Top Ten Tuesday (5)

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an weekly meme created and hosted at The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s TTT prompt is to list your 10 favourite books during your blog’s lifespan. Well my blog lifespan isn’t all that long, I’ve been going since April and I haven’t read that many books to pick from, but I have read some great books. I can’t say this top ten are in any particular order of favourites, just some of my favourite reads.

1. Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Pushing the Limits

I’m not usually a contemporary fan in the young-adult genre and I’d seen a lot of hype surrounding this book, but I literally devoured it. I stayed up late to read and could not stop myself from wanting to read just one more chapter.

The romance was fast paced and engaging. Echo and Noah dance around with insults and then finally make a compromise to work together and across the way find a budding romance through their hardship. They are really two fantastic characters and show a depth and reality with their faults.

This book might not be perfect, but it’s a page turner!

My Review.

2. Frankenstein by Marry Shelley


I’ve always been wary of the Classics and I picked up this one wondering how I’d fair with enjoyment. However, I whipped my way through this one. It’s not too long and I found the plot engaging and interesting so that we switched around to lots of different places.

Frankenstein himself I despised and I felt incredibly sorry for the monster, which led me to believe that today we could certainly draw a moral message from the story. Nevertheless, this didn’t reduce my enjoyment of the novel.

Definitely a classic I’d give the time of day to again.

My Review.

3. The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

The Immortal Rules

From the moment this came through the post I was bouncing about enough to post a picture to my Facebook in squealy excitement.

Then I started reading. At first I didn’t think this book was going in the direction for me, since the main character seemed a little week. Then we got more into the book and we really got to know her and wow! I adored her kick-ass strength and she was just jump up and down awesome.

And then there was Kanin… What a man! Seriously, he was only in the book for a short time, but I am most definitely in love.

My Review.

4. Branded by Fire by Nalini Singh

Branded by Fire

Definitely my all time favourite of the Psy-Changeling series. I just couldn’t get enough of this one. It was one I’d be anticipating when I’d read the blurb and now I’m anticipating Kiss of Snow with equal vigour. When I get that far into the series.

Here we have two Changelings from different packs and they really catch fire together. A wolf and a cat. Get your fan now because these two turn the heat right up!

Not only that, but we have a fantastic plot that follows through this story that leads on to more. It really is a wonderful enticing book and by far the best in the series for me so far.

My Review.

5. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity

Another young-adult book to my list that is truly phenomenal. If you haven’t read this one, I urge you with all my heart to go pick it up and make sure you have a box of tissues. Not just one, a box because it’s heart wrenchingly beautiful and sad.

I connected so quickly with the two protagonists of the story and there is mystery, deception and lots of twists to the plot that make it ever exciting.

Then we reach the end and everything starts to unravel and fall into place which makes it so heart wrenching. A definite must-read of 2012.

My Review.

6. Naked in Death by J.D. Robb

Naked in Death

What can I say?! I’ve just started reading book 17 in this series and I’m still as much in love as I was from the very first moment. Everything about these books just makes me jump about in excitement.

The series might sound daunting, but don’t be put off because the books are just incredibly well-written.

We have romance, crime and just a little bit of everything. The books are set in the future, but it’s not so unrealistic that you can’t believe everything won’t happen.

These books have to be one my favourite series at the moment!

My Review.

7. Lover Mine by J.R. Ward

Lover Mine

Yet another yummy paranormal-romance series I love. Whilst I have reviews for quite a few of the books in this series, I had to pick this one because it was definitely one I’d been anticipating for quite a while.

John Matthews is the one we all wanted to know about and see having a happy ending.

It was exactly what I wanted and more. Actually, I probably didn’t expect any of what happened in this book, but I got what I wanted from it and it was just as yummy as ever. J.R. Ward has definitely got to be one of my favourite authors and if you haven’t checked out the Black Dagger Brotherhood series yet, you need to!

My Review.

8. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

It’s Philosopher’s not Sorceror’s. That’s where we’ll start. This was a review prompted by a re-read of the book and as ever I was still very much in love with it.

J.K. Rowling is an author I’ve grown up through my childhood and the books have been published all through my childhood and the films. Today, it’s been over a year since we had a film and far too long since we had a book from J.K. Rowling. That though alone makes me sad.

However J.K. Rowling is bringing out her new book in September. *Squeee giggles*.

Still, the Harry Potter series will not be forgotten.

My Review.

I could probably add a few more books to my list with The Hunger Games and more J.R. Ward books, but I felt like this was the adequate number and enough books to sum up my top ten for this week. I really adore all the books on this list and it feels like the perfect moment to end the list…

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34 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday (5)

  1. Hooray, as always we love the In Death series 🙂 🙂
    I liked Pushing the Limits, but I think not as much as I’d hoped!
    I still need to pick up The Immortal Rules! I didn’t like Kagawa’s Iron Fey series so much – I still just don’t like fairies! But I’ve heard this one is great!

    • Livvy @Nerdy Book Reviews

      Yes we do! 🙂
      Ahhh, that’s a shame.
      The Immortal Rules is really great! I haven’t read the Iron Fey series yet, but from people who’ve read both and didn’t enjoy the Iron Fey as much, I heard they liked The Immortal Rules much better! 🙂

  2. Yeah for another fan of Psy-Changeling, BDB, and In Death! Such fabulous series! Great list this week.

  3. I loved Pushing the Limits, Code Name Verity, and (of course), Harry Potter as well! Wonderful list, Olivia! 😀

  4. I’ve been seeing Pushing the Limits on several lists – can’t wait to read that one and also Code Name Verity. Awesome list, thanks for sharing!

  5. I read Code Name Verity this summer and agree that it is a very good, special book. I had no idea how it was going to work out.

  6. I enjoyed Pushing the Limits and Immortal Rules as well.
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  7. Great list! I really want to read Code Name Verity and Pushing the Limits! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  8. Pushing the Limits seems like a popular books among YA readers, as I hear about it often!

    Ooh, yes, and I have also heard of Code Name Verity. Silly me: I kept mixing the title up with Wells’s Variant — two completely different books! It was the V’s… I knew little about Wein’s book until now, but it sound like a book I’d really enjoy getting sucks into. Added it to my TBR lis!

    • *sucked

      My brain is only half-awake today!

    • Livvy @Nerdy Book Reviews

      I think you’ll probably appreciate Code Name Verity more than Pushing the Limits.

      Code Name Verity is fairly intricate and has lots of emotion and plot lines that interweave and make it a truly fantastic novel.

      Pushing the Limits I would call a guilty pleasure. haha. Sorry about the late reply, your comment seemed to have vanished into space… ^.^

  9. I know I’m late with this one! Sorry about that :(. Ohh I’ve heard good things about the Immortal Rules series. I haven’t read any of Julia Kagawa’s work, but I’ve seen the Iron Fey book covers and I think they look stunning. The story sounds quite interesting too. I think I saw Pushing The Limits at the bookstore and it was recommended on my bookstore website. I guess there’s another book to my pile of to-be read books! Ohh Frankenstein, that’s a classic that I’ve yet to read.

    Great List Olivia!

    • Livvy @Nerdy Book Reviews

      Don’t worry! It’s brilliant, it really is! xD

      I have one of those to read too. I’ve heard they aren’t as good, but I’m equally excited!

      Ahhh, I really did adore Pushing the Limits. It’s a little hyped but really good.

      And one of the only Classics I’ve read! haha.

      Thank you.

  10. Great picks! I really loved The Immortal Rules too and I’ve been meaning to start Pushing the Limits.
    Thanks for sharing and stopping by my blog! 🙂

  11. I can’t wait to finally read Pushing the Limits and The Immortal Rules. I’ve heard so many amazing things about them!

    Thanks so much for stopping by my Top Ten Tuesday. 🙂

  12. Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog!

    I am a fan of the classics so seeing Frankenstein on your list makes me happy.

    Oh and thanks for following! 🙂

    • Livvy @Nerdy Book Reviews

      No problem! 🙂 I ADORE Frankenstein and it’s made me want to read more Classics, hench my attempt with Mansfield Park which I’m still slogging through. No problem! 🙂

      • Although Jane Austen is one of my favourite authors Mansfield Park is not. It’s slow and the characters, especially the heroine, didn’t appeal to me. My favourites from her are Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion.

  13. I have only read the first In Death book, I am a little bit weary of such a behemoth of a series, but I plan to keep picking away at them! Planning to start Glory in death when I finish the book I’m reading now.

    • Livvy @Nerdy Book Reviews

      Definitely something to be a little reluctant to read, but they are a brilliant series, so don’t let that deter you. Keep reading them!! 🙂

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