Sam here to bringing you today’s Top Ten Tuesday post! The category here are books I enjoyed but rarely talk about. I started thinking about this and staring at my shelves and damn there are a lot… let’s just get right in to it.
- Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood: This book changed my life. I read it over a decade ago and I still think about it. This is the story of Jimmy and Snowman. Snowman is living as the last human in a post-apocalyptic world with these strange blue creatures that think he’s strange (hah). Jimmy is living in the pre-apocalyptic world. We find ourselves dying to know what happened to kill all the humans and what the hell is gonna happen to Snowman. Jimmy’s best friend is this mega genius who dubbs himself Crake. They grow up together and both (sorta) fall in love with this woman named Oryx. The world is split between these neighborhoods that literally live in bubbles because they’re scared of germs and then the plebs, where everything is discgusting (apparently). Anyway. This was one of the first adult stories that completely took me in and left me to dry. It’s probably my favorite book of all time and I never talk about it.
- The Pendragon series by DJ MacHale: Another story that I adore. This series was coming out around the Harry Potter time and similar to Harry, I grew up with Bobby Pendragon. Bobby’s uncle goes missing and he ends up thrown into this WILD ride where nothing is what he thought it was. Bobby is a Traveler, someone who can travel between universes, and is meant to be a protector of his universe (ours). There’s this super creepy villain named Saint Dane who’s trying to make the whole system collapse on itself and Bobby’s gotta stop it. The characters are just as endearing as HP, but because it was HP-era, it didn’t get as much hype. I own them all and still think about them.
- The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis: Yes, THE CS Lewis. If you hadn’t heard Lewis was ultra-Christian. This is a book that he wrote from the perspective of a demon and his letters to his nephew (also a demon) who’s trying to keep this one guy from going to “the enemy.” He’s giving advice on how to turn this guy from “the enemy” and bring him to our side. What I love about it is it’s basically an advice column but backwards. I found myself looking up and being like… damn… i do that…. i should probably stop doing that. Now I’m not super religious but neither is this. It talks about relationships, self-awareness, perception, and so much more. Things that could just make you a better human and I love it.
- The Codex Alera series by Jim Butcher: Folks, I know I’m going with authors that everyone talks about but these are books that are lesser known from those authors. This is one of them. Butcher also writes a paranormal mystery series that is on book like… 754 at this point. THIS series, is Pokemon meets Avatar: The Last Airbender. Tavi is one of my OG children. He doesn’t have a pokemon, but he still gets in trouble and has to deal with that.
- The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso: You know what? This series doesn’t get enough hype. I know it SOUNDS a lot like other YA books you’ve read in the past but I swear it does it better than ALL OF THEM. Noble born accidentally finds herself in the military cause she tethers one of the magic users (yes, like leashes her) and its similar to Temeraire but YA. There’s a plot. She’s gotta stop the war. This series has a fabulous parent-child representation. Parents in YA stories are short changed a lot, but not here. Her mother is smart as hell and pushes her to perfection, but also clearly loves her. Clearly supports her. It’s so refreshing.
- These Broken Stars by Meagan Spooner and Amie Kaufman: Look guys, this is WAY out of my genre preferences. Idk what it is but romance in space, however tacky, is my JAM.
- Eragon (specifically Inheritance) series by Christopher Paolini: Again, another series that got hype but folks, this series has the greatest villain defeat ever written ever. Fight me.
- The Future of Another Timeline by Annalie Newitz: This is Handmaid’s Tale but with time travel. Read it.
- The Abhorsen series by Garth Nix: This was one of my favorite fantasy series for a long time. I loved the way the magic worked. I loved the characters. I loved Mogget. LOVED.
- The Brief and Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz: This story is stunning. I don’t know why it’s not on every mental health recommendations list out there. It’s just… so good.
There you have it! Let me know if you’ve read any of these! I don’t want to be alone anymore haha.
We forever remain drunkenly yours,
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