Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Read Years Ago But Still Love

Happy Tuesday guys!

For those not familiar, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish, and this weeks theme is:

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For this week’s theme, I decided to go with books that I read years ago but still love and will eagerly discuss/analyse/fangirl over at every opportunity.

1. Fahrenheit 451


I read Fahrenheit 451 during my third year of university and could not get over how good it was. This, my pals, is dystopia at its finest and fieriest.

2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows


I feel like I don’t actually talk about Harry Potter that much on my blog, but trust me when I say that the series has a firm place in my heart. And this book most of all. The Deathly Hallows was an incredible ending to a series that I’d grown up with, and the first book to make me scream and run round my dining room table in excitement (while reading the final battle scene between Harry and Voldemort).

3. The Hobbit


I first read The Hobbit when I was 11 years old and I just loved the magic of it. It was one of my first real ‘adult’ fantasy novels, and the adventures of Bilbo and the dwarves captured my imagination.

4. The Secret Garden secret-garden

Again, I was about 10 or 11-years-old when I read The Secret Garden for the first time (perhaps even younger) and the descriptions of the garden enchanted me wholeheartedly. For a long time after reading, I wanted my own secret garden (and 100% still do???) to explore and play in.

5. The Book Thief


If you didn’t see this one coming, then you may be new here. If that’s the case, hi, welcome, I’m Kate and I will love The Book Thief until the end of time, and will sing it’s praises to the high heavens.

6. Across the Nightingale Flooracross-the-nightinggale-floor

I read this book as my love of Japan was developing, and it was the perfect tale of ninjas and heroics to fuel that love. Of course, feudal Japan didn’t really have any ninjas, according to history. *whispers* They exist.

7. The Song of Achilles


I’ve haven’t re-read The Song of Achilles since my first read (forever shamed, I know) but there are still certain scenes and moments that I remember vividly because they were so wonderfully intense. This book is definitely one of the most poignant and moving LGBTQIA+ books I’ve ever read, and probably always will be.

8. The Declaration


I don’t think the plot of this novel was particularly astounding or original, but it was the writing that blew me away. This novel held some of the most beautiful narration I’d ever read and re-kindled my desire to write at a time when it was guttered out.

9. The Magician’s Guild


It’s been about 84 years since I read The Magician’s Guild, but it still holds a place in my heart as one of the first high fantasy series that held me in rapture. It was pure magic in every sense of the word.

10. How To Be A Woman 


I’ll be the first to admit: this books isn’t perfect. It focuses a lot of white women’s feminism, rather than intersectional feminism, and some of the idea come from a place of privilege. But, I read this during my teenage years, when I was just discovering what feminism was and it helped open my eyes further to the inequality women face. Everything Moran said resonated with me, and I’m still thankful to this day that I read this book exactly when I did.

Are there any books that you read years ago, but that you still love intently? Have you read any of these books? Drop me a comment, I’d love to hear from you!

Until next time, Kate

8 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Read Years Ago But Still Love

  1. Great picks for this week Kate, and great topic as well. Some of these books are ones I read years ago but that have stayed with me. Harry Potter is of course the main one, and so is The Book Thief which I try and re-read as often as I can because it’s an all-time favourite of mine and just an amazing book! 🙂
    The Song of Achilles is one I only picked up recently(ish) but there are scenes that have stayed with me as well. It’s just one of those books that you can’t forget. 🙂
    Again great picks for this week! 😀

    1. Thanks Beth! I swear all we do anymore is talk about how much we love The Book Thief! We need to form a Book Thief support group! Yeah, if you’re anything like me, The Song of Achilles will stay with you for years to come now you’ve read it. 🙂

  2. The Book Thief will forever be one of my all time favourite books. That book is everything. I think I’m still recovering from that reading experience haha.

  3. I really enjoyed Fahrenheit 451 when I read it. It was such an intriguing dystopian! The Book Thief is such an amazing book, it’s definitely one of my all time favourites. I read it years ago, but still haven’t reread it – I just don’t think I’m emotionally ready to do that, but hopefully it will happen soon. Great list! 🙂

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