Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Top Ten Books I'd Give to First Time Readers of......

Top Ten Tuesdays is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish that features a new topic each week where we have to put down our top ten of it.

Today's Topic:


Okay....So this was just way too complicated for me to choose just one genre, so I decided to choose several and choose my favorite ones that I would give to a first time reader of that certain genre.

YA Paranormal Fantasy

Penryn and The End of Days series by Susan Ee
Angelfall and World After were both AMAZING reads. Dark and Twisted, super gory and swoonable at the same time. Can not wait for, the most anticipated, third book in the series (which does not have a title or a even a cover yet). Expected Release date for the 3rd installment is May 14th, 2015.
If you have read any of these.......WHAT!?!?! Get on it!!


I've read all three of her books, Sharp Objects, Gone Girl, and Dark Places, which I've listed in the order of  most liked (Sharp Objects being THE BEST). All of her books are twisted, TWISTED. I couldn't believe how this woman thinks, what crazy images she conjures up. Definitely shocked the spooks out of me.

Historical Fiction

Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern~ Magical, Romantic and Unique. One of a kind read and a favorite of mine.

The Golem and The Jinni by Helene Wecker~ I remember waiting for this book's debut and when the day finally came I was at the bookstore purchasing it 2 mins after the doors opened. It was an unforgettable journey with captivating characters and a magical look at a historical New York.

The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman~ A compelling story of young love during tumultuous times. Hoffman created a mysterious story during the buoyant and fickle first decades of the twentieth century New York. 


NOS4A2 by Joe Hill~ This is one book that I actually listened to the audio too and HOLY CHRISTMAS was is FANTASTIC. The Narrator, Kate Mulgrew, was absolutely phenomenal. Her raspy, rough voice fit perfect with the characters of the book. The story was bizarre and trippy, and just Plain creepy.
 YA Fantasy

Half A King (Shattered Seas #1) by Joe Abercrombie~ Definitely a great fantasy book for first time fantasy readers. It's not too massive, like most fantasy books, 352 pages, a decent amount. But trust me all 352 pages will fly by so fast. The story begins intense and doesn't stop. A misfit cast of characters and unbelievable plot twists.
This is, by far, my favorite book read this year!


The Way of Kings (Stormlight Archives #1) by Brandon Sanderson~ Read this in a group read-a-long created by Snowflakes and Spider Silk. It was pretty huge but so sensational and worth every page. I can not wait to get into the next installment (soon), Words of Radiance. 

Fairy Tale Retellings

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer~ This series puts a sci-fi/fantasy flip on our classic fairy-tales. Re-tellings from Cinderella, Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel , Meyers creates such an inventive and incredible story.
 Star Wars/Indiana Jones/Cinderella and other fairy-tales= AMAZEBALLS

Neil Gaiman

Because Neil Gaiman is one of my most favorite authors I would, of course, want everyone to read his books. I listed the books that are a must read for Gaiman's first time readers. Neverwhere, The Graveyard Book and The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains.

Thank you for stopping by and for those of you haven't read any of the books or authors I've listed above, hopefully you'll take some time and read some of them. I promise, they will not let you down!!!

 BIG HUGS and Lots of Love 


  1. Hey darling, I was just looking for you and you popped up lol. Great list as always. I still haven't read any Gaimen yet, I don't know how that keeps happening =/. Angelfall is a series I could really get into, and I just love those covers! Of course you know I loved the Lunar Chronicles!!
    Happy Tuesday girl ♥
    Monique @ Mo_Books

    1. Thank you my sweet sweet friend for stopping by! IT's always a pleasure. xoxox
      Talk soon. BIG HUGS!!! xox

  2. You have such great books on your list! I just don't even know where to start. Of course the Lunar Chronicles are awesome books and I can't wait for Winter. I am just about to start reading the Night Circus and I can't wait! I have heard nothing but amazing things about it! Thanks for commenting on my blog. :)

    1. ***EEEEKKK*** Thank you!!! and Thank you for stopping by!
      I really hope you enjoy Night Circus, it's so magical! I just love it! I also think it's time for a re-read.
      xoxo Hope to talk again xoxo

  3. Oh my gosh I love seriously every single book on this list that I have read! I really want to read Museum of Extraordinary Things and seeing it beside The Golem and the Jinni and Night Circus makes me even MORE excited. I really enjoyed both of those!

    I also really loved Half a King and agree it has some massive crossover appeal. It barely even read as fantasy to me in some ways!

    I'm considering picking up Gone Girl but is it REALLY creepy? I'm too old for that. ;)

    1. Out of the three Flynn books, Gone Girl is the least creepy, but it is definitely twisted. There's a crazy twist which is freakin' killer!
      Thanks for stopping by :)

  4. LOVE your list! GONE GIRL is one of my favorites . . . so mysterious and suspenseful! And of course, you can never go wrong with Sanderson ;)

    Destini Mia @ Uniquely Portable Magic

    1. Sanderson is a fantasy God. Absolutely love his creative and magical mind.
      Than you for stopping by xoxo

  5. I'm hoping to read The Golem and The Jinni very soon! It looks like an amazing book! And I loved Angelfall, and I need to read the sequel! It's even on my shelves :/ it's inexcusable! great list! :D new follower

    1. I've read The Golem and the Jinni while listening to the audio. It was AMAZING. Some people didn't like it, thought it was too slow. I thought it was magical. Omg and World After is so kick Ass I can't wait to see what EE has in store for us in book 3.
      Thank You for stopping by xoxo

  6. I've missed your posts, awesome to see you back! I love these picks (as usual) and you'll be pleased to know I finally got round to reading a Neil Gaiman book! Hooray!!!!

    Check out my TTT!

    Katrina @ Chased By My Imagination

    1. Hey love...check out you page, I commented there. Kiss kiss
      Big Hugs xoxo

  7. I loved Angelfall, need to read on in that series! I don't have any desire to read Gone Girl although I keep hearing how great it is. I will probably just see the movie. Great list!

  8. I love your list! I have the Angelfall books on my ereader, but I just haven't gotten to them yet, but I will! I still have to read Cress to catch up on the Lunar Chronicles series... and I am definitely going to have to check out NOS4A2. I have been in a horror mood lately! :) Great list this week!

  9. Neil Gaiman is like my author of the year right now, so I loved seeing him get his own section here. This is also the second list I saw Half a King on and I think I'm going to have to check that out. Actually, I'm going to have to check out several books you've listed here. Thanks for the list!

  10. I'm so glad you loved Way of Kings - I did too! We'll definitely have to do a read-along for the second book in the series - these books are huge and I need a little encouragement! :-)

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    1. OMG Nicole! You have to join us when we read Words of Radiance! I'm not sure when we'll be reading it but check out my girl Kritika's blog Snowflakes and Spider Silk, here's the link to our Way of Kings wrap up: http://spidersilksnowflakes.blogspot.com/2014/07/way-of-kings-readalong-wrap-up.html

  11. YES to the Susan Ee books. Some of my very, very favorites!

  12. To be honest I haven't read these book. --and I call myself a bibliophile (who loves paranormal-whatever). I've been meaning to read Lunar Chronicles, Sharp Objects, Gone Girl, and Dark Places tho. If time permits, I would definitely give these books a try. Bookmarked. :)

  13. Gah! Your post just reminded me I've owned The Night Circus for forever and haven't read it yet. That was the very first book I bought on my Kindle. :) Kate Mulgrew...she was the captain on Voyager! I bet she was fantastic as a narrator! I haven't read Cinder, either, and own it, too. I've been dying to read Gone Girl. Are you planning on seeing the movie? It's coming out soon, isn't it? Great picks, Michelle! :)

    1. Oh yes! I definitely want to see Gone Girl, for sure. And Ben Affleck's in it! YUM!!! lol
      I love Night Circus, it's so whimsical and magical, just a beautiful read. I'm actually listening to the audio whenever I'm riding around in my car ;)
      Love the Lunar Chronicles too, such a fun series! I was super hesitant when it came to reading Cinder. I was like, " Androids in Space? I don't know about this one." Thank goodness I got over it and just read it b/c it was awesome. Just a really great YA book. I really recommend it Jennifer ;)
      Thanks for stopping by hon! Hopefully we'll both see Gone Girl and chat about later!!
      BIG hugs xoxo


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