Carissa has been with us since 2012. And after receiving her wonderful list below, I realize that while these are her favorites, she’s got a few others that have rocked her word, too. In fact, there are a few that she has insisted we read ASAP, so I’m gonna add those in as “honorable mentions” under her main list. If you ask me, any book that compels someone to comment and insist we read it, could very well rock out worlds, too!
CARISSA’S TOP ELEVEN FAVORITE BOOKS (P.S. The notes next to each book are my own synopsis-notes from what I gathered after reading the blurbs of each book).
“This is such a great idea! I love it!!! I’m gonna give you my top 11, not in any particular order…just how they show up on my Goodreads.”
- The Bronze Horseman (The Bronze Horseman Trilogy Book 1) by Paullina Simons <— A HARROWING LOVE STORY DURING WWII & one of my favorites too!!!
- Tatiana and Alexander: A Novel (The Bronze Horseman Trilogy Book 2) by Paullina Simons
- The Summer Garden: A Novel (The Bronze Horseman Trilogy Book 3) by Paullina Simons
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho <— A BOY ABOUT TO EMARK ON A JOURNEY: “…an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined…”
- The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger <— HE’S SIXTEEN AND ABOUT TO EMBARK ON A JOURNEY “Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days.“
- Catch-22 by Joseph Heller <— WWII “…if Yossarian makes any attempt to excuse himself from the perilous missions he’s assigned, he’ll be in violation of Catch-22, a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule: a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but if he makes a formal request to be removed from duty, he is proven sane and therefore ineligible to be relieved…“
- The Song of David (The Law of Moses Book 2) by Amy Harmon <— HE’S A FIGHTER & SHE IS BLIND ”No one seemed to see her at all, except for the few who squeezed past her, tossing exasperated looks at her unsmiling face. When they realized she wasn’t normal, they hurried away. Why was it that no one saw her, yet she was the first thing I saw?“
- Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden <— SOLD INTO SLAVERY from the blurb: “Nitta Sayuri tells the story of her life as a geisha. It begins in a poor fishing village in 1929, when, as a nine-year-old girl with unusual blue-gray eyes, she is taken from her home and sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house.”
- The Bell Jar by Sylivia Plath <— MENTAL ISSUES from the blurb: “Esther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—“
- All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr <— TWO UNLIKELY FRIENDS DURING WWII From the blurb: “…about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.’
- Scar of the Bamboo Leaf by Sieni A.M. <— CULTURES AND FRIENDSHIP From the blurb: “When seventeen-year-old Ryler Cade steps into the art center for the first time, Kiva is drawn to the angry and misguided student sent from abroad to reform his violent ways. Scarred and tattooed, a friendship is formed when the gentle Kiva shows him kindness and beauty through art, until circumstances occur beyond their control and they are pulled away.”
- Slammed: A Novel & Point of Retreat: A Novel (Slammed Book 2) by Colleen Hoover <— “OMfingG. I LOVE LOVE LOVE these books. I have both hard copies and them on my nook. … I’m not much of a crier but Slammed had me blubbering like an idiot a few times.”
- Bonded (Prequel to The Mating) (Law of the Lycans Book 1) and The Mating: The Original Law of the Lycans Story by Nicky Charles <— “I LOVED the Law of the Lycans series by Nicky Charles… Reno from Bonded. Not usually big on paranormal, but that man. My God! That whole series is great!”
- Fallen Too Far: A Rosemary Beach Novel (The Rosemary Beach Series Book 1) by Abbi Glines <— ”No! No! No! No! I feel empty. I want to break things. It was so good!!! Why’d it have to end like that?!?! Why???? I need more and I need it now. I can’t even…omg. There are no words.”
- The Devil’s Eyes by Jennifer Loren <— “Dear Lord!! This story sucks you in and just keeps taking. I just finished the third book and can’t wait for the next one. Talk about a cliffhanger! I had some trouble with the lack of editing but if you can get past that its so worth it!!”
- Me Before You: A Novel by Jojo Moyes <— “My hearts hurts so bad. I am holding back tears in my office full of men, who just wouldn’t get.”
- The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein <— ”My absolute favorite book ever is the giving tree. First book I ever read myself and went took off from this.”
- This Girl: A Novel (Slammed Book 3) by Colleen Hoover <— ”Loved it!!! Just loved it. Read it in one sitting, while at work. My boss got pretty pissed at my lack of productivity that day. Oops!”
- Slow Dance in Purgatory (Purgatory Series Book 1) by Amy Harmon <— ”A great ghostly boyfriend read is the Purgatory books by Amy Harmon. Have you read those? Good stuff!!”
- Tattoos: A Novel by Denise Mathew <— “Everyone stop what you’re doing right now and read Tattoos by Denise Mathew. Wow. What and incredible story. 5+ stars. Totally amazing! Read it, read it now!”
- Forgive and Forget (Love in the Fleet Book 1) by Heather Ashby <— “I just finished The two books currently available in Heather Ashby’s Love in the Fleet series, “Forgive and Forget” and “Forget me Not”. Navy men. Yum!”
Do you have a “Top Favorite Books” list? Don’t forget to send me yours!! I post one every Saturday (send it here: http://www.maryse.net/contact-me). You can make it just a list (top 10 or more) but if you want to include a tiny (or longer) tidbit next to each one about why you loved it, that would be awesome, too!