I am quite an enthusiastic reader. Some would even say voracious. The kind of reader that would rather stay up all night long to finish a book rather than get some sleep. And believe me when I say this happens on a regular basis. Reading has always been my favorite thing to do. I am the girl that would rather stay in with a good book versus going out somewhere. It’s my way of escaping the world and letting my imagination run wild. Owning a bookstore is my dream job, seriously. So this goes deep for me. It’s not easy for me to pick out my favorite books, especially when I need to keep it within a certain number. But I did it. So this is my Top 10 list, in no particular order..because come on, I did pretty a good job just to keep it to 10!
- HARRY POTTER by J.K. Rowling
Okay, so I lied a little when I said in no particular order. Of course Harry Potter is my number 1. You do know me, right? The one that lives and breathes for Harry. Yeah, that’s me. What can I even say about Harry Potter to encompass how I feel about this series? Too much for this list, so be on the lookout for my Top 10 dedicated to just Harry Potter!
2. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
This has absolutely become my favorite vampire book series. Richelle Mead did an awesome job by creating a storyline that felt new in a very saturated market. She created new species of vampires which gave her creative licenses to change the normal definition of what a vampire is versus what another unnamed author did by adding in a sparkle affect. *Side eye* And please do not let the movie that was released of the same name sour your opinion of this series. I cannot emphasize enough how much better the books are. Totally different level.
3. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
That is how good Mead’s books really are. Both of these series make my list. Bloodlines is the spinoff to Vampire Academy and trust me when I say that it is just as good. (VA will always have a slight edge to me just because it was first.) It follows several familiar characters that were in supporting roles in VA and exposes readers to a whole new world filled with alchemy and magic. Not only is it a great storyline, but the material is so interesting to read about. Not to mention the lovable and hilarious characters!
4. Partials by Dan Wells
I picked up Partials in the bookstore one day just on a fluke. I am a big dystopian fan, and it sounded interesting. I made the best decision in the world of dystopian books that day. This series has truly earned the title of best dystopian series out there right now for me. I love that it is so different from all of the others I have read (and I have read A LOT of them!). But the best part is how intelligently written the novels are throughout the entire series. And I mean that literally. There was so much science in them that I felt smarter after reading them! If you want a detailed review of Partials, check out the book review I did of the first book.
5. Divergent by Veronica Roth
Did I mention that I really love dystopian novels? Because I do. Like, I really do. I also really love badass female lead characters (if you notice this is a theme in my entire list, almost!) If you haven’t read Divergent, you are either living under a rock or you are intentionally not jumping on the bandwagon. I will admit that I took a while to jump on. Usually, I hate when books become fads (especially if I didn’t read it before the fad starts), but I eventually gave in and I was pleasantly surprised. I love to read about a woman fighting the system, and Tris does that throughout the entire series. I also found the idea of being segregated based on personality to be pretty interesting. I even did an entire book club meeting (because of course I am in a book club!) based on the first book and made up my own tests to see which faction people would test into!
6. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games and Divergent are on the same level to me. I see many parallels between the two series, which is why I probably like both of them. As in Divergent, The Hunger Games is a dystopian that features a female lead character that is running the show and fighting against the norm. Now where they differ is in the dystopian world itself. The Hunger Games is much darker and features more heartache and pain, in my opinion. There is so much death in this series that I almost got turned off the whole thing because of it. I still believe that the series may have gotten a bit too depressing as it went on, but it was impossible to put down which is why it ranked on my list. And this is one case where the movies actually helped me like the book series even more!
7. Legend by Marie Lu
Legend is one of the few books you will find on my list of favorites that features a male character lead. But it also features a female because the series is written from the perspective of each in alternating chapters. Legend is a dystopian novel that highlights a post-apocalyptic United States that has been destroyed by war. It focuses on the two leads as characters from completely different worlds because wealth is still the determining factor for lifestyle, which is how I would actually envision the US if this type of war leveled our society. I loved the relationship between the love interests and I especially loved that Collins went with an atypical ending. Read it so you can know what I am talking about!
8. The Luxe by Anna Godbersen
One of the things that I don’t talk about quite as much when talking about my favorite books is my love for historical fiction. The Luxe is one of the best series I have read in this genre. It is set in early 1900s New York, and it focuses on the socialites of the area. But there is so much more to it than that like forbidden love, mystery, and scandal. It may have been the early 1900s but so many of the plotlines could be picked up and placed right in the middle of a current novel and not be out of place at all. It definitely made me want to take some etiquette classes and buy a hoop gown.
9. Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene
So we like to keep things real here at SisterGeeks, and I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the series I have loved since I was a small child. Mystery has always been my favorite genre and Nancy Drew started it all. And I will admit that I will still pick up a Nancy Drew book and read it cover to cover. There is nothing more important that introducing reading to young kids (especially ones that need a positive role model) at an early age and Nancy Drew is the first series that I can really remember being desperate to have at all times. I read every version of the series I could find including the ones where she solves the mysteries with the Hardy Boys, which happens to be my favorite. I will say that the only time I am picky with Nancy Drew is if Bess isn’t going to be in one..she’s my fave! 🙂
10. My Favorite Mystery Authors
For my last one, I want to list my favorite mystery authors. Like I said, mystery is my favorite genre and beyond Nancy Drew there are a few authors that have really fed into this. Namely, Mary Higgins Clark. In my opinion, it doesn’t get better than the ‘Queen of Suspense.’ I started with Let Me Call You Sweetheart, and I never stopped. I have read all of her books including the holiday ones she has done with her daughter. Which brings me to my next author, Carol Higgins Clark. I love her novels because although she has clearly been influenced by her mother, she has done a great job of standing on her own. Her novels feature the same character every time, which differs from her mother’s. And to just make it a family affair, I have to add Mary Jane Clark, which is Mary Higgins Clark’s former daughter-in-law. Crazy, right? Mary Jane’s novels are typically about journalists/news anchors, which is fascinating to read to me. I have always wanted to work in journalism, so mixing that with mystery is ideal for me! And my last author is Kate White, no relation to any of the others. 🙂 White is the former Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan, and her books are written just like what you would think the former Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan would write them . They are full of mystery and steaminess. And I eat it all up! Hers also follow the same character (for the most part), and I love when authors do this because I get really invested in characters and love to be able to continue reading about them. She also has some great wittiness in her novels!
So which novels would make you Top 10 list? Have you read any from my list? If so, which ones and what did you think? Do you think you will check out any of the books on my list?