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***Romance***1. Persuasion by Jane Austen
A classic that doesn't get the type of publicity that Pride and Prejudice does though I love both. I always recommend this one because of its mature theme and beautiful writing. Plus Captain Wentworth's letter includes some of the most romantic lines I've ever read!
2. The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn
One of the first historical romances I read and it is still one of the best. I just re-read this over the weekend and it stands up even after so long. The chemistry between the two leads (Kate and Anthony) is amazing and the comedy is well-timed and intelligent.
3. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
An epic time travel saga that allows readers to fully immerse themselves in the world of 1740s Scotland. I always recommend this one for fans of historical details, swoon-worthy romance, and plenty of drama.
4. Match Me If You Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
I'm not a huge contemporary romance fan, but I absolutely adore this story about a sports agent and a matchmaker. Susan Elizabeth Phillips is a genius at writing beautiful love stories balanced with comedy and angst. Heath and Annabelle are both amazing characters that just seem to jump out of the page and into real life.
***Young Adult***5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Probably doesn't need much of an introduction nowadays, but I still always take the time to recommend it. I especially give it to people who try to convince me why YA fiction isn't worthy of all the hype.
6. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
Sarah Dessen is one of my favorite authors and this is my favorite of her books. Annabel's journey from fear to confidence is one that I really related to in high school and I think almost everyone can find something they understand from this story.
7. Angelfall by Susan Ee
The book that started my obsession with self-published authors! I fell in love with this post-apocalyptic story's worldbuilding, well-developed characters, and dark overtones. The author is definitely not afraid to push the envelope of YA paranormals. My review can be found here.
***Series***8. Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
Another recommendation that is probably obvious to anyone who has read my blog. I just couldn't not mention the series that truly turned me into an obsessive bookworm!
9. Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost
My all-time favorite urban fantasy series! These are the books that showcase why I love vampires so much especially if they are all like Bones. Definitely recommend it for readers who like some comedy and spice with their supernatural drama.
10. Jane Jameson series by Molly Harper
Another paranormal series that I just discovered last year. Librarian turned vampire Jane is an amazing heroine whose antics never fail to make me laugh and shake my head. Plus it doesn't hurt that she has a drop-dead gorgeous boyfriend and plenty of hilarious friends to add to the fun. My review of Book 1 can be found here.