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Top Ten Books I’d Recommend To My Mom!

Top Ten Tuesday

Thanks to the gals of The Broke and The Bookish for hosting this meme every week!

I’m super cheating this week since my mom reads my blog (hi!) and probably has already read some of these based on my pushing them on her >.>. She’s a huge sci-fi/fantasy fan who just doesn’t have as much time to read as I do, so this is for all you sci-fi/fantasy lovers who want to skip right to the awesome books! Also huge warning: A LOT of these are sequels because I love the sequel best, and therefore I think you should read the first books in order to read the sequel. Feel free to check with me if you’re not sure!


Cress Bang Reboot Pawn 

There has been so much good sci-fi the past two years!! Of course the Lunar Chronicles series is top of my list. Apparently this series isn’t as big with the rest of the world as with book bloggers?? This must be fixed! Bang is a sequel that I adored and makes the first book completely worth the read (it’s good, just not as good as Bang), though it’s only kind of sci-fi. Reboot should definitely be listened to since the narration is amazing! I quite enjoyed Pawn and found it to be a fun new direction for the dystopian genre. Finally, Above World is sci-fi mermaids and simply must be read!


Wednesdays in the Tower  Bitter Kingdom The Lies of Locke Lamora 

Yes, I love middle grade fantasy all right! But a castle that moves (which I think I gave to my mom for her birthday already >.>) and pirates! Bitter Kingdom is the final book of the trilogy, but also my favorite, hehe. The Lies of Locke Lamora takes mischievous thieves and witty swearing to a whole new level! Finally, Shadow and Bone has a Russian-inspired fantasy setting and is such a unique magic system!

Who are you recommending books to this week??

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  1. Cress, Shadow & Bone, and Pawn are all incredible. I’ll have to check out the rest for myself!
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  2. I think you have some awesome suggestions for your mom! I love that your mom also reads, and I’m impressed she would be willing to read some YA novels! My mom is a big reader but doesn’t even want to touch YA even though there are some absolutely amazing books in that genre! I am definitely going to take some of your recommendations into consideration- they look great!

    BTW- love your blog!

    • Hehe, I might force YA and MG books on her frequently >.> Maybe try to find the better YA that don’t have super YA-looking covers to trick her into reading and loving it? ;-) Thanks!!

  3. I wish my mom was more into the books I read so we can discuss them, but sadly she’s not into the stuff I read lol. The only YA books she read was The Hunger Games trilogy and The Scorpio Races. She loved all of them! =D

  4. That’s awesome that your mom shares the same reading tastes you do. Mine asks where I came from because I like to read ><

    And the Lunar Chronicles deserves ALL THE LOVE.

  5. I think I would be happy with you, haha. Great picks! The lunar chronicles, Reboot, Shadow & Bone, Girl of fire and thorns series, oh yeah :D!
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  6. Some great choices! I still have to read Bitter Kingdom but loved the first two, and Shadow and Bone was awesome! Another Fantasy I would recommend would be Throne of Glass, probably my favourite series right now! :)

    • Omg Bitter Kingdom is even better than the first two, you must read it :D I still really need to read Throne of Glass *sigh*

  7. So many great books to recommend, especially Cress! Look at that beautiful beauty!

  8. Pawn was really good to my surprise! You have other great books there.
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  9. I really want to read Cress, The Bitter Kingdom was really good and so was Pawn!
    Great List!
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  10. Dragana @ Bookworm Dreams says:

    Will you believe me that I only read Lunar Chronicles series from your list. Shame on me as a fantasy and sf fan. :o)
    Great list, I really need to read most of these soon. :)
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  11. Great list! I still haven’t gotten to Marissa Meyer, Leigh Bardugo, or Rae Carson, but I have two of them on my kindle and hope to get to all three series this coming year. Can’t wait! :D

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  12. My mom shares a kindle account with me and through that I found out she reads the same things I do. Now I don’t recommend but let her “stumble” on things LOL
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  13. Hum ….. taking notes here, but I do remember that certain gift-giving holidays are approaching …… ;-)

  14. YES! A list for a mom – who has much in common with me in terms of taste! :) I must say, I have not read any of these books but would love to read Bitter Kingdom, Cress, and Pawn. Shadow and Bone has popped up on some top tens as well. Thanks for the recommendations. Here’s my Top Ten!
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    • Yey!! I was worried that only one of my readers would be interested in this list (totally using this to see what I should get her for x-mas, haha).

  15. That’s awesome that your mum’s a sci-fi/fantasy fan! I got into science fiction because of my mum but it’s more with television shows than books. With books we talk more about mystery/thriller/suspense titles. Great list! :)

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  16. Hmm. Interesting choice in Above World. I haven’t read it, but one of my GoodReads friends (whose opinion I usually trust) gave it 1 star.

    And this week I am not recommending anything to anyone. Just writing, writing and, if I get a break, more writing. I hope the semester’s going well for you!

    • Oh no! Do you know what they didn’t like about it??

      Good luck writing! NaNoWriMo??

      • I think she had a few issues with the characters, plot and writing. You know, just the little details. ;)

        You can read her full review here: (“But you didn’t hear it from me,” says the old woman in her raspy, choked voice. Huh, I haven’t watched that movie in forever. Tangent!)

        And thanks for the luck. I shall certainly need it. First time on the Nanowrimo train and keeping up, but only just.

        • Thanks for linking, always curious to see what other people think about it!

        • After reading the review, I must admit that if you think you’ll be annoyed by the things your friend is annoyed by, you probably won’t like the book, but since I’m not in any way annoyed by those things (I enjoy the overpopulation premise for example, and I disagree with her about corporations as villains, I didn’t find the writing overly kiddish, just normal middle grade, but actually liked that the mermaids had their own words for devices, seemed realistic), I really enjoyed it. So to each their own, but I definitely had a completely different experience ;-)

  17. As far as I know my mother has read Harry Potter and one Terry Pratchett book. I still can’t really forgive her for not liking Pratchett despite giving me, well, life, and all. Other than that I very much doubt I will ever get her away from her mysteries and thrillers.

    And I don’t think my mom even knows I have a blog. Nice to have a built in subscriber right there, I should force her to read it.
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    • Hehe, at least she’s read Harry Potter! Have you tried some of the YA like Hunger Games? I don’t really know why, but it seems that the adults that are hesitant about sf/f are more open to dystopian ;-)

      Yes! She was definitely one of my first subscribers and I so appreciate it <3 We always have stuff to talk about :D *waves to mom*

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