Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Rec the Most

This is a weekly meme hosted by the girls over at The Broke and the Bookish


Well, here are the ones that I pretty much always tell people to read.

1) The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling-Yeah, unoriginal. But you'd be hard pressed to find someone who doesn't get SOME enjoyment out of this series. It's one people should read at least to get the pop culture jokes.

2) Tortall series by Tamora Pierce-Alanna was the original badass female fantasy character in YA fantasy. I know you think I'm kidding, but I'm seriously not. There were next to no kick-butt female characters in YA fantasy when Tortall started. You had some in the middle-grade books, but in YA? Not so much. I'm willing to bet many authors writing the characters such as Tris from Divergent or Katsa in Graceling were influenced by Tortall as well as Pierce's other series Circle of Magic.

3) The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien-A lot of people make the mistake of reading Lord of the Rings before the Hobbit. You should read the Hobbit first. It's easier to start with. It's one of the funnier LotR books, and it helps you ease into the world of Tolkien better then Fellowship of the Ring in my opinion.

4) His Dark Materials Trilogy by Phillup Pullman-I don't understand the resistance to this trilogy and I never ever will.

5) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee-If you like the Help, please read this.

6) The Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray-The best of YA historical fantasy; only rivaled by Bray's newest series The Diviners.

7) The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins-Proof that you can write smart pop culture entertainment in YA. This is one of those that has something for everyone and lots of mass appeal and as a bonus is well written.

8) Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan-Great for reluctant readers, especially middle-school boys. Plus, a great way to introduce Greek Mythology because the author does pay a lot of attention to the myths themselves without stomping over the original material for plot's sake (so happy that for once Hades is not the bad guy, nor is he made out to be this gorgeous hunky guy which is so so common in today's Greek retellings)

9) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen-Great one to ease people into the classics and show that they aren't that scary.

10) Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones-My favorite old-school type high fantasy writer. All her stuff is great. But Howl is probably her best book.


  1. Libba Bray is so amazing! I can't believe I forgot to put Percy on my list...probably because those books sell themselves. They don't need any help from me. Here are my picks http://wp.me/pzUn5-1sn

  2. I loved Howl's Moving Castle. great book, super fun movie. And very happy to see His Dark Materials on your list!