Bout of Books 12 – Top 10 Recommendations Challenge

Today is Day 2 of Bout of Books! Trees of Reverie is hosting the Top 10 Recommendations challenge, and since I actually work in a library, I thought I kind of have to participate, don’t I? 🙂

The Challenge: You’ve just started to work at a bookstore (or library) – what are your top ten go-to book recommendations?

All of the books I’ve chosen are ones that I’ve actually recommended to people at my library for various reasons. Some are favorites and some are just generally good reads. Here we go!

The Humans Anna and the French Kiss This Is What Happy Looks Like The Black Hour The Book of Strange New Things

The Humans by Matt Haig – for everyone. Seriously. Read it. (I know you’re all surprised)

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – perfect for a lot of our YA readers but also for some of our older patrons who like books by authors like Debbie Macomber

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith – for basically the same reasons as above

The Black Hour by Lori Rader-Day – I read and loved this one and have recommended it to several patrons that enjoy crime fiction

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber – one of my new recommendations because I read and LOVED this. It’s unique and interesting. Different from my normal read.

The Passage Saga, volume 1 Cover The Young Elites The Incredible Book Eating Boy Cover Fortunately, the Milk Cover

The Passage by Justin Cronin – patrons who enjoy vampires but the creepy, scary kind have been told to read this by me on several occasions. 🙂

Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples – for people who want to try comics. This is how I got into comics and I’ve never looked back.

The Young Elites by Marie Lu – because this was probably my favorite read of the year

ANYTHING by/illustrated by Oliver Jeffers – because stick legs

Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Skottie Young – for Neil Gaiman fans. For fans of silliness. For fans of fun.

A few others:The Raven Boys

Anything Maggie Stiefvater has written

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

Gone by Michael Grant

What would you recommend?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books people have been telling me I MUST read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme was:

Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling You That You MUST Read (whether because they think it’s a “you” book or it’s just been generally recommended so often)

**All titles linked to their Goodreads page**

Books I’ve been told to read and I’ve bought:

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (recommended to me by at least six different people)

Legend by Marie Lu

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy by Jenny Han

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Books I’ve been told to read but haven’t bought:

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (checked out from the library)

The Help by Kathryn Stockett (audio book checked out from the library)

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Fangirl Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

What books have you been told to read? Link me up to your TTT if you participated!

Top Ten Tuesday: books to read if you like these tv shows or movies


It’s Top Ten Tuesday again, you guys! Yay! This week’s theme as laid out by The Broke and the Bookish is:

Top Ten Books If You Like X tv show/movie/comic/play etc. (basically any sort of other entertainment)

You can find the rest of the themes for upcoming weeks HERE.

This was a particularly difficult theme for me at first because I thought that I should pick one specific tv show, movie, or play, but then I realized, I could just do ten different books for ten different tv shows or movies. So that’s what I did! Maybe this will help you find your next favorite read!

NOTE: I’ve never actually watched Breaking Bad; also, I have linked each tv show and movie to their IMDB page, and each book is linked to its Goodreads page.

Let’s do tv shows first, shall we?

If you like:

















If you like:

the big bang theory







the rosie project









If you like:

doctor who















If you like:


















If you like:







the robber bride









If you like:

















If you liked and miss:







Consider Phlebas









Now movies:

If you like:

500 days of summer










Paper Towns









If you like: (assuming you’ve read THG series)




















If you like: (again assuming you’ve read the source material)

Divergent Movie poster










Maze Runner cover image 








Do you have any suggestions for books to read if you like a certain tv show or movie? Let me know below! Also, if you did TTT, link back to it below so I can check it out! 🙂