Top Ten Books I Recommend the Most


March 25, 2013 by Alice in Readerland


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is: Top Ten Books I Recommend the Most


1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

I just read Cinder this year and I loved it! Cinder is the perfect book for anyone who loves fairy tale retellings, SciFi, or just someone looking for a captivating and fun read! You can see my review here.

the Beekeepers Apprentice

2. The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King

The first chapter of The Beekeeper’s Apprentice started off with this sentence: “I was fifteen when I first met Sherlock Holmes, fifteen years old with my nose in a book as I walked the Sussex Downs, and nearly stepped on him. In my defense I must say it was an engrossing book…” I adored this book right from the start!

52 Reasons to Hate My Father

3. 52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody

This book had so many hilarious and heartfelt lines. The lead is so sassy and I loved watching her character develop. A definite winner for me! (I’ll be reviewing Unremembered by Jessica Brody soon!)

Watership Down

4. Watership Down by Richard Adams

My Absolute Favorite Fiction Book of All Time is definitely Watership Down! I first read Watership Down when I was ten and have reread it only about, oh, a million times since then.

This Lullaby

5. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

This Lullaby is my favorite Sarah Dessen book (along with The Truth About Forever and Along for the Ride). Speaking of Sarah Dessen, how excited is everyone for The Moon and More to come out?!

A Long Long Sleep

6. A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan

I absolutely adored the character development in A Long, Long Sleep, as well as the many beautiful and powerful scenes! You can see my rave about A Long, Long Sleep here.


7. Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

I love Carl Hiaasen’s books! I recommend HootFlushScat, and Chomp (see my review of Chomp here) all the time. They are full of hilarity, cover environmental issues, and are an all over fun read!

Just One Wish

8. Just One Wish by Janette Rallison

 Family. Cancer. Teen Robin Hood. One little brother. One wish. One determined big sister with problems of her own. A highly enjoyable read.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

9. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

I loved the wonderful writing style and sweet storyline in The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (you can see my review here) and am so excited to read This is What Happy Looks Like!

The Boy Next Door Cover

10. Anything by Meg Cabot!

Because, in my mind, Meg Cabot will forever be the Queen of Fiction.

What books do you recommend the most?

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107 thoughts on “Top Ten Books I Recommend the Most

  1. I personally wasn’t a fan of Cinder or The Statistical Probability, but I definitely understand their appeal :). I’ve yet to read a book by Sarah Dessen, so I better get on that at some point this year. Great list Alice!

  2. Merin says:

    I didn’t put Cinder on my list, but I easily could have. I just read it really recently, so haven’t had much opportunity to recommend it as of yet. :)

    My TTT post

  3. amyo3119 says:

    Cinder and Statistical Probability of Love at First Site I am hoping to read soon!

    • I hope you get to read them soon! :) A huge part of what drew me into The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight was the writing style, I thought it was amazing! Cinder had such an interesting storyline!

  4. Inkk Reviews says:

    Great Picks, I had Cinder as well.. and I don’t read much Contemp , but I have been meaning to branch out of my comfort zone, so I will have to check some of these out for sure! I did love the Movie Hoot ! Very cute! Thanks for checking out my TTT – Katie @ Inkk

  5. Cinder’s the first one! :) YAY! Oh, and I LOVED A Long Long Sleep. I had totally forgotten about that one. It was really good.

  6. Michelle says:

    THE MOON AND MORE!!! SO excited for it! Statistical Prob. was very cute & I STILL need to read 52 Reasons!! What is wrong w/ me??

    Thanks for stopping by My TTT and for saying my blog looks good even though its a little crazy right now. Things will get better hopefully by the end of the week :)

  7. marissa says:

    I loved Cinder so much more than I was expecting to and this lullaby was such a good one!

    Marissa @ Rae Gun Ramblings

  8. I love Sarah Dessen..she’s on my list too! And Cinder was a great retelling. Did you read Scarlet yet? I still haven’t.
    -Melissa @ Harley Bear Book Blog

  9. Rebecca says:

    Cinder is on my list, too, I loved it! Sarah Dessen is just a nice, comfortable author to read. Her books are like a comfy blanket, lol. I enjoyed 52 Reasons to Hate My Father as well.

  10. I need to read Watership Down. Yet another one to add to my list…

  11. Chelsea says:

    Great List! I really need to read Cinder, I have heard so much about it. It is on my TBR for sure. Thanks for stopping by my TTT. :-)

    Chelsea @ Starbucks & Books Obsession

  12. Briana says:

    Of your list, I’ve only read Cinder, but I loved it! It’s such a unique retelling, and Scarlet is just as good!

  13. theairtwit says:

    I believe the only book I have read here is Smith’s book, though I didn’t have much luck with that one, but I understand it’s appeal. A Beekeeper’s Apprentice has some lovely, appeal, though, and I’ll have to chuck it on my TBR pile! Ah, and a Long, Long Sleep. I had that from the library but didn’t have time for it, sadly. I hear it’s quite good!

  14. I loved how the teenagers in The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight felt like actual teenagers. The writing was fantastic and really seemed to capture falling in love for the first time, but I really loved the family story lines. It was all just so good!

  15. Jessica says:

    Cinder is one I want to read, but haven’t yet. This Lullaby is one I’ve been recommended a few times, but haven’t read it. Need to do that soon.

    Jessica @ Literary, etc

  16. I just read Statistical recently, and I totally agree! :D I really need to read Cinder soon cause it seems like I’m the only one who hasnt yet. ):
    Top Ten Books I Would Recommend
    Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

  17. The Reading Girl says:

    The Beekeeper’s Apprentice. I already fell in love with the book. And I am already excited for Sara Dessen’s book to come out. I have read all her books and the ones I really loved were The Truth About Forever and Just Listen. I need to read the rest of those books you recommend it. Good recommendations :D

  18. Krista says:

    I keep seeing Cinder on everyone’s list – I really need to get to this one!

    Here’s my TTT: Top Ten Tuesday at Krista’s Dust Jacket

  19. KateB says:

    So many books on this list that I LOVE. Watership Down is one of the first novels I remember reading that wasn’t for school but instead for pleasure. It’s such an amazing book – one that I think everyone should read.

    Cinder is awesome and Meg Cabot – I’d read a phone book if I thought she’d written it. The Boy Next Door is one of my favourites by her – epistolary fiction is a genre I adore.

    Fantastic list and I’m going to check out Just One Wish and A Long long sleep on your recommendation :) Hope you have a fantastic week

    • Glad to meet another blogger who loves Watership Down as much as I do! I agree, I think everyone should read it, that’s the first book I read when I was younger that I remember being truly blown away by. :) You’re right, even a phone book by Meg Cabot would be great!

  20. Annabelle H says:

    Yeah for A Long Long Sleep! I freaking love that book!

    My Top Ten Tuesday!

  21. meganm922 says:

    I definitely need to read Watership Down. A lot of references to it were in The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken and I put it on my to read list. One of those classics that sort of ended up under my radar, I guess!
    I have Cinder on my TBR shelf. I’m glad it is so highly recommended. I need to start reading it!!
    Here’s my Top Ten Tuesdays Post
    Megan @ Love, Literature, Art, and Reason

  22. acps927 says:

    With all the Cinder talk, it seems I need to add it to my TBR list. I read The Beekeeper’s Apprentice in college and it is a great story. My husband has continued the series though I haven’t yet.

  23. Cinder & A long, long sleep <3 I totally agree with you!

    TT- Mel@thedailyprophecy.

  24. Quinn says:

    The Boy Next Door is one of my favorite Meg Cabot books. My absolute favorite, though, is Every Boy’s Got One. Have you read that one? And twins with Cinder and Hoot!!!

    • Yes, I love Meg Cabot’s ‘Boy’ series with the emails the best! But who am I kidding, all the books I’ve read by her have been fabulous! :) I was happy to see Hoot on your list, I recommend that one so much!

  25. Cinder and The Beekeeper’s Apprentice are on my TBR list. I can’t believe I left Watership Down off my own list though, it’s such a great book.
    Check out my TTT.

  26. Stormy says:

    Cinder is awesome, but I can’t believe I forgot about Watership Down! It was my favorite book years ago, but I let my English teacher borrow my copy once and it never made it back to me, sadly(which seems very opposite of what normally happens!). Thanks for reminding me that I need to read that book again.

  27. jaime says:

    I saw that Sarah Dessen one on someone else’s list! I’m definitely going to have to give it a read, I’m slowly starting to get through her books and I really enjoy them! I love Cinder too!! Great list!!

    jaime @ Fic Fare

  28. trishhannon111 says:

    What a great list, so many there on my tbr list. Lots of good reading ahead of me so!

    The Beekeeper’s Apprentice is new to me but I LOVE the line you quoted, will be adding that on GR so I don’t forget about it :)

    BookishTrish @ Between the Lines

  29. Nice list, I have the majority of these on my TBR pile :) Happy reading!

  30. I NEED to read Cinder asap! I love This Lullaby too! It’s on of my favourite Sarah Dessen novels! I need to add a couple of these to my TBR list!
    Great list :)

  31. Kelley says:

    I’ve only read one of these, but a few more are on my list. I have been planning to read Watership Down, so I’m glad you’ve given it such a great recommendation!

  32. I love the Beekeeper’s Apprentice, Cinder and Watership Down!

  33. Great List! I adore Jennifer E. Smith

  34. Maggie says:

    Great list! I actually just took This Lullaby out of the library this weekend.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  35. A lot of people have been recomending Cinder. I think I shoudl check it out, too. :) Thanks for stopping by my Top Ten post. Great list, btw! :)

    Julie @ Books and Insomnia

  36. Emily says:

    I’m currently reading Cinder and I am loving it! I also adore anything by Meg Cabot. She’s got such a fun writing style. Thanks for visiting my TTT!

  37. Erica says:

    I really need to read Cinder soon! Good choices. :)

  38. Sunny says:

    LOVE the list, Alice! I agree about Meg Cabot, 52 Reasons to Hate my Father, The Truth About Forever, and Cinder! I can’t say anything about the others because…I haven’t read them yet. Horrible, I know. But they all sound absolutely wonderful.

    Sunny @ Blue Sky Bookshelf

  39. I’m currently reading Cinder otherwise I haven’t read any books on your list. Although I’m planning on reading quite a few of them such as This Lullaby.

  40. Daphne says:

    oh! i love all of Meg Cabots adult books (or books, period). that’s a great one. loved the whole series. there are a couple others on here i think i’ll be putting on my tbr. :)

  41. Lisa says:

    Out of all these books I’ve only read This Lullaby. I plan to read a lot of the other books, though. I have TSPoLaFS checked out from the library right now, actually. As well as Hoot on my bookshelf. I wanted to get 52 Reasons to Hate My Father while I was at the library the other day, but it wasn’t there. (The website totally lied to me.) Boo.

    • I hope you enjoy TSPoLaFS when you read it! My favorite part of it was the writing style, but I know that that was some blogger’s least favorite part!

      • Lisa says:

        I guess I’ll find out. I was thinking about starting that one within the next couple of days. I NEED to find out what everyone is gushing over. Haha.

  42. Jessica says:

    Ooh, I really need to read Cinder! It was checked out last time I went to the library. I’m glad you recommend it! 52 reasons looks like its alot of fun. Gonna have to check that one out!

    Thanks for stopping by earlier!

    Jessica@Lovin’ Los Libros

  43. Dina says:

    So many great books! I really love reading these top ten lists because of all the great ideas for books to read.

    As someone who lives in Florida and loves MG books, I am so excited to see Carl Hiaasen on your list. His books are just wonderful.

  44. Katie says:

    I keep forgetting that I want to read 52 Reasons to Hate My Father! Thanks for the reminder! :)

  45. Tt says:

    You have all the books I would like to read this year!! I loved Cinder and Scarlet!!

    Thanks for this awesome post!!

  46. This Lullaby!! I love that one. It’s like the most romance centered of Sarah Dessen’s novels. AND I definitely agree with you about Meg Cabot.

    My Top Ten

  47. sooozin says:

    Every other TTT I check has The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, so I think I might need to add this to my TBR pile. Nice list, thanks for the recs =)

  48. Well my TBR list just got a whole lot bigger! Most of these I have not read and sound right up my ally. I am late to jump of the Sarah Dessan bandwagon and have heard such good things about her books. Thanks for the recommendations!

    Thanks for visiting!

  49. I LOVED The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot! Her books are always so cute and funny! And I loved TSPOLAFS as well :)

  50. angelicreader says:

    I really should read Cinder. Everyone is yelling at me for not getting to it yet…
    I loved the Boy next door.
    Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

  51. Jaki says:

    Oh! The Beekeeper’s Apprentice! I LOVED that. Read it a long time back – must pull it back out and reread it. :D

  52. lovingrob says:

    Awesome list :D I have only read Cinder, but it is perfect! Such a good book. <3 Sigh. Thank you for sharing :)
    Thank you for commenting on my Top Ten. <3
    Love, Carina @ Carina’s Books

  53. Personally, I didn’t enjoy Cinder but else than that this is a great list! The Beekeeper’s Apprentice sounds great – brilliant opening line! Hard to pick just 10 for a list! My recommendations would include Inkheart, John Green, Harry Potter, Journey to the River Sea, Ballet Shoes, Trudi Canavan, and many more! And yes, Meg Cabot is wonderful! :)

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