Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week, they post a new Top Ten topic and other bloggers respond with their own lists. I take part in this meme when I have something to say for the topic and I remember what day it is.
I like this week’s topic. I started reading YA books basically in elementary school, but there are a few middle grade series that I remember loving. I still have a lot of these books because I couldn’t get rid of them (I’m sentimental)–and I want my little sisters to read them and enjoy them. I don’t know that I’d reread these books right now, but I know I’d read them with my little sisters, or when I get older (if I want a break from the YA world).
1. Pandora Gets… series by Carolyn Hennesy
These books are perfect for fans of Greek mythology. The plot is a simple retelling of the Pandora legend: a preteen Pandora releases the seven sins and has to get them back with the help of her friends. They’re cute and quirky and I remember loving them (though I never finished the series because not all of the books were out yet).
2. The Roman Mysteries series by Caroline Lawrence
These books had really interesting character and mysteries. They managed to used adult concepts, plots, and characteristics without straying from their middle grade audience.
3. The Sisters Grimm (Fairytale Detectives) series by Michael Buckley
I LOVED these. So much fun to read–just dark enough to be interesting without giving me nightmares. I loved the concept of fairytale detectives (especially since they were descended the brothers Grimm) and a world where all the fairytales happen together.
4. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
Wow, I read these forever ago (first grade). I don’t remember much, besides that they were perfectly ridiculous and dramatic, and that I never found them to be that sad. I still remember that the writing style really affected me; it was probably some of my first exposure to stylistic writing with an interesting voice. (The seventh book was my favorite.)
5. Harry Potter by JK Rowling
Duh. This goes without saying. I did “revisit” these books over summer–and I doubt I will ever stop rereading them.
6. The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede
These books are so adorable! Girl power meets princesses and dragons and perfectly middle grade romance. Literally perfect.
A shorter Top Ten Tuesday than usual (Top Six, I guess), but these are the books I really recommend. 🙂