10 Books I Read Because of Bloggers

Since I started blogging about books, I have found my reading list has doubled/tripled/quadrupled. I’m not mad about it! So for this week’s TTT, what better to write about than books rec’d by my fellow bloggers?

Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly challenge hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, where each week you write a list of ten particular books.

This week’s theme is: books recommend by a particular place/person. Unfortunately, I cannot remember who exactly recommended any of these books, but I’m definitely going to keep better track for the future. I need to know who to express my thanks towards for a particularly great book, y’k?

Daisy Jones and the Six – Taylor Jenkins Reid

Synopsis: For a while, Daisy Jones & The Six were everywhere. Their albums were on every turntable, they sold out arenas from coast to coast, their sound defined an era. And then, on 12 July 1979, they split. Nobody ever knew why. Until now.

I literally have come across no one who hasn’t read at least one of Reid’s books – this one in particular. This is a book I repeatedly came across when I started blogging, and I was very curious about its format, subject etc. It was the beginning of me venturing into books I hadn’t tried before and I’m glad I did! Not my favourite book, but I did enjoy it a lot, and it’s very cleverly constructed.

The Cruel Prince – Holly Black

Synopsis: One terrible morning, Jude and her sisters see their parents murdered in front of them. The terrifying assassin abducts all three girls to the world of Faerie, where Jude is installed in the royal court but mocked and tormented by the Faerie royalty for being mortal. As Jude grows older, she realises that she will need to take part in the dangerous deceptions of the fey to ever truly belong.

I believe this came to be added to my TBR because the final book in the trilogy was everywhere when I first started this blog. I only read it recently, actually, again as part of my great diversification project. It was really different to what I was expecting and I enjoyed it more than I thought it would! I’ll get around to reading the rest of the series at some point too.

The Starless Sea – Erin Morgenstern

Synopsis: When Zachary Rawlins stumbles across a strange book hidden in his university library it leads him on a quest unlike any other. Its pages entrance him with their tales of lovelorn prisoners, lost cities and nameless acolytes, but they also contain something impossible: a recollection from his own childhood.

I did a book vs audiobook review for this one, the latest by The Night Circus author, so read that for more thoughts. I think this is one of those books lots of people have on their TBRs but don’t get around to reading haha.

Aurora Rising – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Synopsis: The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch. And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. 

Although I am glad I read this – literally cannot go wrong with books about space, I think – I didn’t enjoy it as much as the ~general consensus. However, I think it’s the first YA book I’ve read about space, so I wad glad to do that!

Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor

Synopsis: The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around – and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. 

Ah, this is where recs don’t always work. I’m aware this author has a huge fanbase, but I don’t know how much of that includes this book, so maybe I should try a different stories? I didn’t actually finish this story (I hope to…eventually) but I found it a little slow to start and difficult to get into. Again, I am still glad I tried it.

Throne of Glass – Sarah J. Maas

Synopsis: Meet Celaena Sardothien. Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught. Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament – fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. 

I have tried to read this many times and just cannot get through it! I think people like this author’s newest book a little better, so I might try and read that. Unfortunately, this particular one didn’t work for me.

Red Sister – Mark Lawrence

Synopsis: At the Convent of Sweet Mercy young girls are raised to be killers. But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don’t truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls as a bloodstained child of eight, falsely accused of murder: guilty of worse.

Ah, yikes. I mentioned this book on a ‘what am I reading’ months ago and I… still haven’t finished out. Call out post for myself. I’ll get there eventually. I enjoyed the first half I read! I’m not really vibing with fantasy atm but we’ll get there.

Notes on a Nervous Planet – Matt Haig

Synopsis: Notes on a Nervous Planet is a personal and vital look at how to feel happy, human and whole in the 21st century.

I think much of this writer’s sentences and turns of phrase felt very heartfelt and intimate, but something about the structure of the book didn’t really work for me. I’m also just not really into self-help books, I think (although I’m not entirely sure that’s what this is?) but I do like the title. In any case, it introduced me to the author, so I might check out his latest, fiction book instead!

City of Brass – S. A. Chakraborty

Synopsis: Among the bustling markets of eighteenth century Cairo, the city’s outcasts eke out a living swindling rich Ottoman nobles and foreign invaders alike. But alongside this new world the old stories linger. Tales of djinn and spirits. Of cities hidden among the swirling sands of the desert, full of enchantment, desire and riches. Where magic pours down every street, hanging in the air like dust.

I actually planned to read this before seeing it recommended by every blogger ever, but it was definitely its prolificity that caused me to actually read it. And I enjoyed it a lot! Haven’t read the sequels yet…

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein – Kiersten White

Synopsis: Elizabeth Lavenza hasn’t had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her “caregiver,” and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets . . . until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything–except a friend. Victor is her escape from misery. Elizabeth does everything she can to make herself indispensable–and it works.

This was my first exposure to this blogger fave writer. Admittedly, I didn’t enjoy this book that much (I only got through about a quarter and I have…no plans to finish it). However, it was, again, me checking out new books so I’m grateful to wherever I picked the rec up from.

I think this list is half-half on books I enjoyed and books I didn’t, but hey – that’s the nature of a book rec! It’s incredible fun finding new things to read from lists exactly like this, and I’m sure I’ll find many great things from other bloggers’ TTT lists today and other days.


      • That’s probably it! The worldbuilding also – while incredible – means its the kind of book you have to get stuck into, rather than picking up and putting down as I seem to read everything these days.


      • Yeah it’s definitely the kind of book that needs a lot of concentration, so I really wouldn’t worry if you don’t have that at the moment! The beautiful thing about books is that they won’t go anywhere!

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  1. I read the Starless Sea by Morgenstern but was disappointed. It started off as a fantasy with an intriguing plot about secret libraries and stories, which we all love, and ended up nothing to do with those things at all and being rather, for me, tedious.

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    • Oh I get that! It isn’t exactly as advertised, and I have seen many reviews like yours. Saying that, I do think the audiobook adds in the missing magic, if you enjoy listening to books.

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