Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
I decided to join this since one, I love lists and two, it’s the perfect opportunity to talk a little bit about books I haven’t yet in this blog. So here we go, I’ve searched through my goodreads read lists of the past 8 years and this is the list I’ve come up with.
10. Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik – a very good stand-alone fantasy, it has an amazing fairy-tale like quality to it, and I remember really enjoying the characters. It’s a bit oddly-paced, and I was left wanting a bit more, more violence, more tension from it, but a good book nontheless.
9. Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge – this book is such an important read, it brings to light systemic racism in the UK and it states clearly the problems coloured people face in a very white-centric world. I’ve read this this past month and found it a relly poignant read, specially at the time we are living in.
8. Blue is the warmest color by Julie Maroh – it’s one of my favorite graphic novels; it’s a coming-of-age story of a girl that finds love in Adele, a blue-haired woman, and their story. I don’t remember that much from it, if I’m honest, it’s been quite a long time since I’ve read it but I remember crying and being very moved by it.
7. Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey Quinston – it’s a very cute, very fast YA love story between the son of USA’s President and an UK’s prince. It’s charming, the perfect summer rom-com. Also, I really recomend this audiobook.
6. Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater – This one was an easy pick. It’s the third book in the Raven Cycle series, which I completed a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it. This book was definitely not my favorite of the series, but I was so in love with the characters by then that it was kept in my mind as a great book.
5. My Sweet Orange Tree by José Mauro de Vasconcelos – this book is from a brazilian author and it tells us the story of the friendship between a poor and sensible 6-year-old kid and his portuguese neighbor. I read it a lot of years ago, but I still remember sobbing as a mad woman with this book, it’s delightful.
4. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (let’s pretend dark is actually a color, ok?) – if somebody asks me to reccomend a sci-fi, this is always it. It’s a very well thought book that plays with the ideia of parallel realities, and I loved it.
3. The Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop – this is one of my original fantasy series, one of those I read while still a teen, and fell in love deeply with it. It’s set in a dark and sensual world, and I loved the magic system, based in Jewels.
2. Lethal White by Robert Galbraith – I’ve thought a lot before putting this book here. I’ve made no secret that I’m a huge Harry Potter fan and also that I absolutely love J.K. Rowling’s new series, about the detective Cormoran Strike. However, recently I was severely disappointed on Rowling’s views on trangender people, particularly transgender women, and I’m having a very hard time sepparating the work from the author. But, for what it’s worth, here it is. It’s the fourth book of a series I was really into, now I don’t know if I’ll continue with it, just because I don’t want to support J.K. Rowling.
- Golden Girl by Chris Cleave – This one is the story of three olympic athletes and their complicated relationship, the secrets they carry with them, and I loved it, just as I loved every Chris Cleave book I’ve ever read. I definitely need a re-read of this one, but I think it’s one that will stand the testo of time for me, there are still scenes from it remember super clearly, even though it has been seven or eight years