What Books Should I Buy – The Ultimate List
Since I run a popular book review site, I often get these questions asked to me by a lot of people. Questions like, “I just finished reading a book. So What Books Should I buy next?” or “I’m 15 years old. What Books Should I Buy?” or “I’m going on a holiday, what Books Should I Buy?” and even “What Books Should I Buy after Harry Potter?”
Let’s be honest. We’ve all faced situations where we don’t know which book to read next or which books to buy because of the thousands of choices out there. So I thought of compiling this handy little post for the lost, confused souls like me who keep wondering what books should I buy.
I’ve listed down the top 10 books to buy in 5 different genres (the most popular ones). This list has been compiled after careful considerations; long weekends spent reading and based on other reader recommendations on various online book forums. Also in some genres, some of the books might overlap which only means that it’s more of an incentive for you to buy that book!
Without further ado, I present to you “The Ultimate List of What Books Should I Buy” :)
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What Books Should I Buy – Fiction
This section lists down the top 10 books that I personally recommend buying under the What Books Should I Buy – Fiction genre:
1. The Fifty Shades Trilogy by E L James
#1 on this Ultimate list of What books should I Buy. Click Here to buy this trilogy at a 40% Discount!
Book 1: FIFTY SHADES OF GREY: When college student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly Ana realizes she wants this man, and Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian’s secrets and explores her own desires.
Book 2: FIFTY SHADES DARKER: Daunted by Christian’s dark secrets and singular tastes, Ana has broken off their relationship to start a new career. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and while Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Ana is forced to make the most important decision of her life.
Book 3: FIFTY SHADES FREED: Now, Ana and Christian have it all—love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy, and that being together will pose challenges that neither of them would anticipate. Just when it seems that their strength together will eclipse any obstacle, misfortune, malice, and fate conspire to turn Ana’s deepest fears into reality.
2. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin
#2 on this Ultimate list of What books should I Buy. You can buy a boxed set of this awesome series at a 43% Discount
George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series has become, in many ways, the gold standard for modern epic fantasy. Martin–dubbed the “American Tolkien” by Time magazine–has created a world that is as rich and vital as any piece of historical fiction, set in an age of knights and chivalry and filled with a plethora of fascinating, multidimensional characters that you love, hate to love, or love to hate as they struggle for control of a divided kingdom.
The story of A Song of Ice and Fire takes place on the fictional continents Westeros and Essos, with a history of thousands of years. The series is told in the third person by 31 point of view characters and has been praised for its realism; it subdues magic in favor of battles and political intrigue.
It is this very vitality that has led it to be adapted as the HBO miniseries “Game of Thrones” and that’s why it should be a must on your “what books should I buy” list
3. The Harbinger: The ancient mystery that holds the secret of America’s future by Jonathan Cahn
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Is it possible…
That there exists an ancient mystery that holds the secret of America s future?
That this mystery lies behind everything from 9/11 to the collapse of the global economy?
That ancient harbingers of judgment are now manifesting in America?
That God is sending America a prophetic message of what is yet to come?
Before its destruction as a nation, ancient Israel received nine harbingers, prophetic omens of warning. The same nine harbingers are now manifesting in America with immediate ramifications for end-time prophecy.
Hidden in an ancient biblical prophecy from Isaiah, the mysteries revealed in The Harbinger are so precise that they foretold recent American events down to the exact days. The revelations are so specific that even the most hardened skeptics will find it hard to dismiss or put down. It sounds like the plot of a Hollywood thriller with one exception… It’s Real!
A must on your “what books should I buy” list!
4. The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson
The Millennium series is a sequence of three bestselling novels, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest, originally written in Swedish, by the late Stieg Larsson.
Apparently, Stieg Larsson was witness to the gang-rape of a young girl named Lisbeth whom he failed to protect and this inspired the theme for his books with the female protagonist named Lisbeth Salander and thus was born The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. His books have gone on to become international best-sellers and earned him rewards and recognition from all corners.
It should definitely be on your “what books should I buy” list.
5. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
Indiana, 1818: Moonlight falls through the dense woods that surround a one-room cabin, where a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his suffering mother’s bedside. She’s been stricken with something the old-timers call “Milk Sickness.”
“My baby boy…” she whispers before dying.
Only later will the grieving Abe learn that his mother’s fatal affliction was actually the work of a vampire.
When the truth becomes known to young Lincoln, he writes in his journal, “henceforth my life shall be one of rigorous study and devotion. I shall become a master of mind and body. And this mastery shall have but one purpose…” Gifted with his legendary height, strength, and skill with an ax, Abe sets out on a path of vengeance that will lead him all the way to the White House.
6. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
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The Hunger Games trilogy is a young-adult adventure science fiction series written by Suzanne Collins. The trilogy consists of The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay. The first two books were each The New York Times best sellers, and the third book, Mockingjay, topped all US bestseller lists upon its release
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
You can read my detailed review on the Hunger Games Trilogy and find out more reasons why it should be on your “what books should I buy” list
7. Calico Joe by John Grisham
#7 on this Ultimate list of What books should I Buy. Available at a nice 35% Discount!
I’ve always been a huge fan of John Grisham books and there is no one else who writes courtroom and legal drama better than him. So when I learnt that John Grisham was out with his latest novel titled Calico Joe which was on a totally different turf (quite literally) related to baseball, naturally my curiosity was piqued.
Calico Joe is a baseball novel written by Grisham that was released on April 10, 2012 and immediately debuted at #1 position on the New York Times Bestseller list!
That’s reason enough for this to make it to your “what books should I buy” list
8. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
#8 on this Ultimate list of What books should I Buy. You can buy this book at a 32% Discount!
Written by Yann Martel, Life of Pi was first published in 2001 and is a fantasy adventure novel that was awarded the Man Booker Prize for Fiction. I first read this novel about 5 years later and was immediately moved by the storyline and deep thought behind this novel. Although, Life of Pi takes a little time to build up, there’s no denying the powerful language and thought that this fiction work boasts of.
Life of Pi is not really about a castaway boy and a tiger. Instead it is an exploration of faith and tolerance. It is symbolic of all the challenges and fears we face in life – those that which we must overcome not just to survive but also to find dignity and solace in life!
A definite one for your “what books should I buy” list!
9. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
“When you really want something to happen, the entire universe conspires in helping you achieve it.”
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho was one of the very first novels I ever read and this book was one of the major reasons why I fell in love with books in the first place. The simple story of a Shepherd boy seeing a prophetic dream and going on a magical journey of self-belief and lost treasure, told in words that resound in every heart even to this day.
No wonder then that The Alchemist is one of the best-selling books in history, with a Guinness World Record for the most translated book by a living author! That’s why it makes it on this “what books should I buy” list
10. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
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On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge.
Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?
As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?
What Books Should I Buy – Science Fiction & Fantasy
For all the sci-fi fans out there, this section lists down the top 10 books that I personally recommend buying under the What Books Should I Buy - Science Fiction & Fantasy genre:
1. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
Book details already covered in the What Books Should I Buy – Fiction section above. This one can be bought at a 40% Discount from Amazon
2. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin
Book details on this epic series are already covered in the What Books Should I Buy – Fiction section above. This one can be bought at a 43% Discount from Amazon
3. Wool – Omnibus by Hugh Howey
The Wool – Omnibus is available in both paperback and Kindle versions.
Wool is an ongoing series of science fiction novels by American novelist Hugh Howey who began the series in 2011, initially as a stand-alone short story. It rapidly began to develop a passionate following of fans eager for the next chapter in the saga and the series now consists of six novellas: Wool, Wool 2 – Proper Gauge, Wool 3 – Casting off, Wool 4 – The Unraveling, Wool 5 – The Stranded and Wool 6 – First Shift
This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.
A must for your “what books should I buy” list!
4. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
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Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.
Harkness adds a scholar’s depth to this riveting story of magic and suspense. And the story continues in Book Two, Shadow of Night.
One of my personal favorites on this “what books should I buy” list.
5. The Ender’s Game Series by Orson Scott Card
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The Ender’s Game series is a series of science fiction books written by Orson Scott Card which started with the novelette “Ender’s Game”, but was later expanded into the novel Ender’s Game. The series currently consists of eleven novels, twelve short stories, and 47 comic issues.
The first two novels in the series, Ender’s Game and Speaker for the Dead, have won numerous awards, and were among the most influential science fiction novels of the 1980s.
The series is set in a future where mankind is facing annihilation by an aggressive alien society, an insect-like race known colloquially as “Buggers” but more formally as “Formics”.
6. The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett
#6 on the Science Fiction list of What books should I Buy.
The Long Earth is a collaborative science fiction work by British authors Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter and consists of 2 planned books. The 1st book can be bought at a discount of 34%
Imagine you are going about your business one day and as you take your next step you find yourself in a field you’ve never seen before. When you step back, you find yourself back home. The Long Earth explores the possibility of parallel earths that are just a step away from our own.
Once this phenomenon of “stepping” has been discovered- people all around Earth 1 “The Datum Earth” start wondering what is out there on the Long Earth and how it will change civilization as we know it.
The main characters, Joshua – a natural stepper, and Lobsang – a super intelligent computer, in particular have a desire to explore the entirety of the Long Earth in an attempt to figure out why it’s there.
7. The Dark Tower Omnibus by Stephen King
#7 on this Science Fiction list of What books should I Buy
This magnum opus is available at a great 37% Discount, thanks to Amazon
“The Man in Black fled across the desert…and the gunslinger followed.”
With those words from a short story published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Stephen King launched one of the most seminal characters in his lifetime of writing into a destiny fraught with danger, death, triumph and loss.
The Dark Tower is a series of books written by American author Stephen King, which incorporates themes from multiple genres, including fantasy, science fantasy, horror and western. It describes a “gunslinger” and his quest toward a tower, the nature of which is both physical and metaphorical
In the almost thirty years since that momentous occasion, King introduced millions of readers to the densely textured realm of Mid-World through his magnum opus, the Dark Tower series of novels.
Read this and find out why it’s on this “what books should I buy” list!
8. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
I would suggest buying the boxed set of this series (34% Discount as well) which includes all the three books along with The Hobbit
I first read Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings long before it became the sensation it now is. Introduced to me by my library teacher, this amazing series soon had me transported into the world of magic, hobbits and the original Dark Lord!
For those who don’t live on this planet, this best-selling series consists of 3 books namely, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. To me what is more surprising is the fact that this has only sold 150 million copies to date!
On the surface, it’s a heroic fantasy novel, and quite a good one. It’s a gripping, well-realized story, with an interesting fantasy world as background. Under the surface story, it’s also clear that there’s a moral discourse. Perhaps the simplest way to demonstrate the magnitude of Tolkien’s achievement is the fact that it’s proven impossible to copy it; none of the other fantasy novels I’ve seen have come anywhere close.
One of the best books on this “what books should I buy” list.
9. The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer
The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer is a series of four vampire-themed fantasy romance novels written by American author Stephenie Meyer and it charts the life of Isabella “Bella” Swan, a teenage girl who moves to Forks, Washington, and falls in love with a 104-year-old vampire named Edward Cullen.
It consists of 4 books, Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn and the series is told primarily from Bella’s point of view, with the epilogue of Eclipse and Part II of Breaking Dawn being told from the viewpoint of character Jacob Black, a werewolf.
These books have gained immense popularity over the years and have also been made into movies. The four Twilight books have consecutively set records as the biggest selling novels of 2008 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list and that’s why it’s on my “what books should I buy” list.
10. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
A relatively new entrant, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, is must on your “what books should I buy” list and is currently available at a 34% Discount over at Amazon
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazement. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
A must have on your “what books should I buy” list!
What Books Should I Buy – Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
The below list is for the top 10 books that I personally recommend buying under the What Books Should I Buy - Mystery, Thriller & Suspense genre:
1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Book details already covered in the What Books Should I Buy – Fiction section above. This one can be bought at a 44% Discount from Amazon
2. The Dark Monk: A Hangman’s Daughter Tale by Oliver Potzsch
#2 on this Mystery list of What books should I Buy
This one’s currently going for a 43% Discount on Amazon
The Dark Monk: A Hangman’s Daughter Tale is the sequel and follow-up to Oliver Pötzsch international bestseller, The Hangman’s Daughter, and is due to be released in the middle of June, 2012. Set in the Bavarian Alps in the 1660’s, The Dark Monk: A Hangman’s Daughter Tale by Oliver Pötzsch, is expected to be another action packed thriller and a wonderful read.
First published in 2009 in Germany, this book is sequel to the earlier bestseller, The Hangman’s Daughter and takes off in 1660 with the shocking murder of a priest. The Dark Monk: A Hangman’s Daughter Tale by Oliver Pötzsch will take readers on an adventure to uncover the secret of a long-hidden and possibly mythical treasure of the Knights Templar
Click here to read my detailed review of this Oliver Potzsch novel and learn why it makes it to this “what books should I buy” list.
3. Defending Jacob by William Landay
#3 on this Mystery list of What books should I Buy. This one is available for a 34% Discount
Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts County for more than twenty years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: His fourteen-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.
“This is as much a nuanced family drama, love story, and social inquisition as it is a murder/courtroom/legal thriller. If you can engage with the narrator, whose reliability or unreliability is a puzzle to piece together, you will be satisfied with this warm yet dark story of a community and family unhinged by a violent crime”
Every parental instinct Andy has rallies to protect his boy. Jacob insists that he is innocent, and Andy believes him. Andy must. He’s his father. But as damning facts and shocking revelations surface, as a marriage threatens to crumble and the trial intensifies, as the crisis reveals how little a father knows about his son, Andy will face a trial of his own—between loyalty and justice, between truth and allegation, between a past he’s tried to bury and a future he cannot conceive.
4. Guilty Wives by James Patterson
#4 on this Mystery list of What books should I Buy
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Only minutes after Abbie Elliot and her three best friends step off of a private helicopter, they enter the most luxurious, sumptuous, sensually pampering hotel they have ever been to. Their lavish presidential suite overlooks Monte Carlo, and they surrender: to the sun and pool, to the sashimi and sake, to the Bruno Paillard champagne. For four days they’re free to live someone else’s life. As the weekend moves into pulsating discos, high-stakes casinos, and beyond, Abbie is transported to the greatest pleasure and release she has ever known
“This book has the intrigue and suspense that keeps you glued to the page. The research that was needed for this book must have been something that was more than looking up a definition”
In the morning’s harsh light, Abbie awakens on a yacht, surrounded by police. Something awful has happened–something impossible, unthinkable. Abbie, Winnie, Serena, and Bryah are arrested and accused of the foulest crime imaginable. And now the vacation of a lifetime becomes the fight of a lifetime–for survival
5. The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson
Book details already covered in the What Books Should I Buy – Fiction section above. This one can be bought at a nice Discount from Amazon
6. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
#6 on this Mystery list of What books should I Buy
On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? Stephen King’s heart-stopping dramatic new novel is about a man who travels back in time to prevent the JFK assassination—a thousand page tour de force.
“For a moment everything was clear, and when that happens, you see that the world is barely there at all. Don’t we all secretly know this? It’s a perfectly balanced mechanism of shouts and echoes pretending to be wheels and cogs, a dream clock chiming beneath a mystery-glass we call life”
In “11/22/63,” we get glimpses of a nimbus of evil that surrounds the world. There are no single crimes. Each act of cruelty or violence is somehow associated — harmonized, King would suggest — with every other act.
My personal favorite on this “what books should I buy” list.
7. The Lion, the Lamb, the Hunted by Andrew E. Kaufman
This relatively new book is priced very economically and is available at a 10% Discount as well.
The Lion, The Lamb, The Hunted is a genuinely gripping psychological thriller about a man who finds himself coming up against powerful forces that want the past to stay hidden. As Patrick tries to piece together the truth, he discovers that his own life is on the line. Can he discover the truth about who really killed the baby, and who helped cover it up?
“The clock is ticking, the walls are closing, and the stakes are getting higher as he races to find a killer–one who’s hot on his trail. One who’s out for his blood?”
There are lots of twists and turns in this well crafted story and a lot of pathos. There were some parts of the story that made me ache for Patrick and the remembered abuse he suffered at the hands of his mother. His search for answers takes the reader on a hair-raising journey through rural Texas inhabited by an intriguing cast of characters.
8. Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson
#8 on this Mystery list of What books should I Buy
Another James Patterson novel makes to this ultimate list of what book should I buy and this one can be bought from Amazon at a 46% Discount.
As always with a Patterson novel; the action is pretty much non-stop from the opening chapter. Old characters return and new ones are introduced and as the story is told from many points of view rather than just from Alex’s this time it gives a bigger picture of this exciting tale as it unfolds. The story is continually fast-paced and thoroughly exciting
“Detective Alex Cross is one of the first on the scene of the biggest case he’s ever been part of. The President’s son and daughter have been abducted from their school – an impossible crime, but somehow the kidnapper has done it.
Alex does everything he can but is shunted to the fringes of the investigation. Someone powerful doesn’t want Cross too close.”
Another great thriller on this “what books should I buy” list
9. The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum
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This is the book that proves that Robert Ludlum is the master of the spy genre. Always interested in plot lines that throw unsuspecting characters into the path of intrigue & danger, Ludlum takes the concept to new heights in this novel. Not only does the character not know what is going on, he doesn’t even know who he is! What he does know is that he’s a dead man if he doesn’t figure it all out pretty soon.
“His memory is a blank. His bullet-ridden body was fished from the Mediterranean Sea. His face has been altered by plastic surgery. A frame of microfilm has been surgically implanted in his hip. Even his name is a mystery. Marked for death, he is racing for survival through a bizarre world of murderous conspirators—led by Carlos, the world’s most dangerous assassin. Who is Jason Bourne? The answer may kill him”
You will probably figure out the ending towards the end of the book, but you won’t be able to put it down regardless.
A definite must have on your “what books should I buy” list.
10. Zero Day by David Baldacci
At #10 on this Mystery list of What books should I Buy, this Baldacci best-seller can be bought at a 46% Discount
Zero Day is written with all of Baldacci’s usual skill and perhaps even a little bit more energetic dialogue. The writing is crisp and you are hooked from page one and there’s nothing that takes Zero Day below five stars because its plot, characters and action are every bit on a par with Baldacci’s prior works.
“John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army’s Criminal Investigation Division. His father was an Army fighting legend, and his brother is serving a life sentence for treason in a federal military prison. Puller has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable drive to find the truth.
Now, Puller is called out on a case in a remote, rural area in West Virginia coal country far from any military outpost. Someone has stumbled onto a brutal crime scene, a family slaughtered. The local homicide detective, a headstrong woman with personal demons of her own, joins forces with Puller in the investigation. As Puller digs through deception after deception, he realizes that absolutely nothing he’s seen in this small town, and no one in it, are what they seem. Facing a potential conspiracy that reaches far beyond the hills of West Virginia, he is one man on the hunt for justice against an overwhelming force”
What Books Should I Buy – Romance
For all the romantic souls out there, below is my list of the top 10 books that I personally recommend buying under the What Books Should I Buy - Romance genre:
1. The Fifty Shades Trilogy by E L James
Book details already covered in the What Books Should I Buy – Fiction section above. This one can be bought at a 40% Discount from Amazon
2. The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst
#2 on this Romance list of What books should I Buy. Click here to buy this book at an attractive discount
2012 seems to be the year of the “indie” authors and we’re already seeing authors like Sylvia Day (Bared to You) and Trish McCallan (Forged in Fire) rise to the top of all the best-seller lists across the country. So when someone suggested that I try out The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst (another independent author), I gladly obliged by buying a Kindle copy for myself.
The story begins by introducing us to smart, independent and vivacious Alexa McKenzie who badly needs a man in her life. Her family is in danger of losing their home so Alexa conjures up a love spell to bring her a man who held all the qualities she wants in her soul mate. And yes he should be rich.
“To save her family home, impulsive bookstore owner, Alexa Maria McKenzie, casts a love spell. But she never planned on conjuring up her best friend’s older brother—the powerful man who once shattered her heart.
Billionaire Nicholas Ryan doesn’t believe in marriage, but in order to inherit his uncle’s corporation, he needs a wife and needs one fast. When he discovers his sister’s childhood friend is in dire financial straits, he’s offers Alexa a bold proposition”
Also read my detailed review of The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst and find out why it’s a must on your “what books should I buy” list.
3. Bared to You by Sylvia Day
#3 on this Romance list of What books should I Buy. Available from Amazon at an attractive 41% Discount!
I recently finished reading the highly popular “Fifty Shades of Grey” and was looking for a worthy follow-up to that series Bared to You by Sylvia Day gave me just the kind of sexy, sensuous reading I was craving for.
“Our journey began in fire…
Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness—beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…
Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds… and desires.
The bonds of his love transformed me, even as I prayed that the torment of our pasts didn’t tear us apart…”
Of course, the comparisons with “Fifty Shades of Grey” will continue to be there but in my mind, this book has much more to offer I’m pretty sure that Bared to You by Sylvia Day will definitely live up to the hype that is being created around it.
4. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
In at #4 on this Romance list of What books should I Buy
This novel by Jamie McGuire can be bought at a 15% Discount!
Beautiful Disaster is a heartwarming and heartbreaking, beautifully written, wonderfully told, passionate and often witty love story, that doesn’t just explore the warm, sweet side of love, but also the complicated and messy side.
If you like lust, illegal college fight-nights, poker and of course good sex, I would tell you to take a chance on this one.
“The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend America, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.
Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the charming college co-ed. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his charms, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’ apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match”
5. The Witness by Nora Roberts
At #5 on this Romance list of What books should I Buy
The Witness by Nora Roberts can be bought at a 34% Discount from Amazon
Only Nora Roberts can make me sit down and devour a 500 page book in less than 24 hours. I enjoy her writing style, I love her characters, and I thought this was the best stand-alone novel that she has written in some time.
If you like the comfort of reading a Nora Roberts novel, you will like this one.
“Daughter of a controlling mother, Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent lures her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever.
Twelve years later, the woman known as Abigail Lowery lives on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she designs sophisticated security systems—and supplements her own security with a fierce dog and an assortment of firearms. She keeps to herself, saying little, revealing nothing. But Abigail’s reserve only intrigues police Chief Brooks Gleason.
Her logical mind, her secretive nature, and her unromantic viewpoints leave him fascinated but frustrated. He suspects that Abigail needs protection from something—and that her elaborate defenses hide a story that must be revealed”
6. Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard
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Like a good lover, this book is thoughtful, deliberate and profound. Each character is nuanced, and each moment is strategically delivered. Gabriel’s Inferno is not for the fainthearted as it a very, very dark romance that will leave the reader feeling on edge throughout.
“Enigmatic and sexy, Professor Gabriel Emerson is a well respected Dante specialist by day, but by night he devotes himself to an uninhibited life of pleasure. He uses his notorious good looks and sophisticated charm to gratify his every whim, but is secretly tortured by his dark past and consumed by the profound belief that he is beyond all hope of redemption.
When the sweet and innocent Julia Mitchell enrolls as his graduate student, his attraction and mysterious connection to her not only jeopardizes his career, but sends him on a journey in which his past and his present collide. An intriguing and sinful exploration of seduction, forbidden love and redemption, “Gabriel’s Inferno” is a captivating and wildly passionate tale of one man’s escape from his own personal hell as he tries to earn the impossible…forgiveness and love”
A must have on your “what books should I buy” list.
7. The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks
At #7 on this Romance list of What books should I Buy
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This is a wonderful novel, told in a way that is fascinating and enjoyable. The characters are real and believable and I found myself caring about them early in the book. His latest work, The Lucky One will be touted by readers as one of his best works
“After U.S. Marine Logan Thibault finds a photograph of a smiling young woman buried in the dirt during his tour of duty in Iraq, he experiences a sudden streak of luck — winning poker games and even surviving deadly combat. Only his best friend, Victor, seems to have an explanation for his good fortune: the photograph — his lucky charm.
Back home in Colorado, Thibault can’t seem to get the woman in the photograph out of his mind and he sets out on a journey across the country to find her. But Thibault is caught off guard by the strong attraction he feels for the woman he encounters in North Carolina - Elizabeth, a divorced mother — and he keeps the story of the photo, and his luck, a secret. As he and Elizabeth embark upon a passionate love affair, his secret soon threatens to tear them apart — destroying not only their love, but also their lives”
8. The Next Always: Book One of the Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy by Nora Roberts
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The love story was very sweet and I loved the way it progressed. Especially the way Beckett handled Clare’s boys was amazing and so sweet. Both main characters were strong and I’m excited to see more of them in the next two books of the trilogy.
“The historic hotel in BoonsBoro, Maryland, has endured war and peace, changing hands, even rumored haunting. Now it’s getting a major facelift from the Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother.
As the architect of the family, Beckett’s social life consists mostly of talking shop over pizza and beer. But there’s another project he’s got his eye on: the girl he’s been waiting to kiss since he was fifteen…”
You better include this on your “what books should I buy” list
9. Big Sky Country by Linda Lael Miller
In at #9 on this Romance list of What books should I Buy
Big Sky Country is the outstanding first installment of Linda Lael Miller’s newest series set in Parable, Montana. A beautifully written, complex novel that will capture your heart as love slowly grows between Sheriff Slade Barlow and Joslyn Kirk.
“The illegitimate son of a wealthy rancher, Sheriff Slade Barlow grew up in a trailer hitched to the Curly-Burly hair salon his mother runs. He was never acknowledged by his father…until now. Suddenly, Slade has inherited half of Whisper Creek Ranch, one of the most prosperous in Parable, Montana.
That doesn’t sit well with his half brother, Hutch, who grew up with all the rights of a Carmody—including the affections of Joslyn Kirk, homecoming queen, rodeo queen, beauty queen, whom Slade has never forgotten.
But Joslyn is barely holding her head up these days as she works to pay back everyone her crooked stepfather cheated. With a town to protect, plus a rebellious teenage stepdaughter, Slade has his hands full. But someone has to convince Joslyn that she’s responsible only for her own actions—such as her effect on this lawman’s guarded heart”
Also read my review of Big Sky Mountain by Linda Lael Miller (2nd book in this series)
10. Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich
Finally, in at #10 on this Romance list of What books should I Buy
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This story is about Lizzy, who lives an ordinary life, until she meets a guy named Diesel, and
a cast of other strange characters. This story is unique, and funny, and laced with a budding romance. If you like a little magic spun in, I recommend this story.
“Life in Marblehead has had a pleasant predictability, until Diesel arrives. Rumor has it that a collection of priceless ancient relics representing the Seven Deadly Sins have made their way to Boston’s North Shore. Partnered with pastry chef Lizzie Tucker, Diesel bullies and charms his way through historic Salem to track them down—and his criminal mastermind cousin Gerewulf Grimorie.
The black-haired, black-hearted Wulf is on the hunt for the relic representing gluttony. Caught in a race against time, Diesel and Lizzie soon find out that more isn’t always better, as they battle Wulf and the first of the deadly sins.
With delectable characters and non-stop thrills that have made Janet Evanovich a household name, Wicked Appetite will leave you hungry for more”
What Books Should I Buy – Travel
I love to travel and explore new places. This section lists down the top 10 books that I personally recommend buying under the What Books Should I Buy - Travel genre:
1. Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Super athletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
1st up on our Travel list of What books should I Buy…
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Born to Run succeeds at so many levels because it’s not easily a page-turner but the build up to a fifty-mile foot race over some of the world’s least hospitable terrain drives the narrative forward. Along the way McDougall introduces a cast of characters worthy of Dickens, including Mexican drug dealers, a ghostly ex-boxer, a heartbroken father, and of course the Tarahumara, arguably the greatest runners in the world.
“An epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt?
Isolated by Mexico’s deadly Copper Canyons, the blissful Tarahumara Indians have honed the x`ability to run hundreds of miles without rest or injury. In a riveting narrative, award-winning journalist and often-injured runner Christopher McDougall sets out to discover their secrets.
In the process, he takes his readers from science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultra-runners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, finally, to a climactic race in the Copper Canyons that pits America’s best ultra-runners against the tribe.
McDougall’s incredible story will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that you, indeed all of us, were born to run”
An inspiring book to have on your “what books should I buy” list.
2. The Unofficial Guide Walt Disney World 2012 by Bob Sehlinger
At #2 on this Travel list of What books should I Buy
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I am a Disney World fanatic, and I’ve borrowed older versions of the Unofficial Guide from the library many times. I finally decided to buy the 2012 copy for myself because this is one that’s filled with info about the parks with humor and lots of opinion included.
A must buy for anyone planning on going to Disney, as it has everything from A-Z and maps! It gives you all the information that you could possibly need in order to make your Disney World vacation the best trip ever!
For all those visiting Walt Disney World, it’s a must have on your “what books should I buy” list.
3. Rick Steves’ Paris 2012
I read over the book’s suggested itinerary for a 7 day trip, then modified it just a little bit to add a couple sights I wanted to see and remove a couple that I wasn’t interested in. Then when I was actually in Paris I referred to the book constantly – it was with me at all times. The walking tours and sight tours were accurate and easy to use, and helped me better appreciate what I was looking at.
“With the self-guided tours in this book, you’ll explore the grand Champs-Elysées, the eye-popping Eiffel Tower, and the radiant cathedral of Notre-Dame. Learn how to save money and avoid the lines at the Louvre and Orsay Museums. Enjoy the ambience of Parisian neighborhoods, and take a day trip to the glittering palace of Versailles, or to the Champagne-soaked city of Reims. Then grab a café crème at a sidewalk café and listen to the hum of the city. You’ll see why Paris remains at the heart of global culture.
Rick’s candid, humorous advice will guide you to good-value hotels and restaurants in delightful neighborhoods. You’ll learn how to navigate the Paris Métro, and which sights are worth your time and money. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in your pocket.”
4. The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook: Kauai Revealed by Andrew Doughty
Making its way to #4 on this Travel list of What books should I Buy
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As timeshare owners in Poipu, we vacation on Kauai regularly and still wanted to have the most recent edition of this book (we’ve had 2 previous editions) to catch up on what is new on Kauai since our last visit in 2010.
We have given this book as a gift to numerous friends and relatives traveling to Kauai for the first time and have been told that this book gave the “newbies” all the information that they needed for their vacation.
“The finest guide-book ever written for the Kauai!
Now you can plan your best vacation–ever. This all new eighth edition is a candid, humorous guide to everything there is to see and do on the island. Best-selling author and longtime Hawai’i resident, Andrew Doughty, unlocks the secrets of an island so lush and diverse that many visitors never realize all that it has to offer.
Explore with him as he reveals breathtaking trails, secluded beaches, pristine reefs, and delicious places to dine, relaxing resorts, exciting waterfalls, colorful canyons and so much more. Every restaurant, activity provider, business and resort is reviewed personally and anonymously. This book and a rental car are all you need to discover what makes Kauai so exciting.”
5. Rick Steves’ Italy 2012
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While Rick Steve’s guidebooks aren’t filled with beautiful pictures they are chock full of practical information. With all the information on the Web it can still be difficult to find out if there is an English bookstore in town or a Laundromat or where there are Internet cafes or free Wi-Fi. Rick Steves guidebooks will give you all that information and more.
“From the beaches to the Alps, from fine art to fine pasta, Italy has it all. With this book, you’ll trace Italian culture from Rome’s Colosseum to Michelangelo’s David to the bustling elegance of Milan. Experience the art-drenched cities of Venice and Florence, explore the ancient ruins of the Roman Forum, and learn how to avoid the lines at the most popular museums. Discover the villages of Tuscany and Umbria and the lazy rhythms of the Cinque Terre. Shop at local market stalls, sip a cappuccino at an outdoor café, and pick up a picknic lunch at an allimentari. Relax and enjoy the life of Bella Italia!
Rick’s candid, humorous advice will guide you to good-value hotels and restaurants. He’ll help you plan where to go and what to see, depending on the length of your trip. You’ll get up-to-date recommendations about what is worth your time and money. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in your pocket.”
This is a must on your “what books should I buy” list for all those visiting Italy.
6. A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson
At #6 on this Travel list of What books should I Buy
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This is much more than a travelogue of two neophyte hikers on the Appalachian Trail; it’s a commentary about the long, rich history of the Appalachian Trail brings insight on the wilderness that we hardly know about. It also speaks for the preservation of the forestry and animals that we take for granted in the city.
After reading this book I have more appreciation of the wilderness, and an interest in going hiking myself.
“Back in America after twenty years in Britain, Bill Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. The AT offers an astonishing landscape of silent forests and sparkling lakes–and to a writer with the comic genius of Bill Bryson, it also provides endless opportunities to witness the majestic silliness of his fellow human beings.
For a start there’s the gloriously out-of-shape Stephen Katz, a buddy from Iowa along for the walk. Despite Katz’s overwhelming desire to find cozy restaurants, he and Bryson eventually settle into their stride, and while on the trail they meet a bizarre assortment of hilarious characters. But A Walk in the Woods is more than just a laugh-out-loud hike. Bryson’s acute eye is a wise witness to this beautiful but fragile trail, and as he tells its fascinating history, he makes a moving plea for the conservation of America’s last great wilderness. An adventure, a comedy, and a celebration, A Walk in the Woods is destined to become a modern classic of travel literature.”
7. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
At #7 on this Travel list of What books should I Buy
There is little suspense in Krakauer’s Into the Wild, as anyone who reads the synopsis or picks up the book instantly learns that it is the story of a young man, Chris McCandless, who ventures into the Alaskan Wilderness and who never gets out.
Krakauer retraced McCandless’ journey, interviewing many of those with whom he came into contact. What metamorphosed is a haunting, riveting account of McCandless’ travels and travails, and the impact he had on those with whom he came into contact. I recommend this book highly.
“In a compelling book that evokes the writings of Thoreau, Muir, and Jack London, Krakauer recounts the haunting and tragic mystery of 22-year-old Chris McCandless who disappeared in April 1992 into the Alaskan wilderness in search of a raw, transcendent experience. His emaciated corpse was discovered four months later.”
A brilliant, inspiring book to have on your “what books should I buy” list.
8. Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert
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I really enjoyed this book from the beginning, despite Ms. Gilbert’s obvious character flaws and especially enjoyed the first section, having been to Italy.
“This beautifully written, heartfelt memoir touched a nerve among both readers and reviewers. Elizabeth Gilbert tells how she made the difficult choice to leave behind all the trappings of modern American success (marriage, house in the country, career) and find, instead, what she truly wanted from life.
Setting out for a year to study three different aspects of her nature amid three different cultures, Gilbert explored the art of pleasure in Italy and the art of devotion in India, and then a balance between the two on the Indonesian island of Bali. By turns rapturous and rueful, this wise and funny author is poised to garner yet more adoring fans.”
9. Hawaii the Big Island Revealed: The Ultimate Guidebook by Andrew Doughty
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Hawaii The Big Island Revealed” covers it all–from the snow-covered top of Mauna Kea, to the sparkling underwater reefs. This is the best investment you can make for your Big Island visit. Whether you are a first time visitor, or a longtime kama’aina, you will find out more about the Big Island from this book than from any other source. Discover the island of your dreams with “Hawaii The Big Island Revealed.
“The finest guidebook ever written for the Big Island and the only one written by writers who actually visit the island. They visit every beach, restaurant, activity and trail on the island. The result is this comprehensive, humorous and easy-to-read full color guide that will lead you to more adventures than any other book. A must for travelers!”
A must have book on your “what books should I buy” list for all those travelling to Hawaii.
10. The New York Times 36 Hours: 150 Weekends in the USA & Canada by Barbara Ireland
Completing this Travel list of What books should I Buy!
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As someone who has loves travel but has limited time off, the 36 hours format is great. Not only is the guide a fun read for an armchair traveler like myself but it’s the ultimate weekend planner for the literate by the literate.
Also got some new ideas for short trips!
“To travel in North America is to face a delicious quandary: over these vast spaces, with so many riches from glittering cities to eccentric small towns and heart-stopping beautiful mountains and plains, how to experience as much as possible in limited time?
One answer is the quick hit, a jam-packed adventure that delivers a full sense of a single place’s opportunities and personalities over a well-plotted two-night stay.”
And that finally completes my mammoth and Ultimate List of What Books Should I Buy!