To explain today’s post, I have to use my fellow book blogger Wanton Creation’s intro, since he put it so perfectly:
“Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at The Broke And The Bookish. I haven’t participated in these before, but today’s one looked quite fun so I figured why not?”
Why not indeed? Let’s get started!
Top Ten Books I Recommend the Most
- Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
- His Dark Materials trilogy – Philip Pullman
- Demian – Hermann Hesse
- 1984 – George Orwell
- Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
- Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
- Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
- The Stranger – Albert Camus
- Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk
- The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
Reviewing this list, I realized some things. As much as I love The Lord of the Rings, I find that I do not recommend it often, since it’s truly an acquired taste that unless you’re giddy for fantasy, you won’t stomach well.
I also noticed how much I enjoy pushing classic dystopian and existential literature (also known as books to piss you off and shake things up!) onto those who have jumped onto The Hunger Games bandwagon. Orwell, Huxley, and Bradbury are my Holy Trinity of oppressive governments!
Lastly, Never Let Me Go will continue to be my top recommendation, for these reasons:
- It’s a perfect blend of romance, tragedy, science fiction, and other genres–thus, appealing to a wide audience.
- I can’t say much without giving away the plot, so the mystery gets people intrigued.
- Ishiguro is a literary genius, and I would recommend anything he writes.
- It’s just what the world needs, given the over-saturation of Stephenie Meyer, E.L. James, and Nicholas Sparks. ESPECIALLY Nicholas Sparks. In fact, my loathing of him deserves its own blog post in the near future. So be on the look-out!
I would have included some ancient Greek and Shakespearean plays, but I don’t consider them “books,” so do a bit of searching, and I’m sure you’ll find some great choices.
So what would your top recommendations be? Would you veto any of mine? Sound off in the comments!