TOP 10 TUESDAY: Books You’ve Read Because of Recommendation

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is: Books You’ve Read Because of Recommendation.


Aaahh, there are a lot of books I only came across because I saw people raving about them. When so many trusted friends and bloggers sung praises about how good these books were, I had to give them a try. I’m very glad to say I wasn’t disappointed! All books listed below were a pleasure to read, and some have even snatched a spot on my favorites shelf!

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THE SONG OF ACHILLES by Madeline Miller. It took me a really long time to pick this one up, since everyone seemed to love it but also be destroyed by it a little bit. In the end, all of the tears I she were worth it, because this was a beautiful piece of writing.

 

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DEATHLESS by Catherynne M. Valente. I love retellings, and this was a very well executed one. It also had one of the best writing I’ve had the pleasure of reading, with striking sentences that stayed with me for a very long time.

 

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THE MARTIAN by Andy Weir. What a book. This was one of the biggest surprises for me. I went in only knowing a lot of people loved this book, and came out on the other side a huge fan of Mark Watney.

 

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ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. A good friend recommended this to me when we were talking about diversity in YA. This book was very heavy at times, but also a wonderful read.

 

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THE SECRET HISTORY by Donna Tartt. This was described to me as “the most aesthetic book ever.” Haha, that was not a lie! This was a weird rollercoaster ride I didn’t want to get out of. The mythology bits were also a plus.

 

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WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart. I picked this one up because everyone was talking about how messed up the ending was, but refused to explain why. Being as curious as I am, I just had to read it. And I did not regret that decision.

 

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SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA
by Becky Albertalli
. Another good surprise! I saw a lot of people praising this book, but I wasn’t expecting it to love it so much. it was just so real and funny and amazing. Definitely one of my favorite reads of 2016.

 

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HALF BAD by Sally Green. One of my friends was obsessed with this book and yelled at me until I read it. I quickly fell in love with Nathan’s story. At least until Half Wild. We do not speak of what happened after that.

 

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A LITTLE LIFE by Hanya Yanagihara. This one was actually my fault. After seeing people say this was the best and worst book they’d read in their lives, I just had to find out way. Needless to say, I made a huge mistake. This was art. It was also the saddest book I’ve ever read. Ever.

 

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ILLUMINAE by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff.  I was a little hesitant about this one. The format seemed weird as hell, and I am not a huge fan of Science Fiction, but I’m glad I took a chance. This book turned out to be very engaging and unique, and it was the best kind of adventure reading it.

 

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5 thoughts on “TOP 10 TUESDAY: Books You’ve Read Because of Recommendation

  1. Reg @ She Latitude says:

    The Song of Achilles is one of those books I’d really love to read, but I just haven’t had the time yet! I’ve heard that it’s really sad and heartbreaking, and I’m not sure I want to be sad and heartbroken right now…

    Simon vs is so cute though. That book gave me the warm and bubbly feels all throughout. 😊

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