Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 12 September, 2017 by Lianne in Meme / 12 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This week’s topic: Throwback Freebie

Interesting freebie for this week. Ideally I would’ve gone back to say 10 books I enjoyed in my first year of blogging 10 years ago but unfortunately I wasn’t blogging regularly at the time and my list on GoodReads doesn’t say much as I only really started using GoodReads in 2009…So we’re going to go with 10 books I really enjoyed back in 2008 😛

In no particular order:

  1. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (commentary) — I never got around to blogging my thoughts on this book the first time around but omg was this book pretty life-changing for me in that it opened up so many avenues of interests (everything Spain!) and book preferences (a few books on this list was actually influenced by my experience reading this book). It even influenced my family trip the following year to include Spain xD
  2. The Longest Journey by E.M. Forster (commentary) — I remember readig this during my first semester in grad school but again I never blogged about it the first time as I was so busy then. But it was a reaffirming book that I do revisit time and again.
  3. Ensemble C’est Tout by Anna Gavalda (review) — My first review of the book wasn’t much–I re-read and re-reviewed it again a few years ago–but I picked it up after finding out it was adapted into a movie starring Audrey Tautou and Guillaume Canet. Suffice to say it remains one of my favourite books all around.
  4. The Spanish Bow by Andromeda Romano-Laz (review) — Influenced by reading The Shadow of the Wind I was picking up all kinds of books set in Spain. I didn’t know much about 20th century Spanish history so this book was quite educational for me as well.
  5. The City of Thieves by David Benioff (review) — Before Game of Thrones I knew David Benioff as the guy who wrote this book. Shocking, hilarious, touching, I really enjoyed following the two main characters as they ventured through war-torn Soviet Russia in the middle of the Second World War.
  6. The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough (review) — Funnily enough I didn’t get around to reviewing it until 2010 but my thoughts on the book remained quite crystal clear (so much so that my review was quite Tolstoy-long!). I had seen the miniseries when I was quite young and was quite scarred by some of the events early on in the story but the character study is quite fascinating.
  7. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak — Sadly I never wrote a book review of this novel but I was glued to it from the start, it was wondrous, it was harrowing, it spoke of the love of reading and storytelling and books…and yes, it’s one of the books that actually made me cry.
  8. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (review) — Such a delightful summer read. I have fond memories of reading this book whenever I encounter the title 🙂
  9. Elantris Brandon Sanderson — My first Brandon Sanderson book, I never got around to reviewing it the first time around but I did re-read the 10th anniversary edition of the book last year (review). It remains a favourite of mine.
  10. Sepulchre by Kate Mosse (review) — In terms of atmosphere, I think this book came closest to evoking that sense of place and mystery that I felt whilst reading The Shadow of the Wind. It’s also my favourite book by her xD



And that’s my throwback list, lol. What books did you feature on your list this week? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you! 🙂

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12 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesdays”

  1. The Longest Journey must be the only E M Forster that I didn’t read during my Merchant/Ivory phase in my 20’s 🙂
    *adding to wishlist as I type*

  2. What a great list! I loved The Book Thief. I haven’t read any other books on your list. Sepulchre and The Shadow of the Wind are on my TBR pile. One of these days. 🙂 Have a great day, Lianne. Thank you for sharing!

  3. As an Aussie I feel as though it’s completely unacceptable that I haven’t read The Thorn Birds, lol. I did actually buy myself a copy to read this year but I haven’t gotten to it yet so it’s still on the shelf.

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