When someone recommends a book to you, it’s really in your best interest to listen and go check out that book. Not only will you have read another book and gained something from it (good or bad), but you will have learned something about your friend as well!
These are some of the books I’ve read because of recommendations, in NO particular order!
Wild Magic (The Immortals #1) by Tamora Pierce
I actually read this one for a bookclub I was in starting back in middle school and this was the fist book we read as a group. I was hooked after it. It was so good and I loved it so much that to this day it is one that I just want to read again and again. Tamora Pierce is also one of my most widely read authors, I love the way her fantasy series all intertwine with one another and it just makes me super happy!! If I’m ever in a reading slump, this is the book I turn to. The main character in this series has a type of magic called Wild Magic which allows her to communicate with animals and in a sense control their thoughts and actions. She’s so adorably innocent so often though because she doesn’t want to force them to fight for her, but she’s had a tough life and is finally able to find a place where she belongs, and I think it just resonates with me, so well done book club!
Night Road by Kristin Hannah
While this book really did make me cry, I loved it so much. It is the pitiable of human emotion and what happens to EVERYONE when tragedy strikes. Told mainly from the POV of a grieving mother who has to deal with the death of one of her children and how the twin, friends, and family all deal with a tragedy and what happens to their futures. How I got this book was interesting because it was actually a pass-it-on book, or at least that’s what I called it. I was given it by a friend with the instructions to read it and then pass it on to someone else who would enjoy it. I did just that and as a result I fear I have caused many people to shed a tear. **side note: I love this idea and would anyone be interested in doing this? Even by book mail??**
Castaways of the Flying Dutchman (Flying Dutchman #1) by Brian Jacques
This was probably one of the first time travel books I’ve ever read, recommended to me by the school librarian whom I helped shelve books for the majority of my recesses during middle school. Most people from my general generation know Brian Jacques from his Redial series, which surprisingly I never got into. This series I know by heart though. The story starts off with the death of a boy, who is then ‘saved’ by an angel due to his pure heart and is sent to different time periods to help those in need. He also befriends a dog and the two become the perfect pair of helpfulness. The adventure continues with this odd pair through at least one or two more books (as is Jaques style to have as many books as he can in a series), but this first one still stands out as my favorite. Thank you to the librarian!
A Darker Shade of Magic ( Shades of Magic #1) by V.E. Schwab
Not long after it came out, this book was literally EVERYWHERE on book blogs, BookTube, and Bookstagram. Honestly, I felt like I couldn’t go anywhere without seeing this book. It was like the book community was recommending a book. So, naturally, I bought it and read it in i believe one sitting. This world hopping thing got me hooked and I couldn’t put the book down, especially after meeting out sassy main characters! I gave this book five beans and even though I didn’t review it, I loved it immensely. I have the second one now sitting on my shelf taunting me to get to it once I get through the terribly long list of books I need to read ASAP.
Outlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon
I honestly read this book because Sasha from A Book Utopia had like six freaking copies, so my natural response was ‘oh, this must be an amazing book!’ So, I picked it up from my local library and read it. It took a while, but I read the dang thing. The plot was gripping and the characters were awesome! But I guess I was not mentally prepared for the amount of sexual content in this novel. I’m not sure how to make that sound better than what I said, but all in all it was a good book, I didn’t pick up the second book and, if I’m being completely honest, I probably will not end up reading the rest of the series. It just did not hold my interest and I don’t feel as though I need to know what happens next.
Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
I was given this book by a good friend of mine years ago, then I lost it when I moved for the first time (sorry, I was much less organized than I am now!) and I found another copy when I was at my last apartment at the local Half-Price Books! When I finally started reading it, I had a hard time continuing. I got annoyed with the characters, I got bored, and I just didn’t quite get it. As the story went it, it was interesting and things did happen, but they just weren’t things that I found interesting. However, it is still a good book and one I would recommend for those who enjoy reading about family relationships and dealing with estranged uncles who exile themselves from their family, as well as the effect of HIV/AIDS in the late 1980s on family members of those affected.
Ender’s Game (Ender’s Sage #1) by Orson Scott Card
I was recommended this book about 15 years ago. It was one of the first science fiction stories that I truly fell in love with. Between under and Bean, I fell in love with the characters, the plot, and the ending!! Oh my goodness, if you haven’t read this book you really REALLY need to!! I’m not 100% sure how many copies I have of this book between the one here and possibly more at my parents house but it is at least three different copies. This book takes the idea of an intergalactic battle to another level. Like seriously, they turn it into basically a game and Ender becomes one of the lead strategic leaders, after being pushed away and finally accepted by the other child geniuses around him. Yea, this is a ‘war’ fought by children, and brilliant children at that! I have no good words for how much I enjoy this book. Just, go read it!
Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer
This is a book that has for sure made its rounds around all of the book world, which is where I heard of it. I had seen it in the book stores everywhere but the cover confused me a bit and Cinderella isn’t exactly my favorite story and those retellings are always hit and miss. However, what honestly drew me to this story was the fact that the sequel is a Red Riding Hood retelling…I just LOVE that story and so many retellings which involve werewolves and the such which I may or may not be slightly obsessed with. Anyways, this story really brought me in and didn’t release my interest until the end and even then I found it difficult to accept that I was done with this part of the story. The reason I haven’t picked up the second one? Time? No? I’m not sure, but I haven’t yet for some stupid reason…that needs to change soon!
Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth
Another book that has made its rounds through the book world is this lovely Divergent series. My old roommate actually brought this for me not too long after it came out and we alternated who bought each book, so I own the firs and the third? But hey! I’ve read this entire series (how crazy is that?!) and I loved the first two books. While I completely understand why the third one was written in different POVs, it just didn’t quite fit well for me, I lost found myself wishing that the entire story was written in different POVs but at the same time maybe not? I’m still torn about that one (as you can see). However, the first book, it caught me and held me strong! I would highly recommend this story for anyone who is looking for a good adventure fiction story. It is really well done!
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
So, my sister actually lent me her library copy of this book (which is dangerous, considering my habit of acquiring obscenely high library fines….but now is not the time for that!) and I read it in one sitting. Seriously, this song nearly made me cry, and that has happened maybe two or three times. There are so many emotions going through this book and I absolutely loved the entire thing! The emotions were completely raw and the coming of age in a world that feels the need to hide the arts and music scene is really not appreciated or encouraged by adults or the ‘higher ups’/popular crowd. This song is full of humor right along with the issues any teen ager can run into when trying to become themselves. Elise encompasses an image of the teenager who wants to fit in and finally finds her niche in society and completely falls in love with it. Go read this, now!
Well, those are a few of the MANY books I have read due to them being a recommendation, what about you guys?