Wow, it’s been a long while since I’ve done a Top Ten Tuesday post. I’ve been busy enough with Blogtober, and totally forgot to look at the Top Ten Tuesday prompts too. But I’m here now!
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, and you can find all past and future prompts on her blog! This week the prompt is: books I read because they were recommended to me.
I’m usually pretty good with figuring out what I want to read, and which new releases to keep an eye on. But sometimes it’s nice to know that you can get recommendations from pretty much everywhere now! For this post, though, I will only list books I read because an actual live person recommended them to me, not an app. Let’s see if I can get to ten books…
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The Final Empire / Mistborn
By Brandon Sanderson
This is the first book I thought of when I started drafting this post. I remember walking around in Barnes & Noble, and an employee recommended it to me. I didn’t buy it then, and every time I went back he kept recommending it. Eventually I relented and I’ve never looked back. Once I got into it, I needed the rest of the series, too.
By James S.A. Corey
This one was recommended to me at Barnes & Noble as well. I wasn’t even looking for a sci-fi to read at that point, but the employee sold it well. Normally I don’t easily pick up adult sci-fi, because the language tends to be a little too technical, but I had no such issues with this book. It’s about a contagious deadly space virus though, so maybe not read this one right now.
By Lauren Kate
Remember this series? I remember that one of my friends recommended it to me when we were like… 15. So that’s over ten years ago (help, I’m old). I devoured this series back in the day, and I remember my cousin really liked it, too. It’s always fun when you can share joy over a book series. Though if my friend hadn’t recommended it to me, I probably never would’ve picked it up.
The Winner’s Curse
By Marie Rutkoski
And we’re back to books that were recommended by Barnes & Noble employees. I’m sure I would’ve picked up this series eventually, because it does float around on Bookstagram every now and then. But I still think this series is underrated. I seriously sped through these books, and I’m glad they were recommended to me.
By Susan Dennard
Truthwitch was recommended to me (yes, by a B&N employee) when it was still the only book in the series. Now we’re two books and a novella further along, and I still haven’t read Bloodwitch yet… Anyway, I do like this series, but I need a really good summary of Bloodwitch and Windwitch before I pick up Bloodwitch, because I have forgotten pretty much everything.
A Court of Thorns and Roses
By Sarah J. Maas
Despite how popular this series is, I hadn’t heard of it yet when it was recommended to me by a friend. She knew I was reading the Throne of Glass series, and recommended this one, too. By now I’ve read the entire series, and I’m pretty sure my friend hasn’t even picked up A Court of Mist and Fury yet. So Lisanne, if you’re reading this, go read it!!
The Kiss of Deception
By Mary E. Pearson
Here’s another series I likely would’ve picked up on my own at some point. But being ahead of the curve is also kinda fun. By the time I bought this book, the entire trilogy was already published, so I got to binge read it. Now there are two books in the spinoff series, and I’ve read to read the latest one… It’s on my list for this year!
Shadow and Bone
By Leigh Bardugo
This one was recommended to me by that same friend from above when I was still beginning with my reading journey. And every since I read Shadow and Bone, I’ve bought every book Leigh Bardugo ever published… On that note, I can’t wait for Rule of Wolves to come out next year.
By Sara Holland
I have like… one in real life friend that recommends me books, but at least she recommends good ones. This is a unique book with a great twist at the end. Though I still have not picked up the second book, Evermore… But I do have it with me in my current house, so I should theoretically be able to read it soon. Theoretically.
The Shadow Cipher
By Laura Ruby
Finally, I’ll end this post with a middle grade recommended to me at, you guessed it, Barnes & Noble. Sometimes I love reading Middle Grade, because I can read these kind of books in a day, and usually they’re pretty lighthearted. This one involves a steampunkish New York, a set of mysterious twins, and a treasure hunt through the city.