Top Ten Tuesday: Books People Have Been Telling Us That We HAVE TO Read


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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.

 Today’s Topic: Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling Us That We HAVE TO Read


1. Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil

life in outer space

Kellee highly recommends this book, but I haven’t gotten to it yet!

2. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

me before you

Several people have recommended this book to me. It is an adult book, but even my past students are emailing me about it!

3. House of Purple Cedar by Tim Tingle

house of purple cedar

It is no secret that I love to read every Native American book. I am looking forward to this one, as it has been recommended to me.

4. Jumped In by Patrick Flores-Scott


I can’t wait to read this book, and it is a Walden Award finalist, too!

5. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

orphan train

A friend recommended this book. I don’t know anything about orphan trains, so it seemed really interesting to me.


And I cannot wait to read all of these!

1. I Will Save You and Mexican White Boy by Matt de la Pena

save mexican

I know that these are some of Ricki’s favorite books, so I need to get to them. Also, I really enjoy Matt de la Pena as a person, and have enjoyed what I have read.

2. Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff


This is on everyone’s favorite in 2014 lists, and it was recommended to me on Goodreads by a friend. I need to get it, so I can read it.

3. Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd


I have wanted to read Snicker since I saw Natalie at NCTE 2013, and everyone keeps on telling me I need to read it–I must get to it soon!

4. Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan


One of my friends recommended this book so much to me that she sent me a copy–now I just have to read it!

5. Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen


This is a book that all my teacher friends are shocked I haven’t read yet, and always insist I need to.

Which books are continually recommended to you?

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13 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books People Have Been Telling Us That We HAVE TO Read”

  1. YES!!!
    Please read Me Before You. It’s one of the few recent adult books that I can say the writing was amazing!
    Absolutely Almost and Snicker… Can’t say enough about them!!! Your heart will melt for Albie and savor the words in Snicker!
    Good choices 🙂

    • Michele, I am heading to the library today to get it! You know I always trust your opinion! I have several past students who recommended it. I have Absolutely Almost on my nightstand, and I can’t wait to get to that one, too!

    • I know, I know 😉
      No, really, I definitely need to get to them, but I am trying to catch up on “need to” reads first. I hope I get to them soon!

  2. I absolutely loved House of Purple Cedar. It is one of those books where I wanted to stop and copy down sentences because they were so beautiful. I also loved Counting by 7s. The quirky characters stayed with me. And Touching Spirit Bear was one of the touchstone texts in my classroom for middle schoolers. I’ve read it aloud and had readers (who said they hated reading) sucked into the story.

    • Kay, those are my favorite kinds of books (those that tempt me to break out a highlighter)! I read Tree Girl (also by Ben Mikaelsen) aloud for several years, and it enticed so many students and created so many readers. I will have to read Touching Spirit Bear!

  3. I agree about Me Before You. It’s one of my favorite books I read this past year. Must read! That’s actually the only one on the list I’ve read! I’m excited to get some more suggestions!


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