Top 10 Tuesday: Books I Love (That I Bet You Didn’t Know I Loved)

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Top 10 Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in 2010. It combines what I love most in this world into one—lists, books, and blogging. It couldn’t be any better suited for me! This week I’m going to let you guys know about the books I love, that I haven’t really talked about a lot on here. I feel like you all know how much I love Harry Potter and Divergent, but here’s my lesser well known favorites. Let’s get started!

All the Bright Places
1. All the Bright Places 
by Jennifer Niven
I raved about this when I first read it a few months ago, but I truly think it’s one of my favorites. I think it pushed boundaries when it comes to defining high school relationships and mental health.

Looking For Alaska
2. Looking for Alaska 
by John Green
I NEVER though John Green would make it into my favorites, and despite his pretentious characters, I still loved the story of Looking for Alaska. I think it’s still a powerful story of young kids trying to understand their place in this world.

art of racing in the rain
3. The Art of Racing in the Rain 
by Garth Stein
My father recommended this book to me while I was in high school, and it’s something I will never regret reading. If you love dogs as much as the next person, I definitely suggest reading this book. It’s an amazing tale for the perspective of our best friends.

4. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
One of the best classic books/poems I’ve read, Peter Pan has a way of grabbing your heart and never letting it go. One of the biggest inspirations for the novel, as well as my life.

5. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
I recommended this book to my grandmother and she loved it, because it’s amazing. A classic tale that transcends time and anyone can read at any time in their life to gain understanding.

Sirens of Titan
6. Sirens of Titan 
by Kurt Vonnegut
I read this towards the end of last year, and it really changed how I look at science-fiction. One of my favorite science-fiction reads of all time, Vonnegut creates a world that everyone would benefit from reading about.

7. 1984 by George Orwell
I’m sure you do know this is my favorite, but I couldn’t leave it off the list. It’s my all-time favorite, and I think that surprises some people. I read it a couple of Christmases ago and just couldn’t put it down. A great read for anyone who loves a dystopian novel.

The Hobbit
8. The Hobbit 
by J. R. R. Tolkien
I read this after seeing the movie (oops) and loved it. I know it was originally a children’s tale, but Tolkien creates characters and settings that come to life with a readers of all ages.

9. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
I don’t think I can adequately express how much I love this book. This was the first Flynn novel I read, and it was my favorite (sorry Gone Girl). Its such an intricate story with a convoluted backstory, readers can’t help but be sucked into the intensity of Flynn’s created world.

Fight Club
10. Fight Club 
by Chuck Palahniuk
Another book I read after seeing the movie, and I think that was a wonderful choice for me. I understood the book much more, and I was also able to pick up on a lot more of the little nuances.

What are you lesser known favorite novels? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading,
Kimberly

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