Under Pressure: Top Ten Books You Must Read


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature from The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling You That You MUST Read (whether because they think it’s a “you” book or it’s just been generally recommended so often.)

There are some books that are either on the bestseller list or featured on blogs that it seems like everyone else is reading. Sometimes I feel I must be missing out! I actually own most of the books on this list, so that’s half the battle right?

Here are ten books I feel peer pressure to read:outlander

1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – With the TV series getting so much attention (love the first two episodes!) it’s time to check out the books. I started listening to the audio…only 32 hours to go.

2. One Plus One by Jojo Moyes  – This one is getting great reviews, just like Me Before You, one of my favorites of last year. I don’t know why I haven’t picked this one up yet actually!

3. The One & Only by Emily Giffin – I still haven’t read any Emily Giffin, and this one seems too enticing to pass up. I’m intrigued by so many 1-star and 5-star reviews!

the assassins blade4. The Goldfinch  by Donna Tartt – This book has won all the awards, and made all the lists, so I feel all the pressure to read it! I read The Secret History back in the day and should feel more interested in reading this one, but I’ll get to it.

5. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen – Big hyped book, Emma Watson is attached to star, lots of 4 & 5 reviews on Goodreads. Pressure! I’m actually on hold for the audio so I’ll listen to it soon.

6. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas – This collection of novellas in the Throne of Glass series is quite highly regarded. I usually skip novellas but this volume sounds too good to miss and since it’s a prequel it fills in a lot of the blanks about the assassin Celaena.

7. Ruin & Rising (The Grisha series) by Leigh Bardugo  – This trilogy is quite popular and I in fact have all three books but haven’t started them yet! I need to carve out time to read them back-to-back.trial by fire

8. Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone series) by Laini Taylor – Same thing as above. I’ve only read the first book and need to catch up on the two remaining books.

9. More Than This by Patrick Ness – I’ve never read a book by Patrick Ness, and this one seems to be highly regarded. This publisher’s description really sets up high expectations, doesn’t it? “From multi-award-winning Patrick Ness comes one of the most provocative and moving novels of our time.”

10. Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini – This book is not even out yet but it’s already generated a lot of buzz. A new fantasy series – from the other books on this list you can see I’m slow to read these books, but I’ll keep an open mind about this one.

What books do you feel pressure to read? Which book on my list should I move to the top of my TBR?


15 thoughts on “Under Pressure: Top Ten Books You Must Read

  1. Alicia says:

    I’m writing my TTT right now and THERE ARE SO MANY BOOKS HOW TO CHOOSE. Of the 11 in your list, I’m going to join the dark side and pressure you into reading Dreams of Gods and Monsters first!! 🙂

  2. Sofia says:

    The Grisha series is on my list, too. I, like you, don’t usually read novellas like the ones in The Assassin’s Blade. I’ll wait to see if I like the entire series before committing to them, too.
    My TTT

  3. Eeep! I love so so many of these. Definitely don’t skip The Assassin’s Blade! I know it says they’re novellas, but in all honesty? They’re like a complete prequel book. You can’t even read the novellas out of order. It’s probably my favourite of the series and that’s saying something because I NEVER read the novellas either! XD I loved More Than This but beware…it’s really confusing, lol.
    Here’s my TTT!

  4. Nara says:

    The Assassin’s Blade is incredible! Really, you can think of it more like an entire prequel book (or sort of the first book in the ToG series) because all the novellas flow on from one another chronologically 🙂

  5. I always feel like I’ve been reading the wrong books because I never seem to read the “hot” books while they’re hot.

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  6. This looks like a great list of books, the JoJo Moyes book, the Grisha series and the last two in Daughter of Smoke and Bone certainly are books I need to catch up with too. I hope you get around to reading these books and enjoy!

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  7. This list has some books I need to get to as well. Now I’m kicking myself for not trying harder to get Trial by Fire at Comic Con. I was too “tired” to wait around, can you image?;-)

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  8. EM says:

    The Assassin’s Blade was also recommended to me on several occasions. I will check that out before Heir of Fire is released 🙂 I heard More Than This was awesome as well!

  9. This list looks great. I think I would enjoy many books on this list.

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  10. I feel pressure to read Outlander, too, but I just don’t think it’s going to happen. Even though so many people tell me it’s so good and very addicting.

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  11. I’ve read the first two books of the Throne of Glass and they’re awesome. Not so sure if I’m going to pick up Assassin’s Blade though. Novellas aren’t my thing. 😀

    As for your other books, I’ve never heard of them. 😀

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  12. My only word of caution going into More Than This is that it can open up to a slow exposition but once you hit a specific moment, you’ll find that the pacing is pretty faster afterwards! I’ve also heard wonderful things about Ruin and Rising and a binge read-through is a definite possibility!

  13. I agree about Outlander, I was interested in it, but not dying to read it, but now that the show is out I feel like I see and hear about it every where. I really liked The Assassin’s Blade, in fact, I liked it more than the first two novels, which is kind of sad. And I loved The One and Only, I hope you read it because I’m curious what you’ll think of it!

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  14. Alisa says:

    I hope you enjoy Outlander 🙂 It is an exciting and romantic read 🙂

  15. Cayce says:

    Not sure if I want to read the book, but am loving Outlander too (can’t wait until the next episode.) And I have heard great things about Donna Tartt and Jojo Moyes so… maybe… one day 🙂

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