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Top Ten Tuesday – September 11, 2012: Top Ten Books That Make You Think

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish!

This Week’s Topic is: Top Ten Books That Make You Think (About The World, People, Life, etc.)

Ooh thought-provoking… Well, I do have to say that I’ve been going for quite a few not-so-serious books within the past few months because well, I’ve just been having fun with reading! Although I do like to read a good, meaningful book every once in a while.

And before we even start, I’m not putting The Fault In Our Stars on my list. Even though I mentioned it. And therefore probably negated leaving it off the list.

Life Issues:

1. The Help by Kathryn Stockett – This one was an easy choice for me! Sometimes I just can’t believe how different things were back then, and at the same time, how it still hasn’t changed in some places. I really loved this story and although it was hard for me to get into at first, I really enjoyed it a lot!

 

 

2. The Stone Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel – I actually wasn’t as impressed with this book as I had hoped, but I really did like the overall message and the way everything wrapped up. I also thought it was pretty thought-provoking (for me at least) at how we define eating disorders and how much we may not realize what’s going on with the people around us.

 

 

The “Real” World:

3. The Giver by Lois Lowry – I’ll promote it forever. The Giver is still one of my favorite books of all time. It’s the book that made me question the future, society, the people around us, and so much more at a young age. And of course what fueled my current love for dystopians, but that’s another topic…

 

 

4. Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix – Similar to The Giver, this was another book from my childhood that really got me thinking. Things are not always as they seem! What else don’t I know about the world around me?

 

 

Loss:

5. The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson – Oh boy. This book made me cry a little. How would I feel if I was Lennie? If my best friend – my older sister – died out of nowhere? Gosh, it’s just a scary, scary thought!

 

 

 

6. If I Stay by Gayle Forman – Same as The Sky Is Everywhere. It’s an intense story and really made me look at my family and realize you have to make the most of your relationships because you never know when they’re going to get swept away from you.

 

 

7. One Moment by Kristina McBride – Same as above!

 

 

 

 

What if I had powers…?

8. The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling – Let’s face it. Ever since reading Harry Potter, being a witch has had a way more positive connotation. And honestly, who DOESN’T want magical powers?? If only I weren’t a Muggle… Sigh.

 

9. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – How sweet would that be? I would love to be a Grisha! Wielding all sorts of powers…

 

 

 

 

Without Love…

10. Delirium by Lauren Oliver – Still one of my favorite books, and how creepy at the same time. I think I’d be with Lena!

 

 

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Trilogy #1) – Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Trilogy #1) – Leigh BardugoTitle: Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo
Publishing Info: June 5, 2012 by Macmillan
Source: Anderson's Bookshop
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: August 26, 2012
Related Posts: Siege and Storm (The Grisha #2), Grisha Novellas: The Witch of Duva (The Grisha #0.5), The Taylor (The Grisha #1.5), The Too-Clever Fox (The Grisha #2.5), Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1), Siege and Storm (The Grisha #2), Ruin and Rising (The Grisha #3), Grisha Novellas: The Demon in the Wood (The Grisha #0.1) & Little Knife (The Grisha #2.6), The Demon in the Wood (The Grisha # 0.1), Little Knife (The Grisha #2.6), Six of Crows (The Dregs #1), Six of Crows (The Dregs #1), , Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons #1)

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee. Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha…and the secrets of her heart.

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Once again I find myself singing the praises of high fantasy! I’d seen tons of praise for this book pretty much everywhere and after seeing Leigh Bardugo at Anderson’s Bookshop first on the Fierce Reads tour in June and again at Anderson’s on August 30th (although I actually finished the book before then!), just seeing her personality and hearing her talk about the book and how she came up with it really drove me to get into the story.

I absolutely loved the development of the Grisha and the story behind their history and abilities. It seemed utterly magical but as we learn more about the talents, there’s a little bit of practicality mixed in as well. It was really interesting to learn about and I found it quite unique.

Another thing I really enjoyed is that the romance aspect isn’t overdone. We first learn that Alina has developed a crush on Mal in the very beginning of the book, so that’s something we already know, but since Mal is also her best friend and pretty much only friend, that also makes him so much more to Alina. He’s incredibly important to her and it’s not just a lust factor. As for The Darkling….. well that’s just a pure lust situation!

So yes, I really loved where the story went and I loved how it all came together in the end! Leigh Bardugo’s writing was also extremely enjoyable and I loved the new elements that she brought to the story.

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Alina: I didn’t find myself like Alina so much as I could understand her. As an orphan, Alina grew up alone. She’s stubborn, she’s protective, she’s independent; it’s not like I’d want her for my friend but I admire her courage and determination to make the best of herself and the situation she came from. It did get a bit tiresome at first once Alina was figuring out her abilities and once she became part of the Grisha society that she spent most of her time trying not to be noticed and pining for Mal. But then the more I thought about it, the more it made perfect sense. If you’re a person who’s not used to attention, it’s overwhelming when people are constantly praising you, following you around, and giving you special treatment. As a poor orphan, Alina never experienced anything like that before. Even though her ability is extraordinary, it’s now something that has put her in an uncomfortable spotlight and ripped her away from her only family – Mal.
The Darkling: **Mild spoiler alert in The Darkling section (it’s not really a spoiler, but if you want to be kept totally in the dark, skip this part!)** He’s mysterious, he’s sexy, he’s…. old? We find out that due to the nature of The Darkling’s power, it severely enlongates his life. He reveals to Alina that he’s well over 100 years old so um, thanks but no thanks? It’s kind of a TWILIGHT situation here (which somehow I was totally okay with in TWILIGHT but not okay with in SHADOW AND BONE — I don’t know — don’t ask me why). I can understand he looks sexy and he acts sexy, but.. but.. he’s an old man? So yeah, he totally just didn’t appeal to me after I heard that! Had the age not been a factor, we’d have a little bit of a swoon situation going on. After knowing that? Yipes.

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 Buy it!

This book was sooooo good. I’m SO glad I picked it up and really glad that the Anderson’s even introduced me to it!

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