Top 5 Wednesday – February 17th, 2016

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Hey Guys! This is my first Top 5 Wednesday post! So exciting! Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey over at Gingerreadslainey. If you didn’t already know, every week you’re given a topic where you have to respond with your top 5 books relating to that topic. If you’re curious and want to learn more, click here for the Goodreads group page.

This week’s Top 5 Wednesday topic is the top 5 Best Suggested Books you Loved. This was actually a little difficult for me, but not for the reasons you may think. It was because I get books recommendations ALL THE TIME. Which I love. I’m always asking people to recommend books to me. And then there’s Goodreads. Ahh Goodreads… Sometimes you’re on point and I really like you for it. And don’t even get me started on Tumblr. You don’t even have to ask. They attack you with recommendations and I love it? Yes, yes I do. The books that I’ve chosen for this list I picked for the memories behind them.

Anyway, lets get on with the countdown shall we…

5. Saga Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

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Yeah yeah I know, but Elissa this isn’t a book. Its okay. This was recommended to me by someone I met at a ComicCon last year. I was looking at a signed copy when he casually stopped right next to me and started going on and on about how good it was. I already had a copy of it so when I got home that night I picked it up & loved it. The story is so original and very funny. The art work is beautiful and Alana & Marko are OTP heaven. Thanks stranger!

 

4. Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

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I love romance. I do, I really really do. And when I love something I play the crap out of it(Insert any favorite song here). So there was a time when all I was reading was romancey new-adulty books. And then… I got bored of all of it. Anything that I’d pick up wouldn’t hold my interest. Cue in tumblr. Some months ago the Beautiful Bastard series was getting a lot of buzz. Like a lot. Everyone was raving and so excited about this book so I picked it up and was pleasantly surprised. It was hilarious and I really enjoyed the whole love/hate relationship between the two main characters. Its a read that I needed at the time when I read it so thank you Tumblr. You’re the real MVP.

 

3. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

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Percy Jackson and the Olympians series was not something that I even knew about till I got a tumblr and started seeing booktube videos. Strange I know. But I’m not kidding, I was totally in the dark about this one. A close friend of mine actually found out and all but punished me for never picking it up. All I really remember from that conversation was her all but screaming “but Percabeth! Percabeth is life!” and me going ookaaayyyyy. So I picked it up naturally & totally understood why so many love this series. Its funny, there’s adventure, Greek Mythology!!!!!, and gave me those nostalgic feels that I only get with books like Harry Potter. I haven’t finished the series yet but I hope to soon.

 

2. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

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Ahh Twilight, the book that started it all. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve always had a love for reading. But twilight catapulted me into the obsessed book lover that I am today. And I regret nothing. When I first heard of Twilight it was from a classmate in high school. She chose this book to talk about to the class for a book report assignment. I remember thinking that it sounded pretty interesting so I went to my local bookstore and picked it up. The rest is history. I devoured it so I lent it to a friend who lent it to a friend and it went on like that for weeks. I didn’t get that book back till months later. But I always like to think that I started a little twilight obsession in school. One of my greatest accomplishments.

 

  1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
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When I was younger, my parents would ship me off to Puerto Rico every summer to be with my family. One summer I asked my grandfather to take me to the bookstore. When we got there I ran to the young adult section (naturally) but when he caught up to me he told me that if I wanted a book it would have to be a classic. Younger me didn’t like this. But younger me also understood that you can’t just leave a bookstore without a book. So I asked a bookseller for any recommendations and gave me a copy of Jane Eyre. I still own that copy. At the time, I’d never read anything like it. The growth of the character through out the novel, the gothic elements, her relationship with Rochester. I lost count of how many times I’ve reread it. Its also the first book to make me cry. Jane Eyre is one of my heroes. I’m so grateful for that recommendation because they recommended my favorite book.
What are some books that you love that were recommended to you? Do you remember the memory behind it? Let me know in the comments!
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