Sunday, September 26, 2010

Top Ten Novels Blog Fest

Thanks to Madeleine at Scribble and Edit for coming up with this Blogfest.

So, in order of discovery, these are the novels that qualify to be on my list because I've read and reread and reread them over the years...

1. The Famous Five Series ~ Enid Blyton
I have to include these books because they were the very first stories I read when I was just old enough to begin reading to myself. And I loved them! Little did my mother know when she got me that first Enid Blyton that from then on I would be devouring books for the remainder of my life!

2. Northern Lights, His Dark Materials Trilogy ~ Philip Pullman
If I had to pick ONE book that first stirred up my passionate love for fantasy, Northern Lights would be it. What starts out as one girl's simple journey to rescue her missing friend turns into an adventure of epic proportions whose consequences reverberate across all the worlds.

3. Harry Potter series ~ J. K. Rowling
Need I say more? EVERYONE knows about Harry Potter so I hardly need to sum up the story. If you love it, you love it. If you don't... Well, you're missing out! These books have inspired me for years and will contiue to do so for many years to come.

4. Redeeming Love ~ Francine Rivers
This is such a beautiful, beautiful story of a love that never, ever gives up and forgivness that goes beyond human comprehension. I learnt so much from reading it.

5. Twilight Saga ~ Stephenie Meyer
Twilight has to be included because this is the book that got me off my unhappy Biochemistry-Masters-butt and gave me that light-bulb moment: "If other people can write the stories they're passionate about, why can't I? Just get up and do it already!"

6. The Mortal Instruments series ~ Cassandra Clare
My newest (and possibly greatest!) love! Cassandra Clare is amazing! These are the books that I'll stay up far too late to finish reading, the books that I compare to my own writing and weep at how far I fall short of the mark. If you love fantasy, mystery, action, intrigue, really hot characters and the ultimate of forbidden love - then this is for you!

Okay, so I know I didn't list ten, but I figure since some of them are series that makes up for it!
Thanks for stopping by. You can check out the other participants here...


Madeleine said...

Hi Rachel
Thanks for joining my blogfest. I love your choices. Yes I enjoyed Twilight too and am now reading Breaking Dawn. I bought P Pullman for my husband who enjoyed reading them, too. I've not read any of the other choices. I've read a couple of Famous 5 as an adult and can see why they have such an appeal. :O)

J.C. Martin said...

Have not read any of your top 10 except for the Famous Five series! I read SO much Enid Blyton as a kid! My favourites were the Mallory Towers and St Clare's series. :)

Quinn said...

I'm totally with you on HARRY POTTER, the HIS DARK MATERIALS trilogy and the TWILIGHT series. I haven't finished reading THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS trilogy; so I can't say. The other books I hadn't heard of. Maybe I'll need to check them out now.

Dave said...

I never read The Famous Five, but as a kid I loved Enid Blyton's The [Insert Word Here] Of Adventure series.

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Rachel Morgan said...

Oh, yes, yes, yes! The Adventure series, that was even better than the Famous Five!

Ellie said...

A great list, with a couple that nearly made it on to my top ten - Twilight and Northern Lights. Thank you for sharing!

Top Ten Novels Blogfest

Rachna Chhabria said...

Hi Rachel...loved reading your list. As a kid I enjoyed Enid Blyton and I have read each of the Potter books atleast twice.

Saloma said...

All new list for me except for Harry Potter.

Thanks for sharing your list.

Saloma Furlong

Rayna M. Iyer said...

Like all other Indian girls of my generation, I grew up on Enid Blyton!!!
And I am looking to get my seven year old addicted to Harry Potter.