Whenever people ask my if I have book recommendations, there are a few specific ones that I always recommend. I know that people prefer different genres over others just as I am inclined to fantasy, but if you’re looking for something to read, here are my top 10 book recommendations of all time.
1. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
Got you there, didn’t I? 😉 I know this one is kind of obvious coming from me, but I feel like a lot of people I talk to have only seen the movies. Which is fine, of course, but if you liked the movies, I’d definitely highly recommend the books. They’re a little long, a little descriptive, yes, but totally worth it!
2. Redwall by Brian Jacques
Another big surprise! I could just list ten of the Redwall books and call it a list! But I shan’t. But I do think that the quality of writing and plot and characters within the Redwall books are timeless, and I do believe that it is criminally underrated. It belongs on a shelf next to The Lord of the Rings and Narnia, it really does!
3. Emma by Jane Austen
Now, I loooove Pride & Prejudice, but I feel like my poor girl Emma gets left behind! Emma is so witty and humorous, and I really enjoyed the read. If you’re looking for a classic, Emma is definitely a great one!
4. The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander
Am I the only one who didn’t realize that this was the book that Disney’s The Black Cauldron was based off of? (Note: The Black Cauldron is also the name of the second book in Alexander’s series) This is a great fantasy novel, short and sweet and exciting all at once. Princess Eilonwy is an absolutely iconic character and I love her.
5. The Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan
This is another great fantasy series! The world-building is really neat and you can see real-life cultures that Flanagan drew from. The characters are so lovable, I have trouble picking out my favorite!
6. The Ballad of the White Horse by G. K. Chesterton
This is the story of King Alfred and his battle against the Danes…told in the most beautiful, flowing, rhyming verse! I’ve read this book twice and I can’t get enough. Chesterton is a masterful writer, and his poetry is stunning. This is one of my favorite reads of all time.
7. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
I listened to a theatrical audio recording of this when I was younger and I absolutely loved this story. If you’re looking for a nice, cozy, sweet story, this is the one! A similar read is A Little Princess by the same author!
8. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
I loved this book. It’s a classic story told in such a witty fashion. Every line is memorable. I can’t recommend it enough!
9. A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
This story is where we and Dr. Watson are introduced to the famous Sherlock Holmes. There are a plethora of short adventures of the famous detective as well as his four novels, but this one is chronologically the first one. If you’ve finished the BBC series for the twentieth time and still crave more Sherlock like me, I highly recommend the stories by Doyle.
10. Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
This one is a bit of a surprise, unless you’ve seen my post, “Four Books I’d Love to See Movie Adaptations Of.” It’s a historical fiction/romance/adventure set in ancient Egypt following the story of Mara, a slave girl who winds up in a dangerous position in a rebellion.
My recommendations vary from time to time, but those are ten that I love and I often recommend to others. Do you see any of your favorites on the list?