19 November 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Would Recommend to Almost Any Reader

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. I heart lists!

I decided NOT to be lazy and just make a zombie book list this week.  Instead it's books that I think would appeal to (almost) anyone - although it ended up being quite heavy on the horror side, all of them have multiple reasons why I'd recommend them.

The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman
It's dark, it's intense and I loved it!  Definitely one for anyone that likes a good horror story, a bit of mystery and more than a bit of action.

Margot by Jillian Cantor 
I know historical fiction isn't everyone's cup of tea, but this book had such great characterisation and emotion that the historical element kind of fades into the background.  Plus Cantor has such a good imagination in bringing this story to life.

Every Day by David Levithan 
Quotable, thought-provoking, sad, happy and so unique, I will push this book until the end of time.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
I cried while reading this one.  Not just misty eyes or the occassional tear but sobbing cried, and yet I smiled at the end.  And hugged the book quite a lot.

Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
Before the literary world went a little bit (ok a lot of bit) dystopian crazy, Battle Royale introduced the kids fighting to survive thing to a whole other level - and it's gory to boot!

Dead of Night by Jonathan Maberry 
Definitely one of my favourite adult zombie novels, I loved that the main character was so broken yet managed to kick some serious zombie arse.

Swan Song by Robert McCammon
Epic apocalyptic horror.  It's big, and intense and one of my favourite books ever.

Meat by Joseph D'Lacey
More horror!  With a twisted ecological message - if I wasn't such a steak-lover, this book could have seriously turned me vegetarian.

Dark Matter by Michelle Paver
I find it really difficult to find a good, haunting ghost story.  With the additional bonus of taking place during an arctic winter, this one is chilling (yeah, lame puns ahoy!)

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
Probably the book I'm most proud of reading - it's absolutely insane - boring, exciting, creepy and totally mind-bending.   And it's visually awesome to flick through.


  1. Ah, Battle Royale was just a bit too much violence for me. I'm a wuss.
    Definitely agree with Every Day though - I'm constantly pushing that on people!

  2. Janhvi @ The ReaddictsNovember 19, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    I really wanna read Me Before You and Everyday. Great list!

    here's our TTT

    Janhvi @ The Readdicts

  3. I read this one a while back and I am with you on the ending...was disappointed. A friend wanted to do a read-a-long of this one or I never would have picked it up on my own. I'm more into YA and dystopian now but I still enjoyed it quite a bit.

  4. Awesome list. I have an ARC of Margot that I haven't gotten to yet. I enjoyed Every Day and have several of the others on my TBR. Wish my library carried more of your recommended zombie books. They only had one! Boo hiss!

  5. Kristin@Blood, Sweat and BooksNovember 20, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    You have some great books on this list. I've actually never read Meat but I've wanted to since first hearing about it. I definitely agree with the points you mentioned about Battle Royale and The Waking Dark.

  6. Love your top 10! I'm a big horror fan and I'll be looking for most of these books. Thanks for sharing. ;)

  7. You should read it asap - I've listened to it on audio and read it - loved it both times!

  8. Ugh, library, get your zombie stuff together!

  9. It's definitely violent ;-)
    YAY for fellow Every Day pushers!

  10. It wasn't awful by any stretch, and there were times I was glued to the pages. But the ending was just...too quick and neat.

  11. Hmmm, I have this on my to-read list, but I think I'm going to take it off. Parts sound good but a disappointing ending plus a baby and I'm thinking maybe I would be better off with something else. This just might not be a me book.



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