Top Ten Tuesdays (5/3/11)

This week from The Broke and The Bookish the topic is Top Ten Books That Came Recommended.

In no particular order and really not the top ten ever but the last 10 really good ones:

Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate)
Recommended by a dear friend, not directly but through cryptic tweets about werewolf husbands and  steampunk umbrellas.
The Magicians: A Novel
This was on everyone’s list everywhere, but when Catherynne M. Valente said she read it and liked it that made it a must read.
Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story
This was recommended by Warren Ellis.  I am still baffled by that.  If you have ever read any Warren Ellis (Transmetropolitan, Crooked Little Vein) this seems a sweet and lovely story and, while I love me some Ellis, the opposite of Mr. Ellis in every way.
Storm Front (Dresden Files)
I watched the short lived TV show based on these books and enjoyed it but never enough to seek out the books.  A dear friend began to listen to them and I discovered they are read by James Marsters.  Now I am hooked.
The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden
Recommended by the same friend who tweeted about Soulless, this is a complex and tight woven tale.  A hard read for me but well worth the time.
The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories
This was sort of recommended to me.  Actually Clarke’s more famous Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell was highly recommended but I could never get through it.  These short stories, however, were delightful.
The Stolen Child
This was a book club pick and I was so happy that it was suggested.
In a Sunburned Country
I have rarely laughed as hard and loud as I did with this book
The Road
This book came with the most original “recommendation” ever.  Someone told me that her father claimed “This is the best book I would never recommend anyone read.”
The last is really a general suggestion, when I was about 13 someone put The Dragonriders of Pern in my hands.  This set me up for years of reading fantasy and I only wish I could find that person now and thank them.  Similarly, Stephen King’s Night Shift which lead to years of horror.
The Dragonriders of Pern: Dragonflight, Dragonquest, and The White DragonNight Shift

5 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesdays (5/3/11)

  1. I love how varied your list is. I loved the Pern series too although I discovered them a little later on than you did. Not so much of a fan now that Todd McCaffrey has taken over. I got hooked on horror thanks to "It". Loved Ladies of Grace and The Road.

  2. Soulless and Storm Front came to me through recommendations too. I love having friends who read good books–makes it easier to expand my own horizons.

    PS I simply LOVE the blackwork design you've got on your background

  3. That comment about The Road is pretty accurate. I thought it was amazing, but I'm hesitant to recommend it.

    Check out my list here

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