Monday, May 2, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday - Top Ten Books I'm so Happy were Recommended to Me

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, a state that you don't have to worry about being deprived of more books as long as you're near a library. ;) This week's Top Ten is:

Top Ten Books I'm so Happy were Recommended to Me

1.  Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater - This one was actually a Christmas gift from Karen who believed that I would love it.  What can I say?  She was right, and I cannot wait for the conclusion to the trilogy on July 12. 

2.  Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause - I'd seen this one on the shelves before but I was hesitant to pick it up.  Then, it was shoved into my hands and I was ordered to read it (by Karen), and I read it in one night.  Two words...awesome read.

3.  Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder - As I'm sure I've said in posts about Maria V. Snyder's books before, it was another recommend (by Karen), and I now own all 6 novels that take place in Ixia and Sitia, the Study trilogy and the Glass trilogy.

4.  Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya - This one is a manga, and it came highly recommended from several friends back in college.  I highly recommend it to anyone not just anime and manga lovers simply because anyone can enjoy the story.  

5.  Book of Enchantments by Patricia Wrede - This collection of short stories came recommended by both of my roommates this time. ;) It was a great anthology and even includes a recipe, a nice bonus!

6.  Wolf and Raven by Michael A. Stackpole - This Shadowrun novel was recommended by my beau, and I thought it was an excellent combination of both science fiction and fantasy.  Futuristic dystopia involving the reintroduction of magic in society...quite the tale to tell. 

7.  ttyl by Lauren Myracle - I have to thank one of my coworkers for recommending this amazing book that's told entirely through texts and instant messages.  Myracle pulls it off very nicely with this series. :) 

8.  Color of Earth by Kim Dong Hwa - This is the only one that came professionally recommended via a review in Library Journal.  The entire trilogy was excellent and I was happy to find it in our library system. :)

9.  Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones - A friend from college recommended this one, and it's one "classic fantasy" I will definitely keep in my collection.  

10. The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia Wrede - Yet another one recommended by Karen, though I had heard of the four books that make up this entire collection, Dealing with Dragons/Searching for Dragons/Calling on Dragons/Talking to Dragons.  It's a great combination of humor and fantasy about a princess who doesn't want to be rescued from the dragon.


  1. Shiver was such a great read! That was recommended to me by my librarians. Well and I won it as a prize :)

  2. I LOVED Fruits Basket! The characters and story are just so lovable. The Enchanted Forest Chronicles were some of my favorites too. Great list.

  3. I'm pretty sure that I read Shiver because of a recommendation from a student.

  4. What a great list! I have Shiver, but haven't read it yet... But, Blood and Chocolate is one of those books from my childhood! I loved it! Have you read The Silver Kiss? ACK also wrote it, and it's wonderful! I loved it!

  5. I have never read Howl's Moving Castle or The Enchanted Forest. They look like great books that I am going to have to check out. Thanks for posting about them.

  6. It's great to have someone like Karen who knows what you like to read and can suggest great possibilities. I'm envious.

    Here's my gratitude list: Top Ten Books I'm Happy Were Recommended to Me. I hope you will stop by!

  7. I love Howl's Moving Castle. Have you read the sequels?

  8. Wow! This Karen must have great taste in books ;)

  9. The only book I've read on your list is Shiver, but the rest look good. I'll have to check a couple of them out.

  10. I've noticed Shiver on a few peoples lists but don't really know anything about it. The cover is enough to entice me though - it's beautiful!

  11. A lot of people have said great things about Poison Study. Looks wonderful.

    Here's mine:

  12. Shiver was a recommendation for me too. I haven't gotten around to it yet, but it keeps popping up on these lists.

    Check out my list here


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