Top Ten Books I Recommend the Most

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!

Image via The Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten Books I Recommend the Most

  1. Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
  2. His Dark Materials trilogy – Philip Pullman
  3. Demian – Hermann Hesse
  4. 1984 – George Orwell
  5. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  6. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
  7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  8. The Stranger – Albert Camus
  9. Fight Club –  Chuck Palahniuk
  10. 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!

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8 thoughts on “Top Ten Books I Recommend the Most

  1. The only books I have read from your list are Wuthering Heights, which is way too heart-wrenching for me at this time in my life, and The Stranger, which I read in a World Lit class in high school & don’t really remember. Was that the one where he wakes up & is a bug? I actually like some Sparks books, but the last one I read killed me – The Best of Me. Horrible. I love Jane Austin, so I would include Pride & Prejudice.

    • Thanks for reading and commenting! I’m sure many readers will agree with your “Pride and Prejudice” recommendation!

      The bug story you’re thinking of is actually Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis”–also a wonderful read!

      Check out “The Stranger”–it’s a controversial tale about a man on trial for murder, and is the epitome of French existentialism. If you like books that really make you think, this one is worth the philosophical challenge!

  2. Thanks for the linky! Some great choices here – I definitely agree on the dystopian front with those 3 authors, though I like a lot of the others you have mentioned too. It is funny when some of your favourite books don’t end up on this list, but as you say sometimes they can be an acquired taste and so recommending them would be a little redundant.

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