Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Top 10 Books and Authors That Have Been Recommended to Me

A Feature of The Broke and the Bookish

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
One of my reading friends is currently reading this and thinks it's exactly up my alley: turn of the century, reincarnation, epic destiny.

Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
Recommended by a fellow reader interested in the Civil War South and racial equality, I am told this book is as powerful as the movie.

Willa Cather
Poetic prose and sweeping landscapes. My friends know me well.

Neil Gaiman
I  was enchanted by Stardust and have since then been recommended several of this other works: American Gods, The Graveyard Book, Neverwhere, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Anansi Boys, etc. One friend in particular has read his entire works and thinks I need to get on that project, too.

Book of Blood & Shadow by Robin Wasserman
Dark, bloody mystery set in one of my favorite cities, Prague.  The plot reminds me of Mara Dyer, one of my favorite series.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Mentioned twice in two weeks- it must be a sign!  I don't want to get swept up in the mini series before I tackle the prose.

Dracula by Bram Stoker
It's no secret that I went through a definite vampire phase.  It shocks my friends that I have not read this classic.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
After a good friend read this novel, she shoved it at me and told me I had to read it RIGHT NOW.  This WWII spy adventure about true friendship just came in for me at the library, so it's next up!

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Soon to be a major motion picture, I have been told that this is a fun and thrilling read.  Lately I've been in the mood for mystery and intrigue- this might be just the book for me!

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
This has been suggested to me more than once by my friends, my boss, my coworkers, the lady at the REI checkout...  Maybe it's because I like the outdoors and have done my fair share of camping the last few years.  Maybe because all these people look at me and hope I get lost in the woods.  It's anyone's guess, really.



  1. Wait so you haven't read any Neil Gaiman? Or just some? And I think you'd like Willa Cather, she really does have beautiful descriptions!

  2. This is a great list! Code Name Verity was such a wonderful read. I can't wait to hear what you think of it!


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