DISCUSSION: Top Ten Books Everybody Should Read

I’ve decided to talk today about ten books that I think everybody should read. These books may be my favourites, may be something I’ve chosen because it teaches people thinks I think they should know, or may be just a book that I think a lot of people will love. I hope you pick up a few recommendations whilst you’re reading.

The first book I’ve chosen is The Other Countess by Eve Edwards. This is one of my favourite historical novels and I love the accuracy and attention to detail. It’s set in Elizabethan England but everything is explained well, so even if you don’t know the period well, it will all make sense.

Geek Girl by Holly Smale is a book that I love so, so much. Not only is it funny, it also holds important messages that I think it’s important that teens today learn.

Skin Deep by Laura Jarratt is another book that holds important messages. It’s a book that I can’t stop recommending; everyone must read it!

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is a bit of an obvious choice but I had to include it. There was quite a lot of controversy surrounding this book at the start of the year but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it. It’s a very truthful novel with many heartfelt moments.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell is a book I have been raving about a lot lately; I just can’t stop talking about it! It’s a really cute and sweet read and it really deserves its place in this post.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas is one of my favourite fantasy novels and I don’t think I’ve ever read anything quite like it, nor do I think there will be another book of this level.

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi is one of my favourite dystopian novels and I think one of the things that sets it apart is that it is set a long time in the future. I haven’t seen many novels that are so far ahead, actually.

Blood Red Road by Moira Young is a book that I fangirl about a lot. It does help that it’s one of my friend’s favourite books though!

The Dark Heroine: Dinner With a Vampire by Abigail Gibbs is one of the most memorable vampire novels that I’ve read. I’ve had enough of vampire novels but this is one series that I don’t think I’ll ever get enough of.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare is one of my favourite books and for very good reason! The writing is amazing, the characters are amazing, the plot is amazing- EVERYTHING is amazing. Highly recommended!

What would your choices be? Let me know below! 

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    19 June, 2013 at 8:53 am

    I’ve only read two of those but I’ve seen Skin Deep and Blood Red Road at the library so I’ll get them out next time I go. I think I’d add the Chaos Walking trilogy (Patrick Ness) to this list, because it says a lot about the realities of war, particularly the last book. Plus it’s beautifully written and very emotional – all three books made me cry! Then there’s also Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, and Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. Lovely post!

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    Zoe Crook
    19 June, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    I definitely agree with The Fault in Our Stars (obviously), Geek Girl and Throne of Glass. They are all amazing books and definitely deserve a space on everyone’s bookshelf. I am going to read City of Bones soon – especially before the film – and Under the Never Sky is also on my TBR pile. I want to read Eleanor & Park so badly and Skin Deep is also one I will be reading soon. 🙂 Great choices, Lucy!

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    Rebekah Campbell
    19 June, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Wholeheartedly agree with Throne of Glass, Geek Girl and E & P. I’d probably throw Graffiti Moon in there and Flawed by Kate Avelynn just because I totally broke me!

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    19 June, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Definitely agree with you about the TFIOS part! I’ll have to check out the other books you recommended.

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    So Many Books, So Little Time
    19 June, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Quite a few of my favourite books on here! I’d add How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff and Junk by melvin Burgess – they’re YA instiutions and I still find myself thinking about them years and years after reading them.

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    19 June, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Completely agree with The Other Countess, Geek Girl and The Fault in our Stars (of course!).
    I haven’t read many historical fiction novels that are as good and as rich as The Other Countess, it’s definitely one of the best 🙂
    I’d add myself The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen and probably The Great Gatsby – both my favourite books 🙂

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    19 June, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Pleased to say I’ve read a few of these! I would definitely have Geek Girl on my top ten, but would probably add Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost, great adult vampire series, and Diamond of Drury Lane by Julia Golding for the historical fiction lovers 🙂

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    Rachael Reviews
    19 June, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Totally agree with TFIOS and Eleanor and Park. Blood Red Road and City of Bones are really good too. Other YA I would add are Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman, Junk by Melvin Burgess, The Knife of Never Letting Go, and just something by Meg Cabot, even though she’s light-hearted, I just think she does great YA.

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    19 June, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    And now I have a bunch of books to add to my never ending pile of books to read! Geek Girl looks wonderful. I would have to add The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau. It is one of the best dytopian books out there.

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    Debbie Turner
    19 June, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    What a great list! Not sure what books I would have, its so hard to narrow it down to 10! A couple of these are on my TBR list to read soon, so glad they come well recommended 🙂

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    19 June, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    I haven’t actually read many of these…but I definitely agree with The Fault in Our Stars being on your list! I’ll have to add The Other Countess to my TBR pile, it looks awesome! I’d probably have to add Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, even though I know it’s a book that everyone either loves or hates.

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    Jesse Owen
    19 June, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Ooh! I haven’t heard of some of these!

    Completely agree with Geek Girl – important points and a funny story to boot = win! I bought Throne of Glass back last year and then forgot about it, seeing as you like it so much I think I’m going to be bumping it up the pile! Thanks for the recommendations 🙂

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    19 June, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    You have SO many great books in this list! Under the Never Sky is an absolute MUST for all readers. I love that series to pieces! <3 Blood Red Road is crazy unique, so I am also in love with that one. And who doesn't love City of Bones?! Cassandra Clare really knows what she's doing. ;) I'm actually currently reading Eleanor & Park, and enjoying it. I need to pick up Geek Girl, it seems. I love love love funny books with a deeper message layered inside.

    Amazing list, Lucy! <3

    -Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life

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    Shannon Silvey
    20 June, 2013 at 12:30 am

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    Shannon Silvey
    20 June, 2013 at 12:31 am

    Ooo, lots of awesome books – surprised that there are more I haven’t read than I have, so I’m gonna have to work on that! I’m really looking forward to reading Throne of Glass – that one has made it’s way up my to-read list since everyone’s been raving about Crown of Midnight!

    Shannon @ Twilight Sleep

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    Jim Dean
    20 June, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Interesting list! I’m agreeing with Skin Deep, TFIOS and Geek Girl. Disagreeing with 2 others and haven’t read the rest.

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    it was lovely reading you
    21 June, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    all your pics are awesome. so i just went to the library AND THEY DON’T EVEN STOCK ELEANOR AND PARK I’M CRYING RIGHT NOW! but i got Attachments. have you read it? I haven’t read Skin Deep yet but i hope to! TFIOS!!!!! GUS! <3 GEEK GIRL! i have a manuscript so i 'm really jealous of your finished copy. ;p
    i love historical fiction but i haven’t read the other countess..but i’ll try and get it from the library. 😀
    Awesome post.

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    Nina @ Death Books and Tea
    22 June, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    You got some good books on that- TFIOS, Cassie Clare, and Blood Red Road. I shall take you up on Dark Heroine-I’ve had that on my list a while and would like to get to it some time. I’d probably add in Laura Lam’s Pantomime-it’s such a good story!

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    Karen Counts
    29 June, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Thank you for this fantastic list of books 🙂 Now that it’s summer vacation I am slowly starting to compile my summer reading list. My book recommendation is a bit surprising (even for myself). To explain a bit; I find that I really enjoy the heavy, deep and real novels more in the winter and books that are more lighthearted and fun in the summer. I came across the book “The Facebook Diet” by author Gemini Adams and I haven’t been able to stop talking about it. The author/artist has created 50 hilarious illustrations that show the reader, “You know you’re a Facebook addict when…” (e.g.: you’ve given up your other addictions – alcohol, cigarettes, world of warcraft, and porn -so you can spend more time on Facebook.). The book made me laugh out loud quite a few times and shares some interesting facts and statistics on the international phenomenon that is Facebook as well as some advice on how to unplug and give yourself a “digital detox.” A clever and funny book that I think it is a great addition to anyone living in this social media obsessed culture 🙂

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