This week I’ve decided to take part in ‘Top Ten Tuesday’ again hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, and this week’s topic is ‘Books I Read Because Someone Recommended Them to Me’. This wasn’t an easy topic for me as I’m rarely recommended books personally, so I’ve had to ‘cheat’ on a few of these!
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
When I was eleven or twelve my mum recommended ‘Twilight’ to me after reading the first book in the series. At the time, I don’t think she realised she was starting my first teenager obsession phase, otherwise I don’t think she would have recommended it to me – I spent far too much time obsessing over Edward – but I’m grateful she did. No matter what I think of this book now it was my introduction to YA fiction and I wouldn’t be here without it.
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
A librarian recommended this book to me years ago, and I’ve only managed to pick it up this year. This was the first Gaiman book I’ve ever read – I know it’s a crime it took me that long – and I loved it; he’s an incredible storyteller and has such a fascinating imagination and I’m really excited to try more of his work in the future. This was one of the better recommendation’s on my list, as it introduced me to an incredible writer.
The Binding by Bridget Collins
If you follow this blog you may know I do series where I read and review all of the books in Waterstone’s ‘Fiction Books of the Month’ list this year (I am several months behind at the moment but that’s not the point). Whilst this may technically not be a recommendation as I’m required to read it for that series, it led me to ‘The Binding’, one of my favourite reads of the year (you must read it if you haven’t) and so many other great books.
The Silence of The Girls by Pat Barker
I believe I was recommended this book by a bookseller in a Waterstone’s early this year in January. Whilst I didn’t like the story, it was the first book I ever reviewed for this blog (read it here), and it led me to reading ‘Circe’ by Madeline Miller, so even though I don’t like the book at all it did lead to some important things in my life.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
This is my mum’s favourite book of all time, and she badgered me for years to read it before I gave in a few years ago and tried it. I didn’t like it all, which as you can imagine was a great disappointment to my mum; I’m also not sure I would like it now even though I’m favourable to classics at this age. I think I’ll try it again for the sake of my mum at some point but it just wasn’t for me and I can’t in good faith recommend it to anyone else either.
Scythe by Neil Shusterman
When the first book in the ‘Arc of a Scythe’ came out it felt like every mainstream booktuber at the time recommended this book to anyone watching. So I did pick it up based on those recommendations, and whilst I don’t think this trilogy is groundbreaking, I have just finished ‘The Toll’ and overall I enjoyed the trilogy – even though I have some problems with it.
We Are The Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
Whilst this wasn’t recommended to me specifically – like many books on this list weren’t. I came upon this recommendation on BooksandLala’s youtube channel. I can’t remember what video she spoke about this in, but I ended up picking the book up because of her and I really enjoyed it, and I do want to pick up more by this author in the future so it was a successful recommendation.
When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk
Again, if you follow this blog you may know I do a series called ‘Buzzfeed Recommends‘ and this is one of the books that I’ve read for this series. Whilst this series has led to some great and awful reads (I consider giving up at one point it was so bad), this one so far is probably my favourite and it is one I recommend to every YA reader. It is simply fantastic and I adore it.
Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
Okay this book is kind of a cheat, as my dad recommended Brandon Sanderson to me as an author rather than a specific book by him, and I then went and read the only Sanderson book he’s never read. BUT I did really like this, and I do have the Mistborn trilogy sitting on my shelves begging to be read because of this book.
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
This book wasn’t recommended to me by anyone specifically, because book bloggers, booktubers and people in my life were recommending this book for a while. I picked it up earlier this year and just like everyone else whose ever read it it completely captivated me and was a wonderful and insightful read. And again, if you haven’t read it, another book blogger (aka me) is recommending it to you now.