Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books You'd Hand To Someone Who Says They Don't Like To Read

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each Tuesday features a different topic and you post your top ten list related to the topic.

This weeks topic is Top Ten Books You'd Hand To Someone Who Says They Don't Like To Read.

1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling
  • I didn't like to read in school. After High School I only read here and there, then Harry Potter came along. I read Sorcerer's Stone and everything changed for me. I couldn't get enough of reading and I haven't looked back since.
2. The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins
  • For months before reading it I seen The Hunger Games on the bookshelves everywhere. I didn't know anything about or that it was even a YA book.  Right before Catching Fire came out I read it and was blown away by the world and how much I liked it. It was my first dystopian and sadly I haven't found a dystopian I've liked as much as The Hunger Games series. 
3. Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
  • ALVH wasn't my first mash-up, but it's definitely my favorite. I was enthralled with the mixture of fiction and history. If you like paranormal and history this one will be right up your alley. 
4. Twilight (The Twilight Saga #1) by Stephanie Meyer
  • A lot of people love Twilight and just as many hate it. But I'm among the people who love it. I discovered it though a search for vampire books on Amazon. When I finished Twilight I was bummed it ended. But it really pushed me to seek out other YA novels.
5. Secrets of a Summer Night (The Wallflowers #1) by Lisa Kleypas
  • A friend recommend this one to me and even sent me a copy. At the time I wasn't reading Historical Romance unless it had some paranormal element.  I was hesitant, but my friend said it was a must, so I took the leap and was forever lost in this wonderful world that is The Wallflowers.  Reading this one book opened me up to the genre.
6. Storm Front (The Dresden Files #1) by Jim Butcher
  • Storm Front was another book I was hesitant about. Just from the cover you can tell it's dark and at the time I wasn't sure that was for me. But I ended up falling in love with the characters. Especially Harry Dresden himself, with his great sense of humor.
7. Daughter of the Blood (The Black Jewels #1) by Anne Bishop
  • This book/series was recommended to me by a friend and I went straight out and bought it, but it sat on my shelf for several months. When I did finally read it, it sucked me in from page one. Bishop created such a unique world it's hard not to love it.
8. In the Forest of the Night (The Den of Shadows #1) by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
  • I read this one ages ago before I knew such words as "paranormal romance", "urban fantasy" and "ya". Her books are all those things. But it was probably the first YA book I read. I remember when I first read it I was really impressed that the author wrote it at age 14. Atwater-Rhodes has gone on to write several books with different kinds of supernatural creatures that I have enjoyed as well.
9. Nightshade (Witch Wars/Nightshade #1) by Andrea Cremer
  • Plain and simple this book and the series is a must read. I loved shifter novels so I was instantly drawn to the book. But Ms. Cremer's shifters definitely come with a twist that sets the stories apart from others. 
10. The Mane Event (Pride #1) by Shelly Laurenston
  • I ate this book up along with all the other books in the series. The Pride series, is another shape-shifter series that I just love. Both the characters and stories are seductive and addicting. 


  1. Oooh I've never heard of Secrets of a Summer Night, but it sounds fantastic! Great list :)

    My Top Ten Tuesday

  2. Nice selection :D
    Everyone should read

  3. Harry Potter and Twilight are great choices for reluctant readers. Fabulous list!
    My Top Ten Tuesday

  4. Great List, especially Harry Potter and Hunger Games :)

  5. Okay, I have to second:
    1. (Yep!)
    2. (Oh yeah--still can't believe how great this series was!)
    4 (though it's not as high on my list; five years ago I would have said "yes yes yes!")
    5 (love anything of Lisa's!)
    8 (I really love her books, especially the The Kiesha'ra series!)
    10 (I've only read one book by her, but I'm dying to read the others in the series!).



  6. This is a great list! I love the Kleypas mention! Harry Potter, Hunger Games, and Twilight are always good. I'll have to check out Nightshade and the Anne Bishop one.

    Jennifer @ Feminist Fairytale Reviews



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