The Top Ten Books I’m So Happy Were Recommended to Me
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. My mom gave me her lovely hardcover edition many years ago. She is largely responsible for sparking my love for reading.
- The Idiot by Fydor Dostoyevsky. My Russian best friend Julia recommended this novel. The characterization in this novel is amazing.
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. This book was also recommended to me by Julia. In my opinion, this novel is a mix of genres: fable, self-help and fiction. It resonated with me at the time I read it.
- All of Juliet Marillier’s books. Thanks Krista! I love them.
- Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer. My library coworkers introduced me to this awesome series.
- Airborn by Kenneth Oppel. My coworker Sam recommended this book. I think I started falling in love with steampunk while reading it.
- The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby. A library patron recommended this book to me when she returned it. This is an amazing memoir about the power of communication. I read this book when my father was sick with a terminal illness which made it more bittersweet.
- The Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks. This novel is one my officemate’s favorites. What dark but beautiful prose.
- Wolf Hunt by Gillian Bradshaw. This novel was also recommended by my officemate Beverly. I love Gillian Bradshaw’s historical fiction. She chooses time periods that haven’t been overexposed instead of setting her novels in the “trendy” eras.
- Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende. Again, this was recommended by Beverly. Allende’s writing is so captivating that she deserves not only to be read, but to be studied.