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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.
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?