Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books People Tell Me I MUST Read

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely folks over at The Broke And The Bookish.  Every week, bloggers from all over share their own top ten list based on the topic of the week.  You can find all Top Ten Tuesdays here.

Top Ten Books People Tell Me I MUST Read

If some of the books on this list seem familiar, it’s because some of them may have made my TTT for last week…as hesitant as I may be to read certain books.  Actually, consider this the list of books I need to read so I know what people are talking about, because that describes most of the books on my list this week.

  1. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.  As hesitant as I am to read it, I feel like it’s one of those books I need to read so I know what people are talking about.
  2. Eleanor And Park by Rainbow Rowell.  I’m even more hesitant to read Eleanor And Park, but it’s another one that I want to at least try reading because so many people have loved it that I need to read it.
  3. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare.  I have them so I’ll read them at some point, but people seem to love it more than Mortal Instruments, so I’m curious to see what else Clare has done in the Shadowhunter world (even if all of the planned series set in this world makes me nervous).
  4. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead.  This is another series where people seem to like the spin-off more than the original (or, at least, they seem to like it as much as the original series) so I’m definitely going to have to read it eventually.
  5. Just One Day by Gayle Forman.  Again, a lot of people seem to love, so I’ll have to read it one of these days.
  6. A Discovery Of Witches.  I’m fairly certain this was recommended to me at some point (I wish I could remember who) and while I’m feeling too lazy to see what it’s about, I’ll definitely have to read it.
  7. A Confederacy Of Dunces.  It’s come up as a topic of conversation with some friends quite a few times, and while it wasn’t recommended to me specifically, I feel like it’s another one to read someday.
  8. Pretty much anything by Sarah Ockler.  Unlike my list so far, I’ve actually gone ahead and included an author as opposed to a specific book.  But again, she seems to be someone people love, to the point that I want to see why so many bloggers seem to like her.
  9. The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau.  I’ve seen it reviewed quite a few times, and I’ve been curious about it, especially since it seems like reviews are mixed.  But it still seems right up my alley!
  10. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde.  My friend Heather recommended this one a while ago (come to think of it, I’m pretty sure she recommended A Discovery Of Witches) and I’d really like to read it someday!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’d Recommend To People New To YA

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely folks over at The Broke And The Bookish. Every week, bloggers from all over are invited to share their own Top Ten List based on the topic of the week.  You can find all Top Ten Tuesdays here.

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Top Ten Books I’d Recommend To People New To YA

I’ve been wanting to do something like this for a while, so this is the perfect time to actually do it.  One day, I might even get around to putting together an expanded list, but for now, this is definitely a good start.  It’s no secret I love YA, and so it seemed like a good chance to talk about some of the great YA books out there.  I’ve decided to leave off some of the more obvious choices in favor of some books that are equally as awesome as the Harry Potter and The Fault In Our Stars of the world.

Contemporary:

  1. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.  I love Laurie Halse Anderson so much, and if I have to recommend just one book by her, Speak is it.  She has a way of making you relate to the characters, even when what they were experiencing is so completely different than anything you’ve been through.
  2. Hate List by Jennifer Brown.  I can’t recommend this book enough, and it’s a haunting look at a school shooting and its aftermath.

Paranormal:

  1. The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa: I love her take on fairies, and how some fairies have come out of technology.
  2. Wings by Aprilynne Pike.  This is another book that has a great take on fairies.  These fairies are more plant-like, and are grouped according to seasons.  And they even bloom once a year!
  3. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White.  I love that Paranormalcy has a lot of different elements of a lot of paranormal books out there.  And Evie is just hilarious.

Dystopic & Science Fiction:

  1. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld.  I LOVE this trilogy and I really wish it got the attention some of the other dystopic trilogies got. I liked how Tally managed to overcome every surgery performed on her.
  2. The Adoration Of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson.  I liked that it’s about the ethics of science and medicine and when things go a bit too far.  There are two very different sides, and I like that Pearson doesn’t take a side.

Fantasy:

  1. Graceling by Kristin Cashore.  I really liked this world, and how people with really special abilities were shunned and exploited and feared.
  2. Crewel by Gennifer Albin.  I love that there is a group of women who can weave time, and I love that it’s a fantasy novel with some elements that seem science-fictiony.

Historical Fiction:

  1. Witch Child by Celia Rees.  Witch Child is pretty awesome, and I like how it’s told in diary format.  I also liked her escape to America to escape accusations of being a witch.  Plus, it’s hard (for me) to find historical fiction at the upper end of YA, so this is a great choice.
  2. Gilt by Katherine Longshore.  I love that this book focuses on Katherine Howard (better known as Henry VIII’s 5th wife) and her circle of friends.  This is a great addition to YA historical fiction.