Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the bloggers of The Broke and the Bookish. This week we are listing the top ten books that each of us tends to recommend the most.
Graceling by Kristen Cashore — Katsa is one of my favorite fantasy protagonists EVER. All of Cashore's characters are the epitome of the strong female through their actions and their beliefs, although Katsa's story will always be the one that I recommend the most.
The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins — I was so far removed from the YA book world when I was in college that I didn't even learn about The Hunger Games until right before Mockingjay was released. I made up for that quickly enough by getting a boxed set of all three and proceeding to share with family and friends.
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman — Seraphina is a fairly recent love of mine, but of all the books I read last year it's definitely my favorite. I've already recommended it to friends and my boyfriend (he'll be reading it soon I hope). It's a perfect book for those who don't believe that fantasy can be relevant or address "real world" issues within a fantasy world context.
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine — As I've no doubt already mentioned many times on the blog, Ella Enchanted is by far my favorite "Cinderella" retelling and fairy-tale retelling of all time. I was introduced to it as a preteen and I still periodically go back to reread my favorite parts. It's just that good and I want the whole world to know that!
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling — I seriously have no idea what my childhood would have been like if I hadn't grown up with Harry Potter. I'm sure most people within my generation totally understand what I mean. Not everyone may be able to have that experience, but that still doesn't mean I won't try to get them to have their own life-changing experiences with this series.
Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith — I recommend this series more for younger YA readers, although I still fondly remember and reread certain scenes now, over ten years after being introduced to Smith's wonderful duology. This book made the rounds with my friends and there's just something so satisfying in reading about Mel's struggles and misadventures to do what she believes is right.
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner — The Thief and I also have a very long history. I'd just as easily recommend sequels The Queen of Attolia or The King of Attolia, but there's something magical about being introduced to Eugenides in this first book and having NO IDEA what sort of journey you're in for with him as your guide.
So...not quite ten. But that's okay. I'm picky with what I recommend to other people, at least those books that I recommend in person. One thing I noticed when making this list is how many of these books I've been familiar with for many years now. I prefer to sit back and really let books resonate within me before I consider them favorites or worthy of recommendation.
Anyway, please let me know if any of these books makes your list and be sure to tell me what books you tend to recommend the most!