Ten Book Challenge

25/09/2014 Lists, Reading 6

Ten Book Challenge

A while ago I was tagged for the Ten Book Challenge by Fangirling Misses, and I’ve finally got round to it! These are the rules:

‘List 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Do not take more than a few minutes and do not think too hard. They do not have to be the “right” books or great works of literature, just ones that have affected you in some way. Paste these instructions and tag 10 friends, including me, so I can see your list.’

So here goes!

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

As the first proper book I ever read, and the first book in one of my favourite series, this has to be on the list! This entire series was a massive part of my childhood and teenage years, so it has definitely stayed with me, and they are one of very few books I have read over and over again.

2. Watership Down by Richard Adams

This is yet another childhood favourite! Whilst in theory a book about talking rabbits sounds a bit silly, it is in actual fact a really beautiful book in my opinion. For a book whose entire cast of characters are animals, it had some of the best characterisation I have ever seen, and it really makes you think about what it is to be human, and how destructive we actually are as a race. I also loved the film version of it as a child, and to this day I only need to hear the opening of ‘Bright Eyes’ to be welling up!

3. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

I read this book when I was pretty young and the first time round it was lost on me. It had too much description and too many long words that I didn’t understand. But when I read it again as a teenager my view changed completely (probably because I could now understand it!), to the extent that The Lord of the Rings ended up being the catalyst behind my love of fantasy. So thank you J.R.R. Tolkien!

4. Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Ok, so it’s a play, not a book, but it’s still a piece of literature that has stayed with me since I first read it at college. I love the character of Hamlet (although he is infuriating at times: stop being horrible to Ophelia! Why are you pretending to be mad? Just do something for God’s sake!) and the language is so incredibly beautiful and meaningful!

5. The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory

As far as I can remember, this was one of the first historical novels I read, and really kick-started my interest in the Tudors, and love of Tudor-related fiction. I hadn’t really known anything about Mary Boleyn before I read it, but her story is really interesting!

6. Starter for Ten by David Nicholls

This book genuinely made me laugh out loud, so many times! Although I loved One Day, Starter for Ten has to be my favourite David Nicholls novel, and in fact one of my favourite books full stop! Brian is a bit pretentious and completely clueless, but I think he is also really relatable, with his acne, awkwardness and unrequited love.

7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

As the title of my blog suggests, I’m a huge fan of The Great Gatsby. It wasn’t even that long ago that I first read it, but I was immediately taken with the glamourous but ultimately shallow world of 1920s New York, and the inherent optimism of the charismatic Jay Gatsby. I also loved the writing! There are so many beautiful quotes from The Great Gatsby, and the ending (and the quote that made the title of this blog) has stuck with me ever since.

8. Lola Rose by Jacqueline Wilson

This was yet another favourite from my childhood! I was a massive Jacqueline Wilson fan as a child and used to borrow her books all the time from the small library at my school. Lola Rose in particular sticks in my mind as one I really liked, as well as Vicky Angel, although that one always made me feel really sad!

9. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

This book was sad, without veering into soppy territory, and the premise of a girl refusing to be a donor for her sister and suing her parents for the rights to her own body was really intriguing. I also really liked all the characters, and although they were in conflict with each other throughout the novel, you could totally understand everyone’s point of view. The ending also came as a total shock! Anyone who has read it will understand!

10. Looking for Alaska by John Green

This was the first John Green book I read, and it is still my favourite! I loved all the characters, especially Alaska and Colonel, and it was an incredibly funny, quirky, yet poignant book.

So there’s my Ten Book Challenge completed!

As for who I’m tagging, it kind of seems like so many people I follow have already done it, so I have no idea who to tag! Instead I thought I’d just say that if you have already done it, feel free to leave a link to yours in the comments in case I missed it. If you haven’t done the Ten Book Challenge yet but would like to, then go for it! And let me know if you do, because I’d love to see what made your list!

6 Responses to “Ten Book Challenge”

  1. Ashana Lian .

    I have never heard of this challenge! I liked your list, I’m glad I knew quite a lot of them. :3 Philippa Gregory’s written some amazing books…I finished The White Queen a few days ago and MAN does that move you! And to think that I thought The Kingmaker’s Daughter was intense! Oh I MUST read My Sister’s Keeper, I’ve heard its an excellent book! I need to get down to my library quick.
    Thanks for sharing! Maybe I should do this challenge if I’m tagged. 😀

    • Laura

      I loved the Kingmaker’s Daughter! Anne Neville was someone I didn’t really know much about, so I found the book really interesting. And I’ve had The White Queen for ages, so I’m definitely going to have to read it soon. In fact there are so many Phillipa Gregory books I want to read! She really does write some amazing books!
      And if you want to do the Ten Book Challenge then consider yourself tagged. I’d love to see your list!

  2. Carla Wynker

    This seems like a fun challenge.

    It was nice to know the books that marked you!

    I don’t know when I was about 15, I used to LOVE the Lord of the Ring but when I tried to read it about a year ago, I found it a bit boring. I can’t help comparing it to ASOIAF and other fantasy books I read. And indeed , the Lord of the Ring even though it is well written is less action packed, in my opinion. Besides, I think the characters aren’t very multi-dimensional.

    However, I’ll recommend it to any fantasy fan ’cause I think that every high fantasy authors from our generation was influenced in a way or another by him. Furthermore, the world in build was impressive.

    I’ve never read the Other Boleyn, but I want to try it out. I love historical fiction. Philippa Gregory is definitely an author I’ll check out.

    • Laura

      I definitely get what you mean with Lord of the Rings. It can be a little slow-going, and compared to more modern fantasy the characters are a bit flat (ASOIAF in particular does characters amazingly!). However, The Lord of the Rings is definitely what got me into fantasy in the first place, and as you say, it is the book that has probably influenced most fantasy writers, and it is a book I think most fantasy fans will have read.
      And I would definitely recommend The Other Boleyn Girl, and The Kingmaker’s Daughter and The Constant Princess are other great books by Philippa Gregory. I have been meaning to read more of her books for ages!

    • Laura

      It is a pretty violent film (and book) to say its for children, but it always made me feel more sad than anything! The book is definitely worth a read though.

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