Top 10 Tuesday (Week 10/2015)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Top 10 Favorites of all time in the last 3 years

Hurrah for this list! A chance to provide a mini review of the books I loved but never got to comment on. ♥

Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend

by Matthew Green

“Monsters are bad things, but monsters that do not walk and talk like monsters are the worst.” ― Matthew Dicks, Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend

This book is about an imaginary friend and his quest for meaning of existence. The creation of a boy named Max who has Asperger's Syndrome, this helps him live longer than most imaginary friends. It is a beautiful touching book which makes you laugh and cry at the same time. Beautifully written in the voice of a small child. I still feel sad when I think about Budo, the imaginary friend.

Rated: ♥♥♥♥♥
“Oh, monsters are scared," said Lettie. "That's why they're monsters.”  ― Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

A modern fairytale about a boy who meets a girl. But no ordinary girl. This book also question existence and the possibilities beyond our own reality. It talks about human nature and all the monsters within us. I loved every moment of this book and it's metaphors for life. The ocean and the nothingness where all is and isn't at the same time. It is hard to comprehend but when you do, it is very rewarding.

Rated: ♥♥♥♥♥
“but memories are time beings, too, like cherry blossoms or ginkgo leaves; for a while they are beautiful, and then they fade and die.”  ― Ruth Ozeki, A Tale for the Time Being

This is a book which explores the realities of time, not time travel. A journal is found by the writer, about a girl named Nao after Japan's tsunami. The girl writes about her philosophical thoughts on time while dealing with bullying and an alcoholic father. She is determined to die on a chosen date. I loved how they talk about time and in the end we see a bit of unexpected magic. Some parts were annoying, but it was also a life changing read.

Rated: ♥♥♥♥♥

Across the Universe

by Beth Revis

“I never thought about how important the sky was until I didn't have one.” 
― Beth Revis, Across the Universe

Amy wakes up in Godspeed, a ship sent into the stars in search for a new planet. She encounters the new generations of humans living in the ship, where secrets run and a boy named Elder is meant to become leader of. However, her waking is surrounded by mysteries and his meeting with Amy changes everything aboard the ship. This book has amazing beautiful prose for a space-Odyssey YA book. Which made it worth reading.

Rated: ♥♥♥♥○

The 5th Wave

by Rick Yancey

“Maybe the last human being on Earth won't die of starvation or exposure or as a meal of wild animals. Maybe the last one to die will be killed by the last one alive.”  ― Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave

A fight for humanity. 5 waves of attacks. Cassie is one of the survivors in a world where killing is the main priority. As you cannot trust anyone. She meets Evan, her savior, but the truth begins to shine out and she struggles between deciding to remain alive or to die. Her search for her little brother keeps her going. I loved the action, the romance, the humanism in this book. It explores our very depths in the darkest moments.

Rated: ♥♥♥♥♥

The Rosie Project

by Graeme Simsion

“Asperger's isn't a fault. It's a variant. It's potentially a major advantage.” ― Graeme Simsion, The Rosie Project

Oh how I miss Don! So adorable! So innocent! So smart! I was laughing through and through with this book wanting to squish Don. Don has Asperger's Syndrom (I think this always makes an interesting story). He meets Rosie, a care free woman. He is in search of a wife, a misunderstanding leads to their encounter. And one day, he decides she is the one, and the Rosie project thus began. In his innocent (cold heart) ways, he tries to win her. MUST read! It is a book for everyone and lightens your heart.

Rated: ♥♥♥♥○
“The world changes too fast. You take your eyes off something that's always been there, and the next minute it's just a memory.”  ― Michel Faber, The Book of Strange New Things

Life is discovered in a distant planet. Peter is chosen to lead the inhabitants into God's path. However, this is more than a religious novel. While he is in his mission, his life on Earth begins to crumbles with disasters and slowly looses communication with his beloved wife. A novel that was written after 10 years. It explores the reasons we consider ourselves humans, and why should we be any more special than others. It makes you think and not a second is boring.

Rated: ♥♥♥♥♥ (ARC REVIEW)

All the Lights we cannot See

by Anthony Doerr

“But it is not bravery; I have no choice. I wake up and live my life. Don't you do the same?”  ― Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See

A lot of stories are written about the world wars. And for some reason each has their own magical touch. This one is no different. It's beautifully written. It touches your heart and makes you smile and makes you cry. Marie-Laure lives in France and Werner in Germany. Slowly their stories come together. A subplots develop as a treasure hunt begins. Not a dull moment. I am going to re-read this book again one day. That is for certain.

Rated: ♥♥♥♥♥ (REVIEW)
“I promise, I will not let you die without being kissed.” ― Marissa Meyer, Cress

Though the books are ever compelling. This particular book in the series makes my heart go "squeeeeek" over Thorne and Cress. This book develops their stories further and their relationship. The challenges presented are harder yet and their love for each other grows. What makes this interesting and exiting is that neither is ready to admit it so. The main reason I want to read Winter is because of them. And I will be very very very sad and heartbroken if Marissa ends up killing them in the last book. I love this couple, so so so much!

Rated: ♥♥♥♥♥

The Miniaturist

by Jessie Burton

“Every woman is the architect of her own fortune.”  ― Jessie Burton, The Miniaturist

This book takes place in Amsterdam. Point one to pick up. It surrounds a household with mystery and drama as well as magic. Point two to pick up. The story is about a miniature house which somehow predicts the future. Point three to pick up. I loved this book as well. I took long to read it as I slowly turned each page, filled with intrigued and curiosity. As well as hope for the characters. It is a very interesting story about the time of trade in the Netherlands, also filled with prejudice and religion, which is a great contrast to modern Amsterdam.

Rated: ♥♥♥♥♥

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