I wrote this post on Tuesday, bur I forgot to post it. So here’s a Top Ten Tuesday for your Wednesday!
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature run by The Broke and Bookish. Each week they come up with a great topic for book bloggers to make lists about. This week’s theme is Top Ten Books I Really Love, But Don’t Talk About Enough. This was a tricky one, as I tend to gush a lot about books I have enjoyed, but I thought back to some of the books I really enjoyed growing up, or books I often return to, that I haven’t necessarily blogged about.
Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield
This was a favourite book of mine growing up, and I have lost count of how many times I have read it. I think one of the reasons I love it so much is that it is a story about sisters (I have three sisters myself, and Little Women is another sister story I love). A few years ago one of my sisters gave me a beautiful cloth covered hardback edition of this book, such a wonderful present. My old paperback version of the book is very well-read!
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
I have written a lot on this blog about how wonderful I think Rainbow Rowell is, but I haven’t fully expressed my love for Attachments. Rowell’s first book, it has a very sweet romance but what I really love is the friendship between Jennifer and Beth. Moving and funny, and I loved the use of emails in the narrative. I’ve lent this book to so many people – I think eight people have read my copy so far!
Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants series by Ann Brashares
I re-read this series every couple of years, I think the characters are all so strong and that Brashares writes very well about their friendship and how it changes as they grow older. Interestingly, I have come to identify with different characters and understand their point of view more as I have grown and changed myself.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Another book I return to again and again. I wish I had read it sooner, it is such a powerful coming of age story and one of the most moving books I have ever read. ‘I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.’
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
I didn’t read The Bell Jar until I was 21, but I think that was quite good timing as I really connected with Esther’s sense of uncertainty about her place in the world and where her life was going. Like Plath’s poetry, this novel is painful and poignant. When I tried to re-read it a few months ago I had to put it down, it was just too much. I still think on quotes from this book from time to time.
The Princess Diaries (books 1 to 3) by Meg Cabot
I grew up reading these books, and really connected with Cabot’s awkward and unlikely princess. I think the first three books are the series at its best.
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
A really brilliant fairytale retelling, and one of the books I remember being completely entranced by as a young reader. Whenever I spot this book on my shelves at home, or on the bookshelves at work, I get an echo of that excitement.
Persuasion by Jane Austen
In general I don’t talk enough about Jane Austen, and it was tough to choose between Pride & Prejudice and Persuasion for this list, but in the end I went for the latter as it gets less attention and should be spoken about more!
Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
I was struck by Woolf’s writing style when I read this book, and the way she lets the reader into the heads of her protagonists is really striking.
The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series by Michael Scott
I loved this series of books when I was growing up, and eagerly awaited each new installment. They are fantastic fantasy adventures, and Scott brings characters from myth, legend and history into the books in very interesting ways.