I talk about books a lot here, and I recommend a lot of them as well. But I have noticed that I continue to recommend the same titles to different people, so I thought I would share them here.
1. The Martian - seriously, why haven't you read this yet? Ignore the title, ignore the synopsis, ignore the feeling that 'it's not for you'. Believe me, it is. If you're worried about the science and math, listen to it instead (I highly recommend that anyway!).
2. Wonder - This should be required reading for every single person who can read. If you can't read, it should be required that it be read to you.
3. The Book Thief - No book has stayed with me like this book. So much love for this book.
4. The Sea of Tranquility - The title, the synopsis, the cover - none of them do this book justice. All the feels.
5. How to win friends and influence people - I know this is a bit of an odd one, and it honestly can be a bit boring at times, but the meat of it, the important stuff is still relevant today and can help in all areas of your life.
6. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry - a book for book lovers. Like #4, the title, the synopsis or the cover do nothing for this book. Maybe that's why it's so good? It encourages medium expectations and then gets you right in the feels.
7. The Lunar Chronicles - Okay, they aren't for everyone, but if it even sounds remotely like your kind of thing, you need to check them out. I loved them.
8. The Royal We - it's a bit dorky, but I don't even care. More people need to read this book and love it as much as I do.
9. The Time Traveler's Wife - I know it's not everyone's jam, in fact I know several people who couldn't stand it. But I distinctly remember where I was when I read this book, when I read a certain chapter and my world collapsed around me. I was sobbing, really truly sobbing, for these people I didn't know, for these people who were not real. It was the first time I truly experienced 'non fictional feelings for very fictional characters'.
10. The last book I recommend: I recommend that you read a book, any book. Just read. Because reading is amazing. It's a whole new world and a whole new life, and that doesn't mean there is anything wrong with your world and your life, but to have the chance to experience that and not do it? That's crazy talk.
I bet you expected to see Pride & Prejudice on this list. The truth is, I don't always recommend it, in fact most of the time I don't. I can't remember the last time I told someone they should read it, but I can remember several times I've said 'you should read Bridget Jones instead'. It's simply not for everyone, like vegemite. That's the beauty of books, and spreads. There is something for everyone.
Speaking of books, just wanted to remind everyone, if you read Jackaby by William Ritter this month, the link up is next Tuesday! If you don't want to link up, we'd still love to hear your thoughts about it.
What book are you currently recommending?