Oooooh, you guys, this one is so freaking EASY! I don’t normally have it this easy with these lists! But seeing as I’ve made a ThriftBooks wishlist, all I had to do was look at that!
You know, I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this before, but I HAVE A FREAKING LIBRARY IN MY HOUSE and I’ve spent a good portion of this summer trying to build it up with some of my favorite books. This list is so absolutely perfect for me.
Maybe this is weird, but my particular quirk when it comes to buying books is that I need to have read it and loved it before I’ll buy it. I don’t buy movies without watching them first, so why wouldn’t I do that with books? I’m saying that to acknowledge that I’ve read all of the books listed below.
Top Ten Books I Want in My Personal Library
1. These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly
One of the absolute best historical mysteries I’ve ever read in my life. Dark, twisted, and haunting, I just have to have this. It’s been a few years since I first read this (and I haven’t read it again since), so I’m hoping that when I do reread it, it’ll be a brand new adventure again.
2. Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen
This is the second in the Scarlet series. I got the first book from Thriftbooks earlier this summer and I found the third in my library’s used book sale, so this is all I need to complete this series. And frankly, the second book is probably the best book. So I need to get on that.
3. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
I adore Maureen. I’m working on putting together a collection of my favorite books of hers and this series is near the top of that list. Hilarious, dark, and wicked, it’s something I could read over and over again easily.
4. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
I have the entire Vampire Academy series in my possession, but it was Bloodlines that really stole my heart. (I’m totally Sydney, even though I’d love to be Rose.) I’d love to have Sydney and Adrian’s story alongside Rose and Dimitri’s.
5. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
In my opinion, the Clockwork Angel series was better than City of Bones. I used to have City of Bones, but I took it to school for my students and someone ran off with it. So I’m just shifting gears and I’d rather have Angel instead.
6. Beauty by Robin McKinley
Ok, what self-respecting Beauty and the Beast superfan doesn’t have this classic on her shelf? It’s embarrassing. (Not really.) But I am trying to amass a collection of retellings that I enjoy and this would be absolutely fantastic for that.
7. A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
Have I mentioned before that I think stories about crazy people are interesting? This historical drama-ish thing is worth it. So twisted, so real. I’d love to add this to the other books I own that make people worry about my sanity. (Looking at you, Splintered.)
8. World After by Susan Ee
I have the first book in this series, Angelfall, and I need this one to built that series. I absolutely love rereading these books; I’ve read Angelfall like 3-4 times. So I know it will be worth the investment.
9. Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel
This futuristic zombie story with a Victorian flare is just a lot of fun. I enjoyed reading it when I stumbled on it years ago and I thought it would be fun to add to my shelf. Maybe next to my Poe books? Or perhaps next to Alice in Zombieland would be more appropriate.
10. Boundless by Cynthia Hand
This is another one I’m trying to get so I have the whole series. It’s kind of amazing how many series I’ve bought early books for but not the last ones.