Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling You That You MUST Read

August 19, 2014 Top Ten Tuesday 5

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling You That You MUST Read toptentuesday

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! This weekly shared “meme” has a different theme each week and is shared by many blogs. We’re aiming to come up with ten things between us each week so they won’t be in any particular order!

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Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling You That You MUST Read


Fifty Shades of Grey

1.  Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James

Goodreads blurb: When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

Probably just so I can understand how bad it is.Natasha 

2. The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner

Goodreads Blurb: The king’s scholar, the magus, believes he knows the site of an ancient treasure. To attain it for his king, he needs a skillful thief, and he selects Gen from the king’s prison. The magus is interested only in the thief’s abilities.

What Gen is interested in is anyone’s guess. Their journey toward the treasure is both dangerous and difficult, lightened only imperceptibly by the tales they tell of the old gods and goddesses.

Philippa keeps hounding me to read this series!Angelya

the thief

The Name of the wind

3. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Goodreads blurb: Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen. The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature. A high-action story written with a poet’s hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard

 – Angelya

4. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

Goodreads blurb: On a brisk autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while splendorous, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office-leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin.

But Nella’s world changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. To furnish her gift, Nella engages the services of a miniaturist-an elusive and enigmatic artist whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways . . .

This is a recent recommendation from a friend. Sounds great, its going on my TBR list!-  Natasha

The Miniaturist

The Husband's Secret

5. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

Goodreads blurb: Imagine your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret – something so terrible it would destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others too. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive . . .

Cecilia Fitzpatrick achieved it all – she’s an incredibly successful business woman, a pillar of her small community and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia – or each other – but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s devastating secret.

This was recommended because I adored Big Little Lies – Natasha

6. Amsterdam by Ian McEwan

Goodreads blurb: On a chilly February day, two old friends meet in the throng outside a London crematorium to pay their last respects to Molly Lane. Both Clive Linley and Vernon Halliday had been Molly’s lovers in the days before they reached their current eminence: Clive is Britain’s most successful modern composer, and Vernon is editor of the newspaper The Judge. Gorgeous, feisty Molly had other lovers, too, notably Julian Garmony, Foreign Secretary, a notorious right-winger tipped to be the next prime minister.

In the days that follow Molly’s funeral, Clive and Vernon will make a pact with consequences that neither could have foreseen. Each will make a disastrous moral decision, their friendship will be tested to its limits, and Julian Garmony will be fighting for his political life.

Because I loved Atonement – Natasha



7.  Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Goodreads blurb: Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Recommended by my fellow bloggers, Angelya and Philippa. I must admit the idea of a cyborg protagonist puts me off, but I trust these girls, so on to my TBR it goes 🙂 – Natasha

8. For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

Goodreads blurb: Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family’s estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress, and Elliot’s estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth–an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go.

But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret–one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. And again, she’s faced with a choice: cling to what she’s been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she’s ever loved, even if she’s lost him forever.

Recommended by Philippa, because I love Austen retellings! – Natasha

for darkness shows the stars

Kushiel's dart

9. Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey

Goodreads blurb: The land of Terre d’Ange is a place of unsurpassing beauty and grace. It is said that angels found the land and saw it was good…and the ensuing race that rose from the seed of angels and men live by one simple rule: Love as thou wilt.

Phèdre nó Delaunay is a young woman who was born with a scarlet mote in her left eye. Sold into indentured servitude as a child, her bond is purchased by Anafiel Delaunay, a nobleman with very a special mission…and the first one to recognize who and what she is: one pricked by Kushiel’s Dart, chosen to forever experience pain and pleasure as one.

My sister in law recommended the Kushiel series by Jaqueline Carey. I thought “oo, another epic fantasy that has a lot of great reviews!” but then I found out that the main character was basically raised from a child to be a BDSM prostitute. Not so sure anymore! – Angelya



Natasha lives in Brisbane, Australia with her husband and son. She is a self confessed bibliophile who enjoys literature and adult fiction. She also loves travelling and aims to visit 40 countries by the time she is 40 (current count 36).

5 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling You That You MUST Read”

  1. Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

    There are some very good books on there – both ones I’ve read and ones I’ve heard about. Cinder is wonderful, and The Name of the Wind is probably one of the best books I’ve ever read (er, listened to.) Rothfuss’s use of language veers from breathtakingly beautiful to earthily comic – and he knows exactly what he’s doing. (It’s why it takes him so long to finish a book. But they’re worth the wait.)

    As for The Queen’s Thief series, that’s on my TTT list this week, too. And I think I’ll investigate The Miniaturist, which I hadn’t even heard of. Thanks!

    P.S. I like your blog header.
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    • Angelya

      Do you know I don’t think I’ve seen anyone saying that they didn’t like Name of the Wind? 🙂 I’ll have to bump it up the Pile!

  2. Chrissi Reads

    Brilliant list! I really liked Cinder but the series seems to be getting better as it goes along! I’ve also been recommended The Miniaturist, it looks so good! I hope that you enjoy these books if you do get around to them!

  3. Krissy

    Fifty Shades of Grey is first on my list, too. I’m not too sure about Cinder. I know everyone raves about it, but I don’t know if it’s for me. Great list!
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