Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was originally created by The Broke and the Bookish, but is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every Tuesday there’s a new topic and you choose ten books (or less, if you can’t come up with ten) that fit it. Check out the list of upcoming topics here.
This week, the topic is supposed to be “Books I Read Because Someone Recommended Them to Me,” but I don’t really get direct book recommendations very often, and I’m really terrible about remembering who recommended something to me when I do get around to reading one (I’m one of those people who can have a book on my shelf for over a decade before I finally read it.)
So, I switched it up a bit by thinking about books I might never have picked up at all if I hadn’t heard great things about it from someone (or a lot of people) online whose bookish tastes are often similar to mine. I couldn’t remember where I first heard of some of these, but I gave credit where I could.
Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare– I’ve talked about this one a lot because it was my gateway to romance, thanks to Amanda (The Naughty Librarian) over on Youtube. I’m now a big fan of historical rom-coms, and it’s all because of this book.
Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston– I’m still not crazy about contemporaries, but this one convinced me to give more of them a shot.
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides– I also don’t really like thrillers most of the time, but I think it was G (BookRoast) who convinced me I needed to read this one.
Open Season by Ben Crump– This is a book I had never even heard of until Jesse (BowtiesandBooks) recommended it on Instagram a few months ago. I read it over the summer and highly recommend it.
Uprooted by Naomi Novik– I’m not really sure where I heard about this one first (probably someone on tumblr gushing), but this was my most disappointing read on this list. I thought I would love it, based on what other people were saying about it, but I just thought it was okay.
The Eye of the North by Sinead O’Hart– This one was recommended by Jade (JadeyRaeReads) for Polarthon and I read it for the one this year and really enjoyed it. If you’re looking for a good middle grade adventure story, I highly recommend it.
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson– Who even knows how I first heard of this one. It exploded in the bookish community a few years ago, and I finally got around to reading it sometime in the last year.
Fullmetal Alchemist (vol. 1-3 so far) by Hiromu Arakawa– I think for this one, it was also G (BookRoast) who convinced me, finally, to read it, but I was aware of FMA for years before that. I really need to grab the rest of the series because I thoroughly enjoyed the first 3 volumes.
Royally Screwed by Emma Chase– I can not remember who I saw recommend this, but I’ve definitely seen a few people talk about it over the last couple of years. It wasn’t my favorite, but I do remember thinking it was a fun and quick read.
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers-– It took me almost 10 years to get to this book, after seeing tons of people rave about it online. (I ended up loving all three books in the series, but the second was actually my favorite.)