Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books I Most Recommend

It feels good to be doing a Top Ten Tuesday again...I have obviously been in a blogging slump lately, but I feel like I'm moving out of it now. Hopefully. I think. Writing yesterday's review at the library over the weekend was lots of fun (except for the creeper who sat down at my table) and I'm beginning to feel that urge to write ALL THE REVIEWS!! :) Because, uh, I haven't stopped reading in this slump and I now have a huuuuge list of books to review. Heh. Anyway, on to the Top10! These are 10 books that I would absolutely recommend to almost anyone.

1. Harry Potter. I know, I'm so predictable. But seriously, I would recommend it to kids, adults, readers, non-readers, wizards, muggles, anyone.
(want more HP funs? check out my pinterest board!)

2. Anne of Green Gables --definitely the first one, if nothing else. Young girls with big imaginations will love this one.

3. The Thing About Jane Spring --I recommend this one all the time. It's a little-known book but is super cute and I think it would make a great movie. Jane is a no-nonsense lawyer who doesn't understand why she can't "get" a man. After a Doris Day movie marathon, she decides to do a complete overhaul of her life and it goes from there. This book is part of the reason I'm so excited to read Going Vintage, because they sound very similar.

4. Cannery Row --if you're going to read Steinbeck, skip Of Mice and Men and The Pearl...read this one instead. There's no puppies or women getting accidentally killed, no babies getting stung by scorpions, no one shooting their best friends in the back of the head for their own good. You still get the good part of Steinbeck with all the descriptions and feelings but none of the bad Steinbeck.

5. Anna & The French Kiss --one of the best contemporary, young adult, romances around right now. If you haven't read it, here's my non-spoilery review. (And have you been living under an Internet-less rock??) And if you have read it, how about checking out my favorite bits? :)

6. To Kill a Mockingbird --everyone should have/want to read this book. It's still one of the most important and relevant stories young people should hear.

7. The Book Thief --along the same lines as TKAM, this book has such an incredible message. The BEST word shakers were the ones who understood the true power of words...She was renowned as the best word shaker of her region because she knew how powerless a person could be WITHOUT words.

8. The Baby-Sitters Club or Sweet Valley or any books you read as a young child/early teen. :) There's such comfort in knowing a book or series by heart and knowing it will always be there for you. Another one for me would be The Hunky-Dory Dairy. Or maybe Christopher Pike, with his teenage sex and murder books and cheesy, neon, 80s-tastic covers lol.

9. Morganville Vampires --this is one of my favorite supernatural series. Vampires? In Texas? Yes, please! :) And I just realized I am 3 books behind yikes! 

10.Strangers in Paradise --This is truly my favorite graphic novel series and you are missing out if you haven't read it. Terry Moore has a knack for getting into your heart and twisting it all up. He is a master storyteller of relationships, love, hate, women, revenge, deceit, and so much more. Katchoo and Francine will be some of your most loved characters after this. I highly, highly recommend this one and encourage you to take advantage of the new omnibus set he is releasing in July. You can preorder it on his site and if I had an extra $100, I would order it in a heartbeat. 


  1. Great Top 10! The Book Thief is on my list, too :) I loved Anna & the French Kiss, too, and I'm ashamed to say I still haven't read Anne of Green Gables :( Hopefully this year I'll read it finally...

    1. I just read Anne this past December, so don't feel too bad. :) Thanks for stopping by!

    2. Hahahaha ok :) It's just that I loved the tv series when I was little, and I've wanted to read the books since then, but I never seem to get around to them :)

  2. What a great variety - 100% agree with 'Harry Potter.' You can never go wrong there.

    I am interested in this 'Morganville Vampire' series. I will have to check it out.

    Happy Reading!
    Book 'Em's Top Ten

    1. Thank you! :) Yes, try Morganville, they are great!