Books I Always Recommend

It’s Tuesday once again! I’ve kind of skipped the last couple of weeks as I didn’t really have ten things for the topics. I mean, I don’t listen to audiobooks, so I can’t do that one, can I? Haha. Anyway, This week is an easy one, books that you always recommend to others, and this is something I do practically on a daily basis (it is part of my job, after all).

The problem with this topic is that I might have a hard time narrowing down my choices, but I’ll do my best.

10 Books That I Always Recommend

Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer

What reader hasn’t fallen in love with a book character? The difference is that in this book, Oliver is able to talk back to Delilah, and he falls for her as well! A dream come true for any romance reader, am I right?

The really cool thing about this book is that it’s written by a mother-daughter duo. It was the first Picoult book I’d ever read (and still is the only one… so far, haha). I actually need to reread this book soon so that I can give it a proper review on my blog. It’s been like 6 or 7 years since I read this one.

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Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

This was the first book that really felt like it took me to another country! Italy is one of my top places to go someday (after a few others) but it kind of feels like I’ve been there now after reading this book. That’s how well Welch wrote this story. It also gave me quite a hankering for gelato!

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I Will Always Write Back by Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda

This is such a good memoir about two best friends and how their friendship started all due to a pen-pal assignment in elementary school. I read this when I was in a bad bout of anxiety in my life and everything was going wrong around me, so I looked forward to reading it each day.

Though it’s a memoir, it reads like a novel so I had to keep remind myself that its’ a true story, which makes the book that much better.

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Time Bomb by Joelle Charbonneau

This book sucked me right in with the characters and the story. It can be a triggering book, however, as it deals with a bomb going off in a school. If that isn’t a trigger for you, this is a very good read that keeps you on the edge of your seat and trying to guess which of the characters did it.

I first read the book as a DRC from NetGalley and nearly finished it in one sitting (but still within 24 hours). I love it so much that I pre-ordered the book and have read it twice more since that first read.

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Private by Kate Brian

This is the beginning of a 14-book series (with two prequels) but don’t let that deter you! The books are only between 210-260 pages each, and they all go by so fast. The drama and mysteries don’t stop, which really sucks the reader in. I tend to read 3 or 4 of the books in one day when I read this series (which is only twice so far, but I’m planning to reread soon).

There is also a sequel series (only six books) called Privilege that I have yet to read, despite it being out for years.

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A Time for Dancing by Davida Wills Hurwin

This book is my “this book destroyed me. here read it!” book. I will probably never reread it, since I cried so much the first time, but I still have my copy from 2006 when I read it because I did love the book and the memories attached to it.

The reason it hit me so hard is because it was about two best friends where one of them finds out she has cancer, and I read a couple of years after my mom had her cancer treated (she is cancer-free to this day!). I think it’ll make anyone bawl regardless, but it really hit a personal mark for me.

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Living Among Lions by David and Jason Benham

This is my go-to recommendation for anyone looking for books about Christian living. The Benham twins have a lot to say about living as a Christian in today’s society. I’ve read this book twice and even with a five-year gap between reads, it remained relevant. I feel that even in 25 years this book will be relevant to Christians living in the world, maybe even more so than it is now.

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The Silence of Six by E.C. Myers

This is a fantastic YA thriller that had me turning the pages without wanting to stop. I feel like it’s one that flew under the radar, as I ended up buying the books on one of Barnes & Noble’s “last chance” clearance displays for only $5.00. There is a sequel, though it falls a little short compared to this one, however I was happy to see Max and Penny at it again.

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Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

This is a middle-grade book that I’ll never tire of. I’ve read it multiple times and love it as much as the first time I read it. It’s a cute story of first puppy-loves, friendships, and growing up. I recommend this book any chance I get, especially for the middle-grade aged readers!

This is actually one of the books that inspired me to start writing when I was in middle school. It stuck with me for so long after reading it, and I still get little moments where I think about this book. That’s how you know it’s a good one!

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I Work at a Public Library by Gina Sheridan

I recommend this to everyone I can possibly recommend it to, especially librarians and library lovers. The experiences the author got down are exactly what it is like working in a library no matter where you’re located. I actually need to get a new copy of this because one of my co-worker’s kids got their hands on it and well… kids and books.

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I tried not to do too many books that are part of a series, as it seems like everything is a series nowadays. Sometimes people just want a stand-alone, you know? I also wanted to throw in some non-fiction to round off my recommendations a little. But, yeah, these are ten of the many books I always recommend to people looking for something like these.

What are some books that you always recommend to others?

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9 thoughts on “Books I Always Recommend

  1. iloveheartlandx says:

    The only one of these I’ve read is Between The Lines, which I enjoyed, it was a cute read, but not the one of Jodi Picoult’s that I normally recommend the most: I generally always recommend My Sister’s Keeper as it’s still my favourite of hers (and I think it was the first one I read, I can never remember if I read that one or The Pact first, which is another favourite of mine).
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