I don’t even have to think about this one. I read it in Autumn last year and I’ve been wanting to reread it pretty much ever since. There’s a quote from this book that I posted on a list of my favourite quotes, and it makes me snicker every single time I read it.
Caitlin Moran is intelligent, pro-women and absolutely hilarious. Everybody needs to read this.
I’m positive that this will grace an awful lot of lists today, but there’s a very good reason. The Hunger Games (and Catching Fire) are easily the best YA I’ve ever read – I probably wouldn’t read half as many teenage books today if it wasn’t for their sheer awesomeness. Mockingjay was a bit of a let-down, but I’ll forgive it.
Another one that I’m sure will be on a lot of lists! Not only is it a beautiful book, but it’s a completely unique and imaginative novel complete with wonderful imagery and a page-turning plot. I got it as a Christmas present from An Armchair by the Sea last year and I’ll definitely be rereading it before this Winter too.
Haha, I just clicked over to Bex’s blog so I could link to her above, and guess what is the top of her list? :p
Like the above, this is a book about a feud between magicians, but it couldn’t be more different. It’s much, much darker – more gothic and creepy, while The Night Circus is lighter and more magicial. That said, I still adore The Prestige.
The film version (with Hugh Jackman) is worth watching too, but it doesn’t have a patch on the book. They changed the ending! *cries*
I’ve managed to slowly infect the blogging community with this one – I’ve lost count of how many people I’ve figuratively bopped on the head with this series.
It’s just hilarious. They’re tiny little books, but so clever and so witty that I swear I will read every single one of these, even if Gideon Defoe writes them until he dies.
My experience with this book was made even sweeter by the fact that I expected to vehemently dislike it. I’d been told by several people how strange and inaccessible it was, but I ended up loving it. The atmosphere of terror and panic is evident in every line and while it’s generally horrifying, it’s not over the top. Definitely a surprising addition to my Top Ten!
This is probably cheating a tiny bit as I haven’t technically finished reading this one yet, but as I’ve spent the early hours of many mornings recently reading Jenny Lawson’s blog, The Bloggess, I think I’m qualified to put it in this list. That blog has made me cry with laughter at 4am – possibly something to do with sleep deprivation, possible not.
Regardless, the book is hilarious too. I’ve learnt that reading it while other people are present is not a good plan, as I tend to snuffle to myself when amused and apparently it distracts people from Top Gear…
8) Emma by Jane Austen
I was actually going to include Persuasion here instead of Emma, but apparently I read that just a month before I started blogging. Strange, I could have sworn… Never mind – I like Emma very nearly as much, and it’s still one of my all-time favourites. I just wish it hadn’t taken me 22 years to get round to picking it up! Mr Knightley is definitely one of the best romantic interests in literature 🙂
9) Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer
Another surprise one! I was sceptical when this first landed on the doorstep because of its clearly YA storyline and childish illustrations, but I absolutely fell in love with it. Who wouldn’t love their favourite fairytale character to talk back to you from the pages? I even trekked to Manchester just to get my copy signed last month!
10) The Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
This one is quite a recent read, but it’s wonderful nevertheless. I didn’t realise it was part of a series when I first picked it up, but now I’m desperate for the next book! It’s dark, creepy and based on an Edgar Allen Poe story – what’s not to like?