Top Ten Books I Recommend The Most

Posted March 26, 2013 by Kara in Lyn / 34 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week’s topic: Top Ten Books I Recommend The Most.

When I read the topic for this week, I began to look for something else to use, or another meme.  I keep mentioning the same books over and over. I didn’t think I could make this week’s topic work for me.


Then, I began to think. My mind began to reel and I thought about my favorite books overall. Then it sunk it: I can step outside the usual genre and mention ANY book that I recommend! 

So, for this week, here are the top ten books that I recommend the most!

10. Bubba, the Cowboy Prince by Helen Ketteman – This is my favorite picture book.  I’m not big into the entire “Texas only has cowboys!”, but the book makes me feel very warm and very happy when I read it. The art is beautiful, and I love the whole Cinderella mythology from a male POV. If you haven’t read this gem yet, I would recommend getting it, pronto.

9. Mirror, Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse by Marilyn Singer – My favorite poetry picture book! The format is written in a reverso format (the poem can be reversed to read from top to bottom, or from bottom to top). I LOVE introducing this book in any poetry unit, or discussion.

8. No Man’s Land by Greg Rucka – I always use this graphic novel based book to any person wanting to read novelized comics.

7. The Super Dictionary – I will warn you – it is a hard book to find.  However, if you can get your hands on this book, be prepared to spend hours either laughing or gasping in mortified bewilderment.  I still cannot believe this book was able to be published, and there is a good reason why this is on the market for a high price.

6. Death Count by L.A. Graf – My friends were looking for great Star Trek novels, wishing to feel the excitement of sci-fi literacy at its best.  One of my friends confessed that she thought that the Stark Trek novels did not harbor any fantastic stories.  For Christmas, she received a box of the top novels.  This book is always at the top of my list for any Trekkies or sci-fi lovers.  This author team always creates some wonderful fiction!

5. Letters from a Nut by Ted L. Nancy – I love this book.  This book actually did two things.  First, I felt a little less alone in the world, because people such as Nancy existed, and two, it became a staple in our household to quote the book whenever anyone needed a laugh.  

 4. The Vampire Empire series by Clay and Susan Griffith – I never get sick of chasing people down to read this series.  I love it.

3.  Nation by Terry Pratchett – One of the best books to ever be written by this man. I recommend for teens, Pratchett lovers, and award-winning book hunters.

2. Keeper by Kathi Appelt – I cannot praise this book enough.  The prose is beautiful, the story is touching, the setting is wonderful, and the “no hate” message is outstanding. The author is also very sweet and wonderful, to boot.

1. The Norse Myths by Kevin Crossley – Holland – If I were rewarded with banished to a deserted island, this book would be in my bags.  I love old Viking-age mythology, and I find myself recommending this book the most.  Which includes, now, all of my readers.  

Which books made your list this week? Leave me a link in your comment!

34 responses to “Top Ten Books I Recommend The Most

  1. WOW – ten books I never read. Yippee!

    At the top of my list right now is Wool by Hugh Howey. I brought it with me on a long flight and was blown away by the clarity of his writing and his vision, as well as the exciting story and incredible concept.

  2. This is why I skipped this week’s. I thought about doing ten I highly recommend but are so weird I usually don’t, but I’m supposed to be doing a guest post about that, so…sigh. I skipped.

    Hmmm, I think I should read No Man’s Land and Keeper. The Vampire Empire Series I already have on GR, as well as Nation, because Terry Pratchett is awesome.

  3. I love this list, it’s just…crazy!!! I have to admit I might be the only person on the planet that wasn’t head over heals in love with NATION. I liked it, but didn’t love it. Oh well…But I’m glad to see the Vampire Empire series!

    • I LOVE VE so much. It was never something I thought I would like, but the ratings of my friends convinced me to give it a shot. It should have been given much more attention, so I always try to promote it when I can.

  4. Totally new books to me – which I LIKE! That’s one reason I took a break from TTT for awhile. I didn’t want my lists to get repetitive. I’m definitely going to look into some of these books though. Nice list, Lyn!

  5. I has the same reaction as a few of the other commenters and was glad to see a list of books I have yet to read. Thank you for the newest additions to my to-read list! <3

  6. Amy

    I haven’t read any of those!! I will have to check them out!! Thanks for the recommendations. I stopped doing top ten because I can never think of books for the topic except the same ones I use all the time too lol!

  7. Yay! I’m so happy to see the Vampire Empire series on your list! I absolutely loved each of the books released. Too bad we couldn’t get more out of this writing duo!

  8. Oh my god, I have GOT to read Mirror, Mirror! It sounds absolutely fantastic. And YAY for there being a Star Trek novel on your list! I’ve added it to my TBR immediately. I heart me some Star Trek super hard. The Norse Myths also looks great! I have a couple other Norse mythology books, but I think I need to add this one to my collection. 😀 AWESOME LIST!

    • Mirror, Mirror is so cute and very entertaining.

      I’m so thrilled to see another Trekkie reader. They seem to be a small and closed-off fan group. Anything by L.A. Graf is high priority for Star Trek novels.

  9. K.

    I have not read any of these but I’m already devastated that The Super Dictionary isn’t readily available — I’ve already checked several sites while reading your post. Nation and The Norse Myths also look very promising. Great post!

  10. This is the first list I’ve come across for TTT this week where I’ve read none of the books. This makes me very happy! 🙂 I can’t believe I haven’t read Nation yet. I’m getting on that asap, I swear. And Keeper is totally getting added to my TBR. I also really want to check out Death Count and the Vampire Empire series too. Great list, thanks for sharing!

    • Yes! Read all the books!!

      Nation is GREAT! I gave it to my sister, and even though she read other Pratchett books, she said that it was one of his best. Keeper is also just flat out wonderful. Some people are turned off by the prose structure of the story, but I believe it made the book wonderful.

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