Recommending books can be stressful–especially when you’re continuously trying to win over converts to the “Written Word.” But this week’s Top Ten Tuesday assignment asks for our go-to recommendations and our commentary that go with them. Here are mine:
10. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein – If you’ve wanted your whole life to read The Lord of the Rings but seem to never get around to it, try The Hobbit. Honestly, it’s my favorite of the 4. Is that blasphemous? It’s just a good time read with lots of adventure at a quick clip. And I’d choose Bilbo over Frodo any day.
9. Looking for Alaska by John Green – If you want to read another John Green book, but aren’t sure what, this is a good go-to. It won the Printz. It’s beautifully written with one of Green’s signature tropes. Basically, you won’t regret it.
8. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein – If you love dogs you have to love this! Even people that hate to read love Art of Racing in the Rain. Plus it’s relatively short so people will fly through it unexpectedly.
7. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – So much less fluffy than it sounds. Perfect beach read. Perfect read period. Especially if you’re contemplating any European travel.
6. Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan – Literary zombie book. I mean, even the title, right?
5. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher – such a great high concept premise, it sells itself. Suicide note, a message for each person that contributed to said suicide on each side of the cassette tape. I read this in one sitting. A great YA read for our generation of YA.
4. Divergent by Veronica Roth – If looking for high action and want to get on the YA dystopian bandwagon, this is a great place to start. You and your friends will be talking about which faction you belong to for weeks.
3. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver – This is my writer girl crush. This book is so unexpectedly good. Honestly, you wouldn’t expect a Groundhog’s day premise to take on such meaning. But Oliver captures high school perfectly. It’ll certainly bring back memories–though maybe not fond ones.
2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – Unreliable narrators, a dissection of relationships, plus a thriller. Unputdownable
1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – If you don’t cry during this you may be a robot.