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14 November 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #107

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and is a chance for everyone to get to know fellow bloggers and share lists. I love lists. Every week is a different list.

This week is Ten Books I read as I was growing up

This list Top Ten Books I Want My Future Children to Read, but I don't want kids. So instead I'm taking a trip down memory lane and listing the top ten books that I grew up reading, and a little bit about how they shaped me. They are books I come back to again and again, so many years after I first read them.
  • Lucas by Kevin Brooks
    The injustice, the prejudice, the people who would stand against it all and try to stop it. The hopelessness. This book makes my cry and it makes me think and it makes me rage.
  • The Black Magician Trilogy by Trudi Canavan
    Good and evil isn't always so black and white, and I loved how this series explored that. The fantasy world comes alive on the pages and I could smell the streets of Imardin. As angry as the under-estimating of Sonea made me, it also made me grin like a loon when she proved them all wrong.
  • Shadows and Strongholds by Elizabeth Chadwick
    I have learnt so much about early medieval history from Elizabeth Chadwick. It was a period that was barely glanced at when I was in school, so everything I know I have researched myself. Often prompted by this author's books.
  • Junk by Melvin Burgess
    This book is truly a look at a different side of life for most people. It's dark and gritty and challenges your preconceptions. I love the way Gemma leads Tar, how toxic their relationship is, how everything goes to shit and it's everyone's fault in one way or another.
  • Possessed by Kate Cann
    This was probably the first book I read where the main character was not only working class, but a person of colour. I loved the story, how Rayne's past shaped her and how she rallied against what people thought her future would be. I loved the tensions and how rich vs poor played out against a haunted castle and dark magic.
  • Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
    I was pretty late coming to this book. Despite it being a children's book and one I would have loved as a child, it wasn't until my early teens that I picked it up. And I still loved it and read it every Christmas and whenever I'm ill. There's something so soothing about these girl-power orphans.
  • Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling
    I think there is a lot of universal love for this series. For me it was the power and strength of friendship that I loved, how those strong bonds of friendship created unbreakable loyalty. Yup, I'm a  Hufflepuff through and through.
  • Pirates! by Celia Rees
    There was something about this  piratical tale of loyalty and power that had me hooked. I fell in love with Nancy and Minerva, and learnt a lot in the process about the family you are born with and the family you create with friends.
  • I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
    I absolutely adore this book. When it was first put into my hands by my high school librarian I didn't think I would enjoy it, but I've now read it so many times I can quote passages from memory.
  • The Water Horse by Dick King-SmithWhen I was in primary school, I would read this book again and again. I had it out of the school library so much that I doubt anyone else had a chance to read it. Me hiding it behind a shelf when it wasn't on my ticket probably helped with that too.

Which books shaped you?


  1. Lucas!! I always cry too. Great list, with some fab titles! ❤


  2. Yes, the Harry Potter books are modern classics. Bravo on that choice.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

  3. Awesome list!! My TTT is all books I wish I could have read when I was a teen :)

  4. Lucas should be assigned reading for all people.

  5. Everybody needs Harry Potter in their life. Great list!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  6. I loved both Ballet Shoes and HP when I was a kid and had them on my list this week.
    My TTT:

  7. Ooh this list is amazing cause I spot so many new titles!! Thanks for sharing!
    Here's my TTT

  8. I really wish I'd read Harry Potter when I was younger, and had more time with all the magic :(. I did try, but wasn't super keen (think it was cause I didn't like the films). At least I'm a fan now!
    Amy x


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