Gwen & Kate's Library

Two sisters' reviews of Young Adult and Middle Grade books, inspired by their lovely library.

Top Ten Tuesday # 10: Books People Have Been Telling Me That I MUST Read


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish blog. This week’s theme is Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling Me That I MUST Read, whether because they think it’s a “me” book or it’s just been generally recommended so often. We’re splitting it up this week: 5 for Gwen and 5 for Kate.

Gwen’s Top Five:

5.) City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Recommender: Always Opinionated Girl, friends, and bloggers in general.

Comments: Sorry, it’s not going to happen. Ever. I tried it once and it’s not my type. You can stop recommending it now!! :-)

4.) The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Recommender: Best friend Lydia

Comments: I got this out of the library the other day as a good follow-up to The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, along with The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I can’t wait — it looks great!

3.) Paper Towns by John Green

Recommender: Lydia

Comments: I’m listening to it on audiobook right now! And yes, I can see why she recommended it. But I don’t like the waiting for someone to die part of reading it that will always come with John Green books whether someone actually dies or not.

2.) The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Recommender: Father

Comments: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (which I always read as “Legend” for some reason) chased me away from science fiction at a very young age (IT terrified me), but I’m willing to give it another go… once all the books I actually want to read have been read (never).

1.) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Recommender: Lydia

Comments: I’ve almost read this entire book. Almost. But not quite. I love romance and the recency era, but I like it most in combination with other themes and genres. I just don’t like solely “romance” books — it needs a little of something else to keep my interest. I know I will read this book eventually, since it is such a classic, I got almost 50 pages from the end, and I have already seen both the movie and watched all of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries on YouTube (also recommended by Lydia).

Kate’s Top Five:

5.) Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

Recommender: Mother

4.) My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

Recommender: Gwen & Mother

3.) The Lion’s Paw by Robb White

Recommender: Gwen & Mother

2.) Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith

Recommender: Gwen!

1.) Charlotte’s Webb by E.B. White

Recommender: Mother

What books have people been recommending YOU read (other than Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith, which I recommend to everyone, just because no one ever actually reads it!)?


7 comments on “Top Ten Tuesday # 10: Books People Have Been Telling Me That I MUST Read

  1. kelley jensen
    August 19, 2014

    I always like reading books recommended to me by others, then we can discuss them. Nice list today. kelley—the road goes ever ever on

  2. caitlinstern
    August 19, 2014

    I love the Hitchhiker’s Guide trilogy. The books are short, funny, and don’t take themselves very seriously–very different from L’Engle.

    • gwenkate
      August 20, 2014

      Great — short is what I need right now :-)
      Thanks for the comment — they always help push books up on the to-read list!

  3. alwaysopinionatedgirl
    August 27, 2014

    Oops, Sorry. I want to read Crown Duel, after reading about it on your blog. X

    • gwenkate
      August 27, 2014

      “Oops, sorry”? Oh, about City of Bones — my apologies — that was a joke. I didn’t mean it like that at all — I appreciate all recommendations, whether it is my type of book or not! And Crown Duel is totally worth it — do you have a place to get it, though? It’s quite an obscure book. Similar to Poison Study in many ways!

  4. alwaysopinionatedgirl
    August 27, 2014

    It’s fine. :) I have found Crown Duel on Amazon so might have to buy it on there. X

    • gwenkate
      August 27, 2014

      Yes you should! My copy is the one thing I would take with me to a deserted island. I think it’s time to re-read and review…

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