If the bookstore that I currently worked at had a Staff Recommendations Shelf, these would be my top picks (at least for this month). As much as I wish our bookstore did have staff recommendations—it was ridiculously hard to compile this list. I tried to limit myself to five books—an almost impossible feat. So here are five books I would gladly recommend to customers and sometimes I do—when they ask me. Always ask a bookseller for a recommendation, even if you don’t need one or you don’t end up taking it—it seriously makes our day.
I also did not allow myself to choose more than one book per author.
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
I really, really love Raven Cycle books by the same author, but Scorpio Races is the one that makes it onto my shelf because I really, really admired the characters in the story and the way in which Stiefvater wrote the story (as oscillating back and forth between the two main characters). I won’t be riding demon-crazy, sea ponies anytime soon, but I really enjoyed being caught up in the world of the races that Stiefvater creates.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Seriously, my entire recommendation shelf could be filled with Neil Gaiman. It was torture to choose just one. However, since I am to be limited to one—this would be it. This is an amazing, amazing story about a scared little boy, a brilliant girl, and monsters that haunt our world, whether we our adults or children.
Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
Some will criticize me for including this book, I know, as it is the romantic adventures of a fourteen-year-old, British schoolgirl. While her struggles may seem “trivial” to some, I would recommend this book because of Rennison’s genius sense of humor. There are a lot of sad books out there, but how many brilliantly funny ones are there? Plus, Georgia is a soul mate to any and all of us who have felt awkward in adolescence.
Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier
There are fairies; there are vampires, forbidden dancing and parallel worlds that touch ours only for a night. There is the natural beauty of Transylvanian wildwoods and princes under enchantment. Need I say more?
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
This is the book I am currently reading and it makes the shelf because IT IS SO GOOD. Seriously, buy this book TODAY. You will read more about this awesome book when I review it once I am finished.
Needless to say, I’m going to have to repeat this exercise multiple times, with themes. For example–I’m already thinking of a Halloween recommendation shelf and a shelf for my favorite literary classics, too–so many!!!