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It’s the day to discuss the books we all adore but just haven’t chatted about enough lately…this isn’t hard to do and I hope you enjoy my post on ten books that are close to my heart…and now…not far from my mind.

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The Book Thief


When this book came out, I purchased a copy from The Strand in NYC, and I’ve never looked back. I fell in love with this book hard and I went on to make it required reading for my Freshman Composition course I taught for many years. My students loved it, as I suspected they would. I adore Liesel and this story makes me laugh and cry every time. I’ll never stop having it as a favorite. It celebrates the power of words and the redemption of story and the price of courage.

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It is no surprise to me that Rebecca Stead’s Middle Grade novel won the Newbery Award, and if you haven’t read WHEN YOU REACH ME, you’re in for a treat. This is a lovely story that qualifies as both historical fiction and fantasy! But I won’t say more–it’s just too good.



I actually read an e-ARC of this on my kindle while in Jerusalem a few summers ago and it was such a delightful experience to be reading it while abroad. I adored THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRYE, and this represented a companion novel of sorts. I loved it just as much, perhaps even more, and than HAROLD FRYE.



You probably know I love the British author, Wilkie Collins. Well, THE MEANING OF NIGHT is by a contemporary author who created an absolutely fabulous mystery with a flavor similar to Collins’ work. I was swept up into this book, and the good news is that there is a sequel (which I’ve started but haven’t finished yet!).



There’s too much to say about this book, and this story brings up all the emotions! And it’s so GOOD! I really need to re-read this because the first time I read it, I just couldn’t stop thinking about it afterwards. These characters will stick with you for awhile. And that’s a good thing.



This is a companion novel to CODE NAME VERITY, and I loved this one just as much. Maybe even more. Elizabeth Wein’s historical fiction is top notch, and I can’t get enough of it.

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This classic fantasy was a childhood favorite, and I still adore it today. This one needs a re-read, especially because I’m getting ready to dive into my ARC of FIVE CHILDREN ON THE WESTERN FRONT, which you’ll find, is related to Nesbit’s classic. A sand fairy that grants wishes?!?! Yes, please!

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The first time I read this book, I was getting ready to travel to England myself, and I truly fell in love with the story. I have a used copy and it is well read and worn…and I love it! I often pull this one off the bookshelf just to gaze at the cover and flip through it, remembering all my favorite parts. This charts the journey of the author during her first visit to England, and her subsequent travels there. She fell in love with England (as many of us do) and she never looked back!

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This is another travel memoir that I loved–and this author travels to Europe, sharing her adventures and experiences as a solo woman journeying abroad. It’s fantastic, and there’s a sequel as well.



I need to re-read this adult fantasy soon–I loved THE NIGHT CIRCUS so much, and it was such a unique story. I hadn’t really encountered anything quite like it before. There’s fantasy and romance in this one, and the world of this story is one you can get lost in– I would love for this author to write something else–I guarantee it would be a highly anticipated novel.

What are some of your favorite book that you haven’t talked about in awhile? Are any of mine on your list?

What Katie Read

4 Comments on #TopTenTuesday: Ten Books I Love and Haven’t Talked about In Awhile…

  1. Oh yay, I’m glad you liked Susan Allen Toth’s book! I got to meet her when I was in college and that was pretty neat. Her memoir, Ivy Days, is also a lovely read.

  2. Oh I loved the Night Circus so much. I need to reread that badly! Code Name Verity was so good – it hurts my heart just to remember basically. I need to read Rose Under Fire still. I was just telling my husband how I need to go to London again so now I have to check out My Love Affair with England! Sounds perfect for my mood.

  3. I have read and loved many of these, some on audio and some in print! I love travel memoirs, too, so I’ll have to check out the two you list here.

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