Top Ten Tuesday (36)

17 Jul

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books for People Who Loved Graceling

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. It’s awesome. Every Tuesday, the lovely folks over at The Broke and the Bookish post a top ten list topic so that book lovers like you and me can pour over our shelves and make our own lists. You can check out all the other Top Ten Tuesday‘s on their site!


Book cover for Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Ahh, GRACELING. Kristin Cashore‘s book is mentioned frequently around these parts, only because it’s AWESOME. It’s hands down one of my favorite YA fantasies, and probably one of my favorite YA books in general. And basically, by using it in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, it gives me the opportunity to recommend other YA fantasies that have strong heroines, solid world-building, emotional depth, and all kinds of other goodies. I’m keeping this list to books that I’ve read. I KNOW that there are some kickass fantasies that would be great recs for someone who loved GRACELING that I just haven’t read yet (like SERAPHINA, SABRIEL, THRONE OF GLASS, THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS, etc. I know. That list is bursting with awesome. I’ll get to them, I promise.)

Terrier: Beka Cooper #1 by Tamora Pierce. Seriously, if you like fantasies with butt-kicking, stereotype-defying heroines, you really must start with some Tamora. ANY Tamora will do, really. I chose the Beka Cooper series simply because Beka is more of an age with Katsa and Po, but honestly, Tamora. Just do it, ok?

Fire: The Graceling Realm #2 by Kristin Cashore. So, this one’s a little bit of a gimme. But I can’t leave it out. If someone came up to me and said, “OH MY GOD GRACELING IS THE BEST EVER! I want MOAR!”, I would have to tell them about FIRE.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. This one is a little different. It’s a different kind of fantasy, but a fantasy all the same, and Puck Connolly? She’s ACE, one of the better YA heroines in my opinion because she’s got this great quiet strength. Katsa is an ass-kicker. Puck is just resilient and determined. Same idea, different execution. BOTH outstanding.

Wildwood Dancing: Wildwood #1 by Juliet Marillier. THIS book. SO legit. It’s a retelling/mash-up of the Twelve Dancing Princesses fairy tale, along with a little bit of The Frog Prince, and some vampires. It’s fantastic. Intense, with a strong-willed, smart, complex main character in Jena. I’ve not read enough Marillier, but this one was excellent.

Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby. Because middle grade heroines can be the bomb, too! Solveig is as tough, smart, courageous, and selfless as they come. Also, VIKINGS. I will say no more.

The Demon King: Seven Realms #1 by Cinda Williams Chima. There are technically two main characters in this series: Han Allister and Raisa. They are both wonderfully well-rounded and complicated characters, with lots of difficult choices to make. They are both often called on to get themselves and others through a tight spot or a thorny issue with high stakes. This is a great series, guys.

East by Edith Pattou. This book is kind of magical. It’s a retelling of a folk tale, “East of the Sun, West of the Moon,” and it’s fabulous. Kind of dark and gorgeous and emotional. But Rose, the main character, is stellar and strong, with lots of personality.

The Goose Girl: The Books of Bayern #1 by Shannon Hale. Another book that is often on my mind. Shannon Hale is FAB. Her books are FAB. THE GOOSE GIRL is the MOST fab, in my opinion, because it’s just so wonderful. It has one of the best opening lines: “She was born Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, and she did not open her eyes for three days.” I don’t know. Something about it just grabs me every time.

Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman. YO. Girl pretending to be a boy in an Asian-inspired fantasy world where dragons are spiritual entities that can be called and controlled by people with special gifts. This series is SO EFFING FANTASTIC, I can’t even begin to tell you. There’s very little doubt in my mind that fans of GRACELING would love this book, and it’s sequel, EONA: THE LAST DRAGONEYE.


13 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday (36)”

  1. This is the same TTT that we picked at my blog, too! Great minds think alike :-). We OBVI have some Tamora Pierce and Elisa from The Girl of Fire and Thorns. Now I will have to read the rest of your list, since I know they will be up my alley. Love this post.

  2. beckireads July 17, 2012 at 9:48 am #

    Any list that has a Tamora Pierce rec on it is totally brilliant in my opinion 😉
    Great list! I haven’t read Graceling (the cover looks amazing), but I will have to check it out and some of the other books on your list.

  3. Alexa Loves Books (@alexalovesbooks) July 17, 2012 at 9:59 am #

    I love your suggestions! Eon/Eona especially – that series has a very special place in my heart. And yes, agreed… ANYTHING by Tamora Pierce is worth a read!

    Also, read Sabriel because it is AWESOME. That is all.

  4. Candice July 17, 2012 at 10:04 am #

    I would have NEVER thought to suggest Wildwood Dancing to someone who liked Graceling! But yeah… I can see it! I haven’t read most of these, but since I loved Graceling I’ll totally have to check some of these out!

  5. megtao July 17, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    I approve of this topic. A+

  6. Brittany July 17, 2012 at 11:50 am #

    Oh yes, perfect! I JUST finished Graceling so this is perfect, perfect timing! Time to go to Goodreads and add these to my list! 🙂

  7. barefoot_med_student July 17, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

    I’ll have to read Graceling first… I haven’t been able to find it anywhere.

  8. Kailia July 17, 2012 at 3:09 pm #

    I love Graceling so these are nice recommendations! My brother recently read all the Cinda Williams Chima books that are out so I think I need to start them soon!

    ~Kailia @ Reading the Best of the Best

  9. April C (@booksandwine) July 17, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

    Hi. We have scarily similar taste in books. Legit I put Wildwood Dancing and The Goose Girl on my list too, although mine was for Fairy tale retellings.

    ALSO I LOVE EONA with all my soul. Same with Fire and Icefall.
    I have East sitting in my house waiting to be read. Ahhh.

    Also please read The Girl Of Fire And Thorns like, yesterday.

  10. Alyssa July 17, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

    Friend! I still have to read Graceling!! The fact that you mentioned Marillier in this TTT means that I NEED TO READ ALL OF THESE BOOKS RIGHT NOW!!! I have also been meaning to pick up The Goose Girl for AGES. Great list choice!!

  11. Angela @ AJ Arndt Books Blog July 17, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

    I’ve seen Graceling pop up on a few lists this week. I’ll definitely have to look into that one.

  12. Randi M July 17, 2012 at 7:15 pm #

    Great list! I’m so glad you mentioned Eon – I hadn’t heard of it before, but I’m adding it to my list. Thanks! 🙂

  13. Sharon (Fictionally Inclined) July 17, 2012 at 8:07 pm #

    Yes! It makes me happy that more than one person picked Graceling for their topic this week, because I’ve been searching for good books that have a similar feel. I’m going to have to check these out. Thanks!

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