Top Ten Tuesday is weekly book blog meme hosted by the lovely girls over at The Broke and the Bookish.
While there are certainly far more than eleven things that make me immediately drawn to a book, these are the ones that I was able to presently think of. (And feel free to suggest any that fall into these categories... wink wink).
I love dragons. I'm not sure what else to say about this one. It's all about dragons.
Examples: A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan, The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, His Majesty's Dragons by Naomi Novik
I don't really care how often these sorts of retellings are made, I will always be drawn to them. I may complain and scoff and say "geez, why won't they give us a break with all these retellings?", but we all know that I still love them.
Examples: Heartless by Marissa Meyer, Lord of the Silver Bow by David Gemmell (I know this is a stretch but bear with me), Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson, Through the Woods by Emily Carroll, Gilded Ashes by Rosamund Hodge, Ragnarok by A. S. Byatt
I have always always always loved this setting, and I'm not sure why. My guess is that I like situations where people are sort of 'stuck' with one another and are in familiar surroundings for most of the story. I'm not a big fan of change in life in general, so maybe this is some sort of manifestation of that? I don't know. I just like them.
Examples: A Separate Peace by John Knowles, The Secret History by Donna Tartt, Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, Stoner by John Williams (this also isn't quite what I usually mean when I say colleges, but this one is incredible, so yeah), Black Chalk by Christopher Yates, If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio
Who doesn't love some pirates? These are often witty, intelligent, morally grey characters and I say bring them on!
Examples: Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen (also this one works for retellings) (why am I blanking on other pirate books!?)
Much as I asked in the previous topic: who doesn't like assassins? They're so clever and multidimensional and I need them.
Examples: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff, Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
Because what reader doesn't love books about their favorite hobby? It's just so magical and warm and cozy.
Examples: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman, The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, Inkheart by Cornelia Funke, The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
Examples: The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber, The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee (for a little bit), Courtesans and Fishcakes by James Davidson (nonfiction), Theodora by Stella Duffy
Whether the word "madman" is actually used in the title/synopsis or not, I love some stories with madmen. I like things a little crazy and explainable, and nothing portrays this notion better than off the wall characters that may or may not be doing morally questionable things.
Examples: The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (if he's not a madman, who is?)
Castles are huge and often filled with endless hidden tunnels and secret rooms and secrets in general. And they're gorgeous. Have you seen a castle? Castles are awesome. (Mansions maybe be used as a substitute.)
Examples: Uprooted by Naomi Novik, I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith, The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
This seems vague, but Basically I love books that introduce me to a new culture of way of living. For instance, stories set in Asian settings introduce me to a variety of different Asian cultures, and I am simply fascinated. I want to know and understand as much as I possible can about the world around me.
Examples: The Favored Daughter by Fawzia Koofi, Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, What is the What by Dave Eggers, The Girl with Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee, Funny Boy by Shyam Selvadurai (why haven't more people read this one?)
And because I can never seem to keep these lists to the designated number of ten, here is my final choice of epic fantasy. I love books of all genres and shapes and ideas, but I will always have some extra love for epic fantasy. I just love magical new worlds that are not my own.
Examples: The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson, The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan, The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey, etc. etc..
Do you like any of these topics? What are some of your own "must-read" words?