Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday

This is a neat weekly feature over at a blog I really enjoy, The Broke and the Bookish.  They read books similar to some that I've been reviewing, and they're fun and they write well.  Totally worth checking out!

Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling Me That I MUST Read

I'm actually pretty good about picking up books that friends and family recommend to me, so some of the books in my TTT post I've read recently.  Some are on my shelf waiting for me.  (If I've already read them, you'll be able to link to the review by clicking on the book title.)

1. I feel like the entire book blogging community has been telling me to read Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins.  I haven't even read the first two!  When so many bloggers write so much about a book, I get a little apathetic.  I feel like I already really "know" the story then, and I'd have to read Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door first.  It's on my TBR list, but it's not urgent.

2. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd.  Recommended by my sister-in-love, and I loved the book! 

3. If I Stay by Gayle Forman.  I thought I was ok not reading this.  It's short and I've read a ton of reviews and synopses.  But I'm so glad a coworker recommended it!  Yes, it's short, but the author does a lot with those pages.  Amazingly well-written; a pleasure to read, even knowing the ending.

4. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.  I've had a review copy forrrreeeevvvver but haven't read it it.  And everyone and their uncle is book-blogging about how great it is.  I need to get on this one asap!

5. Taliesen and its sequels by Robert Lawhead.  The hubby has moved from recommending it to demanding that I read it NOW over the last few years.  I'm currently reading The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind and will be starting Taliesen next.

6. Falling Together by Marisa de los Santos.  Another sister-in-love recommendation.  I truly enjoy her recommendations, because they're always books that I'd never have picked for myself that turn out to be brilliant.

7. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba with Bryan Mealer.  Recommended by my aunt.  I'm about halfway through.

8. More Libba Bray.  I have a coworker who loves love loves Libba Bray.  She finds it confusing that I have read only The Diviners.  So I've added the Gemma Doyle series, Going Bovine, and Beauty Queens to my TBR list.

9. Manga--specifically Naruto or Dragon Ball-Z.  My teens tell me I need to read these.... I've been a "bad" library employee and have yet to pick one up.  Reading manga is so foreign to me!

10. Climate Changed by Philippe Squarzoni.  Recommended by my aunt.  I'm still on the holds list for this at my library.


  1. I love that you put ISLA on this list even though it's only a week old. :D It's one my soon TBR list. I can't wait!

    My TTT Post

  2. Of all the Libba Bray books, The Diviners looks most like the kind of book I'd like! I haven't read The Secret Life OF Bees, but I HAVE read The Invention Of Wings and I absolutely loved that book!

    Thanks for dropping by on my list :)

    Katrina @ Chased By My Imagination

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  4. I've seen a lot of Steph Perkins books not only in TTT but also in Stacking The Shelves. But surprisingly, no one of my friends recommended it to me. Hahaha. As for your other books, never heard of them.

    Sorry, need to delete my other comment. My other comment from a previous blog was pasted as well. Hahaha.

    Charlotte @ Thoughts and Pens

  5. Beauty Queens and other Libba Bray books have been recommended to me, so I need to read those. I read We Were Liars, so my opinion is you're not missing out ;) I DNF'd it!

  6. You're the first person to say that they DNF'd We Were Liars! Now I don't feel quite so bad for not reading it yet. I was a little wishy washy on The Disreputable History of Frankie Banks, so I wasn't sure whether I'd like We Were Liars.