Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Recommend to Others the Most

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Books I Recommend to Others the Most.

I feel like I have a tendency to rave about the same books over and over again (*cough* Outlander *cough*), so I’m going to make an effort in this post to spread the love a bit. My focus this time around will be books I’ve recommended a bunch in the last few years. How’s that for non-specific?

Here are my 10:

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

I read this book a long time ago, but I find myself recommending it at least a few times each year!

Kate Shugak series by Dana Stabenow

Believe it or not, the 23rd book in the series was just released this year! I love the characters and plotlines in this Alaska-based series so much… and yes, before you ask, you really do need to start at the beginning. It’s worth it, I promise!

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Not only is this book delightfully creepy, it’s also amazing on audiobook. In fact, this is the first audiobook that made me truly fall in love with the listening experience — something about the narrator’s delivery absolutely drew me in and wouldn’t let go.

A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny

Such a weird and wonderful book! With a chapter for each day of the month of October, it’s easy to see why some people (i.e., me!) make an annual tradition of re-reading this book.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Actually, I recommend the entire Folk of the Air trilogy… a lot! I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read by Holly Black, but these books really are special.

The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King

For anyone who tells me that they’re too scared to try a Stephen King book, this is the one I try to push into their hands. His storytelling gifts shine in a fantasy tale just as much as in horror.

Emily Starr trilogy by L. M. Montgomery

I’m very, very late to the joys of L. M. Montgomery’s fictional worlds, and I’m trying to make up for lost time! I could easily recommend the Anne books, or The Blue Castle, or Jane of Lantern Hill… but for whatever reason, these Emily books just make me really happy.

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

I could put pretty much any book by this author on my list! I’ve loved them all — but The Calculating Stars really spoke to me and moved me. I recommend everything she’s written, but this is the book I consider a stand-out!

Well Met by Jen DeLuca

And now for something a little lighter! This series (4 books) is sweet and romantic, and I love the RenFaire settings. Great escapist romance — and who doesn’t need that every once in a while?

Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

Not only is this the 1st in a terrific sci-fi series, and not only is the writing smart, funny, and engaging… but Old Man’s War is also the first book to turn my reading-averse teen into someone who wouldn’t put the book down, and then immediately demanded the sequel as soon as he finished it. And that right there makes this a book to recommend!

Have you read any of my recommended books? Which books do you recommend the most?

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31 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Recommend to Others the Most

  1. Several of these sound very good to me, but the Emily books most of all. I haven’t read them read. I’ve only read LMM in the last 15 years–after age 50! They were out of style I guess when I was a kid or where I lived or something. Good post–I did not do TTT this week.

  2. I’ve read quite a few of these. Parable of the Sower is one I also recommend frequently. And I’m really enjoying Jen DeLuca’s series! I love the Ren Faire setting. I’d like to read more by Montgomery, I’ve only read Anne of Green Gables. The Blue Castle is on my TBR list.

  3. I’ve not read any of these, but I felt a similar way about The Diviners as you did about We Have Always Lived In The Castle, it was one of my very early audiobooks, I think only the second one I listened to after I got Audible and January LaVoy’s delivery was SO GOOD and so enhanced the creepy atmosphere of the story that it reminded me why I had initially liked audiobooks as a kid (I came back to them as an adult after not really listening to any as a teenager).
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  4. I’ve read some of Holly Black’s other books but I haven’t read that series yet. I remember I purchased the first book recently. I’m glad it’s a good series! 😁 sometimes when you try a new series by an author it’s a bit of a flop, but I’m glad that isn’t the case here x

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