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 ;]
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).