Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Books Worth Saving

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.   

This week's topic is: top ten books I would save if my house was about to be destroyed by dragons.

Here's my list:

1. The Trixie Belden books, by Julie Campbell and Kathryn Kenny.  I know, this one is cheating, since there are almost 40 of them, and I own the first 34, but they're books my mom bought when she was my age, and you can't buy them anymore.  Trixie is what got me hooked on mysteries, which are what I currently write. I wouldn't leave them behind.

2. All 7 of the Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling.  Again, it's cheating, but those books are what got me thinking about being an writer.  They're so good.  The movies are shameful.  I'll save my rant on them for a later post.

3. Gone Away Lake and Return to Gone Away by Elizabeth Enright.  I'm not even going to bother saying "it's cheating" anymore.  These books are charming, hilarious, adorable, and I could go on, but I'm going to stop here. 

4. Laddie by Gene Stratton Porter.  Another childhood favorite. And it takes place here in Indiana, how cool is that?

5. All the Rick Riordan I own.  I love his writing. Plus any books with chapter titles like "I Drive My Dog into a Tree" and "The Vice-principle Gets a Missile Launcher" are well worth saving.

6.  The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.  Again, a childhood favorite. 

7.  The Keeper of the Bees, also by Gene Stratton Porter.  Another good one by that author.

8.  The one I'm writing, The Black Cat Diamond: A Lizzie Evans Mystery.  For obvious reasons.

9.  The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. Best assigned reading book ever.  The story is amazing.

10.  My sister's Kindle, since it has lots of books on it, and only takes up the space of one.

This one was harder than I thought.  Be sure to check out the Broke and the Bookish to see more TTT posts!

11 comments:

  1. Great list. I have heard so many good things about Rick Riordan, I am going to have to try one of his books soon!

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  2. Thanks! Yes, do check his stuff out. It's great.

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  3. I haven't read any Riordan books yet, but he's on my list of authors to check out. And I'd definitely save my eReader (if I had one) - of course, laptop takes priority over all other objects.

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    1. Oh, yes, the laptop is a high priority.

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  4. I'm pretty stupid, aren't I? I posted my list yesterday, a Monday, and it's labeled Tuesday! *facepalm*

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    1. I almost said something yesterday, but didn't want to embarrass you.

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    2. Thank you for that. I'm still kicking myself.

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    3. I've just nominated you for four blog awards in the same post: http://insideliamsbrain.wordpress.com/2012/02/24/a-quadruple-award/

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  5. I've read 1, 3 and 6:) I'm also currently reading number 9 ( best. book/movie. ever!)

    Have you read The Hunger Games? I just finished the first book-- it was really good!

    --Reagan

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    1. I haven't read Hunger Games yet. I don't generally like dystopian novels, but I keep hearing good things about HG, so I might try them.

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  6. I usually don't read dystopian novels either (I'm generally too busy reading mysteries--my favorite genre!), but the Hunger games received so many wonderful reviews that I decided to check it out:) I'm now in the process of getting my hands on books two and three from the library.

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