Top Ten Tuesdays: Books I Really Liked But Can’t Remember Anything About

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and is currently hosted on That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week’s topic is ‘Books I liked But Can’t Remember Anything About’. For most of the books on my list, this is probably just because it’s been so long since I’ve read them, not because the books weren’t good, and this won’t be in any particular order. So, without further ado…

10. The Chronicles of Narnia

narniaI think everyone’s heard of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and I was a massive fan of this book as I child… I just don’t have a clue what happened in any of the other books. I do remember that my interest in the series faded as the series went on, so that might have something to do with it.

9. Inkheart

inkheartI remember loving this book as a child. What I don’t remember, is the plot. Not one single thing.

8. I Am Number Four

i am number fourThis is another book where I started to lose interest as the series went on, but I really enjoyed the premise overall. I know this book has something to do with aliens, but apart from that, I’m unsure what happens in this book.

7. Beautiful Creatures

beautifulBecause of the film, I remember the basic plot of the first book, but I can’t remember any of the events of the rest of the series. I would re-read this series, but I remember being heavily disappointed with the finale, so perhaps I’ll give it a miss.

6. The Darkest Minds

darkest mindsWhy don’t I remember this book??? It’s sitting on my shelf right now, and I know I’ve read it, but I can’t remember anything apart from the fact that it features teenagers with powers. Once I get through the monster that is my TBR pile, I’m definitely giving this a re-read!

5. Chaos Walking Trilogy

I’ve made it very clear on my blog how much I love Patrick Ness, and in particular this series, but most of my memories of the series comes from the first two books. With regards to Monsters of Men, I don’t remember anything except for the very ending. Since the anniversary of the series is coming up, I am definitely going to give this a re-read.

4. A Dance With Dragons

10664113Have you ever watched a film or TV adaptation that has completely wiped your memory of the book it’s based on? Because that’s the case for me and Game of Thrones. As both the show and the books have progressed, they’ve gone further apart in terms of plot, making it more difficult to separate both in my mind. Since I’ve watched the show more recently, the events of the show are more ingrained in my mind than the books.

3. The Infernal Devices

Yes, yes, I know. I’ve been very vocal on my blog about how much I love The Infernal Devices, which is true, but, again, a lot of memories are from the first two books in the series. Out of all the series on this list, I remember these the most, but another re-read of this series is definitely in order.

2. Throne of Glass

13519397So, Tower of Dawn was released a few months ago, but I couldn’t read it, because I forgot a lot of what happened in the previous books. This tends to happen with me a lot, especially with a longer series, so I’m going to wait till the final book in the series is released, then read the whole thing.

1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

order of phoenix

This is probably the most surprising for me! This goes back to the Game of Thrones problem where the film is more ingrained in my brain than the book. I know there are a lot more details in the books than there are in the films, and Harry Potter is at the top of my list of books/series I need to re-read.

I’m curious to know what others would put on their lists, so leave your thoughts in the comments!

Top 10 Tuesdays: Series Openers

Personally, I love a good series – the longer, the better – but I think in order for a series to be really successful, the first book needs to be strong enough to make you want to read on further. Some series start off ok and get gradually better, but this list will feature series openers that had me hooked immediately. I’ve changed my mind at least ten times trying to come up with this list, but without further ado, here are my choices for the top ten opening books of a series!

10. Red Rising – Pierce Brown

I’m not necessarily a massive fan of Science Fiction, but Red Rising was one of the first books to get me interested in the genre. I struggled for about the first 30 pages in Red Rising, but after that, it was non-stop action that had me fully engaged.

9. Throne of Glass – Sarah J. Maas

I am a big lover of Fantasy, and Throne of Glass didn’t disappoint. I loved Celaena from the first page, and was fully immersed in the world that Sarah J. Maas created. I loved some of the books more than others, but I think Throne of Glass was a great introduction.

8. A Darker Shade of Magic – V.E. Schwab

Having read A Conjuring of Light very recently, this series is still fresh in my mind. Again, being a Fantasy fan, I was already intrigued by the premise of parallel Londons, but Victoria Schwab executed this concept really well. A Darker Shade of Magic was a lot of fun, and the series just gets better and better.

7. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

Ok, so if you haven’t heard of The Hunger Games by now, you’re probably living under a rock. This was one of the first YA novels I read, and The Hunger Games was filled with action, with a concept that I thought was really interesting. While Catching Fire is my favourite in the series, The Hunger Games did well in introducing the series.

6. Illuminae – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Illuminae is one of the most unique books that I have ever read, and another sci-fi novel that got me interested in the genre. The series isn’t even finished yet,  but I have high hopes for the final book in the trilogy, since Illuminae and Gemina have been so good.

5. Clockwork Angel – Cassandra Clare

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love me some Mortal Instruments, but I definitely feel that The Infernal Devices is a stronger series, with Clockwork Angel being a great introduction to the series. Tessa makes for a compelling protagonist, and the setting of Victorian London really added to the story.

4. The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness

This was not just my introduction to the Chaos Walking trilogy, but my introduction to Patrick Ness, and I am glad to have discovered both. The Knife of Letting Go had such an interesting concept, with characters that stay with you long after it’s finished. And a bonus: it’s being made into a movie, starring Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley!

3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling

Whaaaat? Why isn’t Harry Potter first on this list, you may ask? While the Harry Potter series is and always will be my favourite series, I wasn’t fully hooked onto the series until I read The Prisoner of Azkaban. Still, The Philosopher’s Stone is a magical story (literally) that does really well in setting up this world and the characters.

2. Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

This is a weird one because I haven’t even read Crooked Kingdom yet, but I was so blown away by how much I enjoyed Six of Crows. I loved the characters, I loved the world, and I loved the plot. And the book ended in a way that has me dying to know what will happen next.

1. A Game of Thrones – George R.R. Martin

Just looking at that Winds of Winter book cover has me dying to know when the next book will come out! But, without further ado, my favourite series opener, is A Game of Thrones. I put it first on my list because it’s filled with rich characters, set in a well-developed world, and packed with twists and turns. Fantasy is my favourite genre (I think I’ve said that a billion times now!), so this book and series was perfect for me, and the icing on the cake? Dragons!

What about you? What are your favourite series openers? Comment below if you agree/disagree!