Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. A new topic is posted each week, and bloggers post their top ten books in the category. I absolutely love making lists, and making lists about books is even better, so when I found out about Top Ten Tuesday, I just had to participate.

This week's topic is Top Ten Books for People Who Liked [X] Author. I wasn't able to come up with ten books for one specific author, so my list has ten different authors, plus a book recommendation if you liked them.

10. If You Like: Tamora Pierce
Read: The Safe-Keeper's Secret by Sharon Shinn

I love both these authors. They both create incredibly detailed worlds and continue writing stories about them, carrying over characters and plots without their books being repetitive or boring. There's a lot of similarities between these two authors, and if you want to read Sharon Shinn's books, The Safe-Keeper's Secret is a good place to start.

9. If You Like: J.R.R. Tolkien
Read: A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin

One of the reasons people love J.R.R. Tolkien is because his books are so epic and he created such an incredible world, and that's exactly what's inside A Wizard of Earthsea. If you read J.R.R. Tolkien, or high fantasy at all, you HAVE to read this book.

8. If You Like: Liz Kessler
Read: The Frog Princess by E.D. Baker

Liz Kessler's books are fun, lighthearted, fairy-tale-esque fantasy, and I absolutely loved them when I was younger. E.D. Baker's The Frog Princess is another book I was a big fan of when I was around that age and they have a lot in common, so I remain firmly convinced that if you liked on, you'll love the other, too.

7. If You Like: Erin Hunter
Read: Swordbird by Nancy Yi Fan

Erin Hunter was another of my elementary school obsessions. I read all of her books in the original Warriors series, The New Prophecy series, the Power of Three series, and the first few books in her Seekers series. And while Erin Hunter's earlier books were pretty good, Swordbird is even more impressive, both because Nancy Yi Fan was so young when she wrote it and because it's an an amazing story with incredible themes.

6. If You Like: E.B. White
Read: Thunder From the Sea by Joan Hiatt Harlow

All I can say is that if you reread Charlotte's Web and The Trumpet of the Swan as many times as I did, you'll absolutely fall in love with Thunder From the Sea. 

5. If You Like: Kate DiCamillo
Read: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

This one might not make as much sense, but there's definitely a connection. Kate DiCamillo's books are filled with wonder, magic, and imagination, which also fuel the plot of The Night Circus. And like The Tale of Despereaux or The Magician's Elephant, The Night Circus is a book that will stick with you for awhile.

4. If You Like: Sarah Dessen
Read: Gimme A Call by Sarah Mlynowski

Just like in Sarah Dessen's novels, Gimme A Call portrays teenagers in an accurate, relatable way without being stereotypical and has great characters, who are consistent but grow throughout the novel without being predictable. If you're a fan of Sarah Dessen, Gimme A Call is the perfect read while you wait for her next book to come out.

3. If You Like: Gail Carson Levine
Read: Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George

Everyone loves a good fairytale retelling, and while no one does this better than Gail Carson Levine, Jessica Day George's Princess of the Midnight Ball comes pretty close. Its interesting take on the classic tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses was fascinating, magical, and fantastic, just like Gail Caron Levine's Ella Enchanted or Fairest.

2. If You Like: Rick Riordan
Read: The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

Most of us can agree that Rick Riordan's books are amazing, right? Well, Michael Scott's books are just as amazing, with lots of mythology and intense action. Rick Riordan got me interested in myths; Michael Scott kept me hooked. If you've enjoyed Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Heroes of Olympus, or The Kane Chronicle, definitely check out The Alchemyst. You won't be disappointed.

1. If You Like: Lemony Snicket
Read: The Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch

The Name of This Book is Secret has so much in common with A Series of Unfortunate Events - the humor, the warnings that you shouldn't be reading this book, the secrets, and the incredible author/narrator; both are thrilling, suspenseful, and hilarious. If you're brave enough to have read A Series of Unfortunate Events, you're definitely brave enough to read The Secret Series - and love every minute of it.



  1. Great list! I totally agree with your #9!!!!!!!

  2. I really like your list! Def. want to read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern! Looks and sounds like a fantastic book.

  3. Awesome list! I'll have to check out The Alchemyst since I love Rick Riordan.

    Tanya Patrice

  4. Enjoyed reading your list and liked your approach to this week's challenge. Plenty of good books to choose from.