Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday - Must Reads

Happy Tuesday! As a book blogger, I recommend books to people all the time (more now than before, since my friends and family actually come to me for recommendations now). Most of the people in my life don't read half as much as I do. Okay, no one in my life reads a quarter as much as I do, so when one of them recommends a book to me, I definitely check said book out. Of course with my never-ending TBR pile it's difficult to just pick up one of these books, but they've all made it on my to-read list and I will get to them eventually. The ones that are recommended to me the most are:

10. Anthem by Ayn Rand
Who recommended it: My teacher-friend, Amanda
This was recommended to me by a co-worker who is also a psychology professor at our university here. She's crazy smart so I'm a little afraid to read this. She knows my love for YA dystopia and tells me that this is an "original" dystopia, unlike any I've read thus far, but like I said, she's crazy-smart and I'm unsure if this one will just go right over my head.

9. The Sweet Gum Tree by Katherine Allred
Who recommended it: Author Jay McLean
This has been recommended to me by a book group I'm a part of, specifically by an author I'm a huge fan of, Jay McLean. However, I'm a bit of a cover snob, so I'm having a hard time getting past that. I did buy it for Kindle last week though!

8. Any book by Colleen Hoover
Who recommended it: The More-munity (book group)
I read one Hoover book that I really enjoyed, Maybe Someday, and one that I didn't enjoy all that much, Slammed. The same book group that recommended Sweet Gum Tree recommends every Hoover but my success rate right now is only 50%. I think I'm going to try Hopeless though - we'll see how that works!

7. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Who recommended it: (everyone - the bookish community)
There was no one person to recommend this to me, it's one that basically everyone says I need to read like right now. I definitely want to and it's sitting on my shelf just waiting! I'll get there.

6. The Selection by Kiera Cass
Who recommended it: My cousin Melissa
My cousin loved this series and repeatedly tells me I should read it. I have it on my to-read list on Oyster, so that's a start, right?

5. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Who recommended it: My friend Fabiana
A good friend went so far as to buy me this book for Christmas last year - it's one of her favorite books ever. I really do need to get around to reading it.

4. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Who recommended it: My former boss at a shoe store
My boss read this years ago and she absolutely loved it. She offered over and over to lend it to me but I always had something else going on book-wise (as usual). She's even gotten a little ticked off at times because I simply am too busy to read it, but I do want to. I'm intrigued... I'll get around to it.

3. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Who recommended it: My cousin Melissa
My cousin and her boyfriend constantly talk about this book and ask me if I've read it yet. I plan on reading it for the movie, but they are downright obsessed. Rightfully so, from what I hear, but it's certainly a lot of pressure.

2. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Who recommended it: My Outlander-obsessed friend Jill
Not only does the bookish community demand that I read this (it's a show now), but my former co-worker and good friend Jill is obsessed with this book. She actually told me that it's almost the only book she ever reads (I did get her to read the Hunger Games once). She's re-read Outlander countless times (she was holding it last time I saw her) and has threatened me with bodily harm if I don't pick the damn book up and read it. I will, Jillian, I will. Promise!

1. The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
Who recommended it: My fiance, Sean (a total non-reader)

My fiance doesn't do books like I do. He listens to audiobooks (which is totally fine) and "reads" about 1 per month. He picked up this book for me one day (he likes to pick out random stuff he thinks I'll like by the cover and blurb). I noticed that the ratings were not amazing, but I wanted to read it, especially since he bought it for me. He went so far as to download the audiobook so we could read it together. Yeah... then I was just too busy, then I hit a slump, then I had to catch up. Now I have it on my calendar for the end of the year and Sean has read all three. I will get to it, my love, I swear. (Did I mention that he no longer believes me when I say that anymore? Haha oops!)

What books have people been recommending to you as a must read? Do you want to read them or are you just nodding and smiling and moving on? Have you read any of the ones on my list so far? Would you also recommend them or have any opinion on them? I can't wait to hear from you!


P.S. Did I mention I was having a giveaway? You can enter to win a paperback copy of Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare below. The giveaway is US Only (sorry!) and it ends on Monday, August 25, 2014, at midnight! Good luck and thanks for stopping by :)


  1. I've had people recommend Shadow and Bone to me as well and same with the Outlander series. I definitely want to get to them. Someday. ;)

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  2. Read Shadow and Bone! Definitely one of my favorites. Maze Runner was great, too, but the other books in the series didn't do much for me. But it's going to be a movie! And thanks for the giveaway :)

  3. I've been told to read anything by Colleen Hoover too! She has so many I don't even know which one to read first!

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  4. Ula @ Blog of ErisedAugust 19, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Ooooh The Testing is good! I need to get to book 2 soon.
    I must read Hoover yet, and Atwood as well, both recommended to me over and over.
    Same goes for Bardugo, Dashner and Harkness, all three sound great and I have to read them asap.
    I wasn't too happy with Cass' books, a huge let down because they're barely dystopian. They read well but make little sense sometimes, and love triangle is making me furious just to think of it...
    Ayn Rand is so so for me, I heard both good and bad of the author so I'm torn... :D
    Happy reading!

  5. As you could see Shadow and Bone and Hopeless are on my list too. BTW thanks for stopping by my blog.

    I really liked the Maze Runner and the second book was amazing as well but the third totally disappointed me. I love The Selection trilogy and while The Elite wasn't as good as the first book, The One made up for it. :)
    Unfortunately I didn't like A Discovery of Witches but I heard that many loved it, I hope you'll too. :))

  6. I would love to read the Outlander series, especially now that it's made into a TV show, but I'm afraid it might be another Game of Thrones - that I'll read the first book, and am like 'maybe I'll just watch the TV show instead'.. Oh well, I loved the Maze Runner and Shadow and Bone by the way; they're among my favourites of all time!

  7. I forgot to add A Discovery of Witches to my list too! Oh well, too late now! And yes, you NEED to read the Selection. I enjoyed it very much!! I hope to be starting maze runner in october! My Swag September thing has me tied up in Sept or I would have read it already. I gotta read it before I can watch the movie though!!

  8. 1. I love Ayn Rand, although I haven't read Anthem. I'm not sure it's a you book exactly, judging by her other novels, but it's also shorter than them so that helps at least haha
    2. Yes. I just think EVERYONE should read this, and if you love dystopias this is a powerful read, particularly if you're a woman. Which you are. So. Go read it haha
    3. Of everything on this list (granted I haven't read many of these) I think Shadow and Bone is definitely up your alley. I think you'll really like it (although I have been known to be wrong on such things haha)

  9. Anthem is pretty easy to read, actually. It's a novella, so it's shorter, and I don't think it would go over your head at all. Shadow and Bone and the other Grisha books are amazing, so definitely read them when you have the chance! I'm not a big fan of The Maze Runner books and The Testing though. I think a lot of people like The Maze Runner (the first book) and then forget the ending of the trilogy stinks. But I'll never forget.

  10. I hate the cover for The Sweet Gum Tree too, but gosh, I've heard amazing things about the book and so badly want to read it. Hopeless is phenomenal! Still one of my favorite books ever. Shadow and Bone is pretty amazing, too. And man, I forgot about Outlander! Now that the show is on, I've heard so many people say that you should read the book. And I want to, but isn't it incredibly long? I just have no time for big books.

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