Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Recommend the Most

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the awesome peeps over at The Broke and the Bookish , where they suggest lists of all sorts of things to share and we come together to broaden our bookish surroundings!

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Of course, as many of you other bookish people, I have many more than just 10 to recommend, but I was able to contain myself. Though if you happen to be looking for a recommendation on a genre that isn’t on my list, feel free to ask away!  I am constantly in the mood for different types of books (this explains my need to read 2-3 books at the same time) so I’ll be listing a few different genres here in no particular order, for others like myself that like to look for a slightly specific book recommendation.

IF I Stay by Gayle Forman & The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Tear Jerkers: So for anyone who takes me up on these two, you should also buy it along with a box of tissues. I would recommend these to anyone in the mood for heavy hitters.  They deal with love and loss on different levels, that my heart both hurts and smiles just thinking about them.(You can also check out my review for If I Stay)

Divergent by Veronica Roth

For someone looking for a real good dystopian, I would definitely point them in this direction, so much action with real solid characters. But most of you probably know this already…

Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

This one made me feel, angry, sad, and happy sometimes all at the same time while laughing!  Yes, it is possible to feel them all at the same time, if you doubt me, pick this one up and see for yourself =).

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

One of the most beautiful worlds I have ever been transported into is located right on the pages of this book.  This place is so beautifully vivid that I still find myself wishing that I could live in The Night Circus.

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

A light, sweet book that I would recommend to anyone that wants a contemporary romance YA quick-read.  I could be biased, because I practically grew up in San Francisco, and my boyfriend currently goes to Berkeley, and my favorite holiday is Halloween, but still, it’s an awesome book! 😉

Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk

If you saw my last TTT, you saw that Mr. Palahniuk’s books were also on that list, because I love his eccentric stories.  This was actually the first book of his that made me fall in love with his way of story telling.  As with most of his stuff, it is at times unnerving, funny, and makes you think odd things about yourself.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas & Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Who doesn’t love a book where the MC is a girl that can kick-ass and hold her own in a world dominated by men!?(<- if you don’t, come talk to me, we’ll fix that ;)) These next two are great, action-packed, adventure/fantasy novels that I would recommend to both gals and guys alike.

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

I wanted to recommend the entire Inheritance Cycle, but I’m only ¾ done with it… I will to get on that!  But seriously great high fantasy stuff right here, with unexpected twists and turns!  This is the only one on this list with not much romance, but with all of the other aspects of the story, it’s really not necessary!

Hopefully I was able to help you find something that you may like! Let me know what’s on your TTT list if you have one! If you don’t have your own list,  are there any I suggested that you may add to your TBR pile?!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I HAD To Buy…But Are Still Sitting On My Shelf Unread

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the awesome peeps over at The Broke and the Bookish , where they suggest lists of all sorts of things to share and we come together to broaden our bookish surroundings(BTW, you can vote for them for best meme, just follow the link on their page)!

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Here they are at a glance(but continue on for a little more detail=))

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So I have wayyyyy more than 10, but I will restrain myself!  There may be a bit of a trend with books here, cause I got a lot of them as gifts(but I still HAD to HAVE them), both because my friends are THE BEST, and because we use this thing called Elfster for our Kris Kringle exchanges, that shows what you want, and many of these titles are it! I’m gonna start from the bottom of the stack, cause I’m feeling a little backwards today=)

The Diviners by Libba Bray

This is 1/2 books on this list from my amazing friend Aiza, that I received for Christmas.  I’ve heard so many great things about Libba Bray and have been wanting to get to this, but it’s such a big brick of a book that it’s hard to carry around with me, and I take BART practically everyday and my purse and lunch bag are big enough as is.  But I will find a way!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

This gem was part of a bundle my boyfriend gave me for Christmas as well (How he remembers almost everything I say IN PASSING, I will never know) But I love creepy stories, and every time I saw the cover of this it would give me the chills, and after I read the synopsis, I wanted it even more!

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I got super lucky when I found this and bought it at my local library(even though I do this all the time, it’s still a strange concept to me, lol).  There are so many good reviews for Gillian Flynn in general, and I like to have a good dark story every now and then, so I HAD to pick this one up.

The Promise of Stardust by Priscille Sibley

OK, so on top of seeing a LOT of adds for this everywhere, I found a signed copy of it at Target(of all places…) and yet again, I HAD to get it.  I have to be in a particular mood to read tragic stories such as this one, so it might be a while before I read the darn thing…

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo & The Girl who Played with Fire by Steig Larsson

*note:I’m lumping these two together since they are part of a series, so technically I am within the TTT realm =)*The first installment of this series I got from my friend Steve for Christmas two years ago!  That’s right, my poor, poor, beautiful book has been sitting on the shelf for much too long! The second installment my boyfriend gave to me along with the DVD, cause I really liked the movie.  That’s why they’re not matching… But a few of my friends raved about the series, and like I said, they usually know what I like, so even if I didn’t get them as gifts, I would have gone out and grabbed em’!

The Secret Life of Germs by Philip M. Tierno Jr.

Until now, I don’t think that I have ever told anyone that my favorite subject in college was Microbiology.  Yes, I am a bit of a nerd.  When Borders was closing down, I hit the shelves, and saw this and clutched it tightly at a distance(if that is possible), because I am a germ-o-phobe!

The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories-volume 2 by HitRecord

Book 2/2 given to me by the awesome Aiza! I know there is no excuse to not have read this already, cause it’s such a quick read… Yet, there it is sitting on my shelf.  I LOVED volume 1(also from Aiza, do you see a trend here…) It’s amazing how something so small can hold a gigantic amount of beauty, so that makes this yet another HAD to HAVE!

Pygmy by Chuck Palahniuk

Snuff by Chuck Palahniuk

Rant by Chuck Palahniuk

Do you see that bundle all wrapped up pretty with my name on it?! You should have seen it on Christmas Day 2 years ago, my friend Jessica is one of the most creative when it comes to the wrapping of gifts, and this was definitely no exception! But let’s get back to the books… I know when it comes to Mr. Palahniuk most people either hate him or love him, and I am part of the latter.  One of my goals is to real all of his books, and I think I’m a little over half way through with them, so I must get going on these!

Ohh myyyy, if you think this is a whopper of a list, you should see the rest of my shelf =(… But what’s on your list, let me know or link it to me! And if you have any suggestions on which of these should be bumped up on my TBR pile just holler it out =)!