Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’d Give to Non-Readers
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. It’s awesome. Every Tuesday, the lovely folks over at The Broke and the Bookish post a top ten list topic so that book lovers like you and me can pour over our shelves and make our own lists. You can check out all the other Top Ten Tuesday‘s on their site!
This one is probably the hardest TTT I’ve done yet! Eek! It’s so much easier to recommend books to someone who I know might enjoy them. Suggesting books to someone who hesitates to even pick up anything is CRAZY PRESSURE! Hopefully these books will help change their minds. I kind of tried to brake it down into genres, too, to hopefully have something that might appeal to everyone! (With one MONSTER exception of a book/series that I would push on ALL THE PEOPLE.)
The Secret History of the Pink Carnation (Pink Carnation #1), by Lauren Willig. Guys, this series is LEGIT. It’s got really great, funny, flirty historical fiction set in Jane Austen-era England, and flirty, funny, sweet contemporary romance, too. THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE PINK CARNATION is such a clever, engaging start to one of my very favorite series. Also, SPIES. And SEXYTIMES.
Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins. *Sigh* This is one of the most perfect Contemporaries EVAR. The setting (Paris) is perfect, the boy (Etienne St. Clair) is perfectly imperfect and MADE OF SWOONS, the girl (Anna) is quirky and charming, and their slow-burning friendship-to-romance makes me BURST WITH LOVE.
Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour, by Morgan Matson. ROAD TRIP! I love road trips, and I think they are such great plot devices and metaphors. The road trip that Amy and Roger go on here is awesome not only because they go to out-of-the-way places and listen to great music along the way, but because we get to see them slowly become as super together as they are as individuals. Roger is forever one of my all-time YA book boyfriends. And Amy…well, her name is AMY. Automatic awesome. But she’s fab, too. LOVE!!
The Iron King (The Iron Fey #1), by Julie Kagawa. I recommend this series to non-fairy readers all the time. The fairy world here is vibrant and fully imagined. But it’s really the characters who will suck you in and not let you go. Meghan is a great protagonist. She’s smart and sassy and brave. Her friend Puck is funny, mischievous, and instantly likable. And Ash. *SWOON* He’s broody and emo and tortured and HOT. This is such a great series.
Graceling (The Seven Kingdoms Trilogy #1), by Kristin Cashore. Katsa! Po! GRACELING is fantastic. It’s one of the first YA books I ever read, and I loved it immediately. The story, the characters, the world-building–ALL THE BOMB. Katsa is easily one of the most amazing, modern, independent, kick-ass fantasy heroines around.
Legend (Legend #1), by Marie Lu. Guys, I know there have been lots of great and popular dystopians recently, but I think that LEGEND has to be my favorite to recommend to people because the story is fast-paced, the world is well-built and interesting, and the characters are sharp, have great depth and complexity, and THUMBS UP for GROWTH, y’all! June and Day are such engaging characters, and they make LEGEND awesome.
Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1), by Rick Riordan. HOLLA! Greek mythology! Percy Jackson is FUN. The books are zippy and funny with a great mythology about demi-gods and prophecies. (Prophecies!) Percy and his friends are likable, and they all go on crazy adventures together. Lots of appealing stuff.
The Penderwicks (The Penderwicks #1), by Jeanne Birdsall. So THE PENDERWICKS are my dark horse recommendation. I love them because they feel so retro, even though they aren’t meant to be: there’s no cell phones, no computers, no video games. Just a loving, quirky family of sisters getting into trouble and learning to live without their mother. These books are so sweet and endearing. *Sigh*
Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1), by Richelle Mead. Funny story: I’m not even finished reading the first book in this series yet (although I’ll be finished with it shortly; as in, I’m finishing it after I’m done typing this post), and I’m already IN IT TO WIN IT. This series, from what I’ve read so far, makes vampires seem less ridiculous. There’s all kinds of other stuff going on and I LOVE IT.
Harry Potter, by J.K. Rowling. All of the Harry Potter books. Always. I know people who don’t really read (related to at least 2) who are NERDS about Harry Potter. Plus, it’s amazing. AMAZING. Yay for the boy who LIVED!!