Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish.
Good day, Wonderlings! Welcome to another round of Top Ten Tuesdays, in which we wax poetic about the books we read/want to read because they have been recommended by other bloggers or bookish people. Because I can’t choose just ten books I read thanks to awesome recommendations, I decided to split them: five books I’ve read, and five books I want to read.
Five Books I Read Because of A Bookish Person:
1. The Young Elites by Marie Lu (Natalie Monroe)
After reading Legend two years ago, and it failing miserably for me, I was really worried about picking up another Marie Lu book. I wanted to love all of her novels, just because they sounded so good, and I was terrified I’d hate it. So when Natalie told me The Young Elites was better, darker, more badass than Legend, I couldn’t stop myself from ordering a copy. I ended up devouring it in two days.
2. The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima (paperfury)
The Demon King series has been on my TBR list for years, but I never got round to reading it until Cait went fangirl mad and started posting almost daily about it on her Twitter. Her reviews on Goodreads made it insanely appealing (even more than it originally was). So one weekend, I decided to browse Book Depository and ended up buying the box set. I finished The Demon King on the train on the way to London. It was an automatic 4.5 stars from me.
3. In the Skin of A Monster by Kathryn Barker (Steph O’Connell)
Steph read this book as an ARC in 2014/15, and she raved so much about it that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Unfortunately, as it’s an Australian novel, I had to wait for Steph to send me a copy as I wasn’t able to buy it otherwise. In the Skin of a Monster is an incredibly powerful book and beautifully written, and although I didn’t end up enjoying it as much as I’d hoped to, it still ranks high on books I recommend to people. I ended up giving it a 2.5/3 out of five stars, but I admit that my lack of enjoyment was mostly my fault: I’d expected a contemporary novel, but it was actually urban fantasy/paranormal.
4. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi (Hafsah)
Hafsah raved about The Star-Touched Queen months before its release, and it finally convinced me to preorder a copy. It took me longer than I’d hoped for to read it, but that was because A Court of Mist & Fury came out and, well, Maas trumps all. But I’m so glad Hafsah’s fangirling convinced me to pick this up because The Star-Touched Queen is a beautifully written, strange and incredibly different novel that will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading.
5. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes (Jamie @ booksandladders)
“YOU HADN’T READ FALLING KINGDOMS YET?” I hear you scream. Nope, I had not, but boy did I regret leaving it so late. But I’m also grateful because it means I didn’t have to wait forever and ever for the sequels, bwahaha. Jamie always talks about Falling Kingdoms on her twitter page, and when the books went on sale on Wordery, I thought, “Why the hell not?” and bought them all. I’ve only read the first book so far, but I plan on binge-reading the series soon, as soon as I’m done with the rest of the Demon King books.
Five Books I Want to Read Because of A Bookish Person
6. Zenith by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings (Sasha Alsberg/abookutopia)
I’ve been following Sasha Alsberg on Youtube for a while now, and her bookish videos always make my day. When she announced she was publishing her first novel, a Sci-Fi co-written with Lindsay Cummings, I was super excited to read it. Now, Sasha mostly talks about her writing in her videos (which is kinda annoying, considering it’s a booktube channel, but okay) but I’m still really excited to read Zenith!
7. The Black Mage series by Rachel E Carter (Inge)
I read the first book in the Black Mage series last year and absolutely loved it. Inge had been trying to get me to read it for months until I finally caved, and I’m so glad I did! Rachel has a unique way of storytelling that sucks you in and refuses to let go. Unfortunately, I struggle to read on Kindle because it gives me vicious migraines, so I was unable to continue reading the series right away. Thankfully, I know own the first three books in paperback (and they’re signed! THANK YOU, RACHEL <3) and I am super pumped to binge-read them!
8. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco (Asma)
The absolutely wonderful Asma sent me a copy of Stalking Jack the Ripper a few months ago. I started reading it but then had to put it down because ~responsibilities~ and never got round to picking it up again. I’m really excited to start reading it again, though, and I think reading it during the Halloween season is perfect!
9. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner (Polandbananabooks)
How beautiful is this cover? It reminds me a lot of Poison Study by Maria V Snyder (another series I need to finish. I suck). Christine of Poland and Banana Books, another Youtube channel I love, raved about it a few weeks back, and I decided that I should definitely bump this up my TBR a few spaces. Hopefully, I’ll be getting a copy soon!
10. Heartless by Marissa Meyer (Asma)
Of course an Alice in Wonderland retelling had to make some sort of appearance on this list. How shocking! I started reading Heartless with Asma a few weeks ago, but wasn’t in the mood for it. Asma reassured me that although it’s not fantastic at the beginning, the ending more than makes up for it. Giving second chances to books is my thing. Also, it’s about the Queen of Hearts before she turned evil. VILLAINS. WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE?
What books have you read that were recommended by other bookish friends? Did you love them? Did you hate them? Tell me all about it in the comments below!