Top Ten Tuesday (3)

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

This weeks Top Ten topic is:

Top Ten Books To Read In A Day

The books in the list are in no particular order, and all blurbs are taken from Goodreads.com

Women of the Otherworld #1Bitten (Women of the Otherworld #1) by Kelley Armstrong

Elena Michaels seems like the typically strong and sexy modern woman, She lives with her architect boyfriend, writes for a popular newspaper, and works out at the gym. She’s also a werewolf.

Elena has done all she can to assimilate to the human world, but the man whose bite changed her existence forever, and his legacy, continue to haunt her. Thrown into a desperate war for survival that tests her allegiance to a secret clan of werewolves, Elena must recon with who, and what, she is in this passionate, page-turning novel.

When I first read this book I devoured it in a day, and I have done the same ever since. I just cannot put this down until I’ve finished – I have to know what happens next.

Howl’s Moving Castle (Castle #1) by Diana Wynne-Jones

In the land of Ingary, where seven-league boots and cloaks of invisibility do exist, Sophie Hatter attracts the unwelcome attention of the Witch of the Waste and is put under a curse. Determined to make the best of things, Sophie travels to one place where she might get help — the moving castle which hovers on the hills above Market Chipping.

But the castle belongs to the dreaded Wizard Howl whose appetite, they say, is satisfied only by the hearts of young girls…

I adore this book. I saw the film first and loved it, but the book is just awesome. There’s just so much going on and with just over three hundred pages I just cannot stop myself reading this.

Trickster’s Choice (Daughter of the Lioness #1) by Tamora Pierce

Alianne has an oppressive heritage. She is the daughter of Alanna, Lady Knight and King’s Champion – the foremost warrior of Tortall. After a stormy argument with her mother, Aly runs away, but she gets more than she bargains for when she is kidnapped by pirates and sold as a slave in the Copper Isles.

I’m a HUGE fan of Pierce’s work, and I find it difficult to make any of her books last more than a day. But this particular book – the whole duology in fact – is just so interesting, and I love the characters that I cannot put it down.

Ironside: A Modern Faery’s Tale (The Modern Faerie Tales #3) by Holly Black

In the realm of Faerie, the time has come for Roiben’s coronation. Uneasy in the midst of the malevolent Unseelie Court, pixie Kaye is sure of only one thing — her love for Roiben. But when Kaye, drunk on faerie wine, declares herself to Roiben, he sends her on a seemingly impossible quest. Now Kaye can’t see or speak to Roiben unless she can find the one thing she knows doesn’t exist: a faerie who can tell a lie.

Miserable and convinced she belongs nowhere, Kaye decides to tell her mother the truth — that she is a changeling left in place of the human daughter stolen long ago. Her mother’s shock and horror sends Kaye back to the world of Faerie to find her human counterpart and return her to Ironside. But once back in the faerie courts, Kaye finds herself a pawn in the games of Silarial, queen of the Seelie Court. Silarial wants Roiben’s throne, and she will use Kaye, and any means necessary, to get it. In this game of wits and weapons, can a pixie outplay a queen?

Holly Black spins a seductive tale at once achingly real and chillingly enchanted, set in a dangerous world where pleasure mingles with pain and nothing is exactly as it appears.

This is an amazing world. The characters are brilliant. This is my favourite book in the series (though I’ve not read the first one – oops!)

Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1) by Charlaine Harris

Sookie Stackhouse is a cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana, but she keeps to herself and doesn’t date much because of her “disability” to read minds. When she meets Bill, Sookie can’t hear a word he’s thinking. He’s the type of guy she’s waited for all of her life, but he has a disability, too–he’s a vampire with a bad reputation. When one of Sookie’s coworkers is killed, she fears she’s next.

These books are a lot of fun. They’re easy to read. The plot leaves you wanting to know what happens next. And, I think Sookie has a unique and interesting way of looking at the world.

What Katy Did (Carr Family #1) by Susan M. Coolidge

Gangly, quick-tempered Katy always means to be beautiful, beloved, and as good as an angel one day, but somehow her resolutions get forgotten or go horribly wrong. When an accidental fall from a swing seems to threaten her hopes for the future, Katy struggles to overcome her difficulties with the vitality and good humor she admires in her cousin Helen.

One of my favourite books from my childhood. I never did get to complete the series, but I really enjoyed (and still do) reading the first three books in the series. I ALWAYS want to know what happens to Katy, so I can never walk away from the book and have to finish it in a day as I can’t stand waiting.

Everything and the Moon (The Lyndon Sisters #1) by Julia Quinn

It was indisputably love at first sight. But Victoria Lyndon was merely the teenaged daughter of a vicar. . .while Robert Kemble was the dashing young earl of Macclesfield. Surely what their meddlesome fathers insisted must have been true, that he was a reckless seducer determined to destroy her innocence. . . and she was a shameless fortune hunter. So it most certainly was for the best when their plans to elope went hopelessly awry.

Even after a seven-year separation, Victoria–now a governess–still leaves Robert breathless. But how could he ever again trust the raven-haired deceiver who had shattered his soul? And Victoria could never give her heart a second time to the cad who so callously trampled on it the first. But a passion fated will not be denied, and vows of love yearn to be kept. . . even when one promises the moon.

This is definitely a book to sit and read in a day. I don’t think there’s any other way to read it (at least for me). It is VERY entertaining, although not very accurate (in my opinion). It is a very fun read.

Sabriel (Abhorsen #1) by Garth Nix

Sent to a boarding school in Ancelstierre as a young child, Sabriel has had little experience with the random power of Free Magic or the Dead who refuse to stay dead in the Old Kingdom. But during her final semester, her father, the Abhorsen, goes missing, and Sabriel knows she must enter the Old Kingdom to find him. She soon finds companions in Mogget, a cat whose aloof manner barely conceals its malevolent spirit, and Touchstone, a young Charter Mage long imprisoned by magic, now free in body but still trapped by painful memories. As the three travel deep into the Old Kingdom, threats mount on all sides. And every step brings them closer to a battle that will pit them against the true forces of life and death — and bring Sabriel face-to-face with her own hidden destiny.

With “Sabriel,” the first installment in the Abhorsen trilogy, Garth Nix exploded onto the fantasy scene as a rising star, in a novel that takes readers to a world where the line between the living and the dead isn’t always clear — and sometimes disappears altogether.

There is just so much going on in this book, that every time I read it I find myself unwilling to put it down.

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Stardust is an utterly charming fairy tale in the tradition of The Princess Bride and The Neverending Story. Neil Gaiman, creator of the darkly elegant Sandman comics and author of The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, tells the story of young Tristran Thorn and his adventures in the land of Faerie. One fateful night, Tristran promises his beloved that he will retrieve a fallen star for her from beyond the Wall that stands between their rural English town (called, appropriately, Wall) and the Faerie realm. No one ever ventures beyond the Wall except to attend an enchanted flea market that is held every nine years (and during which, unbeknownst to him, Tristran was conceived). But Tristran bravely sets out to fetch the fallen star and thus win the hand of his love.

Another fun and easy read. It’s a little darker than the film, but shows Gaiman at his best.

Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods #1) by Melissa de la Cruz

Schuyler Van Alen is confused about what is happening to her. Her veins are starting to turn blue, and she’s starting to crave raw meat. Soon, her world is thrust into an intricate maze of secret societies and bitter intrigue. Schuyler has never been a part of the trendy crowd at her prestigious New York private school. Now, all of a sudden, Jack Force, the most popular guy in school, is showing an interest in her. And when one of the popular girls is found dead, Schuyler and Jack are determined to get to the bottom of it.

Schuyler wants to find out the secrets of the mysterious Blue Bloods. But is she putting herself in danger? Melissa de la Cruz’s vampire mythology, set against the glitzy backdrop of New York City, is a juicy and intoxicating read.

I think Schuyler is a brilliant character. The world shown is very different from mine, and I love taking a peek into it. There’s just so much going on that I can’t stop reading until I’ve reached the end of the book.

So that’s my top ten, what are your Top Ten Books To Read In A Day?

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5 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday (3)

  1. Tamora Pierce all the way! I still haven’t read anything by Kelley Armstrong beside that one YA series that I forget the name of. 😛 STILL need to read Ironside and everything Neil Gaiman. 😛

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    • You should definitley try some of Kelley Armstrong’s adult books if you liked one of her YA series because they’re set in the same world. And to be honest, Stardust and The Sandman are the only works by Neil Gaiman that I like so I hope you have better luck with him than me.

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  2. The only books I seem to read in a day are sequels, and I’ve probably read some of the Southern Vampire series books in a day. I must read Bitten sometime – it sounds very addictive. Howl’s is another book I hear is better than the movie. Thanks for the great recs!

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  3. An interesting list! The last book I read in a day was “Abandon” by Meg Cabot, a retelling of the Persephone myth. It’s a good book, a bit too short to my liking, I’m waiting for book 2 of the series now. Also I liked the Blue Blood books, which I found easy to read and quite entertaining. And of course, I love “Stardust”, although it’s not my favorite Neil Gaiman novel: I like his writing so much that I prefer his longer books!

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