Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Recommend to…

the broke and the bookish

Good morning guys!
I finally got around to a Top Ten Tuesday post! I know you’re excited. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, and the topic this week is Top Ten Books I’d Recommend to X Person. I admit, I suck at recommending books to people. It could be the most awesome plot or beautifully written, but when it comes out of my mouth it’s just a jumbled mess and people just want me to stop talking already. Anyways, here we go.

The Lies of Locke Lamora
1. For my friend Elizabeth: The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch– My friend reads mostly fantasy and romance, and I’m DYING for her to read this fantasy novel. It has really witty, ballsy thieving characters and a masterful plot of deception and epic fist fights. It’s just so FANTASTICLY AWESOME. I’m mostly sure that she’ll love it.

2. For my sister Amanda: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – She read Eleanor and Park and loved it, but (for some crazy reason) hasn’t been able to get into Attachments. Maybe YA Rowell is more her jam. She’s not a big reader at all (E&P is probably the first book she’s finished in years), so finding the perfect books to suck her in is hard.

rainbow rowell books

3. For my sister Heather:  ANY Rainbow Rowell – Seriously Heather, get on this.

4. My dad: the Lord John series by Diana Gabaldon – My dad has been reading some action-y thriller books that aren’t really my thing, but he’s ALSO been reading and loving the Outlander series, so he needs to read the Lord John books too. They focus on Lord John, a secondary character in Outlander, and they’re kind of mystery-ish and fun.

the disaster diaries

5. For the honeyman: The Disaster Diaries by Sam Sheridan – The honeyman is a bit of a prepper, and I really liked this “how to be prepared for anything” kind of memoir. Sam goes through his own journey to learn skills like wilderness EMT, stunt driving, knife fighting, weight-lifting, and more in an effort to be better prepared to survive in an emergency situation.
6. For gamers who don’t read much: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – Ready Player One is an awesome book that takes place in which virtual reality gaming is part of everyday life, and the gamers are competing for the ultimate prize. It’s awesome and nerdy.

Hyperbole and a Half
7. For people who are sad: Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh – OHMYGOD. The laughs. You’ll laugh your way through most of this book, and Allie’s chapters about her own struggle with depression are really candid and heartfelt.

BOOK RECOMMENDATION FAILURES – Because like I said, I generally fail at suggesting books for people.

But I'm not gonna stop.

But I’m not gonna stop.

8. For my friend Elizabeth: I spent a looooong time talking her into reading Outlander (which she was weirdly opposed to, seeing as how she likes romance and time travel), and she kind of hated it. It took her almost a year to read, and she still complains about one emotionally traumatic scene near the end. In all fairness, she talked me into reading Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison and I hated that too, so we’re even.
9 . For my grandma: a large-print old lady romance novel – When my grandma had her stroke and had to move in with my mom to be taken care of, her mobility was really limited. I figured that my grandma, who never read before because she was always busy working or doing housework, might enjoy reading now that she kind of HAD to kick back and relax. The book I got her sat in her storage ottoman until she died without ever being looked at. Ummmm… it’s the thought that counts, right? (Sorry Grandma.)

10. For my sister Amanda: Twilight by Stephanie Meyer – She got all sucked into the movies, so of course I suggested the books. She started the book but never finished it. *shrugs* Really, I wouldn’t be that motivated to read the books after having seen the movies either.

Alright booknerds, that’s all I got. What are your favorite recs to people? Any recommendation fails to share?




  1. I love that you broke it all up and recommended to many people. :o) My friends are hard to recommend books to because most of them are big into reading. We are always reading the same books at the same time. 🙂 They however have been bugging me forever to read Outlander.


  2. None of my close friends are readers either, it makes it so difficult – much like when I legitimately recommended 50 Shades of Grey to a friend. She loved it.

    As you may know, I really love to recommend Bag of Bones, Jane Eyre, Empire Falls, and Tell the Wolves I’m Home. None of which made my list today…


  3. I have a difficult time recommending things to my family. So I concentrate all my energies on my students. I’ve been browbeating them in what I hope is a nice way to read Eleanor and Park.


  4. I’ve decided to read The Lies of Locke Lamora! But I don’t know yet if I want to get physical copy or Kindle copy. There is one rather nice cover on offer in The Book Depository hmm…

    I have only one brother and he reads maybe one book in two or three years, and these are like sports related books, so yeah, no recommendations going that way… To my mum I’d probably recommend Nora Roberts or Elizabeth Gilbert (although she gets all her recommendations from local library anyway), and my dad – hmm, he does read quite a bit but he reads some weird stuff (read: I always see books on his bedside table but I have no idea what these are about), so when it comes to recommending books to family I’m in totally alien waters. It’s so cool your dad reads Diana Gabaldon.


    1. If it helps, I plan on buying The Lies of Locke Lamora and the 2nd book in hardcover, just to have and be pretty on my shelves. That’s how much I love them.

      It IS cool that my dad’s reading Outlander! I’m so glad I finally talked him into it, he should be about done with the latest one now…


  5. I’m awesome at picking books to recommend to people, but terrible at actually recommending them. Because yes! I, too, always start babbling! It would be better just to buy them as presents so that people are coerced into reading them by guilt.


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