Top Ten Tuesday: Freebie

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week she asks us to share lists on the following:

December 11: Freebie

I wanted to do something different this week.  So after studying my Goodreads account for about 20 minutes from different angles and came up with this.  I’m going to go to Goodreads recommendations based upon my read shelf and find the ten weirdest recommendations they came up with based upon books I’ve read.

Ten Weird Goodreads Recommendations.

  1. Off to Be the Wizard This title was suggested to me because I read Ready Player One.  The cover is, to be honest awful, but it actually has some great reviews by a few people I follow.  Not sure I’m going to read it as it seems to be about time travel (historical) and computer programming.  They get bonus points for a clever title though.
  2. The Windup Girl This was suggested to me because I read Old Man’s War and The Long Earth.  It is classified as steampunk science fiction dystopian… The synopsis sounds a little heavy but a lot of people I follow have added it to their to-read shelf, of course not many of them have actually read it yet.  I’m not sure this one is my style, I think I’ll pass.
  3. The Red Notebook This was recommended to me because I read The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend.  This is what happens when you read something out of your normal repertoire and add it to your Goodreads account.  I’m not usually a fan of contemporary romance but books about books might be a good fit. I do like that it was written by a man (not enough romance is) and the synopsis sounds like it would make a cute movie.  I don’t know maybe I’ll give this one a try or recommend it to the library.
  4. Halfway Human This was recommended to me because I read The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, Saturn Run, and Sleeping Giants.  Another case of awful cover but an interesting synopsis.  I do like that it is billed as LGBT which I don’t read nearly enough diversity in my books.  No one I follow has read it but I might give it a try sometime.  It is an older book which might be the reason for its cover but if it does tackle LGBT topics then bonus points for it since it was written in 1998.
  5. Just Desserts (Bed-and-Breakfast Mysteries, #1) This book was recommended to me because I read a ton of Kerrelyn Sparks books.  This tells me it is probably fun and chick lit.  It is billed as a cozy mystery which I’m not usually a reader of and if this one had a paranormal element like Ms. Sparks book did then I might have given it a chance.  As it is this was written in 1991 and just too far out from what I typically read.
  6. Night Visions: In the Blood This book was recommended to me because of all the Stephen King I read in my misguided youth…  Just no.  I am not a fan of horror or anthologies.  I’ll pass.  Also, it was written in 1984!  How about some current recommendations Goodreads.
  7. Everfair This was recommended to me because I read A Close and Common Orbit.  This caught my eye because the cover was so interesting.  It is billed as steampunk science fiction, historical/alternate history.  The reviews are kind of meh, and the synopsis goes over my head a bit.  It is set in Africa and looks to be a great choice to read if you are looking to add diversity to your reading rotation.  I did add this to my to-read shelf.  I want to give it a try at least.
  8. Last-Minute Knitted Gifts This was recommended to me because I own Weekend Knitting.  I use Goodreads to keep track of my home library and I add all the books I own because I don’t want to buy them again while I’m out shopping.  I have actually knit several patterns in Weekend Knitting and this looks like it might have some cute projects in it too.  It is always nice to have some ideas of items you can knit up quickly to give as a gift.  Good call Goodreads.
  9. Put 'em Up!: A Comprehensive Home Preserving Guide for the Creative Cook, from Drying and Freezing to Canning and Pickling I’m sure this was recommended to me because I have a couple of canning books on my read shelf, see explanation above.  It looks cute but I’m not into canning much anymore I tend to freeze more.  Still, the cover looks cute, but I don’t think I’ll read it.
  10. Tempting Danger (World of the Lupi, #1) This was recommended to me because I read a lot of paranormal romance (too many books to list).  Again a case of the cover just doesn’t catch my eye and is not at all similar to the books linked to the recommendation.  Lots of people I follow give it high marks and the reviews and synopsis sound promising.  I might have to give this one a chance.

Well, there you have my list for this week.  What are some of the stranger recommendations you have received from Goodreads?  Also, feel free to leave a link to your freebie list in the comments!


Top Ten Tuesday: Recommendations for young people.

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share lists of the following:

 November 14: Top Ten Books I Want My Future Children to Read (Or nieces and nephews, Godchildren, etc.)


Wasn’t sure I wanted to do this week’s list but I skipped last week and thought I should at least try.  I don’t have kids.  I don’t have young nieces or nephews, which I think was the intention of this list idea.  I simply don’t have kids in my life and that is by design.  I do have opinions however and decided to look for books that I’ve read that I think young people should read.  I know that I’m a librarian and helping people select reading material is part of my job.  But there is a big difference between helping someone find something they want to read and selecting something that people should read.  One takes into account what the reader’s interests are and the other the recommenders’ personal moral code.  Note: I’m recommending books for readers age 16 and up.  

Ten books that young people should read.

  1. The Handmaid's Tale There is going to be several dystopian novels on the list because I truly believe it is one of the best ways to get people questioning government control.  This one also makes the reader think about the role of women in society.
  2. Impossible (Impossible, #1) This book I would recommend because it deals with the topic of mental health and rape.
  3. A Thousand Splendid Suns This is not an easy book to read and does not have a pleasant ending for one of the main characters but I feel that we tend to live in such an isolated privileged society that we forget that many people in the world have much harder lives.  This is a great book to remind young people how good they have it in life.
  4. Matched (Matched, #1) Another great book to get teens questioning the big brother also known as big government.
  5. Mr G: A Novel About The Creation Despite the fact that we are not a Christian nation but instead a secular one I feel more people need to read something that challenges the traditional ideas of who or what God is.  This is a fun book that makes people think in a pretty non-threatening fun way.
  6. Strength in What Remains: A Journey of Remembrance and Forgiveness The civil war was the last time we had an armed conflict on American soil and I feel like everyone should read what it is like to live in a country at war.  To not feel safe in your own home.  Too often America is the aggressor in the world maybe if more people knew what it was like to live with war around you then we would be less likely to inflict war upon other countries.  Also, we need a healthy reminder of why people flee their homelands.  It isn’t to take our jobs it is to save their lives.
  7. Two Is Enough: A Couple's Guide to Living Childless by Choice  Too often young people are taught that they need to grow up, get married, and start a family of their own.  Meaning they need to have kids.  Not everyone is fit to or wants to have children and that’s okay.  This book would help show them that they have options.
  8. Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1) This book has a strong female lead and questions authority.
  9. Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1) Another book to get teens questioning society and topics of control and do the ends justify the means.
  10. Infinity (Chronicles of Nick, #1) Ms. Kenyon does epic good vs evil and takes characters that have had everything thrown at them and raises them up to be heroes despite the adversity they have faced in life.  Sometimes we just need to be reminded that yeah life can suck but that doesn’t mean you can’t overcome it.