Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
How it works:
I assign each Tuesday a topic and then post my top ten list that fits that topic. You’re more than welcome to join me and create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well. Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you! Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information.
Here is my list. There is a surprising number of dystopias and science fiction in here, perhaps because of the use of years in titles. In numerical order:
- Noughts and Crosses – Malorie Blackman (2001) Excellent dystopia with a focus on race and prejudice. Better than the TV show.
- Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut (1969) One of the best anti-war novels. A look at the effect of war on the mind.
- Starter For Ten – David Nicholls (2003) Romance based around a team taking part in University Challenge. The film was better.
- 11/22/63 – Stephen King (2011) Interesting science fiction / alternate history focusing on the question of what would have happened if Kennedy had not been shot.
- 13 Reasons Why – Jay Asher (2007) Girl dies so boy can learn to live a better life pretty much sums this one up
- Child 44 – Tom Rob Smith (2008) A thriller set in communist Russia. Okay thriller with some interesting political points to make.
- Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury (1953) One of my favourite dystopias. The idea of books being burned is so disturbing.
- 1984 – George Orwell (1949) Another brilliant dystopia. Particularly fitting reading in the current political climate.
- 2001: A Space Odyssey – Arthur C. Clarke (1968) This did not help my paranoia about technology. Also interesting ideas about the nature of the universe.
- 20000 Leagues Under The Sea – Jules Verne (1869). Not a bad adventure but I did get fed up with the long lists of fish.