Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Books For People Who Like Melina Marchetta

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. It's a weekly meme featuring
book-related lists. This week's topic is 10 8 books, in no particular order, I think people should read if they like Melina Marchetta's novels.

(Note: I decided on only EIGHT books because it had already taken me 2 hours to pick these.)

- Pan's Whisper by Sue Lawson: Guess I should start off with an Aussie book! When I read this book's synopsis, I got Jellicoe Road vibes from it for some reason. That just made me want to read it. Now, don't expect another Jellicoe Road, but it is a heartbreaking and beautiful story.

- Something Like Normal by Trish Doller: I can't help but to recommend this amazing debut, since the main character Travis and his love interest Harper were inspired by Jonah Griggs from Jellicoe Road! It was an emotional and raw read. I read it weeks ago and still think about it.

- Where She Went by Gayle Forman: Another lovely book that made me cry. It's eerie and awesome how much this book reminded me of The Piper's Son. Well, Adam reminded me Tom. They could totally be friends. And guess what? Gayle and Melina think so too!

- The Queen's Thief by Megan Whalen Turner: How can I not recommend this series to fans of the Lumatere Chronicles? Melina is the reason why I read this series, and I'm so glad I did! My top favorite is The King of Attolia. It's badass, hilarious, and made me 'squee!' so much.

- Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar: If you love Melina's contemporaries for their maturity and rawness, then I highly recommend Raw Blue. Most Melina fans, including myself, love this book. It's a heartbreaking but hopeful story. What makes it even better is that it's completely Australian.

- Graceling by Kristin Cashore: My favorite in the Graceling Realm series. After reading Finnikin of the Rock, I remember thinking that whoever likes Graceling should read FotR. So now I'm going to say the same for those who liked the Lumatere Chronicles: Read this book!

- A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley: Another favorite Aussie book. I know Graffiti Moon is most recommended, but I have such a soft spot for this book! It made me smile so much. A bit lighter than Melina's contemporaries, but still leaves an impact and has beautiful writing.

- To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee: This is more of a "OMG this book was mentioned in Jellicoe Road!" type of recommendation; however, it is such an amazing coming-of-age and thought-provoking read. Favorite classic I've ever read. And two words: Atticus Finch.

Any Melina Marchetta fans out there agree with any of my recommendations or have any of their own recommendations? I would love to know! Hardcore Melina Marchetta fan right here. :D


  1. Those look like some really interesting books, I will have to check them out. Great list.

    To Kill A Mockingbird is an awesome, powerful book :)

  2. I love Melina Marchetta! Yes, I do. And yay for recommendations who like her writing style. Thank you!

  3. Awesome list! I loved Jeliicoe Road so I'll have to check out a few of the titles on this list I haven't read yet - Graceling was so good!

    Tanya Patrice

  4. I LOVE Melina Marchetta! I've read a lot of these on your list and loved them too. I still need to get my hands on Raw Blue. Fabulous list!
    My Top Ten

  5. I have never heard about Melina Marchetta, but I loved Where She Went from your list, so I will check her out from GR. :)

  6. What a great list, Alexa! I loved Graceling and yes, it did have a similar vibe to the Lumatere Chronicles. Adam and Tom from Where She Went and Piper's son felt very similar too! Loved both those stories with a passion! I need to read A Little Wanting Song (I have a copy)! I read Graffiti Moon and was gaga over it. Not enough hours in the day to read everything I want. Great post Alexa! :)

    1. I hope you like A Little Wanting Song too! :D

  7. Whaaaa??? Travis was inspired by Jonah? What the heck am I waiting for? MUST.READ.NOW. I need to get Pan's Whisper!

    1. Yep! :D I thought that was pretty cool. :) Hope you enjoy it!