Top Ten Tuesday [#11]: I Just Can’t Get Enough

photo-7I found this week’s prompt to be somewhat difficult. I could think of at least thirty books I want to re-read for a variety of reasons. I stood in front of my bookshelves, started pulling books and see which books called out to me the loudest. These ten books were the one I came up with. I must admit that if didn’t have to think too much about it, all of Melina Marchetta’s books would’ve made this list. Instead, I picked a couple of books that I haven’t re-read in the past.

Anyway, in a perfect world – a world where my TBR pile consists of only two books – these are the books I want to re-read.




In no particular order:

1. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. In true Jandy Nelson fashion, she crafted a story about the importance of one’s sibling’s past with the other’s present. If they ever have any hopes of a future free of heartaches and grief, they have to come to terms with their transgressions and misgivings of the past. Jandy Nelson is a brilliant writer who is so adept in writing the most heartfelt, realistic stories of love and family. I want to re-read it because her writing is an experience it itself.

2. Lover Awakened [BDB, #3] by JR Ward. This is my favourite amongst the BDB novels. I have a thing for the broken anti-hero who thinks he’s unworthy of anything beautiful in the world. And what’s more beautiful than the love a woman who saw past his scars and torments? I love this couple. I want to re-read it because I feel like this book exemplifies exactly why I love this series so much.

3. Night Film by Marisha Pessl. This is a recent read. I was not able to give this book its due, because it was simply impossible. I just want to experience the brilliance that was this book all over again. It was truly a thrilling, mesmerizing read. One that I’d hope you will give a chance some time down the road. The multi-media used, though something that’s been done before, is an added bonus.

4. The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta. Speaking of perfectly flawed characters, Tom McKee is one that incites that protective animal instinct. You know, where you want to gather him up in your arms and just…hold him. I want to re-read this because I could barely express why I loved every page of this book when I read it.

5. Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta.  I re-read my measly review for this book, and I mentioned how it was the sole reason why I will never stop. It’s the discovery of something so wonderful that it changes you after you turn the last page, very few books can do that to you.

6. One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva. This was such a beautiful book. And that’s really all the reason I need to inspire a re-read.

7. The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes. This is another recent read; I drafted a rambling review that will be posted tomorrow. To be honest, I had  to choose between this book and Me Before You – which was written by the same author. That book killed me too. But this one…ah. Just beautiful, and so engrossing. I just want to re-read it again.

8. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. What’s not to love about this book? Don Tillman epitomizes what the world needs: honesty and transparency. Imagine how many conflict we can avoid if we don’t tip toe around each other? I want to re-read this because I feel like I could use his views on the world at the moment. I feel like I’ve made a lifetime career out of pleasing people. He’s inspiring.

9. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. How does one achieve immortality in the age of technology? The answer may be obvious, but the process by which the book arrive to the conclusion may surprise you. This book was an unsolvable Rubik’s cube that drove me crazy until the last page.

10. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sàenz. If there’s a coming of age book that should be a required reading amongst the book loving blogosphere, this is it. Do yourself a favour and read it. In fact, read it with me.

  • Whoa. I have read exactly one book on your re-read list and that is I’ll Give You The Sun. If I am remembering correctly I don’t think Ashley particularly cared for Aristotle and Dante and I think I kind of wrote it off because of that but every now and then I see people who are passionately in love with that book and it gives me pause. I think I need to add it back to my TBR.

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  • Aw, yay 😀 Amazing post Joy. <3 And yay for wanting to re-read all of these awesome books. I have only read the Melina ones. <3 but enjoyed them both. Though I do not want to re-read them, hih :p not for a long time, lol 😀 Anyway. Loved reading your thoughts on these amazing books sweetie. <3

  • The only book I read from your list is Lover Awakened and I loved that book, definitely wouldn’t mind rereading and I’m planing to read The Girl You Left Behind soon.Me Before You is one of my fav books.

    • Oh man. If you loved Me Before You, then you’ll fall even madly in love with The Girl You Left Behind. It’s such an amazing book!

  • Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

    I am a couple of books behind in the BDB series, but I really remember loving Lover Awakened!! Zadist was great!!

    Thanx for visiting my TT
    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  • Yes! Saving Francesca and The Piper’s Son! Love both and I’ve never re-read. I heard about JoJo Moyes Me Before You and I just know there is no way I can read that. I LOVED One Plus One by her, though! Funny, emotional, steamy and just so very lovely! I’m wondering if The Girl You Left Behind is tragic and heartbreaking like Me Before You or a HEA like One Plus One. I guess I’ll find out with your review. 🙂

    • Rachel. Rachel. Rachel. I don’t recommend books to you often, but I’ll make an exception this time. READ THE GIRL YOU LEFT BEHIND. Today.

  • Christy

    Damn, you are all about Night Film. 😀 I guess that means that I absolutely HAVE to read it.

    • Yes. If you enjoyed Bird Box, you’ll be mad over this book!

  • Saving Francesca is my favorite Marchetta read, so I’d definitely re-read that one, along with I’ll Give You the Sun and Aristotle and Dante. So glad to see you enjoyed Night Film–I reallyyy need to get to that one–along with The Girl You Left Behind and The Rosie Project. Fantastic list, Joy! 🙂

    • The Girl You Left Behind is simply stunning, Keertana. I do hope you’ll read that one so I can compare my notes with yours.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • This is a great list! The only book I’ve read on your list is Aristotle and Dante, which yes is AMAZING. But I think it’s too early for me to read it. But One Man Guy is going straight on my TBR, and I’ll Give You the Sun, 24-hour Bookstore (too lazy to check the title), and the Rosie Project are all already on my list!! 😀

    • One Man Guy is absolutely amazing as well. If you loved Ari and Dante, you’ll probably enjoy that one too!

  • Faye M.

    Ughhh, super bummed that I haven’t read any of these yet! I must be missing out on a lot of awesome, kick-ass books. I’ll Give You the Sun is what really intrigues me. It just sucks the bookstores here in this country where I’m in right now (Oman) doesn’t really have that much of an impressive catalog. Guess I’ll go ebook for this!

    Faye at The Social Potato

    • No worries, Faye. I was just saying that the literary world is a vast place, and that even we lived to be in our hundreds, we’ll never be able to read everything. It’ll come. Reading taste is fluid; it will adjust in its own time. 🙂

  • I would definitely love to give I’ll Give You The Sun a reread also, it succeeded all my expectations. And of the BDB books I’d actually want to give Lover Eternal a reread! Rhage is my favorite.

    • Hollywood! Yes, of course. A lot of people were a little disappointed with whom he ended up with, but I didn’t mind Mary at all.

      Thanks for stopping by, Alysia!

  • Great picks, and some here that are on my TBR (I’ve books by Marchetta and Moyes on my TBR, as well as I’ll Give You The Sun and Aristotle and Dante). Oh if only I had more time, and money! 😀

    R x

    My TTT:

    • Preach. My TbR pile is insurmountable as well. But I can’t seem to help myself at a bookstore. Sigh.

      Thanks for stopping by, Rachel!

  • I’ve delayed and delayed (and so on…) reading Ari and Dante for some unknown reason when it seems like the world (or basically everyone I talk to) mentions I should give it a go!

    joey via. thoughts and afterthoughts

    • Yes, yes you should, Joey. I look forward to reading your thoughts on that book. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • I really need to get to I’ll Give You the Sun asap. I’ve wanted to read The Rosie Project too. Seeing them on your list just gives me a little push to read them both soon. 🙂

    • I hope you’ll enjoy The Rosie Project. Don Tillman is such a remarkable character. 🙂

  • There are some I’d want to reread too, if only, IF ONLY I had the time. I reread my comfort reads like Kate Daniels quite often, but these other books, there’s just no way! I still have I’ll Give you the Sun to read, and so many others on my tbr list. Ari and Dante would be on my list too, though.

    • Melina Marchetta is my comfort read. That woman can bring me back from the brink of the reading slump abyss. Lol.

  • This is really sad, but I’ve only read I’ll Give You the Sun on your list. It’s certainly a book I would like to re-read as well.
    I need to read The Piper’s Son. It’s on my TBR!
    This is a really tough topic. I wouldn’t be able to narrow it all to 10 picks!

    • I know right? Normally, I have a hard time listing ten. But that’s not the case this week. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by, Nick!

  • Great list! I´ve read The Piper´s Son (one of my favorites) and Lover Awakened (I also enjoyed it), and I would like to reread Melina´s books.
    And I need to add some of the other books to my TBR.

    • Thanks, Adriana. I really need to re-read them back to back. And like I said, they’re the only books of hers that I haven’t given a second read.

  • Like kindlemom, I haven’t read any of these 🙁 I really want to try a Melina Marchetta book though! The two you have looks like a great place to start 😀

    • Oh yes. Melina Marchetta is my literary goddess. I’ll read anything of hers!

  • Great list! It is so sad that I haven’t even read any of these once let alone re-read them. I need to change that!

    • Don’t be sad. I sometimes feel that way whenever I visit a blog whose reading preferences differ from mine. The literary world is a vast place!

  • I’m listening to The Girl You Left Behind (thanks for the recommendation!) and wow! It’s just gorgeous! The narrator reads it with a French accent and that makes me feel like I’m in there, with the characters. I want this book to last forever. And Lover Awakened was my favorite in the BDB series!

    • That’s good to hear, Beth! It was a five star read for me. I just posted my review. I can’t believe I waited so long to read my copy. Ack. So beautiful.

  • All of the books are soo pretty!! *__*
    Loved the list, I’ll be adding some to my endless TBR pile because you’ve sold me on your descriptions hehe. Especially, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. I’ve been meaning to read that one for a while now 🙂

    And where can I live in this perfect world? because I’m currently drowning in a sea of TBR books.

    • Thanks, Kelly. 🙂 Aristotle and Dante is such a beautiful book. I hope you’ll love it as much as I have.