Every once in a while we come across a book that sends us reeling. Whether it just spoke to us, we loved the characters, the writing was captivating, or what have you, some books just have a way to make it to your “Must Tell Everyone About It” list. Today, The Broke and the Bookish want to know what books we recommend to X—but because I’m not creative today, I’m going to tell you the top 10 books I recommend to EVERYONE.
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling: What would this list be without this epic series? Harry Potter defines me and I’m always shocked when I meet people who haven’t read the books. (I’m looking at you, Filip.)
Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo: For something different in YA, this book is a must-read. Rich fantasy, complex characters and wonderful prose. Read it.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness: If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, look no further. This book is filled with beautiful illustrations and it’s a guaranteed tear-jerker. I can’t always relate to children in books, but this one was amazing.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes: I don’t think I can recommend this book enough. It’s easily one of the best books I’ve read this year, or EVER, and if you haven’t already read it, DO IT. But just make sure to have lots of tissues on hand.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: Rereading this book recently reaffirmed my love for it. Splendidly written with characters that—albeit their flaws—you can’t help but root for. A great dystopian! (But really, Catching Fire is easily the best book in the trilogy.)
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien: It’s a classic, guys. Sure, it can be long-winded at some parts, but it’s that quintessential saga that’s a must-read for all fantasy fans.
The Berenstain Bears by Stan and Jan Berenstain: As a child, this series was everything. I own almost all their books and each one taught me something about life and about being a better person. If you have young children, please read this series to them.
Forever by Judy Blume: In a world of insta-forever-love, this book gives a nice big dose of reality to teens. There’s sex, there’s love, there’s attempted suicide, there’s depression, there’s teenage pregnancy, there’s death, and there’s heartbreak. And it’s real.
Night by Elie Wiesel: I’m always curious about the Holocaust and this book did a number on me in Grade 12. It’s chillingly real, and it’s guaranteed to stay with you.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: Another Holocaust story, this one is one of my all-time favourite books. It’s written in such an unique way, with a totally different point of view, and hosts a range of characters you can’t help but fall in love with. This book will live in your heart forever.