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This weeks’ Top Ten Tuesday is all about recommendations! Honestly, pretty much all books I read are based on recommendations and reviews. If a fellow blogger gave a good review on a book and it sounds like a book for me, I’ll give it a try. I’m pretty boring like that. I am trying to pick up more books on a whim though. It’s just, you know, kinda scary.
ANYWAY, back to recommendations! Yes, recommendations are good. So here are a few of my super random book recommendations based on super random things! (AKA my excuse to fangirl about some of my latest faves):
If you like summer and bucket lists
you’ll like Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
I think Since You’ve Been Gone is my favorite Morgan Matson book to date. It has a super relatable introverted main character, a lot of focus on friendship, summer adventures and a bucket list. All things I love and all things that were AMAZING in this book!
If you like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
you’ll like More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
Aww man, this book broke me a little bit. So of course I’m telling you to read it. It’s real, it’s gritty and it poses some important questions on issues such as homophobia, identity and self-acceptance.
If you like Oreos and penpal romances
Possible side-effects of reading this book are: not being able to wipe that smile of your face for a week, an addiction to Oreos, regular awwwing because of cuteness overload and listening to Waltz #2 by Elliott Smith on repeat.
if you like quirky characters bonding over music
you’ll like P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
P.S. I Like You was my first Kasie West and I fell in love. It reminded me a bit of Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda because of the penpal romance, but it really stands on its’ own because of all the talk about music and lyrics. I was sorry the bands mentioned were fictional, but the love for music and the way music helps people connect, was so real to me.
If you like anti-heroes and outcasts
you’ll like the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo
This duology is one of my all-time favorites in the history of ever, and the main reason for that are the 6 amazing main characters. The story of 6 thieves, thugs and outcasts taking on an impossible heist is super addictive and the personalities of the crew and their chemistry as a team is what makes this story unforgettable.
If you like gorgeous atmospheric writing
you’ll like the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
Once you start reading, time just doesn’t apply anymore. You go in at some place and time, but you can’t be sure when and where you may emerge. The writing is completely unique and lyrical and just completely breath-takingly beautiful.
If you like fantasy and soap operas
you’ll like the Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes
I’ve never read a series that gave me such a soapy feeling, and I mean that in a good way! This fantasy series is so action-packed and filled with drama and intrigue it will have your head spinning! Every other page basically has someone being betrayed, murdered, discovering magic, marrying someone they hate, falling in love, getting kidnapped, going on a quest, pregnant, related to someone they didn’t expect, not related to someone they did expect, … it’s crazy.
if you like sexy LGBTQ ‘friends to more’ romance
you’ll like the him series by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
I’m on a new adult roll and loving it! This m/m romance was amazing and steamy and sexy and funny and just so good! Prepare to fall in love with Jamie and Wes, two best friends who may or may not be something more. Also prepare to have some difficulty saying goodbye to these two guys and picking up Us immediately after finishing Him.
If you like wanderlust and seeing the world
you’ll like Wanderlost by Jen Malone
This book will bring you some major wanderlust! The main character Aubree, who has never even left her home state, ends up leading a group of senior citizens on a tour across Europe. You will wish you were on this tour with her, even if you are not a senior citizen and she’s actually not that good a guide. But the sights! Amsterdam, Vienna, Prague, Venice, Cinque Terre… It all sounds beautiful and will make you want to hop on a plane right away!
If you like anastasia and tsarist russia
you’ll like The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
This book gets major points from me for being a fantasy set in Tsarist Russia. I’ve been in love with that country and period since watching Anastasia and this book solidified that love for me. Two enchanters in a contest that has Saint Petersburg as a lovely background. The winner will become the Imperial Enchanter. The loser will not survive. A high stakes game with a stunning setting: that’s what makes this book a must-read!