Hello Hello, how are we all? This year is disappearing as fast as I can blink I tell you! I always used to wonder why adults used to say time goes quicker when you’re older but I swear it actually does! Anyway, yes, Top Ten Tuesday, well, it sort of goes hand in hand with what’s said, because as time passes, we forget details and stories that we liked when we discovered them!
For all of you who don’t know what Top Ten Tuesday is, or don’t know how to get involved, click here. The lovely folks at Broke and Bookish teamed together to create this awesome weekly prompt, which is now hosted by the wonderful Jana @ The Artsy Reader Girl. Quite simply, you list the top ten of the topic prompt.
This week is all about forgotten favourites. Y’know, those books that you read, and that you liked, and that you will tell people that you enjoyed, but if you were pressed to actually say what it was you liked about them or remember much of the plot you would be completely stumped!
1. The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown
This was absolutely everywhere around the time that I read it. It was one of the first books that wasn’t Harry Potter that I can remember devouring. I know just too much of the story (or at least the ending) to actually go ahead and re-read it, but don’t actually know much about the narrative really.
2. The Gemini Contenders Robert Ludlum
This was one of the first thrillers I ever read, and when I say I can remember nothing about it, I am really not exaggerating. It contains twins, and I think a train, and that is literally it.
3. The Girl Who Played With Fire Stieg Larsson
I really loved the first book in the Millennium trilogy and can remember liking this whilst thinking it wasn’t quite as good as the first. That is all that I took from it, the story itself didn’t stick at all.
4. Chasing Daisy Paige Toon
I bulk read a lot of Paige Toon while I was travelling a couple of years ago, and I am pretty sure that this was my favourite one and that it was about Formula 1, but none of her books really stuck in my head very well despite how much I enjoyed them.
5. Delirium Lauren Oliver
I went on a bit of a dystopian binge, again while I was travelling, and can remember liking this trilogy but I don’t even know what the premise was anymore, which is quite sad.
6. Matched Ally Condie
Much like Delirium, I don’t remember that premise of this story. I think a lot of the dystopian novels I read around that time merged into one great story.
7. The Northern Lights Philip Pullman
I am not the biggest lover of His Dark Materials in the broadest sense because I think they really dropped off the later in the story we got, but, I can remember really loving the first instalment. I haven’t read it in that long that I only have fleeting memories of different bits, and snippets that Emma has reminded me about since she re-read it.
8. The Double Eagle James Twining
When anyone asks for a recommendation in thrillers, or asks for an unknown book in your favourite genre, my go to answer is always this book. I can remember absolutely loving it and getting my friends and family to read it, but I can’t really remember it now. I am very tempted to embark on re-reading these Tom Kirk books soon actually, despite the fine I have self-imposed for re-reading books.
9. Headhunters Jo Nesbo
This book was the story that introduced me to the world of Scandinavian crime thrillers, that I read while I was at University. I liked it that much that I ended up buying the whole set of Harry Hole books over the next few years. Can’t remember anything about it now!
10. By Any Means Charley Boorman
I received this book after getting an award in school because I had liked the TV show and thought it was a different book to get the school to give me, and certainly not one I would have bought for myself. I know what the premise is, but I don’t really remember what actually happened and the intricacies of the story, but would suggest it to anyone who likes to read about travel!
Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Do you have any books that you know you really enjoyed but just can’t remember?