Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Bout of Books 12: Day 2 Update

Taking this week off of Top Ten Tuesday... I might do it on a Wednesday this week... (is that allowed?)


  • Winterspell: 152 pages
I'm really crawling than wandering through books this time around...(*casually mocks blog name*)


You’ve just started to work at a bookstore (or library) - what are your top ten go-to book recommendations?
These are just off the top of my head- most are recent rereads... I really ought to work on having a cohesive list, oughtn't I?
1. Dragonfly by Julia Golding. Because I could basically say "Have you seen The Princess Bride? Well, this has the same feel." I've always felt like this is a good intro. to fantasy for some reason. It is a fantasy world without magic in it, and its an adventure. Would a bookstore have it...? That's another question entirely.

2. Nation by Terry Pratchett.

3. Airborn by Kenneth Oppel. High-flying (literally) adventure story, featuring sky pirates, an island shipwreck and undiscovered species.

4. Legend by Marie Lu. This one is fast-paced, and a good first YA dystopia. Plus bonus coloured font.

5. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan. This is here because it is a very fun read.

6. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer. Clever middle-grade sci-fantasy, complete with child criminal masterminds and back-talking fairies.

7. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan. An entertaining twist on Greek Mythology. 

8. Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Futuristic fairy tale retelling with cyborg Cinderella.

9. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkins. It always feels like a spoiler to tell the genre, but it is definitely a psychological thriller.

10. Fat Cat by Robin Brande. I feel like I should put a contemporary on here somewhere... this is here because it really made me think about food.


  1. As one of those people who was obsessed with The Princess Bride, I'm definitely going to take a look at Dragonfly (thanks for the recommendation). I'm also seeing several books on your recommendations list that I own, but haven't read, so you are reminding me to pick them up soon.

    Happy reading this week!

    1. Let me know what you think of Dragonfly when you get to it... I'm not sure if the Princess Bride thing was all my strange impression or not (and granted, I've just seen the movie), and I would love to know if its accurate... I mean, the plots aren't that similar or anything, really... I somehow just got the same feeling from it, if that makes sense.