July 10, 2012

Top Ten Books that came recommended

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week there's a category and everyone participating lists their "Top Ten" in that category.

This week's topic is: Actually a freebie :P So I picked an old topic: Top Ten Books That Came Recommended

1. Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty
I doubt I ever would have even heard about this series if it weren't for blogging. A few months after I started A Room with Books the Jessica Darling series seemed to be making it's way around. I saw quite a few fantastic reviews and even more chat on Twitter. It all finally got to me last month and I picked up Sloppy Firsts and I can't wait to read the rest of the series!

2. Looking for Alaska/John Green
This is another one that seemed to be making the rounds shortly after I started my blog. I remember seeing it on the table at Walmart once and just kind of putting it aside without thinking. I am sooo glad bloggers are always praising the works of John Green or else I probably never would have gotten to experience the awesomeness that is Looking for Alaska and John Green himself :]

3. Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins
So, I think I have an irrational fear of paranormal. I've just read so many that are similar that I wrote off the whole genre. That means I need someone basically threatening to take away my entire library to get me to read one. But boy howdy am I glad I ended up giving this series a chance! The books are both hilarious, thrilling, and not typically predictable. I mean, yeah, there's a love triangle but it's a little more complicated than that. (Hah! A complicated love triangle. Cliche? Yeah, but it's still good ;P)

4. Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
Witches kind of tie into the paranormal idea PLUS, it's historical fiction which I really don't do, but reading that Sarah of The Book Life enjoyed it though hist fic. isn't usually her thing either made me want to give it a try. Turns out, alternate hist fic. isn't so bad ;]

5. The Probability of Miracles  by Wendy Wunder
For some reason, even though I usually find myself enjoying the contemporaries that I read, it's still pretty hard to convince me to read one. Especially if it's one about an MC with a fatal illness. I always used to think "well I already know it's going to be sad, so what else could it offer me?" And let me tell you, that's so completely not true. This book is funny and sweet and basically amazing. Don't write it off as just a sad story with nothing to offer.

6. Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel
Zombies are totally my thing, but I'm a little unsure about steampunk (which is what I thought this book was) so it took Katie of Katie's Book Blog and Erika of Rescue Reads to convince me to read this one, but I'm SO glad I finally gave it a chance!

7. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
When I started my blog it seemed like everyone was talking about this book. I thought "well, maybe I should give it a try, but I'm not expecting much" and then it kind of blew me away :P

8. The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
The lovely Lisa of Lisa is Busy Nerding was talking about this one for about a month and when she finally posted her review, I was like "that's it, I must read this book!" And I'm glad I gave it a try since it's not my normal read, but I totally loved it.

9. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
I hadn't heard of this book at all before I started blogging but when it started popping up all over the blogosphere I knew this was a book I needed to read. I'm glad so many people were raving about it since this book was actually able to pull me out of a funk!

10. Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
Another Katie and Erika push for me to read and I'm so thankful they did. This is definitely not your run of the mill paranormal romance and Varen makes me all swoony ;]

11. Shikabane Hime
Okay, it's not a book, it's a manga and an anime, but it's still fantastic! My cousin recommended it to me when I told her I was getting into anime and I love it. It's basically about zombies who kill other zombies. Seriously, if you have Netflix go watch the anime or the manga can be read online for free (legally, as far as I know).


  1. Ohhhh, what a great list! I just bought a few of these from Half Price Books a few weeks ago and I can't wait to read them (Hex Hall being one of them). :)

  2. I'm a bit ashamed to admit that I have yet to read John Green. Which one should I start with? New follower via GFC :)

    1. Okay. I'm not Jasmine, but I'm going to butt in here. My favorite of his is The Fault in our Stars but I recommend you read Looking for Alaska first:)

    2. Looking for Alaska is the only one I've read so far and my goal is to read them in order so I can experience his books like original JG fans did :]

  3. I've been recommending Born Wicked to everyone lately! Such a good book.

  4. I really need to read Sloppy Firsts and Anna and the French Kiss. Like you, I hadn't heard of those books before I started my blog. But it's ridiculous the amount of love they're shown on the internet.

    1. You should definitely read at least one of them the next time you're hankering for a good, fill-you-with-joy-and-warm-fuzzies contemporary!

  5. I'm not sure if this is your cuppa, but if you like manga, maybe check out Fruits Basket. I loved it to pieces. <3 Anyway, great list! I'll have to read Shikabane Hime.

    (Btw, reading manga online is illegal if the manga you're reading can be purchased in your country and language. I think maybe even if they can't, though I'm not sure about that.. So, if there is an official translation that is available where you live then reading scanlations is definitely illegal. If there isn't, it MIGHT be, though I'm not certain.. Scanlation groups always say that after the official release, fans shall buy the tankobon, and they delete licensed manga from online-reader-websites like Mangafox etc. if I recall correctly. Been some years since I've last read something on Mangafox. o.o XD)

    Patricia // My Post

    1. I've totally watched the Fruits Basket anime! I thought it was strange, but really fun :]
      I know Shikabane Hime hasn't been licensed for English, but I'll stay away from online translations from now on ;]

  6. I feel like Katie and I have been teaming up on you and throwing books at you or something. I think it's pretty funny because how it usually works with books that Katie and I both read is that she reads them and says she likes them, and then I read them and like them too. We have both figured out that we have almost identical book tastes. It's kind of weird. Great list by the way. I loved Born Wicked and Hex Hall and Nevermore and like 3/4ths of that list. I haven't read the other 1/4. Lol.

  7. Ooo, I love this topic! That is such a good one! I've only read Anna and Born Wicked, so I really need to check out the rest of this list. I love when books my friends recommend are awesome <3

  8. Great topic! I love hearing about books from other people, and half of what I read always comes from a recommendation online or a friend.

    I'm so glad you discovered Sloppy Firsts! It's one of my favorite series, and my favorite contemporary novels, and Jessica and Marcus are such realistic characters. Definitely a book I recommend a ton as well!

    Looking For Alaska was recommended to me many times too, though I didn't read it until after I stumbled upon and fell in love with John Green's third book, Paper Towns. Currently, The Fault in Our Stars is my favorite JG book.

    I've seen Hex Hall around, and I think I might have to check it out!

    Anna and the French Kiss was amazing. I'm glad you gave it a shot! (ST. CLAIR!)

    And I haven't read any of the other books. *adds to to-read list*

    Aimee // My list is: Top Ten Ships That Broke My Heart (just a little)


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