July 16, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday



I don't know how it is for you guys, but I find that the Harry Potter Series is as great as it is because of all the elements every story has that JK Rowling featured in her story, too ,but did a perfect job doing that! Get what I mean? Like...those witty characters that make you laugh and think and that turn into role models for you? Like Hermione, Dumbledore but also Sirius Black or Molly Weasley? And then the action-packed plots and showdown endings that keep you chained to the story until the very last page. The way Rowling throws in a ton of teen problems we all go through - Harry, Ron, Hermione and the rest of the gang have to face love and loss and adolescence issues although they live in a magical world. Speaking of...world building - amazing! I mean, show me one kid that didn't keep a tiny bit of hope that one day, their acceptance letter would find its owl-ish way to their house :)
I could go on and on about this, but the actual point is:

Here are my Top Ten Books You Should Read If You Loved Harry Potter - Not Because I Like Them As Much As HP (won't ever happen - sorry!) But Because Certain Elements Of The Story Are Done So Perfectly I'd Reread These Books A Couple Of Times


1. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
For the awesome characters and the action-packed ending.

2. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
For the great world-building.

3. Divergent by Veronica Roth
For its uniqueness and - of course - the factions :)

4. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Not the whole trilogy, just this one. For the amounts of quotes you can collect from this book and the fantasy world she creates.

5. Pushing The Limits by Kathrin McGarry
Pure real world here but the most amazing characters ever!

6. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
The writing...oh my - the writing is so beautiful!

7. The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare
Because this is an author who created a world and when reading about it you think the author lives in this world for real.

8. The Caster Chronicles Series by Kami Garcia and Margeret Stohl
See The Mortal Instruments Series.

9. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Oh, come on! Magic in a boarding school? And I loved it although normally I run and hide when I hear the word "vampire"? Gotta stand for something!

10. I don't believe this. I came up with nine books without even thinking about it and now - after searching in my real bookshelf AND in my Goodreads list I can't come up with a number ten? This is sad.

So, again, keep in mind that none of these books are LIKE Harry Potter. They just have certain elements that I loved in JK Rowling's Series!

Enough words for today, hope it (today) turns out great for all of you!

29 comments:

  1. Great list! I'm glad I read 5 books from your list. I will be reading Shadow and Bone soon, if i can fix it in my TBR pile.

    Top Ten Tuesday

    Lisa @ Shatterbooks

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    1. Oh, you should! It's really something different!

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  2. Okay, I am embarrassed that I haven't read Harry Potter yet. Don't hit me, please! I will read it soon, I swear! lol.

    I love Divergent, Shadow and Bone and Delirium! Great list.
    Check out my Top Ten?

    Janus @ The Blair Book Project

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    1. Oh my...I can't believe you people still walk around this planet...I don't know how I'd survive without Harry Potter and the crew by my side! Kidding :) My mom lives very happily and hasn't read it either - you should, though!

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  3. You need to read the Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull. AMAZE-BALLS! It is my go-to series after Harry Potter. It is such an amazing adventure story! It's like HP and Narnia mixed! So cool!

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    1. Ohh, thanks for the recomendation! I'm always on the hunt for new series to check out :)

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  4. I love number 6 and 7 and I can't wait to read Shadow and Bone! I hear so many great things about it. Thanks for stopping by my blog - I am so excited to hear you'll pick up a bunch of contemporary books :) I also agree that nothing can live up to HP!!!!

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    1. Oh well..there's not one moment in my everyday-life that I'm not about to pick up some more contemporary books (because...you know...the piles on my shelves just can't keep me satisfied...)
      Thanks for commenting back!

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  5. I love Divergent, Shiver and The Mortal Instruments (although I prefer The Infernal Devices!) and agree with you that the authors all do a great job of pulling you into the reality of these books. They're so fun! I'll have to check out some of the other ones on your list.

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    1. Ohh...I still haven't picked up Clockwork Angel (although I do own Clockwork Prince) and it's driving me crazy because so many people seem to like The Infernal Devices better!!

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  6. Great list. I've read a few but most of these are on my TBR list, so I'll get to them eventually! :D

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    1. Oh, you should!
      Thanks for commenting (not only today but on so many of my posts!)
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  7. Great list! I like how you tied them together based on re-readability :) Some of my favorites too! I defintely agree.

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  8. WOW I have read so many on your list. Off to see what the Caster Chronicles is about.

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    1. Thick books full of crazy, creepy, magical, twisted awesomeness! I recommend arming yourself with cups of hot chocolate near a fireplace on a rainy day and devouring as much of it as you can in one day. The books, I mean. But it works for the hot chocolate, too.

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  9. Great choices for fans of Harry Potter!

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  10. Great list, I loved Delirium. I mean I devoured that book and it was just...Perfect. And Shiver, too. It was one of those books that I've read a long time ago and loved as well. Sam<3

    Thanks for stopping by as well.

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    1. I devoured Delirium, too. I can't even put my finger on what made me love - not just like - it, but it's pretty rare that I feel about a book as strongly as I feel about Delirium :)

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  11. Yes, the factions in Divergent remind me SO MUCH of the sorting houses! Great list.

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    1. Yup, me too. But unlike some other people, I like the factions a lot! I think it makes identifying with the book much easier because you immediately ask yourself where you'd belong how you'd decide...

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  12. yes yes and double YES to Cassie Clare's TMI series and Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy books! I still haven't read Shadow and Bone--though I hear it's amazing!--or inkheart, but I'm hoping to get to them soon!
    Fantastic picks!

    Here’s my TTT

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    1. Thanks :) If you need help choosing, I'd pick Shadow and Bone over Inkheart - I think it's a bit edgier!

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  13. Oh I think I have read about all of these. The only one I haven't is Shadow and Bone and that has been sitting my TBR List. Great books! Thanks for stopping by my page.

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    1. You should complete the list and read Shadow and Bone - it's a must-read, action-packed jewel of a book :)

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  14. Books set in boarding schools are sort of my guilty pleasure. I think the Vampire Academy is one I'll have to read.

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    1. Yes, I think so, too :) It's very fast pace, at least that's what I think. And everyone says the books get better with each new installment and I've only read the first one!

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  15. I really need to get started on reading Shadow & Bone. I absolutely love the synopsis! I've heard many great things about it. Glad that it made your list! :)

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