Top Ten Tuesday is a wonderful little thing dreamed up by the wonders over at The Broke and Bookish, a lovely favorite of mine. I like a good list and this one seemed fabulous. With my to-read list at Goodreads currently on infinite scroll, it's nice to think about some old favorites and the stories that got me into reading and keep me going as well.
10. Sideways Stories from Wayside High School by Louis Sachar: I loved these stories when I was a kid and I'd pretty much completely forgotten about them until I saw them on Goodreads. It was total facepalm action. I couldn't believe my memory had pushed back some of the greatest characters to ever congregate on the thirteenth floor.
9. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle: This is also a book I read in my childhood--specifically in fifth grade in my reading group led by my fourth grade teacher who is also mom to my now best friend (It's a small place where I come from). I remember thinking it was really awesome and totally captivating, but I really don't remember much from the actual story. Definitely time for a reread.
8. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs: Ok, so I literally finished this book less than a month ago, but I love it. I loved this story so much and I'm obsessed with how the actual book looks and I want everyone to read it including myself. So go read it!!
7. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares: I've read the first two, possibly three, books in the series and I've recently acquired the fourth. I think there's a fifth one out there where they're all grown-up, which I want to read too. But I want to read them in order because I'm such particular about that sort of thing, so I must break out my dusty copies and get going! Plus, my three best friends from college and I did a traveling shirt this summer (San Diego to Australia/New Zealand to Anaheim to Redding/Hawaii and back to San Diego), so it fits.
6. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides, Four Blondes by Candace Bushnell, and The Good Patient by Kristin Waterfield Duisberg: As a psych major and morbidly obsessed with depression and suicide, these three books are fascinating to me. The types of characters featured in these novels impact me and I went through a period where I could really relate to their situations. These books remain with me always as they were there for me in that time and rereading them is not only for the pleasure of rereading a good book, but a reminder of what has made me the person that I am today--a person much stronger than I ever thought I was.
5. The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis: This book really helped me feel comfortable with the idea of a heaven and a hell. Though I wouldn't call myself a knowledgeable Christian, I really feel (or maybe I just hope) that Lewis has some amazing ideas about what comes after death and whether or not there's second chances for those who didn't make it to the pearly gates. I'm not going to get all biblical on you, so whether or not you believe in anything at all, this is still an amazing, thought-provoking book and I recommend it to anyone.
4. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas: I don't know if this technically counts as a reread because, although I did read a version of it in high school, I have never read the full novel. We had to read an abridged version for the class. (Boy was I freaked out when I flipped through a friends SparkNotes. It seemed our version didn't even have half of the stuff from the original.) I would really, really, really, really like to read the full thing. I know the movie has basically nothing the same from the book, but I love the movie (Hello! OG Dumbledore Richard Harris is in it!) and I also loved the abridged. Now it's time to gear up for the long haul.
3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky: It's going to be this kick ass indie flick and I read this book I think when I was ten. I loved the YA section of our little county library, though I'm pretty sure I didn't understand a lot of what I read--this book being one of them. Now it's like the cool thing to do, and though I was cool before it was even cool, I guess I need to get back in the loop.
2. Harry Potter series, Twilight saga, Hunger Games trilogy: I don't need to link them. You know what I'm talking about. You read them too. And you reread them too. And you will probably always reread them for the rest of your life because they're absolutely amazing and deserve to be reread. And I will too.
1. The Jessica Darling Series by Megan McCafferty: This series means absolutely the whole world to me, and that's coming from someone who has Harry Potter and Twilight posters plastered on her walls. Jessica Daring is my number one fictional role model. Marcus Flutie is the number one fictional male I swoon over (although I think I decided my perfect man would be a combination of Marcus Flutie and Jim Halpert-think about it Ms. McCafferty... then create!) These books have each come to me in the right moments of my life, finally culminating at the beginning of the year when I completed my collection of the novels and read them all straight through for the first time. As a fourth year college student who has only a semblance of an idea of what she's looking for in life, I take comfort in knowing that if Jess can do it, so can I. WWJDD?