Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and is currently hosted on That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Books I Love That Were Written Over Ten Years Ago.
For this post, I didn’t take into account classics and most of the books I included are books that I read recently because the books I was reading 10 years ago are mostly YA books, I gave everything 5 or 4 stars back then, and I’m not sure if I would actually enjoy and recommend them if I read them now.
These are the 10 books I chose for this topic:
Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews: As soon as I finished this book I knew I had discovered something special, this is the start of probably my favorite series. The world in this book is unique, complex and exciting, the main character is an amazing and captivating, she is flawed but easy to root for. The tension between the main characters is fantastic and it hints at the incredible romance that develops in later books.
Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb: The main strength of this book is on its characters, Fitz is a lovable and captivating protagonist, who is easy to root for. The writing in this is great, the world-building is fascinating and the political intrigue aspect of this book is very cleverly done.
Moon Called by Patricia Briggs: This is a fun, quick read. It has an amazing main character, strong, compassionate, and a bit too reckless, Mercy is captivating and easy to root for. The other characters and the dynamics between them are interesting and compelling as well. Also, the plot is entertaining and fast-paced, and the writing is good.
The Diviners by Libba Bray: This is the only YA book on the list and the thing I like the most about this book is how atmospheric it is and the really strong creepy vibe. It has great cast of main characters, each one has complicated backstories and brings something unique to the group. Also, the mystery is really intriguing and it’s very well-written.
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson: This book has a very interesting mystery plot and amazing characters who are intriguing, flawed and fascinating. Also, I appreciated that this book tackles discrimination, violence, and harassment against women that is perpetrated by men who disregarded them as nothing, in a powerful but sensitive way.
Paula by Isabel Allende: This nonfiction book is beautifully written, Isabel Allende wrote this book to her daughter while she was in a come, and her perspective and opinions about life, death, family, and history are so interesting, the way she crafts an emotional and captivating story while being insightful and educational in terms of Chile’s history is outstanding.
News of a Kidnapping by Gabriel Garcia Marquez: This is a fascinating and gripping account of a true story, the kidnapping of 10 journalists by Pablo Escobar, and it’s incredibly well written. Garcia Marquez had access to the testimonies of people who were involved one way or another so it’s interesting to get to an inside look at what happened. (also, there’s a Prime Video tv series based on this book coming out soon)
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan: This is the type of book that keeps you at the edge of your sit and makes it impossible to stop reading because you just want to know what was happening to Susannah. It’s such an engrossing, honest, and interesting nonfiction book. The first half is a mix between mystery and horror story because they couldn’t figure out what illness she had and then the book becomes slower and more profound during her recovery.
The Viscount who loved me by Julia Quinn: This is a really entertaining hate-to-love romance, with an amazing heroine that you can’t help but love. Also, the banter, chemistry, and the whole relationship between Kate and Antony are outstanding, they are a couple that’s easy to root for.
Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella: this is the only book on this list that I read a long time ago but I remember loving the references to the twenties, the female friendship between the two main characters, and how many things it made me feel, I laughed and felt secondhand embarrassment by all the silly and ridiculous things that the main character had to do, but I also was near tears with the ending.