Today I'm participating in Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week's Top Ten Tuesday is Top Ten: Books I'm So Happy Were Recommended To Me (all those books you probably wouldn't have picked up without a good recommendation)
1. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. This is one of my favorite young adult books (if not, my absolute favorite) and I never would have read it without my young adult book club.
2. The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson. Another great book introduced to me through my young adult book club.
3. The Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling. One of the kids I used to babysit (who by the way hated reading and I had to bribe him to read for the summer library program every day) gave me the first Harry Potter book to read because he loved it so much and wanted to share them with me. Let just say I will be eternally greatful that I gave in and read this series.
4. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I have to thank all my blogging friends for this recommendation. I saw it pop up all over the blogosphere and heard such rave reviews that I had to pick it up.
5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. This was recommended to me by my best friend. This is a fantastic book...it made me laugh-out-loud on one page and cry uncontrollably on the next.
6. The Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampires Series by Charlaine Harris. Again my best friend comes to the rescue with one of my all time favorite vampires. How could you not fall in love with Eric?
7. Whistling in the Dark by Lesley Kagen. This was recommended to me by an employee of my local independent bookstore. It's set in my town and the author lives right down the street. I've met her a couple of times and she is the greatest lady. I can't wait for the sequel due out this fall.
8. Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson. This book was so amazing and lead me to her other novels. I met her at an author event and as my best friends and I say that she is crazy and quirky enough to be one of us.
9. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. We read this book last spring for my adult book club. I had a hard time at the begining but by the end I was up all night just to finish it.
10. Juliet by Anne Fortier. My best friend (again) recommended this book and who can turn down a retelling of Romeo and Juliet. I loved this book...it was a great mix of mystery, adventure and of course Romance.