Top Ten Tuesday {1}

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists over at The Broke and the Bookish. They'd love to share their lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week they will post a new top ten list that one of our bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All they ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.
Top Ten Books I'm SO Happy Were Recommended to Me (all those books you probably wouldn't have picked up without a recommendation):

1. Raw Blue - I've never been a fan of contemporary fiction. I don't dance around the issue. So, when a book manages to set me off on a contemporary kick and compare my future reads to it, well, I'd say it's a winner.

2. Vampire Academy - I hate vampires. Truly. I've been told by a gazillion bloggers that I'm missing out though, so I decided to give it a go. I'm highly addicted now, and while I'm only on book five, I legit had to just drive out and buy it because I'm dying to know what happens next!

3. The Adoration of Jenna Fox - Something about the cover always turned me off, but so many good reviews and fabulous recommendations convinced me to give it a go. I'm SO glad I did.

4. The Hunger Games - I don't know why I waited to start the series. I think it was the hype, but I decided that maybe I should see what the hype was really about, and I died with glee. I read each book in less than 15 hours...straight. I'm a geek.

5. Pretty Little Liars - I hate the show, so giving the first book a try was a stretch for me. I was told it was entertaining though, so I decided to see for myself, and I was pleasantly surprised. It's not the best writing, but it's certainly entertaining!

6. The Lightning Thief - My good friend Amelia recommended this one to me, and I kept putting it off because it sounded so MG, which is kind of a hit or miss thing with me. Needless to say, it was a hit, ultimately, and I read the entire series in a matter of days. Love me some Percy Jackson.

7. Many Waters - I read this on a recommendation way before I started blogging because I desperately wanted to like Madeleine L'Engle but hated her other titles. A friend told me that the biblical context and love story might be my thing, and it was. I've read this book so many times that I've had to buy multiple covers because the cover keeps falling off.

8. Time Windows - This is one of the first books my grammar school english teacher recommended to me when she realized that I was reading a ton of books. It was above my reading level (technically), but I love it to this day.

9. Harry Potter - I'm obsessed, and I've made that common knowledge. That said, I didn't start book one until book two was already out because I actually made fun of my sister for reading the book. I thought it sounded stupid. She challenged me to try it, and I didn't want to back down, so I read it...BEST. DECISION. EVER.

10. The Art of Racing in the Rain - It's not the type of book I'd review on my blog, but this is one of those books that just stays with me all the time. It's beautiful and so so so sad.


  1. *gets out notepad* I'm definitely going to have to check some of these out! Thanks for the recommendations!
    (And I totally agree with you on Jenna Fox, Many Waters, and The Hunger Games--awesome books!)

  2. I actually read The Hunger Games from a recommendation from a friend and at the time didn't know about blogs so didn't know about the hype it was getting but it was also one I was really glad she recommended :) I was a bit iffy on reading the Vampire Academy but now since you seem to like it I'll give it a shot.

  3. Awesome list! Totally agree with The Hunger Games and Harry Potter -I had no interest in reading either and I read them out of mere curiosity; I loved both the series!

  4. The Hunger Games was recommended to me too and I am so glad it for it. One of my fave series. Also Raw Blue is a book I constantly recommend too everyone. Great list :)

  5. The Hunger Games and Vampire Academy were recommended to me too - by incredible bloggers. So okay, not 'personally' recommended, but when I first started reading book blogs I read all the hype and decided to give them a go. SO HAPPY I DID! Two of my favourite series <3 Have fun reading the rest of VA!

    And omg, I was the same with Harry Potter! I thought they were stupid and was a very loud non-fan among my friends until my grade 6 teacher made us read Chamber of Secrets for class and we did so many cool HP related things throughout the year. A decade later, I'm still a Harry Potter fanatic! It's been such a big part of my life.

  6. Excellent list- like you I resisted the hype of Hunger Games and Harry Potter- the advantage of waiting is that you don't have to wait a year and a half between books 1 and 2 like everyone else :)

  7. I used to be a huge Harry Potter fan. So huge that I was very active on the Leaky Lounge (anybody knows this site) and even worked as a mod there (not very long but still). I also wrote some essays about HP- related topics. Then I got the last book (preordered it and attended the midnight release in Edinburgh, imagine that!) and I fell out of love. Totally out.

    Hunger Games is one incredible series. I enjoyed it very much. Vampire Academy - not so much. It was better than the ordinary vampire story but somehow it didn't manage to charm me. I read the whole series, shrugged and moved on. I don't want to say why exactly because I might spoil somebody but if you want to know, just contact me.

  8. I still have Hunger Games on my shelf...but I vow to read it this year! Agree with Vampire Academy and Harry Potter...great books...:D I have been debating about Pretty Little Liars, the show is okay. Will have to check out the other books you have listed.

  9. I'm a little worried to start something so hyped like The Hunger Games because I won't have the time to really immerse myself in it they way I'd like to.

  10. Great selections - I haven't read many of them, but since they were recommended to you that means I should put them on my TBR :-)

    Great blog!

  11. I waited before reading The Hunger Games, what a mistake cos I sure loved and devoured that book :D

  12. Yeah Raw Blue! I know I never would have picked that one up if not for Linds and the tour, and I would have been missing out hugely. I just adored it:) I'm so glad you gave Vampire Academy a chance despite your issues with vampire stories!

  13. I've heard so many great things about Raw Blue! I haven't read Vampire Academy yet or The Art of Racing in the Rain but both are in my TBR piles!

  14. I've seen the VA books on a lot of people's lists and I totally agree. I never would have picked them up without blogger recommendations, but they're amazing, so I'm very glad I did.

  15. Oh such a great list. I am ashamed to say that several are either on my tbr or on my wishlist waiting for me to push aside review books and just read them!

  16. My mom recommended The Art of Racing in the Rain. It isn't what I normally read either, but I'm thinking of giving it a shot.

    Check out my list here

  17. Great list! Some of these are among my favorite books, some I've never heard of (but I'm adding them to my TBR list)!


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