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Top Ten Tuesday: Recommended by Others

I really like this week's topic for Top 10 Tuesday: books you discovered through recommendations from other people. Below is my list of ten books I would never have read -- and maybe never even heard of -- without the recommendations and encouragement from various friends (both online and in person). As always, the list is in no particular order.

1. Sharon Kay Penman, Here Be Dragons: My friend Sophie shares my bibliomania, and she frequently recommends books to me. It was probably eight years ago that she told me I should read Sharon Kay Penman and suggested this book. I read and loved the entire Welsh trilogy, and I'm now in the process of collecting and reading the rest of her books...and if not for that recommendation, I would never have known Penman's name!

2. Julie James, Practice Makes Perfect: I believe I read this book because dreamilywistful had written a very positive review of it. Normally I would shy away from the romance  genre, but I really loved this book and have since read (and liked) the rest of James' books as well. My experience with this book was important because it showed me that not all romance novels are poorly written!

3. Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: This was another Sophie rec, and I would not have read it without her, because all the hype it was getting at the time turned me off. When I gave it a chance, though, I really loved it, and now I consider it one of my favorite books.

4. Connie Willis, To Say Nothing of the Dog: Sadly, I can't remember where I first heard about this book, but I know it was an online discussion of some kind, probably here on LJ! Willis was an unknown author to me until I discovered this book, but now I'm a big fan of hers. Which reminds me, I still need to get my hands on Blackout and All Clear....

5. Rachel Aaron, The Spirit Thief: I bought this book after reading janicu's positive review. It took me a while actually to sit down and read it, but once I did, I was very impressed! I have the next two books on my shelves now, and I'm very excited to read them.

6. Carol Berg, Flesh and Spirit: Thanks to caffeinatedlife for this rec. It's a very slow-moving fantasy novel, but once I got into the story, I was completely hooked! I still haven't read the second part of the story, Breath and Bone, but it's on my shelves!

7. Jasper Fforde, The Eyre Affair: Yet another Sophie rec. I'm so grateful for being introduced to Fforde's zany world, and he is one of the few authors whose books I buy in hardcover as soon as they come out.

8. J. K. Rowling, the Harry Potter series: Of course I had heard of these books once they became the hugest literary trend on the planet, but I truly had no intention of reading them. The hype turned me off, and I kept thinking, "These are books for little kids! Why are my friends in high school reading them?" Eventually -- around the time the third movie came out -- I caved and began reading the series. And yes, I did enjoy them!

9. Megan Whalen Turner, The Thief: I saw this book while browsing in a bookstore with Sophie. The blurb had mildly caught my interest, and I was debating whether to buy it or not. I probably would have left it in the store, but then Sophie said that she remembered reading and liking the book. With that encouragement, I bought the book, enjoyed it, and loved the sequels even more!

10. Georgette Heyer, The Convenient Marriage: I saved the best story in the bunch for last. I had just read Lauren Willig's The Secret History of the Pink Carnation and enjoyed it, so I was looking at that book's Amazon page (which is just something I do). While scanning through the reviews, I noticed one very negative review that was complaining about Willig's use of history. This reviewer suggested that, if people wanted to read good historical romance, they should try Georgette Heyer. I had never heard of Heyer before, but this review persuaded me to check out The Convenient Marriage from my local library -- which sparked my Heyer obsession and resulted in many hours of warm fuzzy happiness! So, to the Amazon reviewer whose name I don't remember, thank you for introducing me to one of my favorite authors! (I still like the Willig books too, though!)


( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 3rd, 2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
The ones I've read from your list I really enjoyed...now that means I'm going to have to at least read reviews of the others *headdesk* Books--y u so awesome?
May. 4th, 2011 11:19 pm (UTC)
Haha, books are pretty awesome! Hope my list doesn't mislead you, and happy reading!
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