Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week bloggers post a top ten list related to a specific theme. This week's theme is the Top Ten Books I'd Recommend To "X" Person. My "person" is someone looking to read more science fiction and fantasy and prefers a female POV. I have several female friends who don't think that the SF&F genre don't have anything to offer them. :( All links lead to GoodReads.
1. Among Others by Jo Walton
This book is probably the most controversial SF&F book on here, because some argue that it is not SF&F. I listed it, because this book really can be interpreted as just general fiction and not SF&F, if someone is really uncomfortable with SF&F. One warning, the POV character mentions lots of book titles; however, you don't need to be familiar with the books to enjoy the book.
2. Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
This book has two different POV characters, one male and one female. Outside of a bit of time travel, this book is pretty quiet on the SF&F front. Someone could read this book as a combination of historical fiction and contemporary fiction.
3. Dead until Dark by Charlaine Harris
This book is straight-up fantasy, because it contains vampires. I included this book, because even people who are not SF&F fans can tolerate vampires. There are sexy times too!
4. In the Garden of Iden by Kage Baker
This book is probably the one that a newbie SF&F fan would run from, but I still want to recommend it. I have never read anything like it. This book has time travel, a little romance, and botany. You see, you probably haven't read anything like it.
5. Soulless by Gail Carriger
This book is straight-up fantasy with some steampunk thrown in for fun. Like Dead until Dark, this book has vampires and werewolves, which I feel that a general fiction audience can typically tolerate even if they are not game to jump into SF&F.
6. A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan
This book might work for someone who loves memoirs, because it is written as so. The twist is that in this book's world, there are dragons.
7. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
This is another book that can work for people who want to put their toe in the SF&F world. Even people who do not read SF&F are familiar with The Wizard of Oz, this fantastical world usually feels comfortable for people.
8. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
I added this book for people who like to read YA. Although this book is quite fantastical, The Golden Compass's world is fairly similar to our own, so it can be a comfortable read for someone who doesn't normally read SF&F. My one caveat about this book and trilogy is that the story has a negative view on Christianity.
9. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I added this book for the YA readers, for those who enjoy reading books and movies together, and for those who like a lot of action in their books. This book and series are action-packed and quite thrilling.
10. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
This book is for those who like haunting, adult books. Although this is a SF book and the SF elements are necessary for the plot, the heart of this book is the main character and her relationship with her true friends.