Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Top Ten Books We Would Classify As ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS from the past 5 years

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

Top Ten Books We Would Classify As ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS from the past 5 years

Ah, remembering back to 2010, how time flies when you find good reads. Here are some favs that we read between 2010-now:

Vonze:

1.) Jane Eyre - Finished this one in 2011...where had it been all my life? Struggle, mystery, a strong female character, awesome hero, a gothic setting, altogether a highly recommended classic!

2.) Into The Wild - Although the book has a tragic end, through Chris' journey, I was able to recognize and deepen my own love of nature and the great outdoors. I feel that in his memory, we should do more to protect parks and wilderness areas.

3.) The Fellowship of The Ring - I was surprised at Tolkien's wonderfully witty writing style. I kept the book on the back-burner of my to-read list for years, because I wrongly assumed Tolkien would be very stern.

4.) The Great Gatsby - Oh, the classic drama and romantic suspense! The flawed characters, glorious jazz age, and tragic end. I read it before the release of the newest movie version (2013) and completely regretted that I hadn't read it sooner.

5.) Betsy-Tacy - I wish someone had recommended Betsy-Tacy to me as a child. Sweet and adorable, it captures child-like wonder beautifully. It definitely deserves more credit and belongs on the shelf with Laura Ingalls and Anne of Green Gables.

6.) Hark! A Vagrant - You don't have to be a comic fan to enjoy Hark! A Vagrant, but you do have to enjoy history and literature. In a single leap the author pokes fun at everyone from Jane Austen to Henry VIII to Tesla to the Brontes.

7.) Howl's Moving Castle - One of the best fantasy novels out there. I don't feel that Jones is given enough credit. The book as a unique perspective and unique setting, as well as the fact that Wizard Howl is wonderfully romantic hero (IMO).

8.) Pusheen the Cat - Adorable graphic novel! I learned about Pusheen through social media and I've been a fan ever since. For me, reading comics is like a form of therapy against panic attacks. I often carry this one around with me in case of emergencies.

9.) Blackmoore - Super, hot clean romance action, batman! Ok, there's no batman, but if you like regency romance, the anticipation on whether or not the characters will get together is to die for. I stayed up all night reading...and fell behind on all my work, cause I had to know.

10.) The Hunger Games - When I picked The Hunger Games up, there wasn't much YA dystopian out there (remember those days?) I was very surprised by its uniqueness in comparison to other YA titles. I remember being shocked that a movie wasn't in the works...(remember those days??).

Oshie:

1.) Starship Troopers - For it's unique social and economic philosophies set in the future.

2.) Iron Hands - Angry space marines, Oshie's favorite.

3.) Attack on Titan series - We watched the anime and Oshie was hooked. Although horrifying, the world of Attack on Titan is action-packed and suspenseful.

4.) Howl's Moving Castle - Oshie's been known to say that it's better than Harry Potter...he enjoy's the late Ms. Jones' writing style.

5.) Economix - Graphic novels and economics don't normally go hand-and-hand, but this odd find has taught us a lot about the history of the world's market.

6.) Love & Math - As a math person, it's fun to read about the journey of a mathematician.

7.) The History of Art - Cool facts about some of the world's most famous artworks and artists.

8.) The Physics of Wall Street - Can physics predict what happens on Wall Street? It's an interesting theory.

9.) Guns, Germs, and Steel - A different understanding of world history and the forces behind it.

10.) The Chronicles of Chrestomanci - After reading Howl's Moving Castle, Oshie also read this other great fantasy by Diana Wynne Jones.

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