catcher In The Rye’ by J. D. Salinger
I know I read ‘The Catcher In The Rye’ and I enjoyed it, but it was that long ago that I didn’t review it or rate it on Goodreads, so I can’t remember whether I loved it or not. I’m going to have to reread this one fairly soon.
7) The Fallen Angel duology by Heather Terrell
I read both books in the Fallen Angel duology within a day, because I was completely absorbed in the story and I loved the characters. Whereas I struggled to get into ‘Fallen’, and couldn’t finish the ‘Hush, Hush’ series, ‘Fallen Angel’ swept me away. I definitely need to mention these more.
6) ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ by Stephen Chbosky
‘Perks…’ is a required read if you’re a fan of young adult fiction, but it slips my mind all too often. It’s a wonderful read and it’s supremely short, so it’s perfect if you don’t have much time on your hands and want to quickly slip into a story.
5) ‘Slated’ by Teri Terry
The only reason I’m not recommending the entire trilogy is because I haven’t read the third book (yet!) and can’t really remember the events of the second book… However, ‘Slated’ sets up the dystopian world perfectly, and it will send shivers down your spine – all of the inhabitants are so tightly controlled that it’s a very Big Brother-esque situation.
4) ‘Retribution’ by Jillianne Hoffman
I don’t mention ‘Retribution’ much, because it’s an adult crime book, but I feel as though it’s a perfect gateway for teen readers who want to pick up books dealing with more adult content. The events at the start of the book occur when the protagonist is a college student, and those events impact the rest of her life and the rest of the story – it’s a harrowing and difficult book to read, but I really recommend it.
3) The Eve trilogy by Anna Carey
I definitely need to reread the Eve trilogy, because all of the reviews of it that I’ve read say how terrible it is and I thought it was utterly fantastic! I did read it when I was quite a bit younger, though, and I hadn’t experienced as many dystopians – it’ll be interesting to see how my opinion of this one has changed over time.
2) ‘You Against Me’ by Jenny Downham
Jenny Downham is most well known for writing ‘Before I Die’, but I actually love her second novel more. ‘You Against Me’ is a modern day Romeo and Juliet love story, between a rich girl and a poverty-stricken boy: it’s heartbreaking, but the characters are wonderful.
1) ‘Stolen’ by Lucy Christopher
This has to be my number one choice, but I LOVE ‘Stolen’. I’ve read it multiple times, I cried when I finished it the first time and I know for a fact that it really impacted upon me. I hardly mention it anymore, though – that needs to change!
Thank you for checking out this Top Ten Tuesday! Have you read and forgotten about any of the books I mentioned? Are there any books you always forget?