Top Ten Books People Tell Me to Read
Hey y'all!I’m here today to do Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by the lovely ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they choose a different topic and bloggers pick ten reads related to the prompt. This week’s prompt? Top Ten Books People Tell Me to Read!Because I blog, a lot of people assume that I've read pretty much everything out, so most of my recommendations are from other bloggers! Aside from that, I normally don't get too many recommendations for myself. (I'm used to giving books to other people.)Because of the paucity of those recommendations, I don't necessarily have ten that people often tell me to read. I do, however, have ten that have been recommended to me in the past or that I've discovered through other blogs.1. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta | GoodreadsRecommended by: Willa from Willa's Ramblings
If you know Willa, she talks about this book nonstop. It took me ages to read. The second I sat down to read it though, I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly it went by. It's a thick book, but you want to savor it. The boarding school shenanigans, poignant questions of parenthood, and startlingly sweet romance are perks of a YA classic.
Reut practically forced me to read this one - she got it for me for my birthday, so I was obligated to read it. This was one of the first classics I read for pleasure, and Salinger's readable voice was really great. Caufield's bitter perspective and overuse of "damn" created an interesting character and narrative that I'm happy to say I've read.
I actually won this one in a giveaway, and fell head-over-heels for the world that Matt Myklusch created. This is hands-down one of my favorite favorite middle grades and I can't recommend it enough. Myklusch actually has a 2015 book coming out from Egmont that I can't wait to get my hands on!
4. The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider | GoodreadsRecommended by: Carly
This was one of my favorites of the year, and I borrowed it from a friend. Ezra was an awesome character and the bittersweet relationships, broken hearts, and adventures scattered throughout the novel were winning. It's a marvelous book.
5. The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro | GoodreadsRecommended by: Riley
A rich thriller steeped in history, this book is a love letter to art. From the fascinating processes of copying a painting to a masterful appreciation of works, it was especially interesting to me because I was going through AP Art History at the time and could recognize some of the pieces. It's great.
Steph recommended this one to me at BEA. She talked up the buzz and immediately sold me on the book; especially being a twin, the almost symbiotic relationship between the two souls was heartwarming and thoughtful. The action, dystopian-esque world, and other details fleshed out an excellent start to a series. And Steph's awesome, so you should check out her blog if you need a new one to read!
7. Dreamland Social Club by Tara Altebrando | GoodreadsRecommended by: Kristi from The Story Siren (no longer blogging)
This is one of my favorite books of all time. I was lucky enough to catch the eye of Kristi Diehm while starting out and she was so helpful. She sent me a few books, had some talks with me that I'm now incredibly grateful for, and I ended up adoring this book. It's vivid and encompassing, a book that stays with me constantly.
8. Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho | GoodreadsRecommended by: Doni from Penguin
Bitter, gritty, and strangely compelling, Althea & Oliver is wry and textured. The culture of the '90s is present in the pages and the bizarre relationship between the namesakes - Althea and Oliver - was complex. It was a little sad, but adventurous, and I ended up enjoying it much more than I thought I would. It's like Alaska Young came to life in the pages.
I'm not normally a heavy sci-fi fan. If I read sci-fi, I prefer it to be mostly rooted in our own world a la Origin and devoid of alien life or other freakier imaginations. The 5th Wave is definitely a little dark and very much a science fiction read, but the hurdling pace and stunning backstories create a well-choreographed explosion of a book.
10. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness | GoodreadsRecommended by: Mrs. Henson (previous English teacher)
It took me two tries to get through the book just because of the pace, but the passion for academia and slow-building action were irresistible pulls. It's definitely a book you can escape into, and that's something I appreciate. It takes a while to read but it's worth it; if you're interested in starting to read adult but don't want to let go of the YA feel, it's a good paranormal transition.