Top Ten Tuesday is an awesome meme previously hosted by the lovely folks @ The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl
This week’s theme is top ten:
Books to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump
I’ve decided to adapt this topic slightly and list books that have personally managed to pull me out of a reading slump. A reading slump is something every bookworm dreads and believe me I should know because I managed to be in one for just over two years. It really sucked. I couldn’t get motivated to read anything and absolutely nothing interested me. This included even some of my favourite authors.
It was beyond awful. As much as I would love to think it will never happen again… I know it can and probably will. However, there are certain books that almost seem to have magical powers that can pull me out of a slump. I will definitely be keeping these particular books in mind if and when it ever happens again!
1. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
This book is mesmerizing – it’s just so twisty and full of so many flawed characters that totally own my soul. Honestly, it’s pretty much one of the best YA series I have ever read. Definitely one that should be able to lift me out of any nasty slump!
2. In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Breenan
The characters in this book (particularly Elliot) just have the power to make me smile. This book makes me happy, ergo it is definitely one I foresee myself re-reading again and again.
3. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
This book was the very one that finally kicked me right out of my reading slump. I owe a lot to Rainbow Rowell for making me fall in love with Simon and Baz and all their friends (okay, maybe not Agatha!) This book made me care about reading again.
4. The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic
What ‘Carry On’ started, ‘The Foxhole Court’ continued. This series slayed me in the best possible way. I adore these misfits so much – Neil and Andrew in particular.
5. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
This book is just so much fun guys (but also hiding a deep emotional core). I was transfixed by the story, the setting, the characters… all of it, really. Truly an amazing experience that will never fail to lift my spirits.
6. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
This book makes it onto many of my lists and quite deservedly so. It’s an extraordinarily emotional story. Perfect in nearly every way. I know it is always going to be a firm favourite that I will return to when the need arises.
7. Sins & Needles by Karina Halle
I’m probably slightly more fond of her ‘Experiment in Terror’ series but boy this trilogy really packs a punch! ‘Sins & Needles’ was the first book I ever read by Karina Halle and I have revisited it whenever I really need something to pull me out of the doldrums.
8. Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
If you haven’t read this book yet you really should! It’s definitely an amazing piece of YA literature. I find myself returning to Cath Crowley’s books when I feel like a little bookish TLC.
9. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
I debated between this and ‘The Scorpio Races’ (I love both of them!) but ‘The Raven Boys’ just has a slight edge in terms of being able to kickstart my reading heart. The characters (especially Ronan) are very near and dear to me.
10. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
If you are looking for an exciting and engaging YA series to capture your imagination and get you out of that slump you have fallen into, then ‘Vampire Academy’ is definitely the book to do it. It will fight that sinking feeling away!