Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week they provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. You don’t have to do all ten. Instead you can do three, five, fifteen, whatever you want. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.
This week is Top Ten Tuesday’s 10 year anniversary! In that vein, the topic is a little different this week. Option 1: pick a past TTT topic you’ve done and re-do/update it (or) Option 2: pick a past TTT topic you wish you’d done, but didn’t get a chance to do. This week I’m going with Top Ten Books that Bring me Joy. But it is not as creative as some of the posts out there to celebrate this 10 year anniversary, but I think we could all use a little joy in our lives rights now.
Top Ten Books that Bring me Joy
The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1) by Samantha Shannon – I have talked about this book until I was blue in the face. I LOVE The Bone Season septology. When I pass by this title on my book shelves I just want to reach out and touch it. This series helped pull me out of a years long reading slump in my early twenties and my desire to talk about it is what spurred me to start my first bookish blog years ago. The Bone Season will always hold a special place in my heart.
A Curse so Dark and Lonely (Cursebreakers #1) by Brigid Kemmerer – Here is another title I find myself thinking about frequently. I was initially hesitant to pick this book up as it was promoted as a Beauty and the Beast retelling. While some people love Beauty and the Beast, it is really not my thing and I’ve had more than my fill of retellings. However, this book swept me away into a magical land and had my attention every moment, every page. I love this book and its sequel is just as good. I will be returning to this series time and time again through the years.
A Dangerous Collaboration (Veronica Speedwell Mysteries #4) by Deanna Raybourn – I seem to have a thing for a good series. I can’t help it. When I find a world and characters so carefully and beautifully written, I just want more of it! This Victorian mystery series is no exception. We have the brilliant, fierce, and independent Veronica Speedwell along with her will-they won’t-they partner Stoker solving mysteries, skirting the fringes of romance, and having some spectacular dialogue. This series has me by the heart.
The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw – If you haven’t read this yet I must ask you why not? The Wicked Deep is a YA mystery/fantasy and is one of the most atmospheric books I have ever read. Reading the audio takes you a journey that you just don’t want to put down. This story centers around possession, hauntings, murder, and the deep desire for healing from those that survive these hauntings. Unputdownable.
The Collector of Dying Breaths (Reincarnationist #6) by M.J. Rose – This is an author I don’t talk about nearly enough. Even though this is book six in the series, it is the first one I read by M.J. Rose and since then I’ve been trying to get my hands on the rest of the series. The author mixes magical realism, modern and historic story telling, and a lyrical writing that just sucks me in. The second I put down the book I want to pick it back up and get wisked away again.
An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1) by Sabaa Tahir – This. Story. Is. Amazing. This book is one of the first adult fantasies I read and I have never looked back. It has everything! Character depth, unique and fascinating plot, changes of setting to keep things fresh, and it is a story that I just can’t seem to find the words to describe. It has such heart and passion!
Invictus by Ryan Graudin – I think that I have talked about this book until I am absolutely blue in the face. SFF, YA, time travel, fledgling romance, high stakes, fast moving plot…this book has everything. I love it so much that at this point I legitimately own three copies. I don’t do that kind of thing. If I have one copy I’m happy but in this book I have the audio, hardback, and paperback. I need this book in every room of my house. I’ve gotten to know the characters so well that it has become a source of comfort to me.
The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library #1) by Genevieve Cogman – I seem to enjoy books that are a mix of genres as this is yet another that fits historical, mystery, fantasy, super slow burn romance, sci fi…it has it all and every bit of it with the brilliant and fiery Irene to lead the way. There are even dragons! This series stole me away into its fantastical world and I never want to come back.
The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy #1) by S.A. Chakraborty – This book means so much to me. Chakraborty swept me away into a world that was full of magic, political intrigue, fiercely independent characters, and is just so vivid that even when you put the book down it is difficult to extricate yourself from it. The first time I read this I was going through a terrible depressive period and it tugged me out. Since then I’ve reread it a few times and even have a signed and personalized copy from the author. If you enjoy adult fantasy and haven’t read this what are you waiting for?
These are all books that hold a special place in my heart for one reason or another but they do all have one thing in common. They have all helped shape me into the person I am today. What book holds some special meaning for you?