Top Ten Books I Recommend the Most
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2. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter is probably the most iconic fantasy read of today's time and rightfully so because it is a wonderful and magical coming of age story. Every one should know about The Boy Who Lived.
3. His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman - I love that this is a mixture of fantasy and a little steampunk/sci-fi. Plus the whole theology element in it makes it a bit different. It has characters and magical creatures too. Who could forget Lyra and the deamons, and the Great Polar Bear, Iorek.
4. The Thief Series by Megan Whalen Turner - Smart and witty fantasy novel steeped in political intrigue. This series is unlike any other I've read.
5. Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud - One Word. Hilarious. Bartimaeus is a wise cracking djinn that everyone will love. Plus, it also contains other equally wonderful characters like Nathaniel and Kitty. Think Prestige or Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell but more fast paced and for younger readers.
6.The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins - Probably my favorite dystopian YA read to date. It's fast paced, action-filled, gritty, thought-provoking, romantic... It's unputdownable.
7. Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness - Another awesome dystopian YA read. I like it for the same reasons as The Hunger Games but with the romance, more subtle.
8. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell by Susanna Clarke - I hardly like anything non-YA (well, except for LOTR and a few Gaimans maybe), but JS and MN, I adore. I love how detailed it is regarding the history of Magic and Britain. I also love the formal way in which it is written. Very Old English. The footnotes might seem a bit tedious to read but it's totally worth it.
9. A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly - It's a simple coming of age story really, but it is just so beautifully written. I find many book lovers will be drawn to Mattie and her story.
10. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak - The story is told through death's POV. It uses words and colors in such a haunting and lyrical way. It's a little heavy on the heart though but a satisfying read nonetheless.
Looking at this list, I have 7 series, 3 stand alones, and more than half belong to the fantasy genre. Gleep. No contemporary. If the list would be more than the requisite 10, I would've included maybe Perks of Being a Wallflower. Before I Fall was pretty good too. And Dash and Lily's. :)
How about you, what are the books you recommend the most?