|I'm a [book] pusher.|
1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Hey, you there! Have you read this book? No? Go read it. Now. Seriously, it should be compulsory for everyone in the world to read this book. The language, characters, structure, plot... everything is just magnificent. I've literally pushed it into the hands of everyone I know.
2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. This book took me by complete surprise and made me so incredibly happy, so I like to try and pass on that experience to as many people as possible. So far I've succeeded - everyone I know who has read it has loved it. Don't let the naff cover and title fool you!
3. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. I adore this hate-turned-love classic almost as much as Pride and Prejudice, and jump at the chance to tell fans of the latter who haven't read North and South to do just that. Oh, Mr Thornton...
4. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. Like Anna and the French Kiss, Beauty Queens took me by surprise. It's not just really funny, it's also incredibly clever and has some awesome kick-ass characters. Great for fans of satire.
5. Anything by Melina Marchetta. She's one of my favourite authors. Most Aussies who went to high school in the mid '90s and after would be familiar with Melina Marchetta from Looking for Alibrandi (it's not only iconic, it's required reading in a lot of English classes), but the rest of her books are just as awesome - if not more so. As I tell the world at every chance I get.
6. The Princess Bride by William Goldman. It's one of my all-time favourite books, and is the basis for my all-time favourite movie. It's a classic and has pretty much everything going for it. A must-read.
7. Liesl and Po by Lauren Oliver. I only read this recently, but it's definitely one of my favourite books of the year. It's a simple, bittersweet exploration of grief, filled with elegant language, touching emotions and a great cast of characters. It's a magical book - and who doesn't need one of those in their lives from time to time?!
8. I Came to Say Goodbye by Caroline Overington. This book stayed with me for a long time after finishing it. In fact, I still find myself thinking about the main character, Med, from time to time. He is so realistic and heartbreaking - as are all the characters, really. A beautifully written Australian story.
9. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I adored this book and if it wasn't for the cliffhanger at the end I would recommend it unreservedly. As it is, I think EVERYONE should read it - when the sequel comes out. Unless, unlike me, you're patient and don't mind cliffhangers - in which case, go ahead and read it now!
10. The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan. I didn't think I liked verse novels - until I read Sarah Crossan's The Weight of Water. It's so beautiful and powerful, and convinced me that verse novels can be brilliant. So I highly recommend it for anyone who is a bit iffy on the genre!
What books do you push on to others the most?