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Top Ten Tuesday | Tell Me What to Read (No Seriously, Please DO!)

Recommendations are a fabulous thing in this bookish universe. In fact, I’d argue that is one of the best things about Top Ten Tuesday.

Broke and Bookish October 11th

All About Books You Read Because of Recommendation 
- Broke and Bookish

Coming up with some bookish recommendations was actually… difficult. I’ve had people recommend books to me time and again, and don’t mistake me, I love it, but so often I already own the book so it feels like it wasn’t a recommendation so much as affirmation. (Another thing I love.) Nonetheless, when this comes from a trusted fellow book blogger of #BookBestie friend, I’m excited to read said book. Some of these I have read, others I have not. This is where you come in. Comment down below with the books you suggest I simply MUST read next. I want to now.

With this in mind, below are some authors or books that fellow readers have told me: READ NOW!

1. Persuasion by Jane Austen | I’ve struggled like nobody's business with classic literature. It’s not that I don’t want to read it, it’s that the style is so different than today's, plus generally speaking, classic lit intimidates me (have you held The Count of Monte Cristo or Les Mis in person!?). After reading Sense and Sensibility, a couple of lovely people (Katherine Reay and Lianne) suggested I read Persuasion. So that’s what I plan to do! Amazon | Goodreads

2. What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen | I have a few of Sarah’s novels on my shelf, but have not read them. I know. My friend, Kara (*waves*) has said she likes some of Sarah’s novels so naturally, I’m ready to discover contemporary bliss. Amazon | Goodreads

3. Entwined by Heather Dixon | My friend Amber raves about this novel and Heather's fabulous sense of humor. Considering my love of all things meshing together "fairy" and "tale," I suspect I too will love this one. Amazon | Goodreads 

 4. The Mistress of Tall Acre by Laura Frantz | Historical fiction isn’t my forte. I like a specific kind and even I’m not one hundred percent sure I can say what it is. I just know it when I read it. Laura’s novel falls easily into that – it remains happily on my keeper shelf. The writing is first-class, and guys, the romance? It’s stunning. Amazon | Goodreads

5. The Language of Souls by Lena Goldfinch | Again, my good friend Amber recommends Lena’s novels, which is why I purchased this one. Much to my shame I’ve yet to read this one or any. But someday I will. Amazon | Goodreads

6. The End of the World by Amy Matayo | Had my lovely friend, Rel (of Rel’s Author Services) not contacted me about joining a blog tour for this novel (which she glowingly recommended), this novel may still be unread. It’s not that I wouldn’t have wanted too, but the darkness of the premise may have prevented me from reading it with haste. Amazon | Goodreads

7. The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery | Rachel (McMillan) and Kara have nothing but glowing things to say about this, a lesser known work by Anne of Green Gables author. Naturally I have the highest of hopes. Amazon | Goodreads

8. Waking Beauty by Sarah Morin | I saw this one spotlighted on Rel’s website and wondered how it was I hadn’t heard of it because fairytale! So yes, even indirectly, she recommended this one. Amazon | Goodreads

9. Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay | This was one I was vaguely aware of, but it wasn’t until Rel (yes, she’s always “in the know” about the best new fiction) tweeted about this one that I sat up, and thought, “I need to know about this one.” Considering the many opportunities I take to gush about this one, the rest is history. Amazon | Goodreads

10. Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin | Why I added this one (as a recommendation) I have not a clue. I think I picked it up because I thought it sounded good. Ah, well. I'm delighted to have it on this list because it IS indeed a delight. WWII aficionados, don't miss it! Amazon | Goodreads 



That's an end to today's Top Ten Tuesday fun. Your turn: What books do YOU recommend!? Which books have been recommended to you - have you loved or detested them? Fill up the comments with your bookish thoughts. (And you know the drill, leave your post links too! I'd be thrilled to visit.)

Thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland.

PS; swing by to enter the Booktube (Gilmore Girls) giveaway and the YALit giveaway (+ Swag) here on Finding Wonderland (featuring books by Katie McGarry and Jennifer E. Smith). 
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  1. Great list! I haven't read any of these books yet, but I've also heard a lot of good things about Entwined! I do love book recommendations - they really help you discover books that you maybe normally wouldn't have picked up :)
    I do have a few recommendations up here:

    1. YAY for Entwined. It seems like the perfect little fairy tale read, so I'm defintely all for reading it. :)

      Ditto! This is part of the charm of Top 10 Tuesday - we not only get to meet new bloggers/discover their amazing blogs, we also get recommendations!

      Hooray for recommendations. Love those. Thanks for visiting, Lindsey. :)

  2. What Happened to Goodbye is probably one of my least fave Sarah Dessen books. I would say start with Just Listen or The Truth About Forever or Lock & Key.

    1. Good to know, Michelle! I think I have "Forever," not sure about the other two. :)

      Thanks so much for sharing - and stopping by. :)

  3. I adore Sarah Dessen's books! I just read What Happened to Goodbye last year and enjoyed it, but like Michelle said it wasn't one of my favorites. I loved The Truth About Forever, Lock & Key, and Saint Anything.

    1. Good to know, Lori. I'm glad to know 'Forever' might be the place to start (because I'm 95% sure I own that one). Perhaps 'Goodbye' is one I'll donate or find someone to send it to who's wanted to read it. Either way, I'm more excited to start a novel by Dessen! Thanks!

      Appreciate you stopping by. :)

  4. I LOVE! The Blue Castle!!! Read read read it! :) I'm not a Jane Austen fan really, but I personally Like Northanger Abbey. I love Catherine and Mr. Tilney. Great list Rissi!!! katiescottagebooks :)

    1. YAY! I'm so excited. It's really a short little novel (or the copy I have is) so I've not a clue why I haven't made time to read it. My excuses are running out. ;)

      I'm a HUGE Austen adaptation addict, but don't really read the novels. I did start Northanger Abbey years ago, and never finished it. *sigh* Someday.

      Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

  5. Hey, guess what? I actually did TTT this week :-D And we have two books in common with our lists: The Blue Castle and Dear Mr. Knightley. You MUST read The Blue Castle. And Persuasion is my favorite Austen novel (and one of the easier ones to read, IMHO), so I vote for you to read it too. You could always start out by reading Captain Wentworth's Diary by Amanda Grange so you know the story line, and then read the original... just a thought.

    1. YES! I'm so glad, Rachel. I'll definitely come by to read YOUR list. :)

      Dear Mr. Knightley is a gem like NO other. And I have little doubt The Blue Castle will follow suit.

      As for Persuasion, that's what I hear (it's an easier read). I like hearing that. Good idea! I've seen Amanda's novel around on Goodreads or blogs, so I'm glad to know it's a good read. :)

      Thanks for visiting, Rachel.

    2. I've really enjoyed all 6 of Grange's "Diary" books for Austen's heroes. (I haven't read Mr. Wickham's Diary because, merciful Zeus, who would???) They are obviously not Austen quality, but they're the best Austen pastiches I have read yet. Very enjoyable, nothing objectionable, and she nails the characterizations, IMHO.

  6. Another person has been urging Blue Castle on me--I promise to move it way up the list! 9 & 10 are my sort of books, too! Thanks!

    1. Cool! Hopefully we can read The Blue Castle "together," Lisa. It must be amazing with all these recommendations floating around! :) Numbers 9 and 10 are wonderful stories. :)

      THANK YOU for visiting. I appreciate it. :)

  7. Great list! There's something about Sarah Dessen's writing style that manages to get me every time. Just Listen was the first one I read and still the best in my opinion, though I'd also recommend The Truth About Forever and Lock & Key. I personally really liked What Happened to Goodbye as well. I really struggle with classic literature too but I think Jane Austen and the Brontes are the best options. Jane Austen's Emma is one of my favourite books.

    Here's my TTT if you want to check it out:

    1. Cool! Thanks so much for sharing more about your Sarah Dessen favorites, Becca. I'm glad to have them. If I'm not totally off, The Truth about Forever is one I have on my shelf too. (And I wonder why I suddenly have an urge to search my shelves. ;D)

      I'm glad not to be the ONLY one who struggles with classic lit. Thanks for saying that. Since I adore the adaptations of Emma, that's one I should try too. The only one I've made it through in its entirety is Sense & Sensibility. (I also started Northanger Abbey eons ago. At this point I'd be better to start again!)

      Of course I do! Thanks for sharing the link. Thank you for visiting. :)

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    1. Thanks, Mariela. I have lots of fun with it. :)

      Glad you visited - off to check out your Top Ten Tuesday.

  9. Oooh! I loved Through Waters Deep!! My TTT

    1. As did I, Elizabeth. It's a beautiful read. :) Thanks for visiting; glad to see you over here.

  10. I need to read The End of the World because I loved The Thirteenth Chance! My favorite Sarah Dessen books are Just Listen, The Truth About Forever, and This Lullaby. Fun YA :) I *LOVE* The Blue Castle! It's one that I've re-read several times. I also fell in love with Dear Mr. Knightley! Have you read the classic it's based on, Daddy-Long-Legs? A sweet and fun read. As for my recommendations- Sarah M. Eden, Heather B. Moore, Julianne Donaldson, Julie Daines, Josi Kilpack, and Annette Lyon. You'll thank me later ;)

    1. YES! You so do, Heidi. Also, The Thirteenth Chance is one I'm *dying* to read. It sounds and looks fabulou.

      I'm glad to know these are popular Sarah Dessen novels. I clearly featured one of her least popular ones - and suddenly I have an urge to search my shelves because I fee like I own The Truth About Forever. Fun YA is just my cup of tea. :)

      DMK is brilliant and I expect The Blue Castle is too. As for Daddy Long Legs, no I've not read that one! I hear it's a good read though. :)

      THANKS for the recommendations! And I've little doubt I will. I see Sarah's name around the blogosphere quite a lot so I've not a doubt she's a good author to read. :) Glad you visited.

  11. I haven't read anything by Sarah Dessen. I know, it's crazy, since I do like contemporary lit. I hope to read SOMETHING by her at some point soon. I've read Persuasion and it's a good one. It's the only Austen novel I've read, so I'm curious to try out some of her others.


    1. Hi, Lauren. Neither have I although like you, I'm a fan of contemporary. It's (overall) my favored genre actually because it's the genre I consistently love the most (i.e, the one I have the least disappointment in).

      YAY for Persuasion. It sounds like it's one I have nothing from which to "fear." :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

  12. I'm new to your blog, and I was about to comment on this post, but I just spotted your costume dramas review section - I have a RIDICULOUS appetite for historical dramas (I'm currently watching a Turkish series!), so I'm off to read all your reviews...! ;)

    1. Hi, Jane! Thank you for visiting and commenting. I'm glad to meet you. Do visit anytime. :)

      YAY! I'm glad you (hopefully) enjoyed the period drama archives! I'm actually working on improving them (reformatting reviews/editing them, etc.) so in the coming months, the idea is to improve on what's there.

  13. Aww, I love this! Thanks so much for the S/O, and for letting me recommend books to you! :D I hope you enjoy Entwined and The Language of Souls when you read them! ♥

    Persuasion, The End of the World, The Blue Castle, Dear Mr. Knightley, and Through Waters Deep are all *great* reads! I definitely was encouraged to read Persuasion and The Blue Castle as well, and I don't regret it. ;) And I believe it was YOU who gave me the great pleasure of reading Dear Mr. Knightley by letting me borrow your copy, if I'm remembering right! Thank you so much for that! The other two were review reads that I found impressive. :)

    I also have Waking Beauty and The Mistress of Tall Acre on my Fire tablet...and those promise to be awesome reads! :D


    1. Recommending is one of the best things about blogging - keep 'em coming, girl. :)

      YAY for great reads! Those are the best, aren't they? I can easily say I agree with you on Amy's, Katherine's and Sarah's. I've yet to read The Blue Castle, but you know, I'll totally get to it. Soonish. ;)

      Aww, that's right! I forgot that. It was a pleasure. I'm ALWAYS glad to share books with fellow book nerds who I know will also appreciate these amazing stories. :)

      'Tall Acre' has a romance that, I don't know what it is exactly, but it's stunning. Hope you enjoy both when you can read them!


  14. I haven't read Persuasion yet, but I loved Pride & Prejudice! I also haven't read What Happened to Goodbye, but I have loved other Sarah Dessen books like This Lullaby, Just Listen, Someone Like You, The Truth About Forever!

    Great list and also I love your blog header! It's so cute!!

    Stephanie Kaye

    1. The Truth About Forever seems to be a must. I'll have to try and find that one. :) Thanks for listing your favorite Dessen novels, Stephanie. I'm excited to discover some of her novels. :)

      YAY for Pride and Prejudice. It's not one I've read (because I'm awful about classic lit), but I adore it as a story. :)

      Thanks! I have a ton of fun with this blog and its design. :)

      Thanks a million for visiting. I appreciate it! :)

  15. A lot of classic literature is hard to get into, but Persuasion is an easier one. Plus, it's a gorgeous story. ;) You do need to read it!

    1. Good to know, Amanda. I'm feeling more and more confident about reading Persuasion and I love that. Thanks! :)

      Glad you visited.

  16. So I haven't read ANY OF THESE (#shame) so I'll just totally sit here admire your gorgeous photos/graphics.😍 I seriously adore how pretty your blog is. JUST SAYIN'.

    1. Hi Cait! Thanks. My apologies for missing your comment. Not sure HOW that happened. I appreciate you visiting, and your blog, Paper Fury. It's one of my FAVORITES! :)

      Hope you can discover some new reads. That's part of Top Ten Tuesday's charm. :)

  17. Great list Rissi! I really hope you enjoy reading Persuasion when you get to it, it's such a beautiful & wonderful story (been meaning to re-read it actually, I think it's been almost two years since I've re-read it) :)

    1. Hi, Lianne!!! Thanks. I hope so to. You and Katherine Reay have both said it's an excellent read. So, *fingers crossed* :)

      Glad you stopped by - and enjoy the re-read! :)


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