This week I am co-hosting the Tuesday 10 with Lena! Our topic this week is Top 10 Recommended Reads/Favorite Books. I had a really hard time narrowing down my list, so I tried to think of it as not just what my favorite books to read are, but what books I would like other people to read or what books I found especially profound or affecting, one way or another. Here, then, is my list, along with my reasoning/recommendation:
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
Why: Aside from being great science fiction, it will also challenge how you think about gender identities.
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Why: A great love story, and the most consistent/understandable version of time travel I’ve ever read.
See my full review here.
Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey (Kushiel’s Legacy Book 1)
Why: Some of the best character writing I’ve ever encountered, along with being an amazing story (plot-wise, and writing-wise). Also has one of the most interesting and accepting religions, in fiction or otherwise. I recommend the whole series.
Transformation by Carol Berg (Rai Kirah Book 1)
Why: A great fantasy read and great characters, along with examining the dangers of believing in things just because it’s ‘always been so.’ I recommend the whole series.
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
Why: A vampire novel that doesn’t jump on the vampire-human love story bandwagon. Some very interesting history surrounding the legends, and a good mystery read.
Read my full review here.
Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
Why: It will get you thinking, whether or not you agree with it.
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Why: Extremely moving and at times heart-wrenching story, very real. And I’ve always loved the idea of flowers having meanings.
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
Why: It’s a classic, and you really should have by now. 😉 Also just a darn good love story, and I love Austen’s wit.
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
Why: It’s a crash course in the entire history of, well, everything. Bryson is an excellent narrator, one of the few non-fiction writers I like, because he is witty and entertaining without losing any of the meaning of his content.
Wild Iris by Louise Glück
Why: I love her poetry (very nature-inspired), and this is my favorite book of hers. It also won the Pulitzer for Poetry, so, you know. Good and stuff.
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