Top Ten Books People Tell Me I HAVE To Read (All The Time)
We all get book recommendations thrown at us from 100 different directions – Book Geeks love a book so much they have to share it with the world and push it on everyone they meet, we watch videos and read blogs and practically recommend books to ourselves regularly, we go to a book store and ask staff, our friends and family (if we’re lucky) might suggest a good book to add to the top of our never-ending pile, and so on. So, for this week’s post, I’m going to highlight the Top Ten Books People Tell Me I HAVE To Read:
1. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.
I’ve never read a Stephanie Perkins book. There, I said it. I’m recommended her novels all the time (and I’m threatened with physical bodily harm if I don’t read them – Andi) . In the beginning, the old covers put me off, but then even the cover change gave me a real young-YA vibe, and I decided it wouldn’t be the end of my world if I never read them. The internet had different ideas. Only trouble now is that the Hype Monster is all over these, so I need to wait just a wee while for it to die down. But trust me, it’s on my TBR…
2. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.
You could probably just consider any Rainbow Rowell novel for this one, as she’s another author I’ve yet to read, but E&P is definitely the one that is most often recommended to me. I own the eBook, so I’m halfway there. Unfortunately, another one the Hype Monster got to before I did, but I do plan to change the lack of Rowell in my life… at some point… in the near future.
3. If I Stay by Gayle Forman.
This was another book that I wasn’t dying to pick up, even though I know how much LOVE Jamie has for it, it just didn’t call to me. Then the love for this book picked up pace, then the movie was announced, and I found out more about the story-line, it intrigued me, then I decided I wanted to see the movie, so of course – I have to read the book first. There doesn’t seem to be just as much love for the companion novel, but I need to give this one a fair shot.
4.The Infernal Devices Series by Cassandra Clare.
I haven’t read a lot of Steampunk before, but considering how much I love The Mortal Instruments series, everyone keeps telling me to read The Infernal Devices, claiming that it’s better. I do own the trilogy (I bought it when I was in mourning after finishing CoHF), and I started the first book – it was enjoyable but I received book mail for 2/3 other books I’ve been dying to read, and for the first time in a long time, I haven’t been book monogamous this month! More about that in a later post…
Recommended by: Anyone and everyone who loves The Shadowhunter World.
5. The Raven Cycle Series by Maggie Stiefvater.
Before blogging, I read and enjoyed The Wolves of Mercy Falls series (though I still have to get my hands on Sinner…), and again, Maggie fans are telling me that The Raven Cycle series is her better work of the two. I definitely liked The Wolves of Mercy Falls, so that can only mean good things for this series.
Including: The Lux Series, The Dark Elements Series, The Wait For You Series and Don’t Look Back. J L Armentrout seems to be the flavour of the moment, along with my girls C Hoover, and J McGuire. The difference is, I haven’t read anything by Armentrout. I’m not sure I know where to start, and again, that pesky Hype Monster just gets in my way with all these recs!
Recommended by: Soo many people seem to love Armentrout, I can’t remember individual recs anymore, but it has been lots of you!
7. Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J Maas.
This hit my radar at the start of the year, and I’m really intrigued by the minor spoilers and high reviews I’ve seen all over the web. I’m usually not a massive Fantasy fan, but I’d like to read more of the genre, and Throne of Glass seemed to be the way to go. The third book has just been released/is due for release, and right when I was going to buy all three to binge them, I find out this isn’t going to be a trilogy but a longer series. That’s not OK, people. So now, I guess I have to wait 10 years.
Recommended by: So many bloggers and YouTubers, it’s kind-of cray cray.
8. We Were Liars by E Lockhart.
I’ve seen all of the amazing reviews, and thankfully everyone has done the, “it’s best if you go into this book not knowing anything about it, so all I’ll say is wow!” review. Which is really nice of everyone! I got this as an eBook on offer for 99p (who could possibly say no to that?!) and I’m really looking forward to picking it up. Apparently it’s quite a quick read too.
Recommended by: All of the interwebs users. All. Of. Them.
9. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma.
This book wasn’t even on my radar, I had no idea what it was about, I was blissully unaware of its existence, and I was perfectly happy that way. Slowly, I began to hear stellar reviews, so that got my attention. I know it has a pretty “dark” theme going through it, but I also know that it seems to be handled super well. It sounds like this book could be right up my street, and I should probably get my hands on it sooner rather than later.
Recommended by: Charnell @ Reviews from a Bookworm and tons of others I can’t remember!
10. The Chaos Walking Series by Patrick Ness.
Anything by Patrick Ness seems to get good reviews, but out of all of his books this is the series that “calls” to me the most. I’ve debated it for so long and I’ve even found a deal for the three books for £6.99 on The Book People, so I might just bite the bullet when I’m placing my order for the last book in The Cousins’ War series… Just holding out for a discount code!
Have Your Say:
Last week’s TTT poll can be found here. The Help was in the lead for a time, but the winner of the poll is The Perks of Being a Wallflower, so I’ll be reading and reviewing that soon!
Has your favourite book made my list of recommended reads this week? Do you think I’ll really enjoy one of the books mentioned and should pick it up sooner rather than later?
Let me know by voting in the poll below! You can pick your top 3 from my list, and voting is open for one week. I’ll read and review the book that comes out on-top in the month of September – so get voting!