In no particular order and really not the top ten ever but the last 10 really good ones:
Recommended by a dear friend, not directly but through cryptic tweets about werewolf husbands and steampunk umbrellas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This was a book club pick and I was so happy that it was suggested.
I have rarely laughed as hard and loud as I did with this book
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.