Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Top ten Tuesday: Ten books I will recommend to you if you don't normally read....


I had a difficult time trying to figure out what genre I read most. I wouldn't say that I have a largely varied range of genres that I read, but it was difficult to pick just one. I believe that a lot of people often discard books based on their genre or subject matter and don't give everything the fair chance it deserves. So I will pick a series of subjects or genres that a reader may be afraid of for what ever the reason and suggest a book.

IF YOU DON'T REALLY LIKE VAMPIRES:
I admit it. I was one of these people at one stage. I had refused to give into a fad. At least I thought it was a fad. I finally gave in and read 'Twilight' and thought it was pretty good. My opinion of that book soon dove closer to the ground as I realised some of the faults with it, but still I liked it. And, then I would still refuse to read much vampire stuff because I thought it would be too much like Twilight. I soon enough discovered the TV show 'Vampire Diaries' and eventually succumbed to reading some other vampire books.

No the books aren't all the same. Some of them are actually older books that have been reprinted because of the fad. And, no. They are not all gory. Most young adult literature tends to be pretty tame, so if you are afraid of gore YA is your best bet.

I Recommend: 'Vampire Acadamy' by Richelle Mead
This series is amazing. I recently read and reviewed every book in this series including the spin-off 'Bloodlines' and cannot find any faults so far. I think this series is like a grown up girls version of harry potter. Different story line, but the whole academy thing very potter-ish.

IF YOU DON'T LIKE READING CLASSICS:
I Know a lot of people who say about how they really want to read this book or that book, but they just can't bring themselves to do it. Please know that just because somebody said it was a classic does not mean that you have to like it. I think most people are afraid they won't like or won't understand classics.

I Recommend: 'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Bronte
A very well written classic. Easy to understand and full of feeling.

'Pride and Prejudice' by Jane Austen
The love story that everyone knows so well. It will be especially easy to understand if you've already seen the movie.

'I Capture The Castle' by Dodie Smith
I looved this novel so much. I'm a little unsure of where it stands as a novel. Is it really a classic? I have no idea. But it was written around 1950 so it is certainly old enough.

IF YOU DON'T LIKE READING ABOUT FAERIES:
I myself used to avoid fairy books because I was afraid they would be too baby-ish. Don't get me wrong I looved fairies as a kid and still have several fairy ornaments around my room, but I was always annoyed at the way that some people portray them in books.

I recommend: 'Wicked Lovely' by Melissa Marr
This series shows that faeries can be tough and powerful. Definitely not for the faint hearted.

IF YOU DON'T LIKE READING ADULT FICTION:
Many people are hesitant to read adult fiction. Including me! There are some real gems amongst adult authors, but you can also find plenty of books with very iffy content. Some books are bland and boring, while others are a bit too sexual.

I recommend: 'The girl who chased the moon' by Sarah Addison Allen
A great crossover novel.

'Graveminder' by Melissa Marr
Especially if you are into fantasy. or liked Marr's other novels.

IF YOU DON'T NORMALLY READ HISTORICAL FICTION:
Sometimes a change of time can be exhausting. Keeping up with what the characters wear and what language they use etc.

I recommend: 'Great and Terrible Beauty' by Libba Bray
Part of a trilogy. This is a YA novel about girls who have to deal with puberty, magic and a sexist era.

'The Forgotten Garden' by Kate Morton
Kate Morton's books slip in and out of time periods. You may get whiplash, but you will also get a break from the exhaustion that sometimes is historical literature.

IF YOU DON'T NORMALLY READ.
If someone is not much of a reader at all I suggest starting them off with a Bestseller. Preferably something YA.

After all that i don't think I even made it to ten. What was your top 10?

Your Favourite Blogger,
Natalie

8 comments:

Tanya Patrice said...

I love how you did a few different genres and there are quite a few books on here that I want to read!

Wall-to-wall books said...

Great post! I really liked this idea. Is this going to be an on going thing for you? I might join you and try it sometime (If you don't mind) I would link back you of course.

I don't like Vamp books (I do like Witch books) I have not tried Vampire Academy.
I don't like the classics - too old, slow, and grueling. Never even heard of 'I Capture The Castle' hmm will have to look into it.
Don't think I have ever even tried faeries! But the Wicked Lovely series looks interesting.
I usually read Adult Fiction and Graveminder is on my wish list!
Finally - I love Historical Fiction! but have not yet read either of those!

Nikki said...

I absolutely agree that The Vampire Academy is a great book for non-vamp readers. Awesome list. I like how you broke them up in categories. Some great suggestions! New follower.

~Nikki @ Imaginative Adventure.

Michael @ The Bookshelf Review said...

Awesome list. I like how you broke it up into different genres. Thanks for sharing I will have to look into some of them. I am a New Follower. =]
Here is My Top Ten

Heather@The Flyleaf Review said...

Oh, I LOVE I Capture the Castle! That book was written like back in the 1940s, before Young Adult lit was even classified as such! It's definitely a classic! I even watched the movie version a couple of years ago. Oh, and I second your recommendation of The Vampire Academy Series. Have you ever read Robin McKinley's vampire novel, Sunshine? One of my faves! Great picks:)

LBC said...

I'm glad you recommended Melissa Marr and Sarah Addison Allen. I have had both of them really on my radar lately even though they are both sort of out of my reading comfort zone.

Natalievintagegirl said...

Wow thanks to all the new followers :) I only really did this 'if you don't like...'style reccomendation because of top ten tuesday, but because you guys liked it so much i might consider it writing one again.

Natalievintagegirl said...

oh and wendy. go for it. i don't minda at all.