Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish (click on the picture to visit their blog). A new Top Ten list is posted every week for fellow bloggers to participate in.
I’m usually a very organised person and tend to have things done in advance, but no such luck today! So in light of that, I can’t guarantee that this post will be to standard. After many revisions, I realised that, nowadays, I don’t really read that many ‘light and fun’ books, so I had to get a bit creative . In no particular order, my Top Ten is as follows;
1. The Gorgon in the Gully by Melina Marchetta – This may be a children’s book, but it doesn’t make it any less awesome. Not only is it a great, short and fun read, but it features none other than Danny Griggs.
2. Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley – I loved this book and I’ve read it several times. It does touch on some deeper issues, like family struggles and difficulties at school, but it’s told in a way that addresses the issues without making you feel depressed and heavy.
3. A Pocketful of Eyes by Lili Wilkinson – I read this for the AWW2013 challenge and I’m glad I did. I loved the characters and the storyline. I finished it and just felt happy. Definitely a go-to book when you want something to just sit back and enjoy.
4. Gift of the Gab by Morris Gleitzman – Although it’s been many years since I’ve read this book, I still remember how much I loved it. It’s aimed for a younger audience, but I don’t think that should stop you from reading it. There shouldn’t need to be age restrictions on things.
5. Life in Outer Space by Mellisa Keil – So far I have only read this once, but I vow to change this soon! This was probably my favourite read for the year so far. The humour in this book is amazing and I felt inspired to go and take a photo with a bar tender, so I would certainly put this on my ‘light and fun’ list.
6. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch – I um-ed and ah-ed about putting this on the list, if you’ve read it you will know why. If you haven’t…I guess *Spoiler Alert* although I don’t feel too bad saying this because it tells you in the blurb. Randy Pausch was asked to give a ‘Last Lecture’ at a University…he had also been diagnosed with terminal cancer. So it seems weird to put it on the list of ‘light and fun’ when it seems so depressing. But I didn’t find it depressing at all, I found it inspiring. I guess it’s not really ‘light and fun’, but I would specifically choose to read this book if I was in a bad mood because it would actually make me feel better. So that’s why it made the list.
7. The Magic Faraway Tree Series by Enid Blyton – Do I even need to explain this one?…
8. Paper Towns by John Green – I’m up to number 8 and I’m struggling to finish the list…but even still, I think Paper Towns deserves to be on it. Even if it’s just for the quintessential John Green dialogue. But it has a boy and a girl, a road trip, and Black Santa collecting parents. I think that’s enough to secure it’s position on the list.
9. My Sister’s a Yo-Yo by Gretel Killeen – I used to read this book over and over again when I was younger. I thought it was great. I’d recommend it as a light and fun read for a young person aged 10-12
10. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams – This is actually a ‘light and fun’ want to read. It’s been on my list forever, I’ve just never gotten around to it. I should do something about that.