Top Tens

As this blog is run by two authors who have different tastes and opinions, we have two separate lists of our top ten favourite books!

(By the way, we are counting one series for one slot, otherwise this would be impossible.)

To be honest, we have just completely given up on making this an actual top “ten”. There are too many good books to just limit it to ten. Nevertheless, enjoy! ūüôā

Yanni’s top ten: (Obviously the better and more¬†reliable¬†one!)

  1. The Chaos Walking trilogy, by Patrick Ness:The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer, Monsters of Men,¬†The New World, The Wide Wide Sea and Snowscape.¬† No words can explain how awesome they are” ūüėÄ And of course Patrick Ness’ other book: A Monster Calls.
  2. I Am the Messenger, by Markus Zusak:¬†so so so so so good. It tore my heart out. ūüė• I really wish I had read it first and got to the review.
  3. Anna, by Kendare Blake;¬†Anna Dressed in Blood¬†and¬†Girl of Nightmares. I bought this for Weishi for her Christmas present although now I regret it dearly. I’m not sure which ¬†book has actually traumatized me more. At the moment I’m still refusing to mark it as “read” on goodreads because I don’t want it to end like that.
  4. Unwind, by Neal Shusterman:¬†Unwind,¬†Unwholly, and¬†Unsouled and the short story of¬†Unstrung. It’s just such a messed up world and I love it.
  5. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetyes:¬†Note, not to be¬†at all¬†confused with 50 Shades of Grey- I won’t reduce myself to reading that… This book is about Lithuania under Stalin’s rule and tells part of its history after being abandoned by many history textbooks (including mine)
  6. Legend, by Marie Lu:Legend, Prodigy, and Champion. The covers match the beauty of the writing and the plot.
  7. A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini:¬†I’m not just being lazy when I say that words again, cannot express this book. It… It enlightened me. I think that’s the only way I can put it.
  8. The Maze Runner trilogy, by James Dashner:¬†The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, and The Kill Order.¬†Although the end was very disappointing, they’re still a must read!
  9. The Benny Imura series, by Jonathan Maberry: Rot and Ruin, Dust and Decay, Flesh and Bone, and Fire and Ash. By far, the best zombie books ever! After reading these books I saw zombies in a completely different light.
  10. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy:¬†This is probably my favourite “Adult” novel¬†just because it explores the apocalypse but not in all those repetitive YA dystopia ways. Instead, it’s in a human way – how we will still carry on loving and caring even when everything around us is dead.
  11. The Book Thief, by Markus Zuzak: Because honestly, who could not love this book?
  12. Wonder, by R.J. Palacio:¬†The story of disfigured boy, but not just his story, it’s of everyone who is affected. Although this is “classified” as a “kids” book¬†it is really for anyone.
  13. The Heroes of Olympus series, by Rick Riordan:¬†The Lost Hero, The Son of Neptune, The Mark of Athena, The House of Hades and the last title is unknown. If anyone though tells you that this is a “kids” book¬†just look at the blankly and ignore them.¬†Some of the best books in the world are “kids” books – take The Very Hungry Caterpillar for example! Also as I am running out of space, I’m just going to merge the other Percy Jackson stuff together with this!;¬†Percy Jackson series, by Rick Riordan:¬†Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan’s Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth and The Last Olympian.
  14. The Skinjacker Trilogy, by Neal Shusterman: Everlost, Everwild, Everfound.
  15. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, by Mark Haddon:¬†I cannot explain it’s awesomeness!
  16. Department 19, by Will Hill:¬†Department 19,¬†The Rising,¬†Battle Lines¬†and two others, I think.¬†Firstly how cool is his name? It rhymes! This book ¬†will also mark the return of the good vampire books when we¬†don’t¬†go around trying to kill ourselves to try to hear our ex-boyfriend’s voice.
  17. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay. Although I love them, I have to admit some were better than others.
  18. Undead, by Kirsty McKay: Undead and Unfed. A funny zombie book. How rare are those?
  19. Code Name Verity, by Elizabeth Wein: WW2 story about a captured air pilot, beautiful writing and a wonderfully woven plot.
  20. The Hunt, by Andrew Fukuda: it marks the return of the good vampire books.
  21. Gone Series, by Michael Grant: Gone, Hunger, Lies, Plague, Fear, Light. Epic!
  22. Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card:¬†Ender’s Game,¬†Speaker for the Dead¬†and two others- but I haven’t got round to reading them yet.¬†The writing style is awesome! And there’s going to be a movie, which I am dreading and excited for at the same time!


  1. Harry Potter¬†by J K Rowling¬†(Obviously. I mean, come on, it’s¬†Harry freaking Potter.)
  2. Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness –Which is Epic. EPIC.
  3. Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan –¬†I don’t care if people say they are for little kids, they are awesome.
  4. Unwind Dystology by Neal Shusterman РBoth action-packed and an asker of big questions that make you think.
  5. Skinjacker Trilogy by Neal Shusterman –¬†Remember kids, MARY IS A BIG NO-NO.
  6. Skulduggery Pleasant¬†Series¬†by Derek Landy –¬†Favourite Middle-Grade series of all time.¬†(Skulduggery Pleasant, Playing With Fire, The Faceless Ones, Dark Days, Mortal Coil,¬†Death Bringer,¬†Kingdom of the Wicked, Last Stand of Dead Men,¬†The Dying of the Light)
  7. Anything¬†by Markus Zusak –¬†Seriously, anything.
  8. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, because when have you ever read a cancer book that witty, sarcastic, clever, sad, depressing, epic, and time consuming? I’d also include Paper Towns, which I quite liked while reading, but stayed with me for a long time afterwards.
  9. Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu. It put me through a complete whirlwind of emotions. Happy, sad, angry, depressed, tense, shaking from the epicness.
  10. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card¬†–¬†Though the series may be too long for me to commit to, this book stands well by itself.
  11. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath –¬†Do I need to explain this one?
  12. The Anna Duology by Kendare Blake –¬†¬†This wins the prize for some of the best covers ever.
  13. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater –¬†I had no idea I would love this book so much, but the more I think about it, the more I love it, so I guess it makes it clear that it has to be on my favourites list.
  14. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater –¬†The characters and the world and the writing (oh god, that beautiful writing…) it all just makes such a wonderful series and I never want it to end. The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves, Blue Lily Lily Blue, and soon to be more.
  15. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart РThis book is goddamn beautiful. Here you will find fairytales, King Lear references, beaches, ridiculously wealthy teenagers, kindness, and many many lies.
  16. Vicious by V.E. Schwab –¬†While the book stands very well alone, I WANT A SEQUEL. PLEASE. PRETTY PLEASE. (I guess I will have to fill this hole in my heart by tracking down all of Victoria Schwab’s other books)
  17. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides –¬†I was completely blown away. Completely. Utterly. Blown. Away.
  18. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides¬†–¬†And when you thought he couldn’t get any better at writing, Eugenides has to prove you wrong.
  19. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black –¬†I was surprised by this one, but it just goes to show that YA Vampire fiction is not dead. (Well, not that kind of dead… :))
  20. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler – Not sure if words can express how emotional this book made me.
  21. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson – also anything else of his that I’ve read, but this series in particular is phenomenal.

13 responses to this post.

  1. I do a lot of Sci-Fi – thriller and mystery books on my blog, you should check them out for some ideas on what to read next. I know I will be using your lists!

    If you like zombies check out Alice in Deadland, loved that series.


  2. You both had me at Chaos Walking. I’m always on the look out (and when I say ‘look out’ I mean physically grabbing people and yelling “DO YOU LOVE HIM?”) for other fans. I am a Nessochist and proud.

    There are so many series on here (NOUGHTS AND CROSSES. Sorry… they deserve the caps) that I adore but a lot that I’ve not read yet. I’m definitely going to add them to my ever-growing list.

    Have you ever read Rick Yancey’s The Monstrumologist series? Love them.
    Also, if you love zombies… Charlie Higson’s The Enemy! Go read it.. now.


    • CHAOS WALKING!!! Did you hear, Patrick Ness is writing a new YA book!! I’m so excited!!!
      Thanks for the recommendation, the Monstrumologist is currently on my to reads shelf. It sounds like a really fun book just from the title ūüôā
      THE ENEMY!!! I have read it!! And its so good!!! but I havent read the latest one yet unfortunately…
      If you are a fellow zombie fan, READ UNDEAD by Kirsty McKay. ITS SO GOOD!!! and so funny as well ūüôā
      Oh I love this book recommendationing ūüôā


  3. I love all of your top tens, but especially the Heroes of Olympus series! It seems like not a lot of people are huge fans for this series like I am. So excited to see you loving them. the end of MOA?! I STILL CRY ABOUT IT.


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