Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday #17

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week's topic is book recommendations.  What are the top ten books I recommend to people the most?

This topic actually wasn't as easy as I thought it would be.  I love recommending books, but I rarely ever recommend the same books to different people.  I usually choose the book based on what I know about the person I'm recommending it to - their reading habits, their favorite genres, their likes & dislikes.  So I had a hard time figuring out which books I tout the most, but I think I've done it.  I'm pretty sure the following are the ones I've pushed more than any others.

Top Ten Books I Recommend the Most

  • Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen  -  A classic love story that all other romances try to live up to.  Witty, romantic, and engaging, this is one of my favorite books of all time.
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte  -  Another one of my favorites, this Gothic novel has romance and mystery and intrigue.  Plus, I love the gruff, anti-hero Edward Rochester.
  • The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien  -  I am always telling people to not just watch the movies, but to read the books for the best Middle-Earth experience.  Tolkien's writing is rich and detailed, and his characters practically come to life in those pages.  This is also probably my favorite trilogy... ever.
  • Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier  -  Mysterious, romantic, full of secrets and betrayal, Rebecca is a must-read.  It's the perfect book to curl up with during a thunder storm.
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green  -  I always warn people to have a box of tissues at hand when reading this book.  Beautiful and heartbreaking, this is definitely the book I recommended the most in 2012.
  • The Reluctant Widow by Georgette Heyer  -  If you're like me and like sarcastic banter, then you would love this book.  I already love Heyer's witty dialogue in her other books, but she really outdid herself in this novel.  And it's also a mystery, which is a plus for me.
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins  -  This is another trilogy I always tell people to read if they enjoyed the movie.  The movie can only cover so much, and these books have so much more to offer.  Team Peeta!
  • The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan  -  I love Rick Riordan and his mythology series, but I prefer his Greek/Roman series to the Egyptian one.  I recommend this to anyone who loves mythology or fun adventures or reading in general.
  • Austenland by Shannon Hale  -  The idea of a resort where you can live like an Austen character sounds amazing to me.  Add in some romance and humor, and you've got this awesome book that I'm so in love with.  I just hope the movie adaptation does it justice.
  • Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones  -  I love both the book and the movie adaptation, and I recommend them both.  But the book is definitely my favorite.  The way it pokes fun at classic fairy-tales, as well as its humorous story and dialogue, makes me readily lend this book to anyone looking for a laugh.


  1. Your first four are some of my favorite books. I have been meaning to read number 5 as I have seen so many wonderful reviews. Great top ten!

  2. Howl's Moving Castle is on my list as well. And, I just started the The Percy Jackson series and I can understand why people love it so much.

  3. I need to read Howls moving castle. I cannot wait to read it! Thanks for sharing!

    My Top Ten Tuesday!

  4. Honesrtly, TFiOS should just come with a tissue box attached. THE TEARS ARE INEVITABLE!

    I just bought The Lord of the Rings books today so I am excited to dive in. I haven't even seen the movies but I know it is something I'll love if I just give it a chance.

    My Top Ten! :)


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