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Top Ten Tuesday: YOUR Recommendations

Hello. Happy new week to you all - it's the start of a new week of blogging around here. In case you couldn't tell, today is all about the Top Ten Tuesday love. This week's topic I had help with, thanks to awesome Twitter friends out there (shout-out to Jamie, Cassie and Courtney) and let me tell you, I needed it, girls. I knew there were lots of books that fellow book addicts had been getting on me for not reading (and I mean this in the best sense), I just couldn't remember the titles.

Some of these are books I remember the fabulous Rel and Amber recommending (and some of them are recommended by the authors themselves), and on the list goes. What I picked out of the bunch are the books I think I'll enjoy even if some are in genres I'm not as fond of... I just refuse to think all of the worthy hype will turn into a "it's-me-not-the-book" situation. But instead of me chattering away, I'll just let you see the books for yourself.
 
 
Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling You That You MUST Read
(whether because they think it's a "you" book or it's just been generally recommended so often)
 
Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren

yep, we know all about my appalling lack of reading this one.
there's nothing left to say.

The Butterfly & the Violin by Kristy Cambron

recently won this in a giveaway, so yeah! eager to see what all the fuss is about.
 
Mark of Distinction by Jessica Dotta

after reading book one in this series, I am, of course curious about its sequel.
 
Wildflowers from Winter by Katie Ganshert

this one was recommended to me back with the promotion for Katie's newest novel, A Broken Kind of Beautiful. needless to say, I'm excited to read ALL there are from this author's pen.

 
The Language of Souls by Lena Goldfinch

there have been more than one person rave about this novel (Amber & Juju), plus Lena seems like a lovely person. it's short and sweet which means, there is no excuse to not read it.
 
The Convenient Groom by Denise Hunter

this one is a recommendation from the lovely Rel.
given my love of Denise's newest series, it's a must.
 
Digitalis and Nightshade by Ronie Kendig

pretty much anything from Ronie has been recommended by someone to me. clearly, I need to get caught up because Raptor 6 was awesome.
 
Cinder by Marissa Meyer

yeah, you all know the chatter we've had about these books, too.
still haven't had a chance to read them. my bad.


The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery

my aunt recently read this and has mentioned a couple times how good it is. so far, I haven't let her lend it to me because... well, you can guess.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

thanks to Amber, Jennifer's books appeared on my radar. hoping to read them soon.
 
Wish you Were Here by Beth Vogt

another one I need to work "backwards" to read after I had the chance to read Beth's newest novel, Somebody Like You. betting this one will be equally lovely.
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There you have it, fellow book addicts.
These are the books I've been recommended, in all likelihood more than once.

What are some of the books you've had recommended and read - what did you think of them?

Are there any someone has told you is a "must read" and you just can't wrap your mind around reading?

Comment away.

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  1. Ooh, Cinder is wonderful!!! You must read it!!!

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    1. Thanks, Emma! I've been hearing nothing but great things about the "Lunar" books. Must read them now. Glad you stopped by. :)

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  2. I forgot about Waterfall on my list!

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    1. I've been told to read Waterfall by so many people it's embarrassing I've not read it yet, Dawn. But, I'm glad to not be the ONLY one. ;)

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  3. If you start Waterfall, make sure you have the others lined up. There were even lots of things I didn't like in that series, but it was so addicting, I couldn't pull myself away. :) The Language of Souls is the only other one I've read, but it is super sweet. I just started Dotta's first book yesterday, and I'm already loving it. (Most of the rest are on my list, too, thanks to fellow blogger raving!) :D

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    1. I believe you, Tammy! Yikes. Many of you have mentioned loving Lisa's series and since I enjoyed her last set of books, it's a must that I read these. And soon.

      Glad to know Lena's book is sweet and of course, I expected nothing less than awesome-ness from Jessica's book. I'll have to read it soon. Enjoy! :)

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  4. Awesome list, Rissi! I did not know you had not yet read "Waterfall'', but you should read it. And of course "Cinder" should be read (though, in all honesty, if you don't want to be stuck in the horrible over one year wait for "Winter" to release, you might want to wait a little while to get to this series. Just a friendly warning.)

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    1. Thanks, Grace. Always happy to have you stop in.

      Yes, it's pretty embarrassing that I've NOT read Waterfall yet. *sigh* It's sounds exciting, but hey, as you say with Cinder there is an upside to waiting - less time between books (or in the case of Lisa's series, no time). Thanks for the suggestion. :)

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  5. 1, 2, 3 and 8...EEEEEEEE!!! Can't wait for you to read those!!! I haven't read any of the others, but I might need to check them out!

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  6. Oh and I have the blue castle on my kindle too!

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    1. Right?? Those are excellent books to single out from what I understand, Jamie. I've had others recommend all of these to me at some point, including you, so it looks like I have a great line up to come.

      Yay for The Blue Castle. My aunt LOVED it. :)

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  7. I also need to read Waterfall...I bought it a couple of years ago after constantly hearing about how good the series is, but still haven't read it! And you know The Blue Castle is on my to-read list, too. :) I think you'll really enjoy the Lunar Chronicles when you get the chance to read them- I know I was pleasantly surprised by how good they are!

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    1. Yes! How is it you guys keep getting me MORE excited to read the Lunar books? They sound right up my alley and remarkably creative to boot from what I understand. Cannot wait. :D

      Enjoy Waterfall. I'm just excited to know I'm not the only one who has yet to read it. ;) And, yes! I adore

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  8. 1,2,, and 3....Can't wait to hear what you think of them! They are each wonderful in their own way! :-)

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    1. Thanks, Kate! I cannot either - looking very much forward to them all. :)

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  9. SO much goodness.
    :)
    Yay!
    Happy reading and thanks for the shout out darling.

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    1. I agree - there are some lovelies to come. Thanks for stopping by - and always happy to give you a shout-out. :)

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  10. Yes, you need to read Waterfall!! I still can't believe you haven't read it yet. And Cinder was on my list too…I need to read it so I can catch up before the next book comes out! I'm interested in reading The Butterfly and the Violin, too.

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    1. I know...! It's shameful that I've not read Waterfall yet. Not sure why, but I've got a copy just waiting... so there is that. ;)

      At least we have some breathing room for the Lunar Chronicles - the next book won't arrive until LATE next year if I remember right. Either way, there is an advantage to being late to the party.

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  11. Oh, such goodies you have to read, Rissi - I think I envy you, even though I've read most of these ones :) Love that you added The Convenient Groom - I actually just finished the galley of Denise's The Wishing Season - oh, my! Loved it but TCG is still deeply embedded in my heart!

    Ronie, Beth, Katie, Lisa, Kristy - well, I've raved to you about those, too! And The Blue Castle? My favourite Lucy Maud novel :)

    Enjoy xo

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    1. I remembered you loving The Convenient Groom, Rel and suggesting it was a must-read, so that's a BIG shout-out to you for recommending it. :) As for The Wishing Season, I am so pleased you enjoyed it. I'm just starting it as well (what can I say, Elizabeth O's tweets about the other day made me forsake the books I *should* be reading first ;D) and even just about 20% in, I too think it's très chic. Denise is one awesome author.

      Thanks, I too am looking forward to these lovelies. So many good ones to come and then there is the fall line up and I get a tiny big overwhelmed. In a good way, of course. :)

      I've heard wonderful things about The Blue Castle, so yes! That one is a must.

      Thanks for visiting, Rel. Always enjoy your input around here. *hugs*

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  12. Thank you for the shout-out, Rissi!

    #2 and #3, obviously I want you to read those! ;) EEEK- they are both SO good but in completely different ways. I want to re-read them now (not that I have time, haha).

    #9 The Blue Castle has been on my radar, too. I've heard it is similar to Katherine Reay's DMK, which I know we both love. :) We both need to get to reading that one!

    Love your list, Rissi!

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    1. Always love chatting with you and giving you shout-outs, Cassie. :)

      I know the time factor all too well, girl. Wish it weren't the case, but yeah... it is.

      Oh, my gosh! The Blue Castle has similarities to Katherine's novel?? Um, I am now even more ALL OVER THAT. Yes, please.

      Thanks - as always, for visiting. :)

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    2. I KNOW, RIGHT?! What are we waiting for?? Must read: The Blue Castle.

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    3. Yes! It's in my Amazon cart next order; because this new cover...! ;)

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  13. Waterfall is also on my list and everyone I know who is read it loved it and that series. I met the author this year and she was fabulous and very down to earth. I think the fourth book in this series just came out or is and I just need to read them all.

    Um, yes, you need to read Cinder and The Statistical... Both are favs of mine. Do it already. ;)

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    1. Good to know I'm not the ONLY girl who has yet to hop on that fandom, Tressa - it's not that I don't want to, I just haven't had the time. *sigh* Ooo! How fun that you were able to meet Lisa. She seems like a down to earth person when I've been able to interact with her via Twitter, so I have no trouble believing she is in person as well.

      I know, I really know. There is just so many books, and so little time. Why can't we have equal amounts of both? Or some national book holiday?? ;)

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  14. I haven't read most of these, but I fully endorse the ones I have! I really enjoyed Waterfall (though I still haven't read the third book!) and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, and adored Cinder. It really is hard to make time for ALL the books we want to read, what with lives to live. If only we could spend all day, every day reading... :)

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    1. Yes. Makes me happy to have many people tell me to read Waterfall, Cinder and many others. I've heard good things about all of Jennifer's novels as well, which makes me excited to finally try hers as well.

      Right?? There should be MORE reading time, Rachel - well said. ;)

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