Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by the Broke and the Bookish that I just found out about. I also love lists so I thought I would try participating! This week’s list is The Top 10 Books I Recommend the Most. That’s a hard one for me – I have soooo many favourites. I will go by which ones I re-read the most (and therefore tell other people to read the most):
1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
This remains my favourite classic love story!
2. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maude Montgomery
Every young person should read this!
3. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
A childhood favourite of mine, and a reminder to remain positive in the face of life’s challenges. (Incidentally, I usually read Heidi by Johanna Spyri every time I read A Little Princess and I still love that one too).
4. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
I will admit my Dad tried to convince me to read this one for years. When I finally picked it up, I loved it! It’s set during the French Revolution – the Daring Scarlet Pimpernel is a mysterious Englishman who is rescuing the French Nobility from heavy knife of the Guillotine.
5. Alanna by Tamora Pierce
I put this one down because it is the first of Tamora Pierce’s books, but I love all her works mostly equally. Alanna is a young girl who ‘trades places’ with her twin brother in order to train as a knight. She must masquerade as a boy – concealing her true identity and trying for her shield (with many adventures along the way – this is the first of a 4-book series).
6. Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
Meet Cimorene, a princess who seems a bit fed up with the whole Princess gig, and runs away to become a Dragon’s princess. If only there weren’t so many pesky knights trying to rescue her, she could get some real work done!
7. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Always a classic – I always go back to the book. You can’t beat young Charlie Bucket and his glimpse inside the mysterious Chocolate factory. I consider Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator to be just an extension of this book, which I also find quite amusing.
8. Dragonsong by Anne M. McCaffery
I think this was my introduction to the Pern series by Anne McCaffery. Dragonsong, Dragonsinger, and Dragondrums go together (the Harper Hall series). I like Dragonsong and Dragonsinger, which follow Menolly, a musically-inclined young girl born to a Fishing family who struggles to find her place in the world.
9. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
If you have seen the movie and haven’t read the book, please, please, please erase the movie from your mind because it was terrible and does not do justice to this amazing book. I love Cinderella stories, and I think Ella Enchanted is the best re-telling of Cinderella I have ever read. It’s fresh, funny, and captivating!
10. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
I have to include Harry Potter, because it was such a game-changer for the book world. Obviously I would recommend the whole series. The first, third, fourth, sixth, and seventh are my favourites.
I feel bad ending there.
There are so many other amazing books – and many that I have only stumbled across recently, but the above books are my solid have-been-favourites-for-years books.
Just for the fun of it, a few other often recommended books include: The DaVinci Code (Dan Brown), The Bean Tree (Sophie Kinsella), The Artemis Fowl Series (Eoin Colfer), The Xanth series (Piers Anthony; starts with A Spell for Chameleon), Mercedez Lackey’s 500 Kingdoms or Elemental Magic Series, Anything by Tamora Pierce, and The Borrowers (Mary Norton).
Recent reads that I recommend have included Cinder and Scarlet (Marissa Meyer), The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins), Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth, The Leviathan (Scott Westerfeld), Tuesdays at the Castle or Dragon Slippers (Jessica Day George), The Iron Butterfly (Chandra Hahn) ….
I’m getting carried away. I can’t list all of my recommendations, so just rest assured that this is by no means and exhaustive list (and is mostly what I can see of my bookshelf that sparks a “wow, I have recommended that to someone recently or often” thought).
I’m off to Ottawa this weekend to visit some family, so I’m hoping to get some reading done on the train. Hopefully I’ll find a few more books I can recommend as a consequence!