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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Top Ten Book I'd Recommend to...

My picks for the Tuesday Top Ten, as invented by The Broke and Bookish. Today's subject for Tuesday Top Ten: Books I'd Recommend To X Person...(Lister's choice, who to recommend to).

In this case, these are the books I'd recommend to The Reader Who Wants to Get Lost in a Fictional World. These recs are for the reader who just wants to escape and go on an adventure. These are some of my favorite retreats (some of these are series).

1.Harry Potter by JK Rowling. I spent half of my life living in these books; at the end of the day, there are still few things better than hopping on the Hogwarts Express and seeing Harry and the gang.
2.The Newsflesh Trilogy by Mira Grant. This is a newer, but completed trilogy; it's a frightening fun world to play in during those long summer waits between seasons of The Walking Dead.

3. The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. High fantasy; a poor farm boy, Eragon, is changed forever when he discovers a stolen dragon egg...And the evil King is desperate to claim Eragon and his find.

4. The Wicked Years by Gregory Maguire, starting with Wicked: The Life and Times of... While I enjoyed all four books, even I can say the original remains the best. Elphaba was the kind of person I'd want to have as a friend if she existed in real life.

5.  The currently incomplete, but beautifully done, The Victorian Trilogy by Felix J Palma, whose praises I can't stop singing.

6. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly. This is great if you've ever been enchanted by the darkness inside of Brothers Grimm. A little boy crosses into a world of nightmares and fairytales, where the Crooked Man tries to keep him.

7. Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist. This is one of my favorite stories, by one of my favorite authors. Characters that are relatable and terrifying at the same time.

8. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman. Outrageously funny...The Apocalypse has arrive and of course, you can never find the anti-Christ when you need him.

9. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. This is one of those books you absolutely love or hate, I happened to love it. The imagery, the magic; maybe it doesn't lend itself to life changing epiphanies, but it certainly makes me want to runaway with  Le Cirque des RĂªves.

10.Call of the Wild by Jack London. I've read this one so many times I could probably recite it. Buck is dognapped and pressed into servitude as a sled dog in the wild north... There is something very enthralling about this  transformation from pet to predator.


  1. I like your recommendations and your approach of getting lost in a fantasy world. Those are the best kind. Nice list this week. kelley—the road goes ever ever on

    1. Isn't fantastic how the a good book can take you somewhere else? *sighs dreamily*

  2. Gotta read the Newsflesh trilogy. It's been on my to-read list for too long!! My TTT

    1. The plot is fantastic and the characters quirky geniuses!

  3. I feel like this list was made for me! There's nothing I love more than getting lost in a fictional world. In addition to the books on your list I'd recommend The Girl of Fire and Thorns if you haven't already read it.

    Roxy @ Story Envy

    1. It's always great to go off an have an adventure isn't it? Thank God for great writers!

      I'll add "The Girl of Fire and thorns" to my list, thanks! I actually think I've got another story by that author on my kindle...


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