Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Freebie or Recommended Reads!

 A feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This weeks topic: "Freebie" a.k.a. a topic of your choosing or a topic already done that you did not participate in yet. I chose...top ten books that came recommended.
  1. The Darkest Powers trilogy by Kelley Armstrong: This series was recommended to me by another blogger after reading The Gathering. FANTABULOUS recommendation! I gobbled this series right up!
  2. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand: This was recommended several years ago by a very dear friend. It took me a month to read the entire thing, but I learned soooo much. The Fountainhead was great too.
  3. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater: I was rather leery of this one, but several book bloggers recommended it, and I am so glad I read it! It exceeded my every expectation.
  4. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: This was actually recommended by the staff at my local indie bookstore. Morgenstern wove a magical tale that I wont soon forget.
  5. The Help by Kathyrn Stockett: Recommended by a friend and book blogger. I just fell into this story and savored every bit. Great movie adaption too.
  6. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: I waited sooo long to read this. I was really apprehensive as to whether or not I would enjoy this book. I am so glad I finally gave it a chance! It brought me out of a real low reading slump. Perkins is on my to-be-read author list!
  7. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson: This was recommended by several bloggers as a must-read book that was challenged to be banned. Fab book. I immediately gobbled up Wintergirls after!
  8. The Seven Kingdoms series by Kristin Cashore: I hadn't heard of this series until a good friend and blogger recommended it. I've been chomping at the bit to get a copy of Bitterblue!!!
  9. The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger: This series was recommended by a good friend and book blogger. I won a copy of the first book and was completely sold. Just love Carriger's writing!
  10. All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab: Recommended by a fellow book blogger. FANTASTIC. That's all I have to say!

So, what books have you enjoyed that were recommended to you?


  1. I've seen Scorpio Races on lots of bloggers' best of 2011 lists and now it won a prize yesterday at ALA. Still, it doesn't look like my kind of read....not sure.

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  2. Awesome list! I've read a few, like The Scorpio Races which was awesome! I'm also looking forward to reading Anna and the French Kiss.

  3. I am so with you on 2-6
    I need to read all of these.
    Atlas Shrugged & Fountainhead = gotta do it :)
    Scorpio Races = Love her writing so I need to read that one too
    Night Circus = Sounds fab. Gotta try it.
    Help = The film was so good it convinced me I need to try the book.
    Anna = Everyone loves this one. I must try it.

  4. You and I feel the same way about a lot of these! I definitely want to read more of your reviews! New follower!

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  5. I guess I should pick up The Darkest Powers trilogy then! :) :) And I so totally agree about Anna! This book was so AMAZING :) ;)

  6. I'm so iffy about the Scorpio Races. I've heard good things, but I still am just not sure about it.

    I only read Lola and the Boy Next Door because bloggers loved it. Not a book I ever would have read on my own, since I haven't been into YA contemp lately, but it was great!

  7. @Deb
    I really didn't think I would enjoy it, was pleasantly surprised! :)

    Anna and the French Kiss is soooo good! I think you'd like it! :)

    I definitely wouldn't have read Atlas Shrugged & Fountainhead without some serious encouragement. I'm so glad I did though! :)
    I've heard the Scorpio Races are different from her other books, but I can't say from personal experience, as this was my first book by her. SO GOOD.
    The Night Circus was a good, atmospheric read. Let me know what you think!
    The Help just blew me away! I'd definitely recommend it as an audiobook!
    Anna...Fab book!

    Thanks for stopping by and following! I checked out your blog too! :)

    The Darkest Powers trilogy is amazing! Let me know what you think when you get around to reading it! :)

    I honestly didn't think I would like the Scorpio Races either. I was pleasantly surprised! Interesting to learn what made you pick up Anna! :)

  8. I keep hearing great things about The Night Circus. I think I'm going to have to add it to my wish list.

  9. I love, love, love Wintergirls and Anna and the French Kiss, both terrific books.

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  10. Great list. I really want to read The Night Circus. It just looks fantastic & sounds amazing.

    I loved The Darkest Powers trilogy. I can't wait to reread it. :) Great characters and the action was awesome. ;)