2 October 2014

My Take on the Ten Book Challenge

Allow me to quickly point in Paperback Princess's direction to thank her for nominating me to do the Ten Book Challenge.

Unfamiliar with the rules? Here they are:

List 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Do not take more than a few minutes, and do not think about it 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!

Does that sound simple enough? It does to me! Let's get started.

1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (by Stephen Chbosky)

This has been one of my favourite novels since I first read it in 2012. It is very short in length, but it is packed with personal, tentative, brutally honest confessions that can only come from a teenaged boy and his best friends.

2. The Book Thief (by Markus Zusak)

This book is gorgeous. It is articulate. It is soothing. It is scary. It is saddening. It is filled with solace and I love every page of it.

3. The Virgin Suicides (by Jeffrey Eugenides)

I very much prefer this book to its movie version, which seemed to move the story along too quickly and provide too little clarification in some respects. I love novels that delve into deep, historically/socially taboo topics; this is one of those novels.

4. It's Kind of a Funny Story (by Ned Vizzini)

I read this story for leisure in middle school and was pleasantly appreciative of it. Its serious subject matter is played off with the humour of its adolescent protagonist, without completely disregarding the importance of stigma, mental and emotional health, and other themes throughout the book. I was horribly saddened by the news of Vizzini's death, but I greatly adore his work.

5. My Sister's Keeper (by Jodi Picoult)

To be honest, I saw the film adaptation of this book (several times) before purchasing and reading the novel. And I was surprised -- the ending was completely different, a lot of details had been omitted from the movie, and while I'm a fan of both versions, I prefer the book.

6. The Fault in Our Stars (by John Green)

One of the most coveted YA fiction novels of every single adolescent reader in the United States -- fair enough.

7. Looking for Alaska (by John Green)

I actually prefer this book to The Fault in Our Stars. In my opinion, it's more daunting and cryptic and, what can I say, that appeals to me.

8. the The Hunger Games series (by Suzanne Collins)

Am I allowed to list series along with individual books? If not, I guess the Hunger Games trilogy would complete my required ten books on this list. Just in case of the opposite, I'll continue writing . . .

9. the Maximum Ride series (by James Patterson)

You've heard me mention before that this is the first book series that I truly fell in love with. If I hadn't read Harry Potter a couple of years later, this series would probably still hold a secure spot in the number-one place.

10. the Harry Potter series (by J.K. Rowling)

Does this honestly need an explanation? If it does: This series is exquisite. Its plot is intricately woven, the characters are uncannily realistic, and the symbolism is impossibly well-thought-out. Kudos to you, Jo: you've won the hearts of many, and you've mine as well.

So, I won't be nominating the required ten people. (Oops.) But, here are my selected bloggers:

I can't wait to read your posts, guys! Thanks again to Paperback Princess for offering me a nomination.


- Kira

1 comment:

  1. The Harry Potter series is such an incredible series. This list is fantastic!


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