Top Ten Tuesday : 10 Shades of Love


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic, probably in light of the fact that this Friday is Valentine’s Day, is:

Love – a freebie, any topic you choose

Well, I do tend to bang on about not reading love stories or romances but then when I look at my own shelves I do read more of it than I think, or at least books that aren’t all just about love but do have a romantic theme at their heart.  Here are 10 books that immediately spring to mind, I will warn you upfront that not all of these were favourites.  Some definite ‘Yeses’ and some positive ‘Nos’:

  1. Maybe not the most popular starter but given the title I had to go their – The Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer.  Well, I confess, I loved this series and I know it’s become one of those things that people now seem to deny liking but what can I say –  I loved this series – okay, maybe not the fourth book – but the first three, yeah, I couldn’t get enough of them.  I might not feel the same if I reread these now but at the time I totally swept up by the whole thing.
  2. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare – this is another series that I simply inhaled at the time.  Looking at this in the cold light of day, I don’t think this would be a series that I would pick up today – I don’t tend to read as much YA and I have become very tired of love triangles – but at the time this was very entertaining – although I never got on board with all the other spin off series.
  3. The Poison Study series by Maria V Snyder.  I finished the final instalment in this series not that long ago and thought it concluded on a really good note.  This is a series that just worked very well for me.
  4. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.  Bloody hell I loved this series, although, I don’t think I ever concluded the full set. I got as far as No.6, a Breath of Snow and Ashes and I could have sworn that was the conclusion of the series (at the time) and yet it now appears there is a book 9 in the offing – who knew!  Did I mention that I live under a rock.  I’m not sure that I would continue reading these, I did love Jamie but at the same time I quite like the ending from No.6 and if I picked up the following books and didn’t enjoy them, well, it would probably taint the whole series for me.  Ostrich?  Who me ?? I have completist issues.
  5. The All Souls Trilogy (A Discovery of Witches) by Deborah Harkness. I’m going to go with the unpopular opinion on this one.  This series didn’t work for me.  I found the first one okay, I quite liked it in some respects in fact, or at least it started well but then seemed to keep spiralling down, but Matthew got on my last nerve and so although I read the second book it didn’t work out for me at all.  Matthew was too controlling and he came across as one of those characters who everyone seems to wax lyrical about being so fearsome but when push comes to shove he’s about as much use as a chocolate teacup.  He’s one of those chaps who seems to do a lot of growling with the overall notion of ‘hold me back’ or ‘there’ll be hell to pay’ but his bark seems worse than his bite (pun not intended).  Sorry, it’s just me, but I wanted to flick him on the nose.
  6. Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey.  I love this series so much.  Phedre and Joscelin are the most amazing couple, the world building is fantastic, the storylines are thrilling.  I.  Love.  It.  The end, goodbye.
  7. The Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris.  I read all of these, ngl – I was a bit disappointed with the ending – but, overall an entertaining series that maybe just exceeded it’s welcome a little.  Good fun though.
  8. The Princess Bride by Williams Goldman – more a silly adventure than romance but I do feel this should make the list.  And, it’s one of the rare occasions that I love both the book and the film.
  9. The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross.  A fairytale retelling of one of my favourite stories – Beauty and the Beast – told from the beast’s perspective. I really enjoyed this one and should give it a reread at some point.
  10. In conclusion – I had to go there, given the title, Twilight and the fact it’s fanfic – 50 Shades of Grey by EL James. Yes, I got caught up in all the hype and the fact that everyone seemed to be reading this, plus fanfic for Twilight so I wanted to check out what all the furore was about.  Seriously, this book was not for me.  If you loved this, I’m not having a go, it’s all personal choice at the end of the day, but this is a book that I would have liked to throw across the room.  Nope, no sirree.




31 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday : 10 Shades of Love”

  1. evelynreads1

    I really should continue with the outlander series! It is such an enjoyable series!

    My post!

    • @lynnsbooks

      It is enjoyable – I can’t get over the fact that I thought it had concluded!
      Lynn 😀

  2. Holly

    I totally agree with you about The Princess Bride–both the book and the film are fantastic!!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know right – I never expect to love the film quite as much but in this case I really do.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Barb @ Booker T's Farm

    Great list. I may not be a fan of the Twilight series now and joke about how I prefer gritty vamps over ones who sparkle, but I can admit that when they came out I devoured them. I never did like Bella though and I was always team Jacob. I also joke that I would have liked Jacob and Edward better as a couple than Edward and Bella. Because I could see Bella in them, 50 Shade didn’t work for me either although I read the first because I was curious. I loved the Sookie books but again, enough of Bill. Eric was fine but Pam was my fave. I am one of the few who was thrilled at the ending, but then there was the whole shifts into a dog aspect.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha, yes, I never thought of that but I guess you would be loving the end of Sookie with Sam being a shifter and his given form a lovable pooch. And, yes, Eric was definitely fine. lol
      Lynn 😀

  4. Tammy

    I love what a mixed list this is😁 I’m also a fan of Twilight, although really just the first book for me. It was the best!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Well, now you mention it, yes, the first book was the best. The fourth book I’ve tried to block from my mind.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Prachi

    I am on your side of the readers with thoughts on All Souls Trilogy. I really liked the author’s style of writing and how she mixed real historical facts in this fantasy series, but the romance did absolutely nothing for me.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, the romance – meh! But the historical aspects and her writing – I didn’t really have any complaints.
      Lynn 😀

  6. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Kushiel’s series by Jacqueline Carey is one of the sagas I’m most curious about, to the point I could even take the risk 😀 😀 of reading something with romantic overtones…

    • @lynnsbooks

      I love the Kushiel series, Phedre is such a great character, and Joscelin – and in fact the baddie of the series is also incredibly memorable. It’s a series I have a great deal of affection for, which isn’t to say it’s everyone’s cup of tea but it really worked well for me.
      Lynn 😀

  7. aquavenatus

    Thank you for compiling this list. It’s annoying when the public “forgets” that there are other/previous books related to the current “popular” reads (some of which, has better and more believable love and sex scenes). Yes, I said it!

  8. justonemorepaige

    I have low key wanted to read Kushiel’s Dart for awhile – I don’t usually see reviews/comments on it, so I appreciate you incorporating it on this list. I’ll pop it up to wanting to read it medium key. Haha.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Well, if it helps, a heck of a lot of my blogger buddies love Kushiel’s Dart – certainly the first three books. Really great world building and the characters are ver good.
      Lynn 😀

  9. Greg

    Ooh The Princess Bride. 🙂 And I’ve heard good things about the Kushiel’s books. The All souls trilogy sounded kind of good to me, concept- wise, but I’ve heard before that Mathew was a bit of a jerk, so not sure about that one haha. Great list!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Mathew just annoyed the heck out of me – I read the second book (annoyed at myself for doing so) just simply because I couldn’t resist the period it was set in but I liked it less than the first.
      I loved the Kushiel books and never miss an opportunity to recommend them.
      Lynn 😀

  10. Fran Laniado- Author

    A lot of people thought that the 6th Outlander book was the end but it’s not. It was never intended to be. Diana Gabaldon ended the 7th book with about 5 cliffhangers to avoid people thinking that again! She has said that the series will have 10 books in all. Only 8 have been published so far, but supposedly the ninth will be out later this year or early next. IMO there’s some great stuff in books 7 and 8 that it would be a shame to miss…

    I had a similar reaction to A Discovery of Witches. I thought the first one was just OK so I haven’t read the others yet. I’ll get to them eventually. Sorry to see you didn’t think it improved much…

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks for that -I’ll maybe give No.7 a try – although it’s been quite a while since I read 6. I really did think it was over 😀 (and if that was the ending it didn’t feel like a bad place to conclude things).
      A Discovery of Witches – I felt it had some really good points but Matthew got on my nerves so much and in fact when the two of them got into a relationship they were both annoying. I did read the second book, I was so intrigued by the whole going back in history and in particular the period they were going back to that I couldn’t resist – but I really didn’t enjoy that book.
      Lynn 😀

      • Fran Laniado- Author

        I was intrigued by that too, so I’ll might give that a try, but if I’ve read the first two books, I’ll probably feel pressure to finish the trilogy at that point!

    • @lynnsbooks

      by the way – tried to return the visit but can’t find you on the link to your comment – could you drop me a link some time? (I think this must be a problem that is local to me because it’s happened to me a few times just recently)
      Lynn 😀

  11. pagesandtea

    I remember really enjoying the Twilight series at the time. Some of those books were really long but I didn’t mind carrying the hardbacks around because I just wanted to know what was going to happen.
    I must get back to Outlander. I read the first book and I definitely wanted to carry on, but then I watched the tv show and somehow haven’t returned to the books yet.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Outlander – I watched some of the show and thought it was really well done in terms of the books. I loved the first book so much (was on holiday at the time) that I had to go and find a bookshop to buy the next two books. I did go off the boil a little and I genuinely thought No,6 was the conclusion -not sure I’ll continue because 6 was a good finishing point I thought at at the time.
      And, yes, Twilight – I loved it at the time, I was thinking about it the other day and trying to understand the strange phenomena surrounding it, the crazy desire to rush out and buy the next book and read it almost in one sitting and then the almost all-encompassing feeling of not have liked it at all. The only thing I could come up with was the films. The first one in particular – it felt a bit silly and it didn’t really quite capture the real essence of the book and I think it made me think ‘mm, was the book really like that’ – anyway, I don’t know.
      Lynn 😀

  12. waytoofantasy

    I loved Twilight too! Sometimes you can’t help what you love lol

  13. jessicabookworm

    Lynn, I also got swept away in The Mortal Instruments and Twilight books, although I found the fourth Twilight book all a bit too far fetched and rather silly, but agree I loved the first three. I actually also enjoyed the All Souls Trilogy, however I wouldn’t go as far as saying I loved it.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Lots of people loved the All Souls Trilogy – I’m in the minority with that one 😀 I prefer to forget about the fourth Twilight book altogther – blot it completely out – otherwise, yep I did love the first three (although the first was my favourite).
      Lynn 😀

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