Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday! Do I address that I missed last week? Or just move on? Let’s just move on.
Today’s challenge is the top ten books I’ve read that I would like to own in my personal library. I got my grubby little hands on these books in a variety of ways, loved them, and they have been in my wishlist ever since. Here we go.
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
I gotta come clean right off the bat. When I first read this book,
I torrented it. I don’t do it anymore, but I used to back when this book initially came out. The reason I did not purchase it at the time was because, for some reason, I didn’t think I would like it! I was intrigued by it, especially by the Russian-inspired setting, but back then I was reading primarily dystopians and other apocalyptic-esque books (lots of zombies) and I just didn’t think this would be my cup of tea. I was wrong. I read this bad boy so fast and purchased the second and third books in the trilogy in hardcover as soon as I was able (I think I read this just as Siege and Storm came out and then I had to wait to get Ruin and Rising). Ever since then I’ve had the hardcover of Shadow and Bone on my wishlists but it just has not yet come to be. The same thing happened with Cinder by Marissa Meyer but I ended up getting that for my birthday a couple of years ago, so there’s still hope.
Beauty by Nancy Ohlin
When I read this book back in I believe my freshman year of high school, it was published with the author’s name as Nancy Butcher, but it has since been re-released with a new pen name and a new cover and I think additional content. My friend owned this book and I was fascinated by the cover and desperately wanted to read it. Now, looking back on it with adult eyes, it’s a terrible cover. Still, this Snow White retelling was one of the first dark fairy tale retellings that I ever encountered. I finally convinced this friend to let me read it on a bus ride to New York (it’s real short) and I was absolutely mesmerized. I’ve wanted to own it ever since. While looking for a picture of the cover version that I’m familiar with, I stumbled upon this old school video review from The Book Rat Misty, circa 2014. You’re welcome for this BookTube treasure.
Look For Me By Moonlight by Mary Downing Hahn
I don’t know if this book actually existed pre-Twilight, but this was my first vampire novel. ou always remember your first, am I right? I found this gem at my local library on one of the many trips that my mom was doing genealogy research and I tagged along with a backpack to fill with books to check out. This story takes place in a Maine town that during the summer is a crazy tourist attraction but in the winter is completely desolate. The main character goes to spend the winter with her father and stepmother when a mysterious visitor comes to stay. I remember very little else since I read this in a single sitting over ten years ago, but I still remember it and think about it often.
Blood Red Road by Moira Young
This was probably one of my first BookTube reads that I picked up back in 2011. Before BookTube I never would have picked this up. I didn’t know I was into science fiction, I was super picky about writing styles, and this book in general would have been too weird for me. I loved it. I did purchase this in hardcover right when it came out, but over the course of my many moves it disappeared (which is extra upsetting because I am not a fan of the new covers). I’ve been keeping an eye out at used bookstores and on ebay to try to find a decent copy without breaking the bank on a book I’ve already purchased once, but I am definitely itching for a reread.
Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Another BookTube pick that I purchased in hardcover as soon as it was released in 2011 but has since been lost to the moving goblins, this dystopian novel about a girl who is sold as a bride with the express purpose of having a child before she reaches the age of 20 — the age when all females in this society die. This eerie twist on a hate-to-love romance was fascinating and I remember being hooked. It also ended on a cliffhanger, so I remember following the updates about the trilogy religiously and was so disappointed when the cover for the second book, Fever, was released that I didn’t buy it and just never completed it. The first book is stunning and I would love to have it back in my library. Maybe I’ll just borrow the second and third installments, though.
Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
Another high school read, here. I’ve been going through a very nostalgic phase lately (at least in terms of my reading preferences) and revisiting old favorites. This book I checked out of my school library because so many people on BookTube were talking about it. I remember very little. Maybe that’s the primary reason I want to read it again, I don’t think I absorbed as much of this book as I was supposed to squeezing it in between class periods. I remember loving it, but that’s all.
Going Bovine by Libba Bray
When I read this, I had already read and loved A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray, but everything about this book initially turned me off. I hated the cover, I was in the mood for series and didn’t want a standalone, I was primarily reading books with female main characters, and it just seemed weird. Well, it is. I ended up getting the audiobook from my library and listening to it in my car and it was such a wild ride! I loved every second of it. I still think back on it very frequently and I want to purchase specifically the audiobook. It was such an excellent method of consuming this story.
Echo by Francesca Lia Block
Again, I remember almost nothing about this book other than the effect it had on me. I got this one out of my high school library as well and it seems like it was never very popular, but I absolutely loved it. I vividly remember one scene where the main character was dancing in a crowd and she began having a sort of trippy psychic vision. I could be completely making that up but that’s what I remember and it was awesome.
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adayemi
Hey! A recent one! I only just read Children of Blood and Bone at the beginning of this year and it was amazing. I did purchase this on my kindle, but have you seen these new Barnes and Noble hardcovers?? I’m in awe. I was already thinking I’d have to purchase this in hardcover because I’m going to want to own the rest of the series as well, but maybe I’ll wait until there’s a box set released with all of these covers. The yellow one in particular is calling to me.
Fear Street by R.L. Stine
Remember when I said I used to go to the library with a full-sized backpack that I would stuff with books to check out? This series was why. I devoured these things like they were candy. I owned a couple of Fear Street books in my preteen years that I acquired at thrift stores and library sales, but I primarily read them from the library. Accidentally stumble upon one I’d already read? I’d just read it again! They’re quick, they’re scary, they’re gruesome, and they were everything my lil horror-obsessed brain wanted to consume. My absolute favorites were the Fear Street Saga, which I have since purchased in a bind-up and need to get to reading again soon, but I will happily add any Fear Street book I can find to my personal library. Maybe I’ll lend them to my niece to scare the heck out of her.
There you have it, those are the top ten books I’ve read that I’d love to have in my personal library! Let me know if you’ve read any of these and what your thoughts were, and what books you’ve read that you want to own! I’ll try to not miss next week’s TTT and I’ll talk to y’all later.