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Bout of Books 12 Challenge – Top 10 Recommendations

bout_of_books12It’s Day 2 of the Bout of Books Read-A-Thon and that also mean that we’re up for the second challenge.  Yesterday’s was so much fun that I figured, why not?  Today’s challenge (hosted by Trees of Reverie) is a list of the top 10 books you’d recommend if you worked in a bookstore or library.  Let get started.

The Challenge: You’ve just started to work at a bookstore (or library) – what are your top ten go-to book recommendations?


  • You may select any TEN BOOKS of your choice. These books can be from a specific genre, or you may like to choose a few books from various genres.
  • Make a list of the TEN BOOKS that you’ve selected. Make sure to include the title and author of each book.

Extra Prompts:

  • Why did you choose these books?
  • What would you say about each of these books when recommending them to a customer or library patron?
  • What would be close favorites for book recommendations that didn’t make it onto your list?
  • Is there anything else that you’d like to mention about the books you’ve chosen to include on this list?

My Top 10 Recommendations
(Links will take you to my review)


1.  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling – For those looking to experience the fantasy genre and have managed to avoid HP for this long (you’re missing out, by the way).

2.  UnEnchanted:  An Unfortunate Fairy Tale by Chanda Hahn – If you’re looking for a twist on a fairy tale, look no further than the Unfortunate Fairy Tale series by Chanda Hahn.

3.  Yes Please by Amy Poehler – For those who like to read memoirs/biographies or if you’re an Amy Poehler/SNL/Parks and Recreation fan.


4.  The Boyfriend League by Rachel Hawthorne – For those looking for a clean, young adult book.

5.  The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey – I was originally thinking of adding Until the End by Tracey Ward and Hollowland by Amanda Hocking, but in the end I settled on The Girl with All the Gifts because it’s a fantastic dystopian story.

6.   Cell by Stephen King – I felt like I needed a go-to zombie book and something from King on my recommendation list and Cell managed to work as both.


7.  Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – If you’re looking to read a classic.  I’d also recommend watching the BBC mini-series with Timothy Dalton first.

8.  People I Want to Punch in the Throat by Jen Mann – Absolutely hilarious and perfect for parents.  It will make you laugh and maybe feel a little better about forgetting to make sure your son was wearing two matching shoes this morning (although I really enjoyed it and I don’t have kids).

9.  Stupid and Contagious by Caprice Crane – It was funny and sweet.  It was more of a true to life read, but enjoyable especially during those awkward transition years from teenager to adult.

10.  The Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner – I liked these books way more than Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys.

Honorable Mentions:  Fantasy/Supernatural anthologies like Death’s Excellent Vacation, Wolfsbane and Mistletoe, Many Bloody Returns, and My Big, Fat, Supernatural Wedding.  These would be perfect for the person who’s not really sure what they like or want to read in this particular genre.


I hate when someone asks what my favorite book is.  I don’t have one.  There are way too many to choose from.  I think this list works though because I didn’t choose one; I chose 10 of my favorites plus some anthologies.  All-in-all each book on this list would be a perfect recommendation without knowing too many personal details about the readers.

What would you recommend if you were in this predicament?


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