Top Ten Tuesday: Books recommended by the blogosphere.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish where we get a new topic for a top 10 list.

Let’s talk recommendations. I love getting book recommendations but I am terrible at actually reading them. My mood reading tendencies mean I never know when I’m going to pick up these books so if you have recommended a book to me in the past forgive me for taking so long to read them. 

Here is a list of 10 books I have read based on the reviews I’ve read from the blogosphere.

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1. Half a King by Joe Abercrombie: Full credit goes to Joey for this recommendation. I’ve seen him rave about this book on numerous occasions so I decided to see what the hype was all about. READ THIS BOOK. It was amazing and the portrayal of women in Half a King is on point.  

2. The Deal by Elle Kennedy: I’m naturally wary of New Adult books but I’d seen so many comments on the humour of this book and I am so glad I gave it a chance. The Deal introduced me to the world of sports contemporary romances and I am hooked.

3. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera: This is one book that is pretty much universally loved in the blogosphere and until this summer I still hadn’t read it. The emotional intensity of it had me nervous because I have to be in a very particular mood for those books. Thankfully I had Summer @ XingSings on hand to cry my heart out to.

4. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin: I was hesitant to pick up this book simply because I’d never read anything like it before. An alternate historic timeline where Hitler wins the war – a terrifying thought. The book blew me away and had me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. I can’t wait to read Blood for Blood and I am so happy that my copy has already arrived. 

5. Air Awakens by Elise Kova: I can give credit to Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight for introducing me to this series. Her review basically had me sold. On top of that the artwork for the book covers are absolutely stunning. 

6. The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson: I was in desperate need of a new fantasy series to read and I’d read so many reviews singing the praises of this trilogy. I was a little overwhelmed by the size of the books but I can now understand why people call Sanderson a master of fantasy. 

7. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell: So much hype but sadly this book just didn’t deliver for me. I just didn’t connect to it at all which sucks because I was so excited and ready to love this book.

8. The Boy Most Likely To by Huntely Fitzpatrick: I was on the edge about this book for a long time. I was excited to be getting Tim’s story and Huntley Fitzpatrick is one of my all time favourite contemporary authors but the mixed reviews I’d read and the plot twist I predicted would happen had me worried. That was until I read Reg’s review which instilled a renewed optimism. Thank heavens I gave this book a chance because I loved it.

9. Uprooted by Naomi Novik: I heard a lot of talk about the stunning writing in this book so naturally I was drawn to it. I can definitely confirm that the writing is beautiful but sometimes it was too beautiful and took away from the pacing of the story.

10. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare: This was actually recommended to me way before I joined the blogosphere. This series was one I saw everywhere and I read it at a time when I was just getting back into reading. The first book was enjoyable but I’ll be the black sheep and say that the series didn’t blow me away.

Those are the books I’ve read based on the blogosphere’s recommendations.
What are your favourite recommended books?

 

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28 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books recommended by the blogosphere.

    • Oooh, that confidence might come back to bite you haha. I am glad I listened to your raves about Half a King, that ending was everything!!! Half the World is next on my to buy list…she says hopefully.

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    • I can’t stop gushing about The Deal. The Boy Most Likely To was a pleasant surprise considering I don’t usually like the plot device that was used to stir up tension. I know now never to doubt Huntley Fitzpatrick’s writing.

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    • I absolutely adore the book cover. I love glancing at it on my shelf cause it’s so atmospheric. I always find it so cool when a character has the same name as someone I know and I’d definitely recommend the book if you like a magical setting and highly descriptive writing. 😀

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  1. I have read and loved so many of the books on this list! And I’m super jealous that you have Blood for Blood already. I’m actually not sure when it’ll be available here in Aus… I might just order it online since we get the UK edition anyway. Except every time I do that, I end up seeing it in the bookstore while I’m waiting for my order to arrive T_T. I have to agree with you the City of Bones was pretty average. But the entire Infernal Devices trilogy was amazing and is one of my favourite series of all time!

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  2. I have been meaning to buy Uprooted and give it a go but in stores it’ sooo expensive to maybe I’ll have to just buy it online because everyone says it’s so good. I have been a little bit on the fence about The Boy Most Likely Too aswell even though I loved My Life Next Door, I can’t explain it just a feeling which is silly and I should probably ignore myself and read it anyway hehe! Great list 🙂

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    • Ah yes, book prices are always a drawback but you can always find a bargain online, especially now that the paperback edition is available as well.
      The Boy Most Likely To has a bit more angst than My Life Next Door but it still has the same amount of heart. I totally get why you’d be on the fence. Heck I was for the past year haha.

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