Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday

This is my first time participating in Top Ten Tuesday, a meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. I couldn't resist this week's topic: Books I'm glad people recommended to me!

1. The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis

My friend in the third grade was reading this intriguing book about kids who get transported into a magical world, and I just HAD to get in on it too. I can't count the number of times I re-read the Narnia books as a child. (And kids, a love of books can lead to a great career-- my friend grew up to be a super cool literary agent. Check out her blog!)

2. D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths, by Ingri and Edgar D'Aulaire
My mom bought this for me when I was nine, and I don't remember whether she bought it in response to the fact that I was obsessed with Greek myths, or if my mythology obsession was stemmed from this beautiful book. Either way, it was the first book I bought upon becoming pregnant with my first baby-- that's how much I love it.

3. Tryst, by Elswyth Thane
An old-school paranormal romance recommended by the wise ladies of MAUD-L, a mailing list for Betsy-Tacy fans where we often discuss other books. This ghostly love story was written in the 1930s and it's utterly captivating.

4. The Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling
I also discovered this series via MAUD-L, and will be forever grateful. They kept talking about it and enthusing over someone who had snagged a Hogwarts t-shirt as swag from some conference. I was like, "Hogwarts? Um, ew." But I kept the series in mind, and when I was feeling desperate for English-language reading material during my year teaching in Japan in 1999, I asked my parents to send me the first Harry Potter book from America. And, oh, how completely enchanting is the first entry into that amazing world? I still get excited when I find Sorcerer's Stone for a kid who's beginning the series for the first time. What a fantastic journey they're about to embark upon!

5. Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer
I took my YA literature class in library school shortly after this one was published, and my professor raved about it. Hey, I'm no fool- when a professor says "Read this book," well... I read it! And I liked it.

6. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
I had recently given birth to my first baby, and was in a sleep-deprived new mom haze when friends and co-workers started recommending this book to me. Uh! A book about teens fighting to the death? Seriously people, what is WRONG with you!? Right? But I dutifully read it and was, OF COURSE, blown away by its sheer awesomeness. Ha! It made for the most successful tween book group meeting ever.

7. The Dragonfly Pool, by Eva Ibbotson
I'd been hearing about Eva Ibbotson forever, but somehow hadn't managed to read one of her books until the children's services manager for my previous library system recommended this one. What a shame I'd missed Ibbotson's work up till that point-- she's wonderful! This book is completely charming.

8. When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead
Recommended by the blogosphere in general and basically all librarians everywhere. And with good reason! If you haven't read this one yet, what are you waiting for? So amazing.

9. Little Princes, by Conor Grennan
I reviewed this memoir last month, and am constantly recommending it to patrons at the reference desk. Thanks for the great recommendation, YALSA-BK!

10. Starcrossed, by Josephine Angelini
My friend and podcast co-host, Michelle, told me I HAD to read this one. Not that I needed much convincing- as mentioned above, I love Greek mythology and of course I love romance, so it sounded good to me! But I shudder to think that I might have missed it if Michelle hadn't told me what a great read it is. I'll be posting a review soon- I'm crazy about this book!


  1. I have numbers 6 and 8 on my list, too. Good stuff!

  2. Yay! Thank goodness for good recommendations, huh?

  3. I am very grateful for recommendations. And if you liked Hunger Games, you will like Divergent, too. Here's my gratitude list: Top Ten Books I'm Happy Were Recommended to Me! I’m also doing my first monthly giveaway, the Readerbuzz Monthly Giveaway, for the new book Divergent. I hope you will stop by!

  4. Deb, thanks for visiting! Divergent is definitely on my to-read list... I keep hearing great things about it. Thanks for the recommendation!

  5. A PROFESSOR recommended Twilight? That's odd. Everyone always talks about what literary trash it is. Shocked a prof raved about it - even if it was for a YA lit class.

  6. LOL, Beth! Well, my YA lit professor really likes vampires, so I guess she was naturally going to be a fan of Twilight?

    I think people are really hard on Twilight. It has its flaws, but it has a certain engaging (addictive!) quality that really draws readers in.

    And I guess that's what my YA lit class was about- not always "what's the greatest literature?" but also "what do the teens WANT to read?" The professor predicted Twilight would be huge, and she was sure right!

  7. Awww yay! :) It makes me so happy that I was the one to recommend Starcrossed to you.

    I had never heard of that Greek myth book. I just went and bought a copy on Amazon for Elliot!

  8. I really can't thank you enough for recommending Starcrossed, Michelle! :D

    I hope you guys enjoy D'Aulaire's. There's a lot of text, so it'll be good for when E is older, but it's soooooo gorgeous even just to look at now.


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