Friday, July 2, 2010

Top Ten Picks: Favorite Reads This Year (so far)

Top Ten Picks is a weekly meme hosted by Jillian over at Random Ramblings. It's lot's of fun, and this weeks question is: What are your favorite reads so far this year. Thanks to my goodreads list I think I can answer this. :)

Okay in the number one slot:
1. The Anne of Green Gables Series by L.M. Montgomery
I've read Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island, and Anne of Windy Poplar so far this year. I adore every single one of them to pieces. I am now reading Anne's House of Dreams and hope to continue to the end of the series.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
I read an abridged version of the Odyssey when I was around 12 years old and really enjoyed it. But in the Sea of Monsters Rick Riordan updates it with his usual brand of humor, and imagination and I loved it! I also learned some new interesting facts like the fact that cyclops's were the sons of Poseidon and a Nereid.

3. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Jane Austen pokes fun at gothic novels. What's not to love? I read this light fluffy comedy in one day, and really enjoyed it. All of her jabs at usual gothic novels we're so funny especially during the 1st chapter, here's one particular part I found especially funny: "Her father was a clergymen, without being neglected, or poor, and a very respectable man, though his name was Richard-and he had never been handsome. He had considerable independence, besides two good livings-and he was not in the least addicted to locking up his daughters."

Gilda Joyce: The Dead Drop by Jennifer Allison
I have been loving this young psychic mysteries series for a while now. So much so I actually got this in hardcover when it came out. It is one of the best in the series next to The Ladies of the Lake and the mysteries are starting to get more complex. Also now I want to go visit the spy museum in Washington.

5. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
I saw the 2005 movie when it came out on DVD, before I knew it was a books series. I thought it was bizarre but brilliant. Then I found out it was a book series and have always wanted to read it. I only got around to it this year. The book is only a little bit different from the movie, (which I guess means they did a good job) and is just as bizarre and brilliant. Also my reading this book started a discussion on 42 in my family for about 2 weeks.

6. The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie's 2nd novel, is very fun. It's not too intense, but it's also not to light so that you aren't interested. The main characters are what really interest you though. Tommy and Tuppence are another one of my favorite literary couples. :)

7. The Case of the Left Handed Lady by Nancy Springer
This is the 2nd book in the Enola Holmes series. It's also the last one I read. I don't know why though. I absolutely loved it. It was a very smart, and sometimes frightening mystery. It tells the story of Sherlock Holmes much younger sister, and her fight for her freedom and the things she does to help people in need.

8. The Crime at Black Dudley
Margery Allingham's firs novel featuring her soon to be famous amateur sleuth Albert Campion. No wonder because he stole the show from the 1st main character Dr. Abbershaw. This was a nice English manor thriller that I had a lot of fun reading, and I hope to read more in the series later on this year.

9. Heist Society by Ally Carter
In this her first YA none Gallagher Girl book Ally has started (hopefully) another fun series about a teenage thief and her companions who try to clear their fathers name of a crime he didn't commit. At least not this time. It's very fun, very Oceans Eleven for tweens and teens.

10. My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison
This novel was very cute, and imaginative. It was one of the better fairy tale oriented YA novels I have read. Ever. The main character was cute, there were some nice playful twists and the fairy godmother was hilarious, the the situations she got the main character into were very funny. I laughed out loud on more then one occasion.


  1. haha I also used my Goodreads list. An extremely good friend of mine recommended I join Goodreads, so I did, and it makes book blogging so much easier. :D

  2. Great quote from Northanger Abbey and great list! I love NA precisely because of how Austen pokes fun at the gothic novels of that time. Amazingly witty and consistently hilarious :)


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