Monday, January 19, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly link-up that is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

This week? A Freebie! AKA: 10 Series I've Loved

Come join me in my first Top Ten Tuesday~

1. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. 

Why read this? Because, dang it's pretty much steam punk and a war story in one. I love me some good war stories. The series is so good and the illustrations are just beautiful. You will not be disappointed. 

2. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

13 year old genius, criminal mastermind and faeries? Uh, yes. Hell yes. This series came to me during a hard time in my middle school years and stuck with me well into high school. Though I really dislike one book, I live by the rule of one series can always have at least one bad book. Otherwise, I absolutely love the world Colfer has created and I absolutely love the characters that are introduced along the way along with Artemis's own character arch. 

3. 39 Clues by Rick Riordan

Writer of the popular Percy Jackson series collaborated with a bunch of different authors created a great adventure. This is like an Indiana Jones with... everyone! There are adults, children, senior citizens. There's a lot of heart wrenching moments and some really tense ones. I grew to love this series--but be warned: it's a very long series. Each book is probably less that 200 pages, but there's at least nine of these suckers. 

4. Tithe (A Modern Faerie Tale) by Holly Black

The book that started it all (for me). This book introduced me to the writer Holly Black and I've loved her writing since. This also introduced me to a lot of curse words (haha). Tithe is a pretty dark take on the fey (which are already dark, let's be honest) and a girl who finds out she's a part of them. The second book of the series seems completely out of place, but ah, they come together in the finale! I highly recommend this to fans of books with the fey.

5. The Gallagher Girl Series by Ally Carter

Girls that kick ass by being trained as spies? Oh you know I'm on that. Though I never got to finish this series, this book series gave me so much hype to be a girl. I grew up being a "tomboy" and seeing a whole group of girls doing that while also looking pretty? Oh man, oh man. This series has a special place in my heart. 

6.  Zombie Loan by Peach-Pit

I always talk about anime and manga here so I just have to put in some manga series. Zombie Loan starts off a bit melancholy and the protagonist isn't the strongest in the bunch, but her character arch is just amazing and her development with the characters. What happens when a girl destined to die meets her reapers? Well that's what you'll find out!

7. Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya

And oldie, but such a goodie. Our protagonist Tohru Honda is thrust into a world of men and women who change into the animals of the Chinese zodiac when coming in contact of people of the opposite sex. Weird, I know, but trust me this story goes so much more beyond that. The relationships that Tohru builds, creates, and saves are probably the best and the most tear jerking thing I've read. The series is long if you're not used to manga (23 volumes eesh), but the ending ties all loose ends. 

8. Angel Diary by Kara, Lee Yun-Hee

Not manga but manhwa it's Korean sister. Angel Diary is about a young god who doesn't want to... well fill her place as a god and marry the god of the Underworld. So what do she do? Escape to earth. Choosing to live life as a Korean boy! Sounds a bit wacky, and it is, but this story just has a special place in my heart. Filled with some romance, some comedy, and some drama--Angel Diary has a rec from me. 

9. Kuragehime (Princess Jellyfish) by Akiko Higashimura

I loved this series when I saw the anime. Not going to lie. The story revolves around Tsukimi, an otaku (essentially someone who's completely obsessed with something and isn't a contribution to society) who loves jellyfish. One day she has a run in with a "princess" who she later finds out is a man dressed in women's clothing named Kuronoske. Better yet, he's the brother to politician's assistant as well as nephew to a politician. Kuronoske starts to like Tsukimi. What will happen? How will their story end? Who knows? It's ongoing!

10. Kitchen Princess by Miyuki Kobayashi Art by Natsumi Ando

Kitchen. Princess. A manga series about a girl who loves cooking. Sounds simple and it's true. She loves cooking. However, the stories that come from this manga just really punch you in the heart sometimes. There are many times I've cried reading this manga just because the protagonist is so kind to everyone, even those who are just outright cruel to her. Her way of solving problems is through food and what's better is that there are recipes provided! I've tried a few myself and have not been disappointed.

Phew, alright. Half novel series, half manga series. I think that's good. I hope you join me next week for a new Top Ten Tuesday!


  1. Replies
    1. Same for me! Picked it up just after I finished the Percy Jackson series and I followed that series 'til the end.

  2. I have not read any of these series, although I do like Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series. Great topic for this week!
    Check out my Top 10

  3. I want to read Fruits Basket!! I've heard good things about this series. Here's my TTT post for the week: