Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Top 10 Books I'd Recommend to X Person

This is the first time I'm participating in Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. For this week's Top 10 books, check mine out...

The Book I’d Recommend To:

A person who does not read books

I won’t recommend the whole series yet but just let him/her start with the first book. Several friends have told me before that the Harry Potter series were the only books they have ever read, so I guess this could be a good start for non-readers. As for me, I think I first read this book at the age of 11.

A person who wants to read a book like no other
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

This book was not mind-blowing nor was it an eye-opener. When I read it, I felt like I could relate to the main character despite his rants and all. On our worst days, it does feel that the world and everything else is “phony” but oh well. You will either love or hate this book.

A person who loves shopping and something fun to read
Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

I look forward to light, fun reads after a long day at work and the Shopaholic books are the perfect books to help me unwind. The main character, Becky Bloomwood may be silly and ignorant at times but her adventures are certainly hilarious. You could not have met a more clueless character.

A young person who wants to be motivated

This is a rather unknown book even though it won a Book of the Year award in Australia in 1985. I remember how I used to read this book during my teens and it left me feeling positive and motivated after finishing it. I wanted to be a great, cultured reader like Lilli, the main character, too!

A person who loves a good love story
Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern (also published as Love, Rosie)

A love story like no other, Where Rainbows End makes you root for the main characters who never seem to get together throughout the book. You will be like, “What??! They only get together when they are 50 and they met when they were five??” I have only read two books by Ahern and I thought this was better than P.S. I Love You.

A person who likes a good book with humour

I wonder if this book will ever be turned into a movie. It is about an autistic 15-year-old boy and how he tries to find out who killed a neighbour’s dog. The last time I read this book was in 2006 (wow, seven years ago!). I think it is time for me to read it again (and write a better review).

A person who loves well-written short stories with the most unexpected twist
Skin and Other Stories by Roald Dahl

Short stories come in handy when you don’t feel like diving into a novel. What better than stories by Roald Dahl, whose dark tales with unexpected endings would leave you wanting more.

A person who wants to read about bullying and everything else gone bad
Carrie by Stephen King

I will never forget how after reading the first 20 pages of this book, I had a nightmare while taking a nap. Poor Carrie. To be gifted with powers no one else has but to be misguided along the way. I have watched the 1976 and 2013 versions of the movie and I think Sissy Spacek makes a better Carrie!

A person who wants to read beautiful writing
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

Beautiful, descriptive writing is what you will find when you read this book. It could be a great book for aspiring writers and if you want to keep a journal. The book is from 17-year-old Cassandra’s point of view. She records her life and observations of the people around her. The cover of the book is just so pretty too. That is reason enough to get the book.

A person who wants to tackle the greatest reads of all time
Read, Remember, Recommend by Rachelle Rogers Knight

If you want to be a well-read reader, this reading journal and its numerous lists would make a wonderful start. You can write notes, track your reading and get new ideas on what to read next. Perfect for any book lover.

Do let me know if you have any suggestions for each category! Enjoy!


  1. I love your recommendation of Harry Potter to the person who doesn't like to read. I can't see how it wouldn't open the door for more of a desire to read if they just give that series a shot. Great list!

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

  2. Love your recommendation of Carrie on a topic of interest today. You are right about Sissy Spacek playing Carrie...But I like Julieann Moore better as the mother.

    And because I love collections of short stories and flash fiction (trying to write them as well) I thank you for the Roland Dahl rec as I am going to check that out.

  3. I wasn't a fan of Carrie but I did love Catcher in the Rye :)


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