Top Ten Tuesday: Recommendations

Top Ten TuesdayOooh, it’s TUESDAY!  I’m off from work (yay!  I’m off *every* Tuesday!), and that means I get to sleep in and hang out with a bunch of top ten lists all day if I want!  Top Ten Tuesday is brought to us by the wonderful people over at The Broke and the Bookish!
This week we’re talking about recommendations, books we recommend the most.  This will be FUN!  I’m looking forward to others’ recommendations, as well!

Top Ten  Books I Recommend The Most

1.  The By the Numbers series by Janet Evanovitch–I LOVE these books, and while the last few have been kind of…meh, the first dozen or so are a HOOT, and a fun read.  I recommend these books to people who are looking for fast, fun reads.  I think my friend Susan put it best when she said “they won’t contaminate you”.

2.  Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake–I just…fell in love with this book from the first chapter.  Cas, as a character, was likeable and relatable, and the fact that he went around killing dangerous ghosts?  AWESOME.  I think I have only not recommended this book to one person, and that was just to say “yeah, don’t read this before bed…”

3.  Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate) by Gail Carriger–this is probably the strangest book on my list.  Not because it’s steampunk, or deals with werewolves and vampires, but because I did not like the book.  I read the entire thing, and I liked the characters, I liked the storyline, I just…hated the way it was written.  I’m not a huge fan of Victorian area writing styles (the insistence on calling people by their last names and the overwrought descriptions) just drive me bonkers.  However, I know that there are people out there who like all of that stuff, and for them, Soulless and the entire series would be GREAT books for them, just…not for me, unfortunately.

4.  The Many Lives of Lilith Lane by EV Whitney–one of my favorite reads from last year, Lilith was originally an Amazon serial, but is now available in both ebook and hard copy forms.  I picked up the free first issue, and loved it so much I went out an immediately bought the serial.  I loved each installment, and I recommend it to people who are looking for something new/a new author to read.

5.  unEnchanted by Chanda Hahn–I got this for free of off the Kindle store, and it’s the story of a girl who happens to be descended from the original Grimm brothers–but they brought a curse down on the family, and each descendant is destined to relive each fairy tale until one of them completes every single one.  Mina’s father was the last Grimm to succumb to the curse, and now it’s Mina’s turn.  A great book for people like me who love fairytale retellings.

6.  The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon–one of my favorite series, EVER.  I love the characters, the settings, the storylines…everything about this series I love…well, except for The Firey Cross, but that’s what happens when you send a barely edited book to press…or at least that’s what I’ve heard.  The series starts out in post WWII Scotland, and covers the Jacobite rising, the 60s, and is now working on the American revolution.  LOVE seeing the world through Claire and Jamie’s eyes!

7.  Summer Sisters by Judy Blume–probably my all time favorite Judy Blume book, I read the covers off my copy practically.  It got lost in a move, unfortunately, but I remember several times reading it, then as soon as I finished the last page flipping back to the front and starting all over again.  It’s a great summer read, or for when you need a good tear jerker.

8.  The Anna Pigeon novels by Nevada Barr–set in the National Park system from Michigan to California to the very southern tip of Florida, you get to see the parks through Anna’s eyes.  These are great novels for anyone who loves the NPS, the outdoors, or mystery novels.

9.  The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough–one of my all time favorites, I’ve owned several different copies over the years as I leant it out and ended up rebuying it when I didn’t get my copy back.  My current copy is a coverless hardbound one that I “borrowed” from my last job and “forgot” to take back when I finished reading it (it was a decorative book on a shelf, no one even missed it).

10.  The Cabinet of Curiosities by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child–the first Aloysius Pendergast novel I read, I was fascinated by the story and the characters.  Now I devour just about anything these authors write, but I probably recommend this book more than any of the others because it was the one that made me fall in love with the series.


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  1. Yes to the Thorn Birds! Outlander is one series I just can’t bring myself to read, but lots of people have recommend it so I just may have to try the first book.

    • well, if you like historical romances, awesome redheaded scotsmen, intrigue, and time travel…you’ll love it. I think a new book comes out this year, and I’m super excited–it’s been a while since the last one!

  2. I love Janet Evanovitch. Will have to give that one a go 🙂

    • well, the By the Numbers series is the Stephanie Plum one…I just have a habit of calling it by its little known actual series title. 😀

      • Haha Ahah. *blushes* that makes sense! I haven’t read them yet. I have read ones like Metro Girl and some loose standing ones. I like to read as much of a series in one go as I can and it is tough to carve out enough time for all those books!

      • they go fast–I read the most recent one in less than 4 hours. Made me glad it was a library book and I didn’t shell out the hardback price!

  3. I’ve professed my Outlander love on your posts many times before, but I just have to chime in again — awesome pick! — I recommend that series a lot myself:)

    • Diana Gabaldon has ruined an entire generation of women…we ALL want our own Jamie Frasier!!

  4. Have you read Etiquette and Espionage By Gail Carriger? Its flipping awesome! I still need to read her adult series, so thank you for the kick!

    My Top Ten Tuesday!

    • I haven’t, but I’ve had a couple of friends who have, and they say that E&E is not written in the same style as PP, so I might actually like that one. I’m going to give it a try at some point. 🙂

  5. Thanks for visiting my blog!! You should definitely read Rebecca. It is one of my favorite books of all time.

    I’m not familiar with several books on your list. I will have to check them out!!!

    • I’m getting there–I need to stop reading my Kindle so much and pay more attention to my print books. 😀 It’s just so easy to pick it up, play a game, then read a chapter…then check facebook. 😀

  6. Although I have heard of some of the authors on your list, I have never heard of any of the titles, they sound fun though! It’s cool that you recommended Soulless even if you didn’t like in general, but think that others would, I haven’t seen many other people do that during this TTT. Thanks for the recs and stopping by my spot =)

    • I was sooo disappointed when I didn’t like Soulless…I liked the characters (Alexia was awesome), the storyline was neat and fresh, and I’d been dabbling in steampunk and liking it. It was just that darn victorian writing style that killed it for me. 😦 It seems like more and more people are getting into steampunk, though, and since I know that so many people liked it I can say “It really wasn’t for me, but I know loads of people who loved it, so try it!”

  7. I haven’t really heard of many of the books on your list but I’m looking forward to checking them out and to reading more of your posts in the future! Feel free to check out my TTT if you feel like it! 🙂

    • i read a lot off the kindle top 100 free, so I have some books on my list that you don’t see much. 😀

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