Thank you so much Jess over at My Reading Dress (go follow her!) for tagging me to do the Ten Book Challenge Tag. I thought this was gonna be a hard one to do but actually, the books titles emerged from my brain quite easily.
This tag consists of: “All you need to do is list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Do not take more than a few minutes, and do not think about it too hard. They do not have to be the 'right' books or great works of literature, just ones that have affected you in some way. Paste these instructions and tag ten friends. Be sure to let me know so that I can see your list!” Disclaimer here: it’s quite hard to tag 10 people so I may change that. Here my list of ten books:
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban/the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling.
Being honest, I should include the whole series but I’m picking these because from them on the issues and situations the characters had to face were darker and more mature and it showed a perfect transition from kid’s books to young adult’s books.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.
Charlotte crafted, in my opinion, one of the bravest and greatest female characters in literature and that’s the main reason this book is on the list. Also, I highly enjoyed the story and the twists and EVERYTHING. GO READ IT!
Memorias de Idhún. La Resistencia by Laura Gallego (translation here: Memories of Idhún. The Resistance).
This is the first book in a trilogy and I was obsessed with it for so long during my early teen years (I read it when I was 14) that it has to be in the list. Is a fantasy book with a mix of loads of creatures: unicorns, werewolves, dragons, fairies and so on. Fun fact: I was 2 pages in when I got spoiled (HORROR!) but I ended up enjoying it A LOT anyways.
Wonder by R. J. Palacio.
This book is bound to be one of my favourite books of all time. It made me reconnect with middle-grade contemporary books but that’s not just the whole reason. It is a beautiful book with such a powerful message that is perfect for any reader, younger and older.
Beowulf (translated by Seamus Heaney).
“What?” you may be wondering… but this poem was the very first thing I had to read for my English Literature & Culture degree and it meant that I was finally doing what I love the most so yeah! Even though it wasn’t the easiest thing to read it turned out to be great and I enjoyed it a lot.
Dragonlance: Chronicles (trilogy) by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman.
I read this like a billion years ago and they were my first ever adult high fantasy reads because a school friend recommended it to me. The books are amazing and they will always have a special spot in my heart.
Maybe this book is about the building of a cathedral but really it is a masterpiece that shows how cruel human beings can be when they only care about power and how corrosive power can be but also the true and delicate nature of human kindness.
I’m taking as a whole the entire series of 15 books. These books accompanied me during several of my childhood summers. I would love to re-read them one day.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson.
Unfortunately Larsson died suddenly before he could see the last book of his trilogy published and we readers will never know how many great books Larsson could have written but if we only take into account the three books he published you can bet your life future works of him would have been brutally fantastic just as the Millennium trilogy is. He was a brilliant writer.
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger.
I know loads of people hate this book but it actually helped me a lot. When I decided to read it I did it out of curiosity and I connected with Holden because I felt alone and lost as well when I read it. It basically helped me carry on.
Those are my picks! And now is time to tag some people:
Jules @ Book of Jules
Anna @ Books, Quotes & Dimples