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This week’s Top 10 is a freebie, and I came across this topic a while ago, so am excited for the opportunity to finally write this blog post. The books I love most, I actually often don’t review, because I’m not sure what to say beyond a paragraph of gushing. Some of the books in this list I also read before I started my blog, hence they didn’t get a review.

Top 10 Tuesday was originally created by The Broke and the Bookish, but has now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. If you’re interested in taking part click here.

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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – I could actually list every one of her books here, because I’ve never written a review for any of the ones I’ve read. She is one of my favourite authors and I love the world of the Shadowhunters she created.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – I read this series before I started my blog, I think. Now that I know the story inside out, it would be hard to review in retrospect!

A Streetcat Named Bob by James Bowen – I didn’t write a review for this book because it’s not my usual genre. I don’t really read memoirs or autobiographies, so wasn’t sure what to say in a review. But I did love this book and would recommend reading it.

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Cygnet duology by Patricia A. McKillip – I can’t remember much about this duology, as it’s a few years since I read it, but I remember loving it. Patricia McKillip is one of my favourite authors. She writes such rich fantasy novels.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson – This is one of my favourite books. I read it as part of research for my dissertation, so didn’t have time to review it when I read it. The lyrical, metaphorical writing style is so engaging and manages to show the subject matter in a sensitive and enlightening way.

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Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff – Like Speak, I also read this book while at university, as part of research for a short story submission. The novel is written in verse and tells a very engaging story.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J. K. Rowling (illustrated edition) – The illustrated edition of this book is absolutely gorgeous. I remember trying to read the original copy of the book years ago as a child, and wishing there were illustrations to go with it. So I absolutely had to have this book when it came out. It didn’t disappoint. The illustrations are so creative and really bring the book to life.

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Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy – This is my favourite classic, of the ones I have read so far, even though it has quite a tragic story. I remember being really drawn in by Hardy’s writing style.

Poison by Chris Wooding – It’s been such a long time since I read this book; I really need to re-read it. Chris Wooding writes such imaginative books.

Rebel Heart by Moira Young – I reviewed the first book in this trilogy, Blood Red Road, when I first started this blog, but looking back, I don’t appear to have reviewed the second or third books. I remember thinking the first book was the best, but still loved the sequels too.

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