Top Ten Tuesday: Books Everyone Tells Us We HAVE to Read

Posted August 19, 2014 by Kara in Lyn, Top Ten Tuesday / 24 Comments

top ten tuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish
This week’s theme:  Books everyone says we HAVE to read

What is even more fun than reading? PUSHING OUR BOOKS ONTO OTHERS! FORCING THE MASSES TO PARTAKE IN OUR INSANITY. There is a special shelf out there for books that we would force each other to read, if it wasn’t against protocol or the law.

This week, Bekka and Lyn discuss what books that the entire universe is asking us to pick up and read.

Bekka’s Picks

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1.  Alanna: The First Adventure.  Okay, EVERYONE loves these books.  Everyone.  So figured I would too, especially since I discovered my newfound love for high fantasy.  But I tried it, and it was a bit too young for me.  Everyone says that the series ages with the reader, so we’ll see. One day I’ll get back to it – maybe.

2.  American Gods.  So not that many people have urged me to read this, but this is a hard topic, okay?  My dad recommended this to me, and as with everything my dad recommends, it’s been sitting on my shelf for years, untouched.

3.  Legend.  At this point, Legend feels like one of those dystopian prerequisites that everyone has already read.  Except me.  My friend Kevin complains to me just about every day that I haven’t read this book yet.  One day!

4.  Anna and the French Kiss.  Not sure if this counts anymore, seeing as I JUST read it, but I’m putting it on here anyway.  Basically since I first started blogging, Anna and the French Poodle has been one of those books that everyone from every corner of blogging has loved and recommended.  I was VERY skeptical, but I’m happy I gave it a chance.

5.  Sex & Violence.  In case you didn’t know, Kara LOVES this book.  LOOOOOVES.  She’s told me time and time again that I’ll love it too, since contemporary is my thing.  But for some reason I still haven’t taken the plunge on buying it, yet.  I will, I swear!



1. Going Postal by Terry Pratchett – My sister is pushing me to read more Pratchett.  The one book I read, Nation, was beyond astounding. I am 5 books away from my yearly goal, so I am going to pencil this one in at the end of the year.

2. The Host by Stephenie Meyer – Remember TTT last week? So the internet wants me to read this book. Go figure.

3. Far from You by Tess Sharpe – Kara highly suggested this book to me when she was done. I brushed it away because I HATED the other cover (I’m awful).  I do, however, I love the new cover, and the blurb sounds so wonderful and addictive!

4. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson – Jessie wants me to read this one to give Sanderson one more chance, since I didn’t care for Steelheart. I might take her up on her offer.

5. Harry Potter – I am the very last hold out.



24 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Books Everyone Tells Us We HAVE to Read

  1. Bekka, I’ve got an alternative to the Alanna books to suggest: read the Protector of the Small quartet. It’s also by Tamora Pierce, but frankly, I think it’s better, because she’s more mature as a writer.

    Lyn, I don’t think you’re the only holdout — but seriously, the HP books are wonderful. I hope you enjoy them.

    Good list, ladies – thanks for sharing!

  2. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

    I held back on HP for a ridiculous number of years. Finally I bowed to pressure. After all, I am a children’s librarian; I really had to read it.

    Here’s my TTT!

  3. Don’t worry, Lyn! I haven’t read HP either. Annnnd, I don’t really plan on it. So, you know. And I need to read the Mistborn books also. SOON.

    I think you might like Legend, Bekka—not sure, though. It was a pretty action-y dystopian and I remember it being different from some others. And then the series will either go massively uphill or downhill afterwards, haha.
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  4. Bekka:
    1) I’m pretty sure the sexing starts in book two, so yeah the age goes up. You might want to try starting with one of her more recent ones too, since Alanna was written at a time when there was mostly just juvenile fiction and adult fiction. I started with the Aly books (Alannna’s daughter) and that really worked for me.

    1) I loooove Terry Pratchett, though I haven’t read any of his YA. His Discworld books are the bomb diggity though.

    2) Haha, The Host is definitely better than the Twilight books. I remember the first two hundred pages being really slow, so watch out for that. I liked the rest a lot though…years ago. Not sure how trustworthy that is tbh.

    3) I did like this one and it’s LGBT!

    4) As a person who fucking loves Mistborn and did not think Steelheart seemed like it was by the same author, for the love of everything fictional do not write him off because of that book.

    5) Untrue, I suspect.
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    • Lyn

      Thanks! I bought Far From You and I am waiting for it to come in (I bought the UK version because I enjoyed the cover – I am shallow).

      Yeah, poor Jessie has all but offered me her first born for me to pick up Mistborn, so I owe her at least that.
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  5. !!! My kindred spirits!! I literally haven’t read ANY of the books on your lists, which the exception of Harry Potter (though I’ve only read the first three books just this last year.) I think Bekka’s lack of Alanna and Lyn’s lack of Harry make you both blogging unicorns. *taps you with fairy wand* Bekka, maybe you and I can read Alanna at the same time someday (it was on my list, too), and Lyn, stay strong, but if you do end up reading HP, I can’t wait to hear what you think. 🙂
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  6. Meg


  7. Anna and the French Kiss was on my list too. lol I still haven’t read it though and I’m not sure when I plan to. Just too many mixed reviews…
    American Gods is one I really need to read too. I’ve heard that HBO is turning it into something (mini-series/series/movie/something) and I want to make sure to read it before that happens.
    Terry Pratchett has been pushed on me many a times too. I tried the first book (on audio) and I’m not sure if it was the narrator or just the book but it was so not a me book. The Mistborn series is another one I need to read as well. I’m trying to wrap up the Game of Thrones series before I dive into another massive fantasy series.
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  8. Kat

    I’ve been recommended Legend and the Harry Potter series a lot… I take suggestions a lot though. Ones I’ve liked after I read solidly because of multiple suggestions is TFiOS and the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus Series.
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