Books I Read Because The Were Recommended

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 book cover

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.

Leviathan Wakes book cover

Leviathan Wakes

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.
Fallen book cover


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 book cover

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.
Truthwitch book cover


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 book cover

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 book cover

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 book cover

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.
Everless book cover


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 book cover

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.

That’s it for today! What are some of your favorite books that you only read because they were recommended to you? Let me know!

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  1. October 20, 2020 / 1:27 pm

    One of the best parts of the reading community is the book recommendations we receive.

  2. October 20, 2020 / 3:16 pm

    Nice list! I’ve had the first Mistborn book on my TBR list for a while now. And “Leviathan Wakes” sounds like the perfect book for someone who’s watched and loved Star Wars, Star Trek, and Stargate with her family. I also like how many of your recommendations came from B&N employees…they pretty much have the dream job for any book lover, right?

    My TTT:

    • simonevanheijst
      October 20, 2020 / 6:30 pm

      Thanks! Mistborn is great, it’s just one of those books you need to get into before it gets interesting. I used to live at B&N and got many great recs! And I eventually worked there, too haha, so then I got to recommend books!πŸ˜„

  3. October 20, 2020 / 3:27 pm

    Mistborn has been on my TBR for a looooong time. I really don’t know why I haven’t read it yet, but I need to. Also, I love the UK covers for them – so much better than the USA ones. I’ve also had The Kiss of Deception on my shelf for a while. Again, no reason for me putting it off, I just have. Maybe I need to bump it up the TBR list!

    • simonevanheijst
      October 20, 2020 / 6:31 pm

      I like the UK ones better, too. But unfortunately I have the US editions πŸ™ˆ I want to get the UK ones some day. The Kiss of Deception is great fun! And it has a good twist at the end that I didn’t see coming!

  4. October 20, 2020 / 5:10 pm

    Everless does sound interesting!

    My post.

    • simonevanheijst
      October 20, 2020 / 6:32 pm

      I do! I had a B&N five minutes from my house and I was there all the time. Eventually the employees recognized me πŸ˜‚

    • simonevanheijst
      October 20, 2020 / 11:21 pm

      Thank you! I hope I’ll enjoy it too, I liked Everless a lot πŸ˜„

  5. October 20, 2020 / 11:08 pm

    I never read Fallen myself, but I did give the series to a friend back when it was released.

    • simonevanheijst
      October 20, 2020 / 11:21 pm

      I was totally obsessed with this series back in the day!

  6. October 21, 2020 / 3:47 am

    I put Fallen on my TTT, too! I loved these books… And the covers are just so beautiful. I love, love, love A Court of Thorns and Roses — I have re-read the books quite a few times. I think my favorite is a Court of Mist and Fury. I also really enjoyed The Kiss of Deception and I have yet to read the spin-off series, but I was very happy to see that there is a spin-off series.

    Great TTT!

    My post:

    • simonevanheijst
      October 21, 2020 / 12:21 pm

      I think a Court of Mist and Fury is my favorite too! Funny how we have so many books in common πŸ˜„

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