Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Recommend the Most

Posted by Steph on March - 26 - 2013

Top Ten Books I Recommend the Most

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This was a really hard post for me to write and I totally didn’t think it would be! I’ve realized it’s because the books I recommend depend a lot upon who I’m recommending them to.  I mean there’s one friend I have who has pretty much the EXACT same taste so I will tell her to read absolutely everything I enjoy, but she is the only one I’ve ever met like that.  So for this post I’ll also tell ya why I recommend them.  Here you go:

For Endless Adventure:

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

I read this trilogy about six years ago, but it has stayed with me ever since and I tell people about it all the time.  The story is based on such a cool concept, reading stuff (people, objects, etc.) into/out of books, and is executed so well that I fell head over heels in love with it and haven’t stopped talking about it yet. (Probably time for a re-read…)

A Wrinkle in Time (Time, #1)A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

One of the authors who first got me excited about reading for fun.  Not the first book I read by L’Engle, (I started with Many Waters book #2) but I do recommend to others that they start with this one, the first in the series.


For Fast-Paced Action:

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare

This series is soo super addicting and I am guilty of turning multiple people onto it. Paranormal creatures, romance, and non-stop action…what more could you want?  (Also, I am madly in love with the main male character Jace!!)


For a WWII Historical Fiction Fix:

Sarah's KeySarah’s Key by Tatiana Rosnay

I love this book….and the movie they made out of it.  A story told about Jews in France during WWII, which was quite eye-opening for me. It’s sad, but not so depressing it takes weeks to recover from (which is why I didn’t list The True Story of Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy, although it’s also a good read).

book thiefThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Another unique take on WWII fiction, with “Death” as the narrator throughout the story.  Haven’t read this in quite a few years, but lend my copy out often! Quite excited for the movie of this to come out, according to the release date is set for January 17, 2014.

For Light-Hearted Fun and a Dash of Romance Read:

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation (Pink Carnation, #1)The Secret History of the Pink Carnation ( It’s a series!) by Lauren Willig

I LOVE this series!! They are sooo fun and funny and make you happy.  All of my friends read them now and I shamelessly put them on display at the library whenever I get a chance. The books are filled, with romance, mystery, suspense, and action.  Plus, they take place back in Napoleon times. Check out Lauren’s website here, she is pretty awesome.

Princess diariesPrincess Diaries by Meg Cabot

These are fun, fast reads I tore through in high school and have recommended ever since.  (Just last week I was thanked for turning someone onto them.) The hilarious diary entries of an awkward high school girl, who just found out she’s also a princess. (Beware: this is nothing like the movie! The movie is actually made fun of in later books, however I do still love the movie when not compared to the book.)

For Book Lovers Who Want a  Laugh-Out-Loud Read (that makes you feel smart):

The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next #1)The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next Series) by Jasper Fforde

This was recommended to me by an ex-coworker and now I get to enjoy recommending it to others.  People who have already read Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte would probably get the most out of this particular book in the series, but it’s not necessary.  A whole new kind of “Book World” is brought to life in this story and is then (this is the best part) carried on to, currently 7 books…eeee! The main character, Thursday Next, is hilarious. I typically don’t go for “funny” books, but these are amazing and I literally laugh out loud while reading them scaring everyone around me.

For a Keep-Your-Lights-On-All-Night-Long ‘cuz it’s Kinda Scary Read (but so worth it):

The HistorianThe Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

The Historian is a REAL vampire novel (if there were real vampires), featuring none other than the horrifying Count Dracula.  I don’t read horror novels and I scare pretty easily, so I must say this is the scariest book I have ever read.  I still remember when I had finished reading for the night about half way through this book and then could not turn off the lights because I was so afraid, but in an oddly good way (I laughed about it, but still left the lights on).  This book is fascinating and scary and so good!

For a Magical Escape:

The Night CircusThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

So pretty! This story is just so pretty!(as is the cover) I want to live at the Night Circus.  It’s not a book for everyone I’ve found out by over-recommending it, but I will keep on telling people about it because it is just such a lovely story to get swept away with magic, romance, and always an air of mystery.


Well there you have it; the top ten books I recommend the most often!

Any recommendations from my lovely readers???

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30 Responses so far.

  1. I love Meg Cabot’s books! 🙂 My TTT list:

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

  2. Rebecca says:

    I adored Inkheart when I was younger – I’d really like to go back and re-read them all, come to think of it. The Book Thief is on my list, too; such an amazing book.

    • Steph says:

      I think Inkheart’s definitely a series worth a re-read! Out of curiosity, have you ever seen the movie they made out of it? If you have, what did you think?

      • Rebecca says:

        Yes, I actually did see it. I wish they had done all three instead of just the first; the Inkworld would have been interesting to see, don’t you think? I saw it a while ago, so I don’t remember it that well, but I remember liking it a lot.

      • Steph says:

        Oh good, someone else has seen the movie 🙂 I wish they had made them all into movies too! I remember the movie not being very close to the book, but still a good show. Inkworld would have been amazing to see.

  3. Ashley says:

    I haven’t read The Princess Diaries in years, but I loved it all through high school. I haven’t read The Historian yet, but I own it and it’s been on the my to read pile for ages! I should really get on that one.

    • Steph says:

      I loved The Historian…it’s just so mysterious! I’ve never read anything else like it, probably in part because it’s not really my go-to genre, but it is pretty unique. Hope you enjoy it!

  4. Nemo says:

    I’m seeing a lot of recommendations for the Night Circus this week, but I didn’t care for it. I’d like to try the Eyre Affair. Thanks for the recommendation!

    • Steph says:

      Ya, the Night Circus is definitely not a book for everyone. I hope you enjoy the Eyre Affair though! I was able to make the series last for about 4 years by only reading them when I was in need of a “pick-me-up”. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. readerbuzz says:

    Night Circus looks like a book I’d like. Thanks for the recommendation!

    Here’s my list of Top Ten Books I Recommend!

    • Steph says:

      I hope you enjoy it! It is one my favorite books now. I actually had to go out and purchase my own copy so I can look at the pretty cover whenever I want to and re-read it when I get some time.

  6. Thanks for the recommendations! Such a great list. Where is one to start…

  7. Nice list! I already started Inkheart some time ago but never finished it, I’ll give it another shot.

    Happy reading!
    My TTT

  8. The Historian looks like a eerily good read. I must add this one to my list! Have a great week!
    Happy Reading,
    Rebecca @ The Key to the Gate

  9. Annabelle H says:

    I haven’t heard of many of these so thank you for the recommendations!

    My Top Ten Tuesday!

  10. tinalinatime says:

    I find myself recommending The Princess Diaries to my incoming 6th grade girls. I think it’s a good welcome to middle grades and YA series because it touches on bigger themes but is for the most part still pretty innocent. They usually love it! In fact, I think I need to replace my copies b/c they’re getting to be in bad shape!

    • Steph says:

      Agreed! It’s a great series and I typically don’t get complaints either. It’s always a good feeling when you have to replace a book because it’s been so well read 🙂

  11. Katie says:

    I have been looking to get The Eyre Affair… sounds like a perfect book for book-lovers like me. I have The Book Thief and The Night Circus on my shelf waiting to be read – I can’t wait to read these as well.

    My TTT:

  12. Tabitha S. says:

    City of Bones!! I’m so guilty of being addicted to that series – and yes. I’m kind of in love with Jace as well. I can’t wait for the movie!!!

    My Top Ten

  13. I loved The Historian! Has she written anything else? Great list- just started following you. I started my blog about a month ago and I am still trying to get everything figured out-whew!
    I am at

  14. Teri Karl says:

    I’m tickled pink that you put A Wrinkle in Time in here! That was my favorite book years and years ago. The Eyre Affair is fantastic, too, and I also enjoyed The Book Thief. Good books!