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!