Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Top Ten Tuesday | My Favourite Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week you compile a list of ten books which coincide with that week's theme. You can find everything you need to know about joining in here!

This week's theme is 'Top Ten Favourite 2016 Releases So Far This Year', but I can't do that because I haven't read much so far this year, certainly haven't read many 2016 releases so far this year, and haven't read many favourites so far this year. So instead I'm going to talk about my favourite books of all time!

Childhood Favourites

Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl: I had a real hard time trying to decide whether I was going to put Fantastic Mr. Fox or The Magic Finger on this list. Like many, many children all around the world I grew up on Roald Dahl, he's the children's author, and while I love so much of his work, for whatever reason it was always Fantastic Mr. Fox I requested at bedtime. In fact my dad read this to me so many times (at my request) that I knew it off by heart. I loved books about animals when I was a little girl, and I think I loved Fantastic Mr. Fox so much because it was about animals outsmarting humans. This book is always close to my heart, and The Magic Finger is a very, very, very, very close second.

Witch Child by Celia Rees: I think I've mentioned this book many times now on my blog, but it's Celia Rees I have to thank for first getting me into historical fiction when I read Pirates! when I was about eleven or twelve years old. I read Witch Child when I was around fourteen and just loved it. It's influenced so much of what I read and what I write to this day, and a few years ago I was lucky enough to meet Celia Rees and get my copy signed!

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling: Obviously Harry Potter was going to get a mention on this list, how could it not? I don't think The Order of the Phoenix is the most popular book in the series, but it's always been my favourite despite the fact that it's the book in which my favourite character dies. I wrote a blog post all about why I love it so much here if you want to check it out!

Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman: I'm pretty sure I read this book around the same time I read Witch Child, maybe a year later, and it broke me. If you haven't read this book yet, you need to; Blackman addresses racism in such a clever way, and I adore Sephy and Callum.

Sabriel by Garth Nix: Another book I first read when I was around fourteen. I love Lirael and Abhorsen too, and as far as readers go I think Lirael tends to be a little more popular, but I'll forever have a soft spot for the very first book in this series, with a heroine who first introduced me to the idea that a fantasy book about a woman doesn't have to have a romance at the heart of it.

Recent Favourites

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters: Sarah Waters is one of my favourite authors, and while Fingersmith is also a fantastic book it's The Little Stranger I love most. It's slow and spooky and so well executed, and I haven't stopped thinking about it since I read it.

Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia: Here we have one of the only books partially set during high school that's actually reminded me of how it felt to be a teenager. This book means an awful lot to me for reasons I'm probably never going to discuss on here because they're just too close to my heart, but as well as that personal affinity I felt to this book it also just so happens to be a fantastic story with fantastic characters. If you love magical realism, music and misfits, you need this book in your life!

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison: This is the kind of high fantasy I love. It's not about the end of the world or defeating a dark lord, it's a coming of age story mixed with courtly intrigue and some of the best fictional characters I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. I love this book.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers: To me, this is the sci-fi equivalent of The Goblin Emperor. It's a bit funnier, a little like reading Firefly, but it's science fiction that doesn't involve the future of the galaxy being at stake; instead the story revolves around a group of people on a journey in an enclosed space, and Chambers uses this setting to explore ideas about gender, sexuality, family and what it means to be human. This book is exquisite.

Feed by Mira Grant: I sobbed when I finished this book. I'm still not over it.

Which books made your list this week? I'm looking forward to some 2016 recommendations!


  1. I'm slowly doing a re-read of HP via audio, and it's just such a pleasure to revisit that world. (I'm on #3, but I love them all!) I just got a copy of The Long Way... and can't wait to read it! I'd really like to read The Goblin Emperor finally too. Great list!

  2. OotP is definitely one of my favorites in the series - I know a lot of people don't like it as much but I do. I like Harry's extra sass and well his moodiness made him more relatable to me...not sure what that says about me LOL! I ADORE The Old Kingdom books but like you, Sabriel is my absolute favorite. I do love Lirael but Sabriel has a very special place in my heart ♥ I still need to read Goblin Emporer and Long Way to a Small Angry Planet though. Awesome list^^

  3. Noughts and Crosses is one of my favourite books ever too!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/06/21/top-ten-tuesday-62/

  4. Omg this makes me want to read Feed IMMEDIATELY. XD I know, I know, I'm a beggar for punishment, but the sob-worthy books are always the best!! And eeep I really want to read Sabriel someday and now I'm entirely curious about THe Long Way To A Small Angry Planet. :D (Which is such an epic title, too, omg.)

    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

  5. Oh this was a good idea! I haven't been doing top ten tuesday lately because I couldn't think of anything for it.

  6. Sabriel, yes, yes, yes! I loved this book I must be an exception to the 'rule' then because although I read and enjoyed the sequels to this book none of the ever compared to the first book. Since then I have re-read book one a few times but have never been tempted to pick up Lirael and Abhorsen again. Noughts and Crosses was such an amazing book, I remember getting this from my school library and just loving it!

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