Top Ten Tuesday (3): Books I Recommend the Most

The topic this week is Top Ten Books I Recommend the Most. Working in a bookstore, I pretty much recommend books all day long... which makes it that much harder to narrow this list down! Gah! I'm going to assume that most of you have already read The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and The Hunger Games... but if you haven't, READ THEM NOW! I'm also making that assumption just because it helps me add a smidge more to this list. Well... here goes nothing!

Here are some of the books I find myself recommending the most (in no particular order):

1. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan (MG/YA) - I know, I know. I'm cheating again... but I do recommend this a lot! Frankly, I recommend everything he's written, not just this series. They're all SO FUN! Adventure! Humor! Mythology! Kids who kick some serious butt! Not to mention this series (and it's companion series, The Heroes of Olympus) contains one of my favorite couples ever.

2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (YA) - This book is so... it's just so amazing! It's a hefty one at over 500 pages, but it's well worth it. If you're looking for a different kind of historical fiction novel based in Nazi Germany (I mean, it's narrated by a surprisingly funny character... Death!), definitely read this. You'll laugh, you'll cry and you'll certainly cherish this novel.

3. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (YA) - I read this book before I read Anna and the French Kiss (which I also recommend to anyone who can read), and after I finished, I couldn't stop talking about it. It was so much fun and the relationships in this book are so touching and sweet. I simply can't get enough of these characters and this wonderful story! If you want something fun and flirty, read ANYTHING by Stephanie Perkins!

4. Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready (YA) - This woman knows how to write! Talk about amazing! If you're in the mood for an excellent trilogy filled with love, music and ghosts, you simply MUST read this series! This one can be a bit steamy (and there is some language in it), but it really is a stellar series. Not to mention, the Team Kilt community is one of the BEST you will ever find. Love them!

5. The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede (YA) - This isn't technically cheating, as I have this series in an all-in-one copy. I read these back in high school or junior high and I instantly fell in love with them. There are four books in this fantasy series and it's supremely hilarious. I'm serious! If you want a fun, light, hilarious fantasy series with lots of colorful characters and ridiculous situations, give this a go. I haven't met a person who has read them and didn't fall in love.

6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (Fic) - I can't express fully how much this book has touched my heart. It really is one of those timeless novels that seep into your heart, making a permanent home there.

7. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (Fic) - This book was such a surprise for me. I read it in one of my book clubs and I couldn't get it out of my head. It's told from the perspective of a dog who wants to be a human more than anything. He believes that if he's a good enough dog in this life, he'll be reincarnated into a human in the next. Isn't that adorable? This is a touching, thought provoking novel that definitely made me think about what it means to be human. (warning: adult language and some adult situations)

8. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (YA) - Again, this is another instance in which I recommend everything by this author. I mean, she has pretty much everything you could want! This particular book is one I recommend to people who want something completely different from anything else they've ever read. (my review)

9. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale (MG/YA) - Remember how I have a few authors I say I recommend everything by them? Yeah, Shannon Hale is another one. The Goose Girl is the first I read of hers and I was instantly hooked. I'm a fairy tale retelling junkie and Shannon does such an excellent job with this one. This is the first book in an amazing series, as well.

10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (YA) - I'm kind of cheating here, because I don't recommend it to everyone. It has some language and deals with some tough topics, but if a reader can handle that, I definitely point them to this book. This poignant book impacts me differently every time I read it. (my review)

Which books do you find yourself recommending over and over again?!

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  1. I so agree with what you said about Percy Jackson! Rick Riordan is simply amazing, isn't he? The Book Thief and To Kill A Mockingbird are also popular picks for today's TTT. I seriously need to read them.
    I've read Anna and the French Kiss but I haven't read Lola yet and I'm looking forward to reading it since a lot of people liked that book. :)

    Here’s my TTT


  2. I loved To Kill A Mockingbird. There are a few on your list that I still need to read. Great list.

    My Top Ten

    Sabina @ Delirious About Books

  3. I have Chbosky's book and The Book Thief on my list as well -- I love both. I happily recommend Perks, but I'm also cautious since it's not meant for everyone. To Kill A Mockingbird is another great book, and one of my favorite school-required readings. Wonderful list!

  4. I've also got The Book Thief on my Top Ten.

    Have a great week!

  5. Maggie Stiefvater's Scorpio Races is on my TBR list. I loved The Raven Boys #1 and now I want to read everything she has written.

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  6. Perks of Being Wallflower is so good, I really agree!

    My Top Ten Tuesday!

  7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower..Yes!! It made my list, too!

    How could I have forgotten about The Art of Racing in the Rain?! And I am currently reading The Book Thief and am absolutely loving it!!

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  8. I adore To Kill a Mockingbird! :) My TTT list: http://aliceinreaderland.com/2013/03/25/mostrecommended/

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

  9. It saddens me to say that I have neither seen nor read Perks of Being a Wallflower. I should probz get on that sometime, because I know I am missing out!

    My Top Ten! :)

  10. I'm with you on To Kill a Mockingbird - I find myself reading that twice a year at least! I keep meaning to pick up The Book Thief - been wanting to read that for ages!


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