TTT: Favorite Reads Over the Past Year Or So…

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Someone there posts a list challenge, we blog our top ten list, and then use the link widget on their blog to point people to our responses. This week’s top ten list is:

Top Ten Favorite Books You’ve Read During The Lifespan Of Your Blog

Regulars will know that I celebrated this blog’s first birthday back in June. Since I’ve been posting a Book of the Month as part of YA Highway‘s Road Trip Wednesday for most of that time, this should be fairly easy. So, here are the top ten books I’ve read since the end of June 2011:

  1. SHATTER ME by Tahereh Mafi
  2. DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth
  3. THE GIVER by Lois Lowry
  4. NEVERWHERE by Neil Gaiman
  5. LEVIATHAN by Scott Westerfeld
  6. BEHEMOTH by Scott Westerfeld
  7. GOLIATH by Scott Westerfeld
  8. THE PERICLES COMMISSION by Gary Corby
  9. THE IONIA SANCTION by Gary Corby
  10. THE CATER STREET HANGMAN by Anne Perry

Okay, so I know I’ve listed each of the LEVIATHAN series, but any one of those could have been a dud. I’ve seen it happen with other series books, where the first is great, but others are either okay or kind of *meh*! All three LEVIATHAN books are great reads. Likewise Gary Corby’s “Athenian Mysteries” series (so far). Do you have any favorites among this list?

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12 Responses to TTT: Favorite Reads Over the Past Year Or So…

  1. I wish I could have put The Giver on my list, but I read it long before my blog was born. Great list, here’s mine: http://robolobolynsuniverseofbooks.blogspot.ca/2012/08/top-ten-favorite-books-youve-read.html

    • Thanks, Robyn! Restricting us to the life of our blog is probably a good thing, though. We probably all have way too many books to choose from as it is! :)

  2. Good list, Colin! I picked up LEVIATHAN recently, but wasn’t sure if it was what I was in the mood for. I’m currently reading a book about a girl who gets kidnapped and I think ends up with Stockholm Syndrome. Kind of wishing I’d went with LEVIATHAN… O_o I’ll get to it eventually.

  3. I read Neverwhere and Divergent and loved them both. I’ll have to look into some of the others that you mentioned.

    • I especially recommend the LEVIATHAN series. If you’re a bit leery about steampunk, don’t let that put you off. It’s a great story.

  4. Agreed with Divergent! Pete has Neverwhere on his bookcase which I need to read. I got all the Leviathan books too. I really need to get a move on with this TBR pile!

    • Tell me about it! This month’s been quite a slow reading month for me, and I’m barely half-way through my summer reading!! I hope you manage to get to NEVERWHERE and LEVIATHAN soon–they’re great books, and I think you’ll enjoy them. :)

  5. Great list! (Except The Giver. Loved it until the end, then got so PISSED I couldn’t forgive it.) Divergent almost made my list, but it’s just too hard to narrow 400+ books down to 10… I know. Such PROBLEMS! lol

    Karis @YA Litwit

    My Top Ten

    • I guess there are worse problems in the world than having too many great books! :) I understand what you mean about THE GIVER, and if I had realized at the time that it was the first book in a series, I may have been a little upset at the way it ended. As it was, I thought it tied things up. Now, I’m not sure I want to read the following book, though I’m told the others are just as good.

      Thanks for stopping by, Karis! :)

      • See, I read THE GIVER in grade school, shortly after it came out, and I don’t know that it was definitely planned as part of a series at the time. I loved the ending because it was the first time I was aware of a book’s ending being sort of ambiguous. At the time, it really blew my mind. It’s remained a favorite of mine, so when I found out about the sequels I felt compelled to read them; they’re good in their own right, and I’m looking forward to the fourth in the series (SON, which is coming out sometime in the next year or so, I believe) but I could never really think of them as true sequels to THE GIVER.

        1-3 are ones I really enjoyed, as well as the Leviathan series. I think I had read the first one before I started blogging, and loved it, but somehow kept putting off the other two until you kept raving about the lot of them earlier this year :) Thanks for the push!

        • Interesting that THE GIVER might not have been planned as a series to begin with. I can see that. Thanks for the insight, Mrs. S!

          Yeah, I do harp on about LEVIATHAN, but it’s such a great series, and I want to be sure no-one misses out on it because they don’t like steampunk (which is probably the main reason some might overlook it). So, you’re very welcome, and I’m glad you enjoyed it. :)

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