Top Ten Tuesday

Books I Read Because Someone Recommended Them to Me

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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

Today’s all about recommendations, and though ever since I started book blogging, most of my reading is done based on recommendations, I am terrible at remembering who exactly recommended a certain book. Sometimes I remember a specific person, but most of the time, I can only narrow it down to a certain section of the bookish world. 

So first of all, a major THANK YOU to all you wonderful bookish people for all the amazing recs! 

Secondly, let’s get into a few books I read because someone recommended them to me:

Books I read because of other book bloggers

Let’s be real, MOST of the books I read nowadays are because I saw other bloggers feature them, rave about them or highlight them in a top ten post. I hardly ever buy a book without any sort of prior research and recommendation beforehand, and my research basically consists of other book bloggers. But it’s only rarely that I really remember WHO EXACTLY first got me to notice a book. So only some of these have actual bloggers attached to them and I’m sorry if I forgot your rec!

Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

This one is very fresh, so I remember exactly who brought this book and series about a half-vampire, half-human vampire huntress to my attention: Sophie at Beware of the Reader, thanks for this rec in my post asking for new adult urban fantasy recs!

Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore

I don’t remember who exactly brought this book to my attention, but I’m sure it was at least several book bloggers, since I wouldn’t normally pick up historical romance myself (though I definitely should do so more often, as this book made super obvious).

Crier’s War by Nina Varela

This book was brought to my attention by the lovely E. at Local Bee Hunters Nook and I’m glad she did, because I loved it and I am so hyped to finally read the sequel to this sapphic sci-fi!

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

A book about a bookish introvert and planner addict felt like it was written for me (and many fellow book bloggers), but I believe a review by Suzanne at The Bookish Libra brought it to my attention and I’m happy she wrote that review that got me to meet Nina!

Books I read because of bookstagram

Bookstagram is amazing for all the pretty book recs, but also quite hard for me to remember who recommended a book first exactly, since there are so many. But many great book recs originated from bookstagram, that is a fact.

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

This book was already on my TBR, but not super high priority, you know? It pains me to say it now, but I wasn’t super sure about this one being for me. And when I saw Uma at books.bags.burgers raving about this, I knew I had to give it a higher priority and read it AND NOW IT’S MY FAVORITE READ OF 2020, OKAY?

Upside Down by N.R. Walker

This is the asexual romance of my heart and I owe it all to Anna at annes_sweets_and_stories for shouting about her love for it, because after reading it I can only say, THANK YOU.

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

I loved a few Alice Oseman books before I heard about Heartstopper, but it was all the gushing on bookstagram (and beautiful pictures of the art) that got me to pick it up and I fell in love with this sweet and cute graphic novel.

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

It’s the cover okay? It’s perfect for pictures, it’s perfect for bookstagram and so I thought “hey, this would be perfect for my bookshelf so I can look at it all day”. And then I read it and liked it and got the even prettier Sorcery of Thorns afterwards, which ALSO ONE OF MY FAVORITE 2020 READS!

Books I read because of Annette Marie

Okay, maybe not Annette Marie herself, exactly. But in my search to find books I love as much as Annette Marie’s books, I’ve been on a mission to try similar recommendations. So when people in Annette Marie’s social media groups (or Annette herself) have a rec post, I am there writing everything down! I’m still in the beginning of my quest, but I’ve already read some nice books because of it:

How To Save an Undead Life by Hailey Edwards

I actually already finished this entire 6-book series about a necromancer, her sentient house and her zombie parakeet.

Midnight Kisses by Leia Stone

I actually really enjoyed this book about an academy for alpha wolf shifters as it had a lot in common with my fave Annette Marie books: strong friend groups, sexy romance and magical worldbuilding.

Dragon Marked by Jaymin Eve

I just started this series about a wolf shifter girl and her four magical best friends and I’m not hooked yet, but I like it enough.

Imposter by Tate James

My very first reverse harem and I’m surprised to say I quite liked it and am ready to try more!

Tell Me:
Which book did you read because of book bloggers, bookstagram or other recommendations?

Lindsey xoxo

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  1. Anne Bennett says:

    I haven’t heard of any of these books but I now feel like someone has recommended them to me. 🙂 My TTT list

    1. That’s the beauty of book bloggers, we’re all constantly recommending books and receiving recommendations back 🙂

  2. Great list! One of these days I really need to get to The House in the Cerulean Sea, it sounds so good.

    1. Oh, I definitely recommend House in the Cerulean Sea, it’s been my fave read of the year 🙂

  3. The Night Huntress series REALLY is so amazing! And there are quite a few spin-offs too 😀

    1. Ah it is definitely SO GOOD! I just finished book 3 and I’m debating whether to just continue or take a break with another book in between to make the series last longer 🙂

  4. Abbi Waxman is definitely an author I came across because of other bloggers!

    1. Same, though I still need to check out her other books!

  5. I wish I kept track of books recommended to me by others. It would be nice to thank them.

    1. It would, I’m so bummed I never remember it either.

  6. Molly's Book Nook says:

    Ohhh I want to read An Enchantment of Ravens! I loved Sorcery of Thorns so hopefully I like that one too. Crier’s War has been on my shelf for a while (thanks to my Owlcrate sub) but I still haven’t gotten to it.

    1. I must admit I liked Sorcery of Thorns more than An Enchantment of Ravens, but it was still a fun read! Crier’s War was so good, but I still haven’t gotten to the sequel.

  7. lydiaschoch says:

    I just received a copy of The House in the Cerulean Sea from the library. Can’t wait to read it!

    My post.

    1. That’s great, I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did 🙂

  8. An Enchantment of Ravens is gorgeous, though sadly I didn’t enjoy it as much as you did!
    My TTT:

    1. I did like An Enchantment of Ravens, though I have to say I loved Sorcery of Thorns a lot more 🙂

      1. That’s good to hear!

  9. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader says:

    I am happy I could help you discover Jeaniene Frost’s series! And The House in the Cerulean Sea was an Instagram recommendation for me too!

    1. Yay for Jeaniene Frost’s series! Oh and thank you Instagram for The House in the Cerulean Sea 🙂

  10. Fellow book bloggers are great people to get recommendations from!

    1. They really are the best for recommendations!

  11. I have not read any of these (yet). But like you, I get a ton of book recommendations from bloggers. I’m never without a mile-long TBR any more!

    1. Haha yeah it’s definitely a plus of being a book blogger 🙂

  12. I’ve seen so many bloggers recommending The House in the Cerulean Sea! I really need to pick it up!

    1. Definitely, it’s probably my favorite 2020 read! 🙂

  13. I understand exactly how you feel! I find so many great recommendations from so many places, it’s hard to keep track of where they’re from … All I know is, if I see a great looking book, then I add it on Goodreads. And you have a lot of great ones here! Definitely adding Upside Down to my pile.

    1. Exactly, I keep adding so much on Goodreads, sometimes I don’t even remember adding something but I must have been recommended it somewhere 🙂 Hope you’ll enjoy Upside Down!

  14. Yay, I’m so glad my review of Nina Hill got you to read the book and I’m especially glad to hear that you loved it too! 🙂

    1. A bookish, introverted character? Of course I’d love Nina! 😉

  15. Bookstagram isn’t as influencial anymore to by book buying but twitter is. I spend too much time on there haha. But mostly just from my blogging buddies.

    1. Oh yeah Twitter is a big one too, though I’m not on there as much as I’d like anymore. But blogging buddies is indeed the main influence (and a great one!)

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