26 March 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Recommend

Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week bloggers make a list of 10 items answering a certain question or discussing a certain topic. This weeks question: What are the top ten books you recommend the most?

Just to make this clear, narrowing this list down to ten was probably one of the hardest things I have ever done. There are at least five more that deserve to be on this list. I tried to include something for everyone and at last I picked the following ten books (in no particular order, because I couldn't bear ranking them as well):

The Almond Tree by Michelle Cohen Corasanti

This is a book I think everyone can learn from. The Almond Tree tells a great story set in the real world and shows you a side of the world that most of us only know from the news. You can read my review of this book here.

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

A touching story of friendship. Great for everyone that loves classics and for those just starting to get into classic literature.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

One of my all time favourite books! There is so much to this book, I don't even know where to start. Just looking at its pages is pure pleasure. If you want experimental literature at its best, give this a try! Also, be prepared to fall in love with the characters.

Looking for Alaska by John Green

I had to include a YA book as well. I absolutely loved this book as a young teenager, and is one of the few books I have actually re-read. You will laugh, and you will cry, and you most certainly will love.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Housseini

The Kite Runner is a book that will stay with you for a while. It shows you the world from a different perspective. One of the books I could see becoming a classic of our century. Must read!

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I love The Book Thief. Everything about it. So, so much. Go read it right now!

The Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling

Of course Harry had to be included on my list as well. I grew up with his story and I remember perfectly how I would wait for the next books to come out and how I would then devour them in one go. This is truly a story for young and old. Even if you didn't grow up with Harry, Ron and Hermione, you should read these books.

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

This is another one of those classics that should be on everybody "read before I die" list. You might love it, or you might detest it - either way you should be able to say that you experienced it!

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

A great piece of literature about a historical issue that is in many ways still quite relevant today. Narrated by three absolutely fantastic characters. Great movie adaptation as well!

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

One of Shakespeares greatest tragedies, in my opinion, and a high school read that I actually enjoyed. Many great movie adaptations as well.


  1. I love your list so much! Harry Potter, Looking for Alaska, and Hamlet are three of my most favourite books.
    I liked The Catcher in the Rye but wouldn't rave about it, and I detested Of Mice and Men until I was writing about it in my English exam and it suddenly made sense in my brain. It's such an interesting commentary on that culture. I also agree that it's a very good "beginner's" classic as it's short and to the point.
    I really need to read The Book Thief; so many people recommend it.

    Kathryn x
    You can check my list out on my blog: http://anabundanceofkathryn.blogspot.com

  2. Everyone seems to recommend Looking For Alaska and Fault in Our Stars by John Green, but my favorite of his is An Abundance of Katherines. Loved the Help and The Book Thief. Great recommendations, here are mine http://wp.me/pzUn5-1sn

    1. An Abundance of Katherines is one of the books I own but still haven't read. I hope I'll get to it soon, I've seen it on quite a couple of lists. :) Thanks for your comment. I'll make sure to check out your TTT as well. :)

  3. Everyone should read The Catcher in the Rye at least once!

  4. I never heard of The Almond Tree. Really sounds intriguing. I'm adding it on my TBR list on goodreads :)

    1. Yes, yes, yes! You should absolutely check it out. :)

  5. I've read several on your list. I just read your review on The Almond Tree, too, and it sounds like a powerful book. No wonder it made your list.

  6. great picks, i have read the Help and loved it! so good! Thanks for checking out my TTT ~ Katie @ Inkk

  7. Fabulous list! Seriously. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close was such a great book and I don't think I saw it in any other TTT posts this week. I need to read Looking for Alaska and The Book Thief (oh, the shame that I haven't!) and obviously I adore HP.

    Can't wait to see what you come up with next week!

  8. Great list :D The Harry Potter books are amazing. <3 Sigh. I actually almost hated Looking for Alaska :p It just wasn't a book for me. But I loved TFiOS, which you didn't like, so I guess our tastes are different, hih ;p Thank you for sharing :)
    Thank you for commenting on my Top Ten. <3
    Love, Carina @ Carina's Books

  9. I am seeing Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close everywhere at the minute and you've just tipped me over the edge, I'm going to have to buy it now! This is a lovely list - great mix.

    1. Also - I freaking love your blog!

    2. Yes!! You should absolutely read Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. And thank you so much!! :) I was actually falling in love with yours the other day, so this is exciting!