Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is:
Top Ten Books I Recommend The Most
I’m going to keep this week’s Top Ten post short and sweet — I’m away from home and trying to make do with a moody netbook and an unreliable Internet connection. So, no pictures, no interesting layout, and probably very little in the way of commentary. Still, I like this week’s topic, so here I go, quick and to the point. The books I recommend most often are:
1) Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Book 1 of my favorite series for adults, Outlander is an amazing mix of adventure, romance, and historical fiction. Simply superb.
2) The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. Unforgettable characters, moving plot, and so much to think about! Plus, absolutely beautiful writing.
3) Harry Potter series by J. k. Rowling. Whenever I meet a supposedly well-read person who hasn’t read HP, my solution is to nag them until they do (or until they no longer want to be friends with me, whichever comes first).
4) Lamb by Christopher Moore. I love all of Christopher Moore’s books, but Lamb is my absolute favorite. Hilariously funny, but never offensive.
5) 11/22/63 or Under The Dome by Stephen King. I consider either of these two massive books to be essential Stephen King masterpieces. For people who associate Stephen King strictly with his early horror novels such as Carrie or Cujo, I absolutely recommend checking out these two marvelously written novels.
6) A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin. For anyone still wondering what all the fuss is about, start with this one. I dare you to stop reading this series after just one book.
7) Deerskin by Robin McKinley. I love Robin McKinley’s fairy tale retellings, but Deerskin, aimed toward an adult audience, is a cut above everything else she’s written, in my opinion. Gripping, intense, and intensely disturbing.
8) The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I’ve read this book so many times by now, and I just always love it. So romantic, so mind-bending — just essential reading.
9) Oryx and Crake or The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Nobody does chilling visions of the future better.
10) Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin. A look back at San Francisco in the 70s, the Tales of the City books capture a time and place so perfectly, and with such humor and compassion, that reading them is like stepping back into an earlier era.
Those are my 10! What’s on your list this week?