Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday (76)

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish!

This week’s TTT post was a freebie, and at first I had a hard time coming up with an idea for it.  When I mentioned as much to one of my friends, she laughed and said for someone who’s always recommending books to people, this shouldn’t be that hard for me.  That’s when the idea for this post hit me.  Here are my top ten books (and series) I’ve been recommending to friends and family lately AND why I’ve been recommending them!

Top Ten Books I’ve Been Recommending to Friends and Family 

1.  Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
This is one of those books I’ve always heard good things about, but never got around to reading until pretty recently.  It was extremely cute, and one of the main reasons I’ve recommended it to friends my age, is because it can teach you a lot about life and finding yourself.  I strongly believe your 20’s are your time to shine, find yourself, and enjoy the world around you.  Let’s Get Lost is about a girl who goes on a road trip to rediscover herself and explore the United States.  I can’t say enough good things about it!  

2.  Percy Jackson and the Olympians/The Hero Series by Rick Riordan
Don’t laugh! Being middle age level, I know these 2 series are an extremely easy read, but I learned A LOT reading them!  If you love Greek Mythology or find it interesting at all, but have a hard time getting into it, you should definitely give either of these series a go!  Rick Riordan does a great job of incorporating tons of Greek mythology in his books in a fun way!  Plus, if you have to take a class on Greek mythology, it’s a great way to dip your toes in before you start.
3.  The Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater
This recommendation always makes my friends laugh, because they automatically assume I’m recommending it because there’s wolves in it. (I have a reputation for loving anything with a wolf story or vampire in it!)  Despite their assumptions, the main reason I fell in love with this series years ago, was the love story in it.  It completely changed my view on love and how I perceived being in a relationship.  Prior to reading this I thought love had to be this big ordeal, choke full of passion, fights, and drama.  I never realized it could be as simple as finding someone you have something in common with, and just being content to spend time with them.  Some of my favorite moments in this series are when Grace and Sam are reading in her dad’s office together and drinking coffee.  At such a young age they figure out some of the most important parts of love and how it works, and this series taught me a lot.  I’d recommend this book to anyone, because I think we can all use a reminder of what real love is supposed to be like.  

4.  Heaven is For Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back by Todd Burpo
I know this is a touchy subject for some people, and while I don’t typically share many Christian books for that matter alone, I do have to mention this one.  I believe there’s this assumption that is often made about Christians, that our faith is unshakable, and that’s not true.  I get it a lot from friends who aren’t religious, or who are on their own journey to faith.  I hear it a lot, “well you’re religious, so you wouldn’t understand.”  Honestly though, as a Christian, we all go through moments of unbelief, when we are questioning our faith.  What I loved about this book, is that even though this boy’s father was a pastor and delivered a sermon each week, when it came to his son’s journey to heaven and back, he went through a period of unbelief.  It goes to show that no one is perfect, and as Christians we all go through this.  I loved this book, and I highly recommend it to any one who believes in God, or who doesn’t but is on their own spiritual journey.  

5.  Beastly by Alex Flinn
Perfect for anyone who LOVES a good fairy tale!  This modern day retelling of Beauty and the Beast is set in the city and makes for a quick read!  

6.  The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan
I stand by the old saying that ignorance is not bliss, and therefore I’m always for a book that teaches me about new or diverse people and topics.  The Tragedy Paper is about an albino student, and the difficulties they have to go through in life.  While I will readily admit I never knew or thought much about albinism prior to reading this book, I’m extremely thankful I was sent this to review.  It taught me a lot about a group of people that are suffering from hardships everyday.  I recommend this to all my family and friends!

7.  My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by Stephanie Perkins
This is a GREAT winter read if you’re in the mood for some love stories!  One of the main reasons I’ve been recommending this so much, is because I think it would be VERY hard for anyone to not like at least one of the twelve stories in it!  Written by 12 popular authors, these stories appeal to many different audiences and make for a quick read!  

8.  To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Another great one that can teach you a lot about love.  This story is one that I recommend a lot to my younger cousins and friends, because I feel like it could have helped me a lot when I was at the same age some of them are, and dealing with love for the first time.  

9.  Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Bringing in a classic!  This one taught me a lot about the dangers of censorship and how a society can be impacted as a result.  Even if you don’t get a chance to read much, this book is a fast read and can teach you a lot about things other than book censorship.  

10.  Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
This is one of my all time favorite books, so I don’t have any one specific reason for always recommending this to my friends and family.  This one is great for anyone who loves reading or fairy tales!


  1. Omg! Omg! YOU LIKED SHIVER?!!! I feel like I'm the only one sometimes!! XD I love that story. IT's amazing and I love Sam and Grace, but I love Cole/Isabel even more I think. (But Sam folds origami and that just is super awesome because I do too. XD) So yes, I'll recommend them all over the place.
    And I'm just reading Percy Jackson now! IT IS SO GOOD! I can't believe I waited so long to start that series.
    Here's my TTT!

    1. Yes! i LOVED shiver! it's honestly one of my favorite series. I was lucky enough to meet Maggie last year, and she's just as incredible as her writing is! have you read "Sinner" cait?! i figure if you love Cole and Isabel so much, you have to love that book! thanks for checking out my post Cait!

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    1. thanks for checking out my post! and i totally agree! i love jenny han's writing! she's great!

  3. I am pushy when it comes to Percy books! Like anyone that ask me for a recommendation I would always blurt "READ PJO OKAY? TALK TO ME AGAIN WHEN YOU YOU'RE DONE" :D. Percy sassy is love <3

    1. YES! i know the feeling! i just bought my little cousin a bunch of the books for christmas!! rick riordan deserves an award for those books! thanks for checking out my post Abby!

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    1. thanks christine! I have to give most of the credit to my friend though for helping me:) thanks for checking out my post!

  5. Farenheit 151 is one of my favorite books of all time!!! Glad you enjoyed it!! Thanks for stopping by my blog!!!!

  6. thanks Tori! and no problem! your blog is awesome! love it!


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