Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by the folks at the Broke and the Bookish. Each week has a different topic where participants try to come up with ten things to fit the topic.
This week is All about Books You Read Because of Recommendations.
One of my friends from a youth group recommended Eragon to me and I recommended the Wheel of Time series to him. And we swapped the first books to each series. I finished the Inheritance Cycle but he never did finish Wheel of Time Oddly enough, one of his complains was that the beginning of the Wheel of Time series was too similar to the Inheritance Cycle. Funny how things work.
Looking for Alaska
I was recommended by one of my college friends to read Looking for Alaska. I had watched the vlogbrothers before, but never realized that John Green was an author. I liked his videos, so I decided to pick up the whole set of books when it was on sale. Really love them 🙂 Plus, now I also watch his gaming channel to watch him talk about his writing and publishing experience.
A Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
This is one of the books that Brandon Sanderson recommends regularly. It’s written by NK Jemisin. I really wanted to like it, but ultimately I had issues with it. The relationship between Yeine and Nahadoth in particular bothered me and it was a huge chunk of the book. I like the other parts enough that I finished reading it. I’ve heard the sequels are set years later and features different main characters, so I might actually read it. But at the moment, I’m planning to try the Fifth Season first.
Promise of Blood
Promise of Blood is the debut novel Brian McClellan, who was a student under Brandon Sanderson, where I learned about the series from. Promise of Blood is a flintlock fantasy novel where a field marshal organizes a coup d’etat against the king. The tagline of the Age of Kings is dead… I killed it plus the cool cover with the Pierce Brosnan lookalike just sealed the deal for me. I still need to read the sequels and I think there’s an upcoming sequel trilogy too. I’m SOOO behind.
If I Stay
I read If I Stay because John Green recommended to anyone that loved Looking for Alaska. It was good. I really love the limbo thing Mia was experiencing, but ultimately never connected with the characters well enough to read the sequel. Plus, the sequel was written from Adam’s perspective as he tries to win Mia back.
The Thief who Pulled on Trouble’s Braid
Not so much a recommendation as the winner of the first #SPFBO (Self Published Fantasy Blog-Off). #SPFBO is a competition organized by Mark Lawrence where bloggers read self-published novels and pick their favorite. I was planning to go down that list, but thus far Trouble’s Braid is the only one I’ve read. I really enjoyed it and plan to read the rest of the series sometime soon.
Off to be the Wizard
Off to be the Wizard is a book that was on the Writing Excuses Book of the Week recommendation. The premise of a hacker managing to discover the source code of the world really hooked me. He manipulates it to become a wizard and move back to the medieval era to make the best of his new found powers, only to discover that he’s not the first one to do so.
The Raven Cycle
The Raven Cycle is a series that I picked up from so many recommendations from the blogging community. I haven’t heard of it before. And I’m glad I did. It’s one my favorite series right now and the characters are the highlight for me. Just the Raven King left and it’ll be over for me. Which makes me both happy and sad at the same time.
Vicious is another book I picked up from recommendations from the blogging community and booktube. I’ve heard of Schwab before, but wasn’t sure where to start, but a standalone about superheroes was perfect for me. I’m excited to read more Schwab books, plus Vicious is going to have a sequel 🙂
Gardens of the Moon
The Malazan Book of the Fallen series is also another fantasy series that I’ve seen recommended on a lot of websites and forums. It’s certainly quite popular in the fantasy subreddit. I’m currently reading this one, and it’s a little slow in the start but I’m excited about what’s going to happen in the rest of the book, which is always a good thing.
Those are ten books that have been recommended to me, which I’ve read and enjoyed for the most part. Have you read any of the books above? What are your thoughts on them? Do you often read a lot of books that are recommended to you? Let me know in the comments down below!