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This week’s topic is the top ten books/authors I recommend the most.
1. The Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin – If you tell me you like YA, this is probably the first thing I will recommend to you. I was blown away by The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, and The Evolution of Mara Dyer gave me so many feels I didn’t know what to do with myself. Trust me; it’s that good.
2. Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone – I still haven’t read Days of Blood and Starlight yet, so I can’t recommend that, but I will say that if you like fantasy even a little, you will love Daughter of Smoke and Bone.
3. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray – This book is so fun and funny and wonderful. Just read it!
4. Beth Kephart – So far, Undercover is still my favorite book by her, but I always try to recommend her to my YA-loving friends because she deserves major recognition for how cool her books are.
5. Chuck Palahniuk – Diary and Lullaby are both on my favorite-books-of-all-time list, and I truly believe everyone should read at least one Chuck Palahniuk book in their lifetime.
6. Allie Condie’s Matched trilogy – If you enjoy dystopian novels, chances are you’ll fall for these ones, too. Admittedly, I think the first book was the best, but the rest of the series is definitely worth a read as well.
7. Parrotfish by Ellen Wittlinger – I love, love, loved this book. It was the first book about a transgender character I’d ever read, and it’s one of the first books I recommend to anyone looking for a great LGBT book.
8. Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger – Okay, so I cheated a bit with two Ellen Wittlinger books, but she so deserves to be on here twice. This was the first book of hers I read, and it continues to inspire me years later.
9. Down to the Bone by Mayra Lazara Dole – Another LGBT-themed novel. I really wish more people knew about this book.
10. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma – If you’re looking for something different and out of your comfort zone, look no further than this book. It’s thought-provoking and heart breaking, my favorite combination.