Top Ten Books I’d Recommend To X Person (your choice — could be to your mom, to a reluctant male reader, to your teenage sister, to dog lover’s, to sports lovers, etc.) on The Broke and the Bookish
1a. For those who love a clean book: „The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie“ by Alan Bradly (Such a cozy setting with lovable characters!)
1b: For those who like it dirty: „Captive in the dark“ by C.J. Roberts (Sexy and dark.)
2a: For those who like a calm, moody story: „Mathilde und der Duft der Bücher“by Anne Delaflotte (Mathilde and the scent of books, calm french story that portrays the mood of a small town.)
2b: For those who love action packed stories: „Der Augensammler“ by Sebastian Fitzek (German author Sebastian Fitzek is a master of producing pageturners. This one was the first I read by him. )
3a: For those who need a happy end: „The Raven Prince“ by Elizabeth Hoyt. I picked a book that is obvious to end happily by the genre alone
3b: For those who like to be left with their heart crushed: There are quite a few I would like to mention, but those would be huge spoilers in most cases, so I picked one with an unhappy end that is known as a given: „The diary of Anne Frank“ by Anne Frank. It is so full of character and life and yet so damn moving.
4a: For those who want a laugh: „In a Sunburned Country“ by Bill Bryson
4b: For those who want a cry: „The Fault in our stars“ by John Green
5a: For those who like their books set in the real world: „Ten“ by Andrej Longo. Ten short stories set in Mafia driven Naples.
5b: For those who prefer a fantasy or absurd setting: „The third Policeman“ by Flann O’Brien– Deliciously absurd!
6a: For those who like it bloody: „Shadow man“ by Cody MyFadyen. First installment in the Smoky Barrett series. Quite bloody.
6b: For those who like it cosy: „Wicked Intentions“ again by Elizabeth Hoyt. It starts with a murder too, but nothing nightmare inducing. To me this is a „feel good book“.
7a: For those who love a sprint: „The Witch of Duva“ by Leigh Bardugo. (Short story losely connected to the Grisha series, but can be read out of context.)
7b: For those who love a marathon: „Anna Karenina“ by Leo Tolstoy (Long, but worth every description of the old colourful Russia.)
8a: For those who like a straightforward story:„Perfect Chemistry“ by Simone Elkeles. There are no real surprises. When starting the story you know certain things will happen, but it is fun anyway.
8b: For those who like a layered, complex story: „A visit from the Goon Squad“ by Jennifer Egan. Short Stories all involving a set of people in the music business, jumping forth and back in time. You read a story and think you know the people, then read another story set ten years earlier and you realize they once have been totally different until an event threw them over.
9a: For those who need a lotta love in their books: „Hopeless“ by Colleen Hoover. A strong love story with a lot of dramatic „side stuff“.
9b: For those who find book love icky:„Murder on the orient Express“ by Agatha Christie. You might catch a kissing couple at the station in this one but the crime story is in the focus and it surely never gets lovey-dovey-
10a: For those who love a character driven story: „South of the border, West of the Sun“ by Haruki Murakami.
10b: For those who like a plot driven story: Another Fitzek: „Der Seelenbrecher“ (The soul breaker) by Sebastian Fitzek. Fast paced pageturner.