I am absolutely loving this week's Top Ten Tuesday topic! I am the first to admit that I usually drone on and on about the same books for most of my posts and recommendations, but there certainly are quite a lot that I have in the list of my favorites that I don't seem to talk about that often.
It's like I want to keep them all to myself...
1. 'The Picture of Dorian Gray', by Oscar Wilde
This is very much literally my favorite book of all time.
And yet, I don't seem to talk about it much!
I've lost count of how many times I've read it and still, I don't see myself ever stopping. This was my first reading experience with Oscar Wilde's work and it made me search for more, which has not disappointed so far. If I could only recommend one book in this list, this would definitely be it!
"All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."
I had to read this back in high-school for my History class and absolutely loved it. Satirizing Stalin's socialism in the form of a group of pigs slowly coming to power in a farm, this is a brilliant, brilliant book that I have been meaning to re-read since the first time I put it down!
2. 'Between the Lives', by Jessica Shirvington
In recent years, this is possibly the book that most caught me by surprise with how mindblowingly good it was!
It follows the life of a girl named Sabine that jumps between two completely different lives every 24 hours, until the moment she realizes that anything that happens to her physically in one life cannot follow her to the next.
It's heartbreaking, it's amazing, and it's yet another book that I want to re-read as soon as possible!
3. 'Hunger', by Jackie Morse Kessler
It's about the four horsemen of the Apocalypse.
Death is described as looking like Kurt Cobain.
This was an awesome book and I still don't know why I haven't picked up the rest of the series yet.
4. 'Angel's Blood', by Nalini Singh
It's been years since I first read this book but ever since then, I've been meaning to pick up this series again.
As far as angel books go, this one would definitely be one of my favorites, and an easy recommendation in the genre!
5. 'The Book Thief', by Markus Zusak
I am in this very moment heavily criticizing my bad judgment in rarely having mentioned how much I absolutely love this book.
Go read it.
Buy all the packs of tissues.
And go read it.
6. 'The Shadow of the Wind', by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
A somewhat challenging read at first, my love for this book grew steadily as I made my way through it.
It was originally written in Spanish (just in case you have any problems with reading translated fiction, I know I had mine fair share of dealing with poor translations when I still read books in my first language), but its message is definitely one to cross all boundaries.
Give it a go if you ever get the chance!
7. 'Christiane F.', by Christiane F.
I don't think I've seen this book mentioned anywhere in years.
An autobiography of a girl that grew up as a prostitute and drug addict in Berlin in the 1970's, I remember reading this when I was about the age she is and it was scary. Probably not appropriate, but such an eye opener!
Another translated book, but if you've been meaning to give non-fiction a go, this is definitely worth it.
8. 'The Driver's Seat', by Muriel Spark
My most recent read out of this list, that is mainly the reason why I haven't talked much about it yet.
A really quick, fast paced read, that will catch you by surprise like crazy.
I wouldn't have given this book a second glance if it hadn't been one of my assigned readings for university, and I am so glad I got to read this brilliant story of female empowerment.
9. 'The Name of the Wind', by Patrick Rothfuss
This book should definitely join a club along with series like 'Mistborn' for how incredibly long, but incredibly worth it it is.
Having taken me months to read, I never continued the series because I moved out of the country not long after that and since I read it in Portuguese I just never went back to it.
The regret is great.
10. 'Homeland', by R.A. Salvatore
There are quite a lot of books in the Forgotten Realms world, but I personally prefer the first trilogy that features Drizzt, 'The Dark Elf'.
As far as fantasy series go I really enjoyed the worldbuilding and the characters in these books, so if you have read everything you could find in the genre but somehow missed this one, add it to your TBR now!
Putting this list together definitely brought me back to some great memories of books I loved but hadn't thought about in ages or haven't seen that many people talk about.
Have you read any of these? What did you think?