Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books To Read If Your Book Club Likes _____.

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November 1: Top Ten Books To Read If Your Book Club Likes _______________.
(if your book club likes historical fiction, inspiring stories, YA books, non-fiction, controversial books to debate about, or pick a specific book)

I am loving this topic! There are so many ways to do this. The theme is…

Historical Fiction.

I love Historical Fiction. It is one of my favorite genres but this past year, I have not read one book within the genre. So I want to “create” a book club that loves to read Historical Fiction and pick books that we have not read yet. There are more than ten books that I want to read. 

In no particular order…

1. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys


I bought this book because I have heard nothing but wonderful things about her books. I have not bought any of her other books… yet. The reason of why I choose this book, and not Between Shades of Gray, is because of the synopsis. Here is the first sentence. 

Winter, 1945. Four teenagers. Four secrets.

I mean, that draws me in and made me want to read the book and see what would happen in the book.

2. Wolf by Wolf // Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin

I am counting this as one pick because it is a duology and it goes together. I thought it would be fun for one month, we would binge read the duology and talk about it. I became interested in this duology due to the synopsis. Here is the first sentence. 

Her story begins on a train.

There are many times we would go, “What if Hilter has won the war? What would happen then?” I like the unique spin that Ryan did. Hilter hosts a motorcycle race and the winner wins a chance to be able to go to Victor’s Ball in Tokyo.

3. Iron Cast by Destiny Soria


I don’t remember where I first heard about this book but when I did, I fell in love with it. It sets in Boston! One of my favorite cities. I would love to see how Destiny write this book that has Boston as its city.

I also am interested in this book because of its diversity and because of its friendships. 

The cover does not hurt either. It is so beautiful. I would love to have a necklace just like the woman on the cover.

4. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco


It is about forensic medicine. I love NCIS, CSI, and goes on. I love to see how things back in the day would be used to find a murderer or a kidnapper, or even a robber. The fact that this story talks about a young woman learning forensic medicine from her uncle and no one knows about it. This is one book that I am going to read in 2017. I have to read. It is a MUST. 

5. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead


I love history. It was my Liberal Arts concentration for my undergrad years. We were required to declare our L.A. concentration and take a certain amount of classes for them and I chose history. I took a class that talks about Civil War and I found it interesting. I would love to read this and truly learn how people dealt with slavery back during the Pre-Civil War era.

6. A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess


I don’t think I ever read a book that has a sorcerer. People are raving about this book and I need to read it and find for myself if I do truly like it or truly hates it. 

The cover is so beautiful. I would spend hours staring at it. 

7. Walk on Earth a Stranger // Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson

Like with Wolf by Wolf, it is a similar situation here. I thought it would be cool to binge read this series and be ready for the third book. I believe that the books are set during the gold rush and I believe the person in this book can sense gold. These books brought nothing but rave reviews. Of course, there are negative ones but positive ones overwhelmed the negatives. I am excited to read this in 2017. 

8. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah


Kristin Hannah is one of my favorite authors and I love her books. This is only one that I have not read as of yet. I am hearing that this book is one of her best that she wrote thus far. It is true because it is going to be made into a movie. 

9. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr 


To be honest, I have this book. It was one of these books that the cover pulled me in and made me want to buy it before reading the synopsis. When I upload a picture of books that I have bought and a good friend of mine told me it was a good book and that she think I’d like to read it. I trust her word. So, I am excited to start on this book next year. 

10. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak


I do not remember where I heard about this book but the synopsis sounds awesome. I do not know how I miss this book BEFORE my reading slump because the cover on the left is the 10th-anniversary edition. I am in love with this cover. I may ask to get this as a Christmas gift. 

11. Code Name Verity // Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

I first heard about this from Hailey at Hails Hearts NYC. It is one of her favorite books, I believe. It is interesting because it is about women in World War II and you don’t see that in books that often. It sounds like a good read. 

12. The Help by Kathryn Stockett


I saw the movie and I loved it. I want to read this book. I have it on my kindle, and I am determined to read this in 2017. 


16 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books To Read If Your Book Club Likes _____.

  1. katizeitzulesen says:

    Hi Nicole,
    Oh it’s so wonderful that you want to read Salt to the Sea! I LOVED that book. It is really moving and frightening considering the unspeakable things that happened during the Second World War. But I think it is VERY important to REMEMBER and thus books like these help us to never forget!
    I am actually reading All the Light we cannot see and it is beautiful as well though its writing style is totally different from Salt to the Sea. It takes me much longer to read as the story is developing only slowly.
    A Shadow Bright and Burning is on my wish a list as well! Though I like Rea Carson I did not read tooo many enthusiastic reviews on Walk on Earth a Stranger … thus I am curious what you are going to say.
    As for Jack the Ripper I have it right in front of me and actually wanted to read it for Halloween but private family matters came in-between and thus I am FAR behind my reading schedule.
    Did you finish Nevernight …. ???
    All the best wishes from Germany

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    • Nicole @ booksinked says:

      You brought up a really good point. That is why I love historical fiction books. It made me remember both dark times and light times that our ancestors went through. I am hopeful that I managed to read Salt to the Sea before the year’s over.

      All The Light We Cannot See – I have heard that the book was slow but worth the read. I am excited to read the book. I am very curious to see what you think of the book when you are finished with it.

      A Shadow Bright and Burning – if I do get the book either on my kindle or a physical copy, would you like us to buddy read it? I heard more positive reviews for Walk on Earth a Stranger. Odd. I am very curious about these books so I’m excited.

      I am planning to read Stalking Jack the Ripper in January because there is a readathon going on and their group book is Stalking Jack the Ripper. I am excited for this one out of all because NCIS! I don’t know if you get the show in Germany?

      I have not finished Nevernight. October isn’t my best so I am hopeful to finish Nevernight before the year’s over.

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      • katizeitzulesen says:

        Hi Nicole,
        yes, sure, we can budy-read A Shadow Bright and Burning, if possible. I havent bought a copy yet but that would be nice reason to soon purchase another book in November. I will receive Gemina on Thursday though and plan on reading it as soon as possible. Thus timing for ASBAB would be somewhere around mid November?

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      • Nicole @ booksinked says:

        I’ll send you a message on there after I’m finished with the movie that I am going to see with my boyfriend and his family. We are going to watch Dr. Strange. Talk to you later! 🙂

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      • katizeitzulesen says:

        No need to hurry. Had no time to start Gemina today anyways and next week is going to be veeery busy. So feel free to text me when you’d like to start -I am totally flexible. Hope you had a great time watching Dr. Strange (I do LOVE Benedict ;-))
        BR, Kati

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      • Nicole @ booksinked says:

        Dr. Strange was awesome. A bit fast for my taste but it was still awesome! I love his name. Benedict Cumberbatch. It’s fun to say. Let me know when you can read Gemina. I am already in few pages, I forget where but I already started.


  2. Jessie says:

    So many good picks here! I love historical fiction and am excited to check out some of the ones on your list! Wolf by Wolf was such a fun ride, I can’t wait to read the next one. I really liked Code Name Verity too (didn’t know there was a second one!), and Salt to the Sea is an all-time fav. It’s a fast read, so you’ll get through it really quickly.

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    • Nicole @ booksinked says:

      I am planning on reading Wolf by Wolf this month after I am all done with three books that I am currently reading. I am also planning on getting a new box of tissues. I didn’t know either till Hailey mentioned it on her YouTube. I am thinking to read Salt to the Sea in December.


  3. literaryhues says:

    Great list! I absolutely loved The Book Thief and have heard a lot of good reviews about Stalking Jack The Ripper. The only other historical fiction I’ve read was My Lady Jane and while it was such a fun read, at some point the writers tossed history out the window. lol.

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    • Nicole @ booksinked says:

      Oh yes, I forget about My Lady Jane! Thank you for reminding me. I am planning to read Stalking Jack the Ripper in January. Cannot wait for that book to be in my hands.

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