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Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish. Because your admins here at From Covers to Covers love the idea of making funny and interesting lists, we were really excited to participate in these weekly challenges!

Alrighty. So here's our Top Ten Favourite Books I Read Before I was a Blogger list for this week! Obviously, since we haven't exactly been blogging for that long of a time... These are pretty much our top ten favourite books. Ever. The titles listed below branch off into Paula's top 4, Sarina's top 4, and 2 that we both agreed on. We hope you enjoy! 


1. The Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling

What can we say? This series pretty much summed up our childhood. We remember staying under the covers late at night, completely trapped in the magic world of Harry Potter and his friends. We remember eagerly awaiting for the next books to be published. We remember dressing up as Hermione seven Halloweens in a row. And most of all, we remember believing that my letter from Hogwarts would come. Years later, the Harry Potter series has, and will continue to stick with us for the rest of our lives, and we will always be proud to call ourselves fans of Harry Potter. It's pretty sad actually, our kids won't grow up with Harry... Actually scratch that, we're making them read the series. 

2. Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

With drawings, playlists, pictures, and an unforgettable story, Amy & Roger's Epic Detour is one of the most unique novels we have ever read. It's impossible to write this description without a smile on our faces because that's exactly what this road trip did to us. It put a smile on our faces, one that returns every time this book comes to mind. Without a doubt, this book inspired us to pack up our bags, get in a car, and travel across the country. It would also be nice if we had a guy like Roger accompany us.


3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 

This book completely shattered me. By breaking my heart, and then mending it, and then breaking it, The Book Thief taught me so much about life and love. It made me think and it made me feel. It made me appreciate reading that much more and it taught me how brilliant writing can be. The writing in this book is so exceptional that everything you read feels so real. This book taught me how much love I can devote to characters. This book is gold.  

4. I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

Another brilliant novel by Markus Zusak (I am a pretty big fan of him... He needs to write more!), I am the Messenger might be one of the most entertaining books I have ever read- and it didn't even have any lovey dovey cute adorable romantic scenes in it to persuade me so! It was just so funny and well written and clever- I couldn't put it down. The story was so engaging and there were twists and turns and as I was journeying through it's pages, I fell head over heels in love with the cheeky Ed and his amazing supporting characters. Superb. Absolutely superb. Well done.

5. 19 Minutes by Jodi Picoult

Oh boy. This was a very emotional read for me, as I am sure most Jodi Picoult books are for most people. It has been one of my favorites for ages. Jodi Picoult is just such an amazing and captivating storyteller, while questioning these huge ideas about morals and life. By using so many different perspectives, she is cleverly able to toy with our emotions, showing all sides of the story. And of course, her books all have those huge plot twists that draws you in so tightly. I just loved the story of Nineteen Minutes in particular. Everything about it was so well done. Yay for sad memorable books that leave you lying on the cold hard ground (citation- taylor swift)!

6. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 

Oh Gus. My Augustus Waters. I love you. Okay. That is all. <3
(PS. This is also one of Sarina's favourites but teeeechnically she read it after the blog took off.)


7. Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

My oh my. This book really was exceptional. There's something about Aussie storytellers, but every one of their books seem to blow me away. Graffiti Moon is told during a span of 24 hours, so it's the kind of book that you start and can't stop reading until you turn the last page. If you haven't read this one already, what are you waiting for?

8. Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols

This was my first Jennifer Echols novel, and it made a huge impact on me. After reading this one, everything that Echols wrote was on my auto-buy list. Though I can't say that I've read another one of her books that ranked this high for me, I can say that this woman knows how to write. I think I swooned over 10 times in this one book.

9. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

I recently posted a review of this book, so I'll keep this short. Jase and Sam's romance was one of the most realistic and honest ones I've ever read. Read this book as soon as you can get your hands on it.

10. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Back to the Aussie writers. Jellicoe Road started off slow, but as the story progressed, so did my interest in it. Everything comes to this beautiful yet heartwrenching climax, and I have yet to see another novel that ties up all storylines in the way this one does. This book is a masterpiece.

And that's a wrap. What are some of your favourite books?


lillylilac said...

Good list, I love The Book Thief and The Fault in Our Stars as well.

Paula said...

I checked out your list and totally agree with The Perks of Being a Wallflower and the Percy Jackson series! Do you have any book recommendations for us? Thanks for commenting!