First off, I’m sorry I went completely off-grid this week! If I missed any posts that you’re really proud of, feel free to leave a link and I will try to catch up once my life returns to something resembling normality 😅 I’d love to see what you guys have been up to!
That being said, I am soooo relieved this week is over… I am now officially an overly-adrenaline-ated wreck, and it might take some time before I can use my right hand again – I pretty much wrote the equivalent of a full-length novel during those five exams 😁
Overall, though, I don’t think it went too badly? Translation was an absolute nightmare, and of course there were the ridiculous time constraints, but I think I scribbled down enough to have passed? (Please don’t let me be wrong, because I don’t ever want to have to do this again 🙈)
So yeah, that’s my excuse for barely interacting with you this week and for posting this a little later than usual. I did have a post prewritten, but of course I didn’t write an intro for it, so I figured I’d go ahead and do that now. Especially since many of you have been asking about how my exams went, anyway 😉 Thank you so much for all your good luck wishes, those really helped cheer me up!! 🥰🥰
Anyway, I’ve wanted to write a blog post about my favorite books for a while now, and even had a very sloppy draft written. But then I saw this absolutely amazing post that Ally from Ally Writes Things did, where she had people try to guess her all-time favorites, and I just knew I had to try this myself! I hope Ally doesn’t mind – you’d better go and check out her blog to make up for me stealing her idea!
So, in this entirely revamped version of my original post, I’ve given you brief descriptions of 25 books I absolutely adore. I tried to put them in order, but this is not a strict ranking, and there are also books I love equally that didn’t make it onto the list… However, the top ten – those are my absolute favorites, and I love them with all my heart and soul!
Also, if the books are part of a series and I have a definite favorite within the series, I only put that book on the list. It doesn’t mean I don’t also love the other books, but I didn’t want to swamp the list with just two or three series 😉
Let’s get into it, though! Try and see how many of these you can guess and leave your answers in the comments! Bonus points to whoever guesses right first 😉 I’ll give you about three weeks, so don’t worry if I don’t answer your comments before then. (Yup, I totally planned that to coincide with the end of my math exams – the next few weeks might be even crazier than this one, if I’m being completely honest… 🙄)
Also, I don’t really have a cool prize to offer, so I guess whoever gets the most right can pick a favorite book of theirs that I will then read and do a full review for! 😉 (Or you can just play along for the fun of it, too.) I hope you enjoy!
#1 An angsty teenage boy trying to defend the world from evil is portrayed as delusional by the media. There is lots of magic and knitted hats.
#2 Four sisters set up their father on awful dates to prevent him from getting remarried. The Aztecs and astrophysics play a pretty important role in this one.
#3 A young queen struggles to deal with the trauma caused to her kingdom under her twisted father’s rule. A thief, a grouchy librarian, and her blind cousin are among her closest allies.
#4 A girl doesn’t get married after all and is forced to fight to the death (again). Watches and bread are used to encode important information.
#5 A girl with purple magic switches places with her twin brother so that she can train to defend her realm.
#6 A brother and sister decide to adopt a boy but end up with a girl by mistake. They don’t return her to the orphanage, and she gets into a ton of scrapes.
#7 A boy goes on a government-sanctioned mission through an underground jungle to save his grievously ill mother. On the way, he forms a strong bond with a rat and is reunited with his kind-of-best-friend, who is willing to let him die in quicksand.
#8 A girl tries to stay holed up in her dorm room and writes lots of gay fanfiction. She worries how her dad is coping back home.
#9 The daughter of a general plays lots of piano and buys a slave who ends up instigating a rebellion against her people. She falls in love with him anyway.
#10 A family goes to a Swedish island on vacation. Eventually, the youngest boy ends up buying something much more important than ice cream.
#11 A bartender talks about how awesome (and obnoxious) he was during his childhood, while his probably-fae companion and a travelling writer listen.
#12 Has a pretty epic (and probably long-overdue) underwater kiss.
#13 A twelve-year-old writes a book and gets it published with the help of her best friend and her English teacher.
#14 Four children move in with their estranged grandmother after their mother has abandoned them.
#15 A young governess falls in love with the master of the house, who has some pretty disturbing secrets hidden in his attic.
#16 One day, a baby is sent to a very small island in a package. The baby grows up and ends up tearing his clothes a lot. Also, there are dragons in this book.
#17 There is also an abandoned baby in this one, but it is left in a bookstore (though that is also on an island).
#18 A blind French girl flees from the Nazis with her father, while a radio-obsessed German boy eventually becomes one of them.
#19 A girl spends the summer walking dogs because of something her dad allegedly did. She does meet a cute writer, though.
#20 A book about professional killers and a very philosophical AI.
#21 Lots of people with terrible secrets go to an island. No one survives.
#22 A house cat leaves his home behind for a very different way of life.
#23 A boy’s parents leave him at home with an awful baby-sitter who takes his new book away. During half of this story, the boy is asleep.
#24 Five children and a dog solve lots of mysteries during the holidays. The local police constable does not like them. I also adore a ton of school stories by this same author.
#25 People ingest metals to overthrow a corrupt government.
Do you recognize any of these? Keep those guesses coming!
And if you enjoyed this, let me know – I might do a part two or a similar post for my least favorite books of all time 😄
Update: Answer Reveal
I can’t believe it – I just finished my last written exam!!! Granted, it was absolutely horrible, but I am just soooo relieved this thing is over 😅🥳 I never want to go through anything like these past few months again, ever!
Anyway, I finally have the time to write again, so as promised: Here are the answers! You guys actually did really well guessing them; I’m seriously impressed!
#1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) by J.K. Rowling
#2 The Penderwicks on Gardam Street (Penderwicks #2) by Jeanne Birdsall
#3 Bitterblue (Graceling Realm #3) by Kristin Cashore
#4 Catching Fire (Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins
#5 The Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce
#6 Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
#7 Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods (Underland Chronicles #3) by Suzanne Collins
#8 Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
#9 The Winner’s Curse Series by Marie Rutkoski
#10 Seacrow Island by Astrid Lindgren (originally Swedish)
#11 The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
#12 The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson #5) by Rick Riordan
#13 The School Story by Andrew Clements
#14 Dicey’s Song (Tillerman Cycle #2) by Cynthia Voigt
#15 Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
#16 Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver by Michael Ende (originally German)
#17 The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
#18 All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
#19 The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
#20 Scythe by Neal Shusterman
#21 And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
#22 The Warriors Series by Erin Hunter
#23 Lippels Traum by Paul Maar (originally German; as far as I know, this book has not been translated into English)
#24 The Five Find-Outers and Dog Series by Enid Blyton
#25 The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson
Let me know if you’ve read any of these and agree that they’re awesome! 😉
Also, shoutout to Abby and Line – you guys definitely guessed the most correctly, so hit me up with that favorite of yours that I’m supposed to read in return! Seriously, how did you get this many right?