It's Top 10 Tuesday (hosted at The Broke and the Bookish) and the topic is:
Top 10 Books I'm So Happy Were Recommended to Me1. The Trixie Belden Series
These are the books I definitely wouldn't have picked up on my own. But I'm SO freaking glad I did! Thanks for the recs, guys. Keep 'em coming.
Let's start at the very beginning, eh? My mom collected these books when she was a child and passed them on to me. I reread them each at least five times. Think Nancy Drew but BETTER.
2. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
I was searching for a new book for a family road trip, probably around age 11, when my dad walked up to me in the Barnes and Noble and handed me The Hobbit. "Read this," he said, then walked away. Have I mentioned lately that I LOVE coming from a bookish family?
3. The Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead
I've said this before, and I'll say it again: Have you seen those covers? I'm definitely guilty of judging a book by its cover, so it took me forever to read these. I'm so glad I finally did.
4. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
My dear friend Jamie sent me this one for Christmas. I hate books about death, but thank goodness she sent me this one. It's about so much more than that. A beautiful read -- review to come next week!
5. The Summer Series by Jenny Han
Have you met Ginger? If so, you know she's a little, um, obsessed. And rightfully so! Glad she introduced me to the gang at Cousins Beach. A great summer read.
6. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
A co-worker at my old job told she'd started reading this and couldn't put it down. I went to the bookstore after work that night and stayed up all night reading it. Bring on the movie!
7. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
This book gets off to a slow start -- everyone agrees on that. Thankfully, I'd been warned by the many, many bloggers who rave over this book to plow my way through. Give it a go, and stick with it. Worth it!
8. One Night That Changes Everything by Lauren Barnholdt
Another rec from Ginger. If you like Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist-type books, or anything contemporary, try this one. I adore books that unfold throughout the course of an evening.
9. The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
This book was recommended to me by my best friend Ali in this post. She knows her stuff. Check it out.
10. Any book my book club made me read
Oh my god, I can't believe I'm admitting this. Look, I don't read about 85% of the books. But when I do, I'm usually happy I let them push me out of my comfort zone. (Friends who are reading this: That does not mean you are allowed to make me read any more non-fiction books about serial killers. I MEAN IT.)
Now, this week I have a few books to read that were also highly recommended: Mostly Good Girls by Leila Sales (Carla) and Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King (Jamie). Let me know if I've ever recommended a book that you've read and enjoyed -- I'd love to know!