Today’s topic is: Books I read because of recommendations
Some people will only read books that have been recommended to them by someone they trust. Are you one of those people? I’m not. I like to discover new books so I can recommend them to my friends and fellow bookworms. I love to browse bookshelves in stores and at the library. I also love to browse twitter, instagram, and blogs for possible reads. But, when I need to know that a book will be worth my time–when I just really, really need a good read–I have a few go-tos for recs. Some of the books below were recommended by those trusted few. Some of these books were ones that I saw online over and over again and finally caved and read them.
1. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
This is one of those books that I saw everywhere. I couldn’t get away from it! And I’m so glad. I finally read it, just recently, and I loved it. Stay tuned for my review of Passenger this Friday.
2. Harry Potter & the Philospher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
I know. I know. It’s ridiculous. But, I wasn’t allowed to read these books when they were first coming out. And, back then I wasn’t as interested in fantasy. When I had to read a children’s novel for a children’s lit class, I picked this one up because so many of my friends loved Harry so much. I loved him too. I’m even thinking of doing a reread and posting my thoughts on each book on the blog. What do you think?
3. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
This book was recommended to me by this really nice guy I was dating. I’m now married to him. We’ve theorized about these books. We’ve lamented that we have to wait for the next one. We’ve even gone to hear Pat speak. If you haven’t read Pat Rothfuss, go do it now.
4. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
This is another series that my husband recommended to me. Our taste in books doesn’t often overlap. I’m more of a Jane Austen, historical fiction, YA fantasy kind of girl. He’s usually a non-fiction, nerdy, science and technology reader. But, on Pat Rothfuss and Scott Lynch, we agree: keep them coming.
5. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Apparently my husband is a pretty good book rec source. This was the first book he recommended to me. Unlike the other two above, I didn’t love this one. In fact, I didn’t even make it through it the first time I tried to read it. AND I freaked out that he had not only recommended it but had mailed a hardcover copy to me. We were just friends at that point and lived in different cities. I thought he liked me (why else would you mail a girl a book?!). But, apparently, back then, he was just being nice. (Sure…sure…. ;))
6. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
I kept seeing references to these books and to Celaena all over the bookish interwebs! And, when a friend and I started chatting about it, I took the bait. And I fell so hard for Sarah J. Maas. So hard.
7. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Before I’d really figured out Sarah J. Maas and the arc and order of her books, so when a friend texted me that this book was on sale on Kobo for only four bucks, I quickly snagged it, thinking that it was part of the Throne of Glass books. Nope! It wasn’t. But I love this series too. (And, to be honest, I liked A Court of Mist and Fury even more than this one!).
8. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
I picked up Walk on Earth a Stranger completely randomly because the cover was so beautiful. When I mentioned it to a bookish friend, she suggested I read Rae’s other books and to start with The Girl of Fire and Thorns. I immediately placed a hold on it at my library.
9. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
My oldest bookish friend suggested this one to me. We’ve been friends since kindergarten. We’ve always enjoyed similar books. I trust her recs more than anyone else.
10. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
That same oldest bookish friend recommended this one too. Assassin nuns. Um, yes please!
A true blue friend of mine (who was even one of my bridesmaids!) is amazing at book recs too. We’ve been friends for ten years and I didn’t even realize how bookish she was until we lived far away from one another. She recently suggested I read Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley. I picked it up at a thrift store a few weeks ago (woohoo for a four dollar book!), but I haven’t read it quite yet.