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This week’s topic is Top 10 Books that came recommended. I get a lot of my reading inspiration from other book bloggers and recommendations from sites such as Goodreads and LibraryThing. This list includes books that were out of my comfort zone and for whatever reason I was reluctant to read. Recommendations brought these books to my attention and I’m so glad I was able to read them:
1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – I bought this and it sat on my shelf for a year. I kept hearing how amazing this book is and how I had to read it. Of course when I finally did read it this became one of my favorite series and it opened my eyes to the dystopian book category.
2. The Help by Kathryn Stockett – I don’t read too many fiction best-seller type books, but this title was recommended to me repeatedly. An entertaining read that I’m so glad I read.
3. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen – I was not sure that a historical fiction book set at a circus would be my cup of tea. The many recommendations and finally the movie release are what convinced me to read this entertaining book.
4. Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly – This highly original part historical fiction / part present day book was not on my radar at all. I picked it up based on book blogger recommendations.
5. Room by Emma Donoghue – I was hesitant to pick up this one due to the subject matter but was again swayed by positive word of mouth to give it a try.
6. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson – This has been recommended to me many times over the years and I finally picked it up during banned book week. Such a powerful book and well worth reading.
7. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer – This book was not on my radar at all but I finally read it based on the favorable reviews. It’s a charming read.
8. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles – I admit I judged this one on it’s cover and did not think it was for me. But the book was recommended to me many times and I broke down and picked it up at the library. I was pleasantly surprised by this book and the sequel.
9. Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate) by Gail Carriger – This book was not on my radar at all. Everyone was raving about this new steampunk book and how great it is. And I’m glad I listened and picked up this entertaining and original series. My first introduction to steampunk books.
10. The Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris – When I started reading paranormal books this is the series that was recommended the most. A good series to get your feet wet in the paranormal realm.
Any of these on your list? What are your recommended books?