So I figured I'd share with you my list of ten books I always recommend.
1. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
I put off reading this book for about a year and then mentally whacked myself upside the head (lolwhut?) for not reading it sooner because it was fantastic. I always feel the need to make sure people are aware that the book will confuse the hell out of you at first but stick it out because it's so worth the initial confusion.
2 & 3. Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns by John Green
John is a genius, he writes brilliantly, his characters are awesome and his stories manage to be the perfect mix of heartwrenching and hilarious that very few authors can achieve.
4. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Even though it's well known, I still think it seems to be underrated. A lot of people seem to have an aversion to vamp fiction thanks to the whole Twilight thing but this series is really good and completely different to Twilight.
5. Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Fast paced and awesome. It's a short book but it stuck with me (and it's better than the movie, so don't let the movie put you off).
6. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
It's really unique and shows the impact that we can have on each others lives, how the things we say and do or the things we don't say and don't do have consequences. It's a book about suicide but I think it shows more about life than it does about death.
7. Stolen by Lucy Christopher
New addition to the list, as soon as I finished the last page it was automatically filed into the section of my brain where this list is. Again, it's unique - at least, it's different to any books I've read. I love the writing and I love the way Lucy makes you really feel for the characters.
8. Stranger With My Face by Lois Duncan
This was a book I loved when I was younger and I still like it now. I don't even know why really, there's just something about it and it always stuck with me (there is a movie for it too, released last year - or this year? - starring Alexz Johnson... the movie isn't nearly as good as the book, but Alexz is awesome).
9. Dark Secrets by Elizabeth Chandler
I am so happy this series has been rereleased recently in bind-up form, it was really underrated before but now it seems more popular... or perhaps I was just oblivious to its popularity before but no one I recommended it to had heard of it.
10. Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols
I adore Jennifer Echols and when I'm recommending books, hers often make the list too but this is one I recommend to most people because even if they're not into YA or the kind of chick lit-ishness that is her other books, they still might enjoy this one because it's more serious.
+Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
Most people I recommend books to have already read this series, so I rarely have to add it but if it wasn't so well known then I would be pimping it out like there's no tomorrow.
+Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
This one will be a new addition to the above list, it's already started with my persistent pestering of my friends on MSN telling them to read it.
+Harry Potter by J K Rowling
I assume everyone has either read or at least heard of these books so I don't really feel the need to rec them.
+Mediator series by Meg Cabot
It depends on the type of person I'm recommending books to and their taste, but if I think they might be into this kind of book then it makes the list.
+The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
This is another one that most people seem to have read or heard of already.
What books do you always recommend to people? Do you have a bunch that you always pimp out or do your recommendations vary depending on the person you're recommending books to?
Feel free to mention in the comments or write a blog post and leave the link. Julie, this question applies to you too - I could easily ask you on MSN but I figure other people might be interested in your answers too.