Favorite Books I First Read Because of Recommendations

Hello everyone! I am back with another Top Ten Tuesday post, a fun weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is all about recommendations, so I decided to share a list of 10 of my favorite books that I first read because of recommendation. For fun, I also listed the person who recommended the book and how they ‘sold’ it to me. Not gonna lie, this list is quite easy to make because I am so easily swayed. LOL.

The Demon’s Lexicon (Sarah Rees Brennan)

Recommended by: my sister

Selling point:
THE TWIST! Try to guess it, the TWIST OMG.

The Way of Kings (Brandon Sanderson)

Recommended by: my sister

Selling point:
*points at 1000+ pages Words of Radiance (note: WoR is the sequel to The Way of Kings) in a bookstore* You HAVE TO buy it. Oh and read the first book obvs, it is even better than Mistborn.

Unwind (Neal Shusterman)

Recommended by: a friend on tumblr

Selling point
: it was included in a book recs list she personalized for me. I think the exact words was “anything by Neal Shusterman, but especially Unwind.”

Gone (Michael Grant)

Recommended by: my sister

Selling point
: Just READ it and take it up with me if you don’t like it (I do)

The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)

Recommended by: the same friend on tumblr

Selling point
: “I went to like 5 bookstores and cannot find Mockingjay. Wait, what? You haven’t read The Hunger Games?”

In The Woods (Tana French)

Recommended by: Symone @ Symone Books

Selling point: It was included in her wrap-up post and I was looking for a good mystery/thriller. To be honest, I didn’t know why I picked up this one out of all the books in her list but it turned out well.

Dangerous Girls (Abigail Haas)

Recommended by: Symone @ Symone Books

Selling point: the quote she has on her review post – “Wouldn’t we all look guilty, if someone searched hard enough?”

A Darker Shade of Magic (VE Schwab)

Recommended by: my sister

Selling point
: at that point, I had stopped questioning her judgement and just took her words for it.

Charm & Strange (Stephanie Kuehn)

Recommended by: CW @ Read, Think, Ponder

Selling point: “A realistic portrayal of mental illness.” This wasn’t even CW’s favorite Kuehn book, but I loved her writing already.

The Summer I Turned Pretty (Jenny Han)

Recommended by: Trisha @ The Bookgasm Blog

Selling point: She is a big fan of Jenny Han and used to gush about Jenny’s books, somewhere along the way it got to me. <3 Trisha’s currently on hiatus, but I still have the second and third book to catch up.

And that’s all for today! Let me know what you think of these books or leave me a recommendation.

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4 thoughts on “Favorite Books I First Read Because of Recommendations

  1. I’m happy you enjoyed the books I recommended 😀 Funnily, both are thrillers. Reminds me that it’s about that time of year to start reading more thrillers, haha.

    1. I love your recommendation posts! Especially the thrillers.
      Most bloggers I followed recommended SFF or contemporary books, but rarely thrillers so it’s good to have a blogger who had similar taste in thrillers. 🙂 Also, I think your review posts are eloquently written and persuasive. Case in point, I bought two or three books based on your recommendation or review posts.

      Oh yes, October is definitely a good month to read thrillers! Hahaha.

  2. Way of Kings is definitely awesome! Hyped for Arcanum Unbounded!! And third book will likely be coming out next year 😀
    I have Gone and ADSOM on my TBR. I bought Gone because the side of the pages of the book was colored, which was awesome. And I haven’t read Hunger Games yet :O At this point I’m wondering if I should go and read it just to get it over with. Haha.

    1. I cannot wait for November and Lift’s novella that’ll be in Arcanum Unbounded. I also haven’t read Mistborn Secret History and most of the short stories in it so yes I’m hyped too!
      Oooh, I hope you enjoyed Gone and ADSOM. I have to say that Gone as the whole series has its ups and downs, but the first and the last book were great.
      Hahahaha I honestly don’t know if you should read THG or not. At this point, I’d think you’ve been spoiled as to what happened? But if not, then perhaps yes you should. It was not the best executed dystopian series (I read that when I have only read a few dystopian books), but it was one of my guilty pleasures for sure.

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