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This week’s topic is:
Top Ten Books I Read Because You Told Me To:
I Love You, Beth Cooper by Larry Doyle– My friend Courtney and I have a personal book club, and this was one of her first picks and it’s a book that I instantly loved because it reminded me of a John Hughes movie. She’s recommended some truly great reads, but this is one of the first and best!
Help for the Haunted by John Searles- I have read a lot of books because of my friend Pam, aka Midnyte Reader– but this is one of my favorites, and again it’s one I don’t know if I would have found on my own. Thanks, Pam!
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins- I had already read and loved Battle Royale, and so when I saw an early blurb for Hunger Games on the Twilight author’s website, I was stoked. I probably would have read this book eventually on my own, but Meyer had me on the bandwagon before the book even came out.
Yes Please by Amy Poehler- I’ve run The Midnight Book Club since 2010, and other than the first few months, most of the reads have come from the members. And we’ve read some amazing books, and I probably could have listed a bunch here, but I chose this one because it’s both awesome and one that I didn’t expect to impact me as much as it has.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling- I still remember my friend Jessica saying that I had to read this book her little brother was reading. I was underwhelmed by the suggestion (I was in my early 20’s, I didn’t read kids books!), but she INSISTED. Thank God she did.
Down the Rabbit Hole (Echo Falls #1) by Peter Abrahams- This book just caught my eye on the shelf, and it had a blurb by Stephen King on it and before I knew it I was totally in to a MG series. Which only has 3 books and nothing else appears to be happening with it anymore and it’s not fair because I NEED more Ingrid!!!!
A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay- now that I work at a bookstore, I get lots of good recommendations, but this has been my favorite so far! Thanks, Mo! Also, this is perfect for an October read.
Simply Irresistible (Lucky Harbor #1) by Jill Shalvis- Kimberly is in my book club and she was the first true friend I made because of it. Our tastes in books don’t always overlap, but Kim (who you can find at On the Wings of Books) got me to read Contemporary Romance, which was not a genre I’d ever really given much of a chance. Now I love it, and Jill Shalvis is definitely my go-t0 author when I need a little rom com.
Garden Spells (Waverly Family #1) by Sarah Addison Allen- Michelle is practically family, and we were roomies for awhile, and she’s worked at a bookstore on and off for the past 18 years. She’s introduced me to lots of books, but this one is one of my all time favorite books and authors, period. It also totally kicked off my love of magical realism, which was a genre I didn’t even know existed before Garden Spells.
Commonwealth by Ann Pratchett- I just recently joined Litsy (I’m MidnightBookGirl on there) and I love it. I guess every month Litsy shares the top books shelved on the app, and this was #1. I’d read the others, so when Libro.fm offered me the chance to listen to it, I jumped! I’m currently enjoying this one.
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater- this one should have made my list, but for some reason I blanked until I was writing this post. My friend, Steph of The Fake Steph, gave me this book for my birthday some years back. I had already enjoyed Stiefvater books, but this one didn’t interest me because I thought it was about horse racing in the desert. But Steph insisted I read it, and it was magical and lovely and it’s one of my favorite books. Thanks, Steph!