Top Ten Tuesday #2


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the fabulous The Broke and The Bookish.
Each week we highlight a new top ten list on a variety of topics.
This week's topic: Top Ten Books Written In The Past 10 Years That I Hope People Are Still Reading In 30 Years

The list is in no particular order...
Every series will have praises instead of summaries due to space...


Number One: The Book Thief
Author: Markus Zusak
Date Published: September 11, 2007
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Reading Level: Ages 12 and Up
Number of Pages: 576 pages

~*~Summary~*~

 It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

~*~Lili's Reflections~*~ 

This truly is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul. The main message that one walks away from after reading this book is that words are powerful. I connected with every single one of the characters, cried with them and for them, and smiled with them and for them. This novel, I believe, will be considered a classic in the future, rising among great classics like The Great Gatsby. 

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 Number Two: The Kite Runner

Author: Khaled Hosseini

Date Published: April 27, 2004

Publisher: Riverhead Trade

Reading Level: Ages 18 and Up

Number of Pages: 372 pages


~*~Summary~*~

 The timely and critically acclaimed debut novel that's becoming a word-of-mouth phenomenon. An epic tale of fathers and sons, of friendship and betrayal, that takes us from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the atrocities of the present.

The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father's servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption, and it is also about the power of fathers over sons-their love, their sacrifices, their lies.

The first Afghan novel to be written in English, The Kite Runner tells a sweeping story of family, love, and friendship against a backdrop of history that has not been told in fiction before, bringing to mind the large canvases of the Russian writers of the nineteenth century. But just as it is old-fashioned in its narration, it is contemporary in its subject-the devastating history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years. As emotionally gripping as it is tender, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful debut.

~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

 Powerful is the only word I have to describe this novel. It's heart-wrenching and you'll find yourself crying as you progress through the novel because it's so vivid and real. like choice number one, I believe that this novel is going to be a future classic that came out of this era of writing.

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 Number Three: The Hunger Games Trilogy
Author: Suzanne Collins
Date Published: September 14, 2008 - August 24, 2010
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Reading Level: Ages 12 and Up

~*~Praise~*~

"Whereas Katniss kills with finesse, Collins writes with raw power." —Time Magazine
"Collins has joined J. K. Rowling and Stephenie Meyer as a writer of children's books that adults are eager to read." —Bloomberg.com
"Perfect pacing and electrifying world-building." —Booklist, starred review
"A humdinger of a cliffhanger will leave readers clamoring for volume three." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Forget Edward and Jacob... readers will be picking sides—Peeta or Gale?" —Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Leaves enough questions tantalizingly unanswered for readers to be desperate for the next installment." —School Library Journal, starred review

 ~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

 This trilogy rocked the world for the past several years. It has a legacy that cannot be easily forgotten because it was so beautifully written. These books will be around for a while.

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Number Four: The Mortal Instruments Series 
Author: Cassandra Clare
Date Published: February 19, 2008 - March 19, 2014
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Reading Level: Ages 14 and Up


~*~Praise~*~

"The Mortal Instruments series is a story world I love to live in. Beautiful". (Stephenie Meyer, author of Twilight)

~*~Lili's Reflections~*~



This series is my favorite series out there. Cassandra Clare is an amazing writer and I have to read everything she writes. I hope her writing is around for a while!

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Number Five: The Infernal Devices Series
Author: Cassandra Clare
Date Published: October 4, 2011 - March 19, 2013
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Reading Level: Ages 14 and Up


~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

Cassandra Clare's writing never ceases to amaze me. Like any of her other novels, I can never put these down. They tell and unforgettable story that I hope will be around for a while.

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Number Six: The Harry Potter Series
Author: J.K. Rowling
Date Published: September 1, 1998 - July 21, 2007
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Reading Level: Ages 9 and Up


~*~Praise~*~

'J.K.Rowling has woken up a whole generation to reading' The Times 'The Harry Potter books are that rare thing, a series of stories adored by parents and children alike' Daily Telegraph 'The most remarkable publishing sensation for a generation ... the story is told with such momentum, imagination and irrepressible humour that it can captivate both adults and children' Sunday Express 'Hooray for Harry Potter ... [Harry's] adventures are as funny as Roald Dahl's stories and as vivid as Narnia books - and adults seem to enjoy them as much as their children' Daily Mail

~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

While I am still trying to complete this series, I believe it is safe to say that this series defines our generation. There was a loss in our hearts when the final movie concluded. This series will love on forever and I hope it's never forgotten.

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Number Seven: Percy Jackson and The Olympians Series
Author: Rick Riordan
Date Published: July 1, 2005 - May 5, 2009
Publisher: Hyperion Books CH
Reading Level: Ages 10 and Up

~*~Praise~*~

I can't think of a child of 10-plus who could fail to enjoy Percy's adventures . . . the fusion of the magical with the mundane and modern gives the series its edge



“The clash of modern and classical worlds is both exciting and entertaining.” —The New York Times Book Review

”Riordan masterfully orchestrates the huge cast of characters and manages a coherent, powerful tale at once exciting, philosophical and tear-jerking. The best-selling series’ legions of fans will cheer their heroes on and rejoice in such a compelling conclusion to the saga.”— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

These novels are what got me into reading. This is the first series that I blew through in a matter of days and couldn't put down. For a while, I carried The Lightning Thief with me wherever I went. It will always have a place in my heart, and I hope that my children will grow up with Rick Riordan's writing in the future as well.

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Number Eight: Graceling
Author: Kristin Cashore
Date Published: September 7, 2009
Publisher: Graphia
Reading Level: Ages 14 and Up
Number of Pages: 480 pages

~*~Summary~*~


Kristin Cashore’s best-selling, award-winning fantasy Graceling tells the story of the vulnerable yet strong Katsa, a smart, beautiful teenager who lives in a world where selected people are given a Grace, a special talent that can be anything from dancing to swimming. Katsa’s is killing. As the king’s niece, she is forced to use her extreme skills as his thug. Along the way, Katsa must learn to decipher the true nature of her Grace . . . and how to put it to good use. A thrilling, action-packed fantasy adventure (and steamy romance!) that will resonate deeply with adolescents trying to find their way in the world.


~*~Lili's Reflections~*~


I loved this book. It was so unique and painted such vivid scenes. Cashore is an amazing writer and I hope this novel sticks around because of how unique it is. I can't even begin to stress how phenomenal the world-building is.


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Number Nine: Fire
Author: Kristin Cashore
Date Published: January 25, 2011
Publisher: Firebird
Reading Level: Ages 12 and Up
Number of Pages: 480 pages

~*~Summary~*~

It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. In King City, the young King Nash is clinging to the throne, while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. War is coming. And the mountains and forest are filled with spies and thieves. This is where Fire lives, a girl whose beauty is impossibly irresistible and who can control the minds of everyone around her. Exquisitely romantic, this companion to the highly praised Graceling has an entirely new cast of characters, save for one person who plays a pivotal role in both books. You don't need to have read Graceling to love Fire. But if you haven't, you'll be dying to read it next.



~*~Lili's Reflections~*~


The world-building in this novel is phenomenal as well. if you read one, you simply have to read the other, and in the process of doing so you will fall in love with Cashore's writing and amazing characters!


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Number Ten: Fire
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Date Published: October 18, 2011
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Reading Level: Ages 14 and Up
Number of Pages: 416 pages

~*~Summary~*~

It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

I hope this book sticks around because it's so unique. Not only did I love the plot, but I loved the underlying messages that this novel contains about gender bias and social class standards. I feel like you can learn a lot from it if you analyze it when readin git at a young age.

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So, I really enjoyed the topic for this week's Top Ten Tuesday. I hope you enjoyed my list! What lists do you have?

4 comments:

  1. I have some of these on my TBR list. I've only read the first Percy Jackson, but that certainly deserves to be on the list--I didn't think of that one. Good choice! :)

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    1. Thank you (: Percy Jackson is a series worth reading, no matter what your age.

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  2. I definitely need to read Scorpio Races. Such good buzz about it!

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  3. Loved, loved, loved Graceling, Fire & The Scorpio Races too!

    Tanya
    Girlxoxo.com

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