Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (29)

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

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Top Ten Favorite Debuts

(Since this question is pretty similar to "favorite books", I decided to restrict it to books I read the first few weeks they came out.)

1. Hourglass by Myra McEntire- I need to get some new favorite books. It's pretty exhausting to put the same answers over and over. Suffice it to say, time travel, cute boys, awesome heroine all totally blew my mind the first time I read this book.

2. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi- Another obvious favorite tops the list. Juliette's raw emotion and intensity make me just want to cuddle and love her forever. (Except I couldn't because it would kill me, painfully.)

3. Warm Bodies by Issac Marion- This has become my flip answer for every single book question. "What should I read next?" "What's a good book?" "What has action and a love story?" "What book made you think?" Seriously, I need a new earth shattering, amazing book to come my way.

4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green- Okay, so this was the next earth shattering, amazing book I wanted. It's just... this book is so raw and so real that I feel like saying I love it is the ultimate betrayal. Limiting it down to terms like "loved" or "thought it was cool" seem to cheapen the book. It's about a genuine human experience and I don't want to distract from that with silly and ultimately useless adjectives. Just read it.

5. Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey- Zombies that don't try to kill people, how novel. This will always be one of my favorite debuts. I had been in a particularly long and hard reading slump, wondering if I'd lost my mojo and I decided  to read the book that called to me. Cold Kiss was it. It was everything I wanted and needed in that very moment. I'll always be grateful.

6. The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab- Reading it on my computer might have distracted from the experience just a teensy, tiny bit, but it was still an awesome book. Filled with the timeless grace that is characteristic of fairy-tales, set in a beautiful and exotic land, The Near Witch stole my heart the moment it graced my computer screen. (It was an e-reading copy from Netgalley, I am not a pirate.)

7. Stray by Rachel Vincent- I read Faythe for the first time when I was in Freshman or Sophomore year of high school. (This was also around the time I was reading women like Kate Daniels, Mercy Thompson and Anita Blake in all their female empowerment of ass-kicking glory.) In a time where my life was really changing and I was unsure of many things (including myself) having my own gang of tough, beautiful and powerful women really cheered me up and helped with my confidence.

8. Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews- I'm not sure If I read this exactly when it came out, but it was pretty close. Kate has been, to date, one of the most gruesome series I have ever read. Actually, she was the first gory girl I read (Anita Blake came later). Magic Bites was an entirely new world for me, violence, magical bargains, a solid world building structure and a whole new type of undead. It had me addicted from Kate's first snazzy comeback to an undead navigator.

9. Cry Wolf by Patirica Briggs- The only reason I was able to begin reading this series soon after it came out, was On the Prowl. It was a small, but good book of anthologies where Briggs' tested out writing for Anna and Charles. I loved the character of Anna almost immediately and Charles grew on me as the pages passed. When the books started coming out, I simply learned to collect and read. They're a sweet couple, with a wicked ability to solve inter-pack conflicts, but I'm not sure I like the direction the books are heading in.

10. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White-I don't know what I expected September 2010 when I picked up Paranormalcy. However, I can assure you, it was not a feisty sixteen year old with a pink taser. I mean really White, really? Only she could pull off the character of Evie. I laughed almost the entire time at Evie's sarcastic comments and was completely surprised by the twist ending. Now, if only I could figure out what that prophecy was about.

Happy Reading,

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