Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week I will make a list of 10 books, authors or other bookish things surrounding a certain topic. This week, it’s a back to school freebie. I was thinking that I was never really encouraged to read in school. So I decided to choose 10 books I would have in a school library/class room to encourage people to read. I chose 6 genres, so people could try different genres and see what they like best.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah // Historical Fiction // This is honestly one of the best historical fiction novels I have ever read. It’s set in France during the second World War, and follows the life of 2 very different sisters. It’s got war, family, love, survival and pretty much everything. I actually got quite emotional at the end of the book.
The Martian by Andy Weir // Science Fiction // I haven’t read a lot of science fiction, to be honest. I’ve read a few adult sci-fi books, but of those I believe that The Martian would be the best choice for people who aren’t used to reading science fiction. It’s easy to get into, the main character is hilarious which makes the science lessons easier to digest.
Written in Red (The Others #1) by Anne Bishop // Urban Fantasy // I’m not completely sure this are urban fantasy, but I believe so. This is one of my favorite series ever, and I’d recommend it to anyone and everyone. Really.
The Secret History by Donna Tartt // Fiction // This book took me by surprise. I’d heard great things about it, yet I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. I was so invested in the characters! Some I loved, some I hated, and some I changed my mind about. This book also managed to make me feel incredibly smart and stupid at the same time.
Theft of Swords (Riyria Revelations #1) by Michael J. Sullivan // Fantasy // I’m sure you’re all sick of seeing this series/author on my blog. Not sorry whatsoever. I absolutely love his works (and I’d recommend starting here).
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling // Urban Fantasy (YA) // I couldn’t leave this out. If I had to encourage young people to read, this is the first series I’d turn to. It started my love for reading, and I hope it will do so for generations to come.
The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns #1) by Rae Carson // Fantasy (YA) // YA fantasy is such a well loved genre in the bookish communities, yet I feel like this book isn’t shown enough. I really like this fantasy trilogy with (I believe) Hispanic influences and a main character who isn’t the typical incredibly-beautiful-and-good-at-everything girl.
Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan // Mythology (MG) // Like Harry Potter, I just couldn’t leave this off the list. I still love this series, and re-read it last month. It still makes me smile.
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller // Mythology (YA) // Another book I’ve mentioned quite often. I won’t stop doing so until I’ve convinced pretty much everyone to read it. It’s just such a beautiful story. It’s a re-telling of the story of Achilles, yet this time through the eyes of Patroclus. I obviously already knew how this story would end. Yet this book still managed to reduce me to tears.
The Moon in the Palace (Empress of Bright Moon #1) by Weina Dai Randel // Historical Fiction (YA) // A more recent read! I’ve been loving more historical fiction lately, and I think this is a great example. Not only is it a really well-written novel, it taught me a lot about Chinese culture/history.
Those are 10 books I would put on display, and encourage people to read! Have you read any of these? If so, what did you think of them?