You Tell Us: What’s Your Go-to Book Recommendation?

Hello PubCrawlers! Now that my debut YA novel, Ivory and Bone is out in the world, some of my friends who don’t normally read YA have given it a try. Most of these friends have discovered they enjoy YA, (hooray!) and a few have asked me for further recommendations.

So today we’d like you to tell us: What’s your go-to book recommendation—YA or otherwise? Here are a few of ours. Please share yours in the comments!

Julie Eshbaugh

Incarceron by Catherine FisherMy go-to recommendation has long been Incarceron by Catherine Fisher. This futuristic story about a boy locked inside a living prison, the warden’s daughter forced to live in a bizarre world that imitates the seventeenth century, and the relationship that results when each of them find a crystal key that allows them to communicate. It’s full of surprises and I loved every page!

S. Jae-Jones (JJ)

Flora Segunda by Ysabeau WilceHmmm, if we’re doing underappreciated reads I keep foisting on people, it would be Ysabeau Wilce’s books. These are criminally underappreciated: set in an alternate 18th-century California, it has magic, whimsy, intrigue, boys who wear kilts and maquillage, women who are generals of an army, and plucky heroines who use ingenuity to save the day!

EC Myers

Mortal Engines by Philip ReeveI most often recommend Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve, which has some of the most amazing world building I’ve read and the most complex and sympathetic characters.

Rachel Seigel

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie LloydIf I have a customer looking for a good MG read my go-to is A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd. It’s one of those books that has wonderful language and a magical realism story that appeals to all ages from really young as a read-aloud to 8th graders. It’s only a couple of years old, but I love getting people to discover this modern classic.

Stephanie Garber

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E PearsonI’m constantly recommending The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson—I love the way she plays with POVs in this book. I also love the sequel, The Heart of Betrayal—the villain in this book is excellent.

The Falconer by Elizabeth MayFor my under appreciated reads I might go with The Falconer by Elizabeth May—a historical fantasy with one of my favorite romantic lines of all time!

How about you? What are your favorite books to recommend to other readers? Please share your recommendations in the comments!


6 Responses to You Tell Us: What’s Your Go-to Book Recommendation?

  1. Andrea Jul 25 2016 at 9:58 am #

    The Books of Pellinor by Alison Croggon, starting with The Gift (The Naming in the US). Epic fantasy with a traditional quest, wonderful characters (male and female), and elegant writing style. There’s a prequel out now as well, The Bone Queen, in the UK and Australia, but US readers will have to wait until next year for it (or buy the British/Australian edition).
    If you want to read about memorable characters with profound friendships, this is the series.

  2. SurlyJason Jul 25 2016 at 11:25 am #

    The Glasshouse by Charles Stross. In a post-scarcity world, the only real crime is messing with people minds.

  3. Kelly Jul 25 2016 at 9:39 pm #

    Ghost Bride by Choo Yangsze
    A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge
    Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
    Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    Monstrumologist series by Rick Yancey

  4. Jennifer Kelly Jul 26 2016 at 8:00 pm #

    I chat about YA Reads 24/7 with my students, co-workers, and friends! My constant go-to recommendations…
    Something Strange and Deadly and Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
    Defy by Sara B. Larson
    Darkest Minds and Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
    Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
    Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
    Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
    Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott
    Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

  5. Joyce @ Completely Booked Jul 27 2016 at 10:43 am #

    The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, The Rose and the Beast by Francesca Lia Block, and What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi.

  6. Alexa S. Aug 16 2016 at 10:55 am #

    I’m adding Incarceron and Flora Segunda to my list of books to check out, as both of them sound absolutely fantastic. The Falconer is already on my TBR, so I’m definitely looking forward to that!

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