this week’s top ten tuesday was challenging, but so much fun to compose. at first i wanted to make a class for contemporary 101 since it’s become one of my favorite genres. buuuut i also know a lot of great dystopian books, as well as fantasy. choosing which class was a struggle, but then i thought back to which books made me a reader, and which books i wished everyone is required to read. hence this intro to reading (book pushing) class. creating this list was certainly very hard, but here’s what i got:
charlotte’s web, by e.b. white
the first book that i remember made me a reader was CHARLOTTE’S WEB. the story engaged me and it made me want to READ.
percy jackson and the olympians series, by rick riordan
the PERCY JACKSON SERIES is like my version of the HARRY POTTER SERIES. it was the first series i picked up and was like “i’m not going to sleep tonight hah.” it has the perfect combination of action, education (i’m a master at greek mythology because of these books), friendship, and romance.
i only read this book recently, but it reminded me why i enjoy reading so much. this is a contemporary novel filled with friendship, adventures, self-discovery, and romance. everything in this is book makes me feel so content.
the lunar chronicles, by marissa meyer
this is a WONDERFUL book for those trying to get into reading. the stories are based on fairytales so you already know what’s going to happen, but at the same time you don’t. there’s a twist to things, which makes you curious to read more. it’s also cool because the books/different fairytales connect together. there’s also a mix of fantasy, dystopian, and sci-fi. THESE ARE GREAT.
this was my favorite read this year because it had me grinning from ear to ear. SIMON was so so so good. things you should know: 1/ it’s a gay book so if you’re uncomfortable with that, i’d suggest reading it once you love reading, 2/ it’s a contemporary romance, 3/ if you DO decide to pick this up, PREPARE TO BE OVERJOYED. seriously, i felt like i was floating on a cloud while reading this novel.
the gallagher girls series, by ally carter
this is another book that is action packed and has romance. first of all, you should know that this follows A SPY SCHOOL. everything about this ambiance is super cool because SPIES OHMYGOD. the first book is kinda strange (entitled: I’D TELL YOU I LOVE YOU, BUT THEN I’D HAVE TO KILL YOU) but i promise it gets better. *whispers* spiiiiiies.
legend, by marie lu
LEGEND is a very well put together dystopian. it’s a bit scary because i can actually imagine that happening in the future. i really love the characters of this novel as they’re very distinct and their voices are very clear. the plot is also interesting and moving. it’s short and easy to get into which is GREAT.
divergent, by veronica roth
i’d say DIVERGENT is a fairly easy dystopian (sorry, another dystopian hah) to get into. veronica roth’s writing is very straightforward in a sense that you know what each faction does right off the bat. it’s not something you figure out along the way. divergent was the novel that got me into YA and dystopian novels in general. it also helps that there’s a movie, so lots of hype and popularity around the book!
the raven boys series, by maggie stiefvater
i wouldn’t exactly say THE RAVEN BOYS is easy to read, but how can i NOT push towards you? it’s a fantasy novel, but not SUPER fantasy?? there are psychics and strange magic and a group of prep school boys and IT’S JUST FANTASTIC. what i specifically love about this novel is the dynamic characters. they’re all so so unique. it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but i really like this series.
matilda, by roald dahl
last, but certainly not least, MATILDA. congrats! hopefully, you’re now an avid reader. matilda will relate to you in no ways you can imagine. (reading and knowledge leads to magic and powers?? literally???)