It’s Top Ten Tuesday once again, hosted by the amazing The Broke and the Bookish. Here’s today’s topic:
1. The Idiot Girls’ Action-Adventure Club by Laurie Notaro. Love to give this one to friends.
2. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Great book, and one of the few that I shared with my husband and brothers too.
3. Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins and the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling. I made a lot of people read these series, and like Ready Player One, it’s a book I can recommend to just about all my friends and family.
4. The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King. I recommend this a lot to people who just assume that King writes horror. The Eyes of the Dragon is a wonderful fairytale and it’s one of my all time King favorites- it’s also one of his shortest novels so it’s less daunting to a lot reluctant readers.
5. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters. This is still one of my favorite books that my book club has read. The skill that Waters used in the plot is mind blowing. At book club, we compared it to Dickens on crack. Which is fairly accurate.
6. Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz. Probably this should be number one on the list, even if this isn’t in a particular order. Odd’s my boy! I don’t know if I’ve ever loved a character so immediately as I did with Odd Thomas. Even Harry Potter had to grow on me a little.
7. The Final Friends (now called Until the End) series by Christopher Pike. I love Christopher Pike, obviously, but this series is very near and dear to my heart. I know the characters so well that no doubt when I am old and senile I will refer to them as real people I once knew.
8. Battle Royale by Koushon Takami. I read this years ago after watching the movie, and it was one of the main reasons I was excited when Hunger Games first came out. It was also one of the first translated books that I actively sought out.
9. Size 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot. Heather Wells is one of my favorite characters, so this is another book (the first in a series) that I’m always trying to get people to read.
10. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I have big love for this book. Big, magical, circus-y love for this book. If you know me, chances are you already know this. This book is just, sigh. I have no words. But it really feels like it’s more than just words on a page (or words spoken aloud by the amazing Jim Dale). I want to run away like Bailey and join this circus. I have no idea what Erin Morgenstern will come up with next, but she has a pass from me for life. It’s rare for me to love an author based just on one book (Sarah Addison Allen also won me over immediately), but this may be my all time favorite book. Ever.