Top Ten Tuesday (8): Books I Recommend the Most

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish to facilitate list sharing. My lists, as usual, are in no real order. This week’s topic:

Top Ten Books I Recommend The Most:

the truth about foreveranna and the french kissthe great gatsbythe bell jarfahrenheit 451
The Outsidersthe catcher in the ryethe giverjust one daymark twain
    1. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen — This isn’t the first book I read by Sarah Dessen, nor is it the last, but it is one of my favorites. Whenever anyone wants to start reading Sarah Dessen’s books or contemporary in general I’m quick to mention The Truth About Forever.

    2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins — I loved reading Anna and the French Kiss and I want everyone else to give it a try as well. I love this book.

    3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald — The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite books ever. EVER. My heart breaks a little when people say they don’t like it.

    4. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath — I got on the wagon a tad late when it comes to this book, but I loved it when I finally did read it. I know it’s not for everyone, but that never stops me from pushing people to at least try it.

    5. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury — Classic dystopian about one of my worst nightmares. This book really highlights why education and knowledge are so important. I’ll recommend this book to anyone old enough to understand it.

    6. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton — I read this book for class in the eighth grade and loved it, as many of my classmates seemed to as well. I know a lot of people who got more into reading because they enjoyed The Outsiders, so I will always give this book a shout out.

    7. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger — Fun Fact: I actually don’t like The Catcher in the Rye. I thought it was terribly dry and honestly didn’t fancy it, but it’s still a good novel. Salinger packed in a lot of good lessons about life (and English!) that ought not be ignored. Response to this novel seems to be hot and cold and very personal. I don’t think I’ll stop recommending this even if I personally don’t like it too much.

    8. The Giver by Lois Lowry – I didn’t read The Giver for the first time until fairly recently, but I liked it a lot when I finally read it. This is a very good introduction into the Dystopian genre because it’s not full of hardcore fighting or war. It focuses a lot on how good intentions can warp into something not-so-good, and I love it.

    9. Just One Day by Gayle Forman – This book just came out very recently but I loved it so much I’ve been gushing about it since I read it. I just love it. GAH!

    10. The Lowest Animal by Mark Twain – I’m sort of cheating with this one… The Lowest Animal isn’t a book but an essay. I first discovered this essay when I was in my Junior year of high school and I fell in love with it. Do a Google search for it and you should be able to read it. It’s totally worth the time and will make you critically think about life.

A lot of this is Classics, but hey! They’re considered “Classic” for a reason.

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21 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday (8): Books I Recommend the Most

  1. I find it interesting that you’ll recommend a book even if you didn’t like it. I will always preface a negative reaction with a “well, it wasn’t BAD, but…” (unless of course I thought it actually was bad, but that’s pretty rare), but I still wouldn’t actually recommend it. It’s nice you can take that step back.

    1. I think The Catcher in the Rye is the only book I do it with (as of now, at least). I honestly think Salinger is a good writer and there’s a lot that can be pulled from the book. I just didn’t really like it. I guess it’s basically a matter of removing myself and realizing that there’s a lot to be learned from a book like TCitR. And also that the person/people I’m recommending to may like it. Though I do make it very clear when I’m recommending that I personally didn’t like it.

  2. It’s really funny because when I saw Catcher in the Rye on your list I though “Really?” But then I read what you said about it and it makes sense. I just read it last month for my YA lit class and thought it dry as well. But it is a classic and has some good bits in it, so I can see why you would continue to recommend it. Just caught me off guard at first 😉 (New follower btw, cute blog!)

    1. Well, you’re a lot more open minded about it than most people. Usually I get “I still don’t understand why you recommend it.” or sometimes things of the “Are you crazy?” variety. Haha. No matter. The recommendation is less about me and more about culture and how other people feel about the novel. I know a ton of people like it and if I meet another person who might like it too I won’t hesitate to tell them just because it’s not my cup of tea. I hope that made sense. (And thank you! (: )

  3. I read The Great Gatsby in high school, and I have loved it ever since. People who say they don’t like it, I’m wondering if they read a completely different book than what I read! Fahrenheit 451 is also a personal favorite! so nice to see some older titles on everyone’s top 10 lists. 😀

    1. My sister just read The Great Gatsby for school and she said she didn’t like it. I about cried. My own sister! Haha. Oh, well. Maybe in a few years she’ll read it again and like it. As for Fahrenheit 451: I know WAY too many people who’ve never read it. It’s a wonderful book.

  4. I just recently discovered The Giver as well and loved it; it’s on my list as well! I need to catch up with the classics you mentioned on your list.

    1. The Giver is so unique. I think it’s one of the first dystopians I read that was… calm. Maybe calm is the wrong way to explain it. I’ll keep it, though, because I don’t know how to explain what I mean. (haha)

    1. Yeah, I know what you mean. I’m always looking for similar books as well. I jump at every chance I get to recommend a Sarah Dessen book, though. Haha.

  5. The Bell Jar is one of my most recommended as well. I recently re-read the Giver and I still love it as much as I did when I was a kid! Great list– a TON of good ones on here.

        1. Ah, yeah. I felt lukewarm about Gathering Blue (2nd), but Messenger (3rd) was good. I still haven’t read Son, but my mom said it was good.

  6. Anna and the French Kiss is amazing!! I want everyone to give it a try, too!!! I need to read more Sarah Dessen. I’ve only read Dreamland.

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