Top Ten Tuesday




Ten of My Favorite Books That Were Recommendations


This was a harder list for me.  I’m ashamed to admit, I’m not great at taking recommendations from friends.  I know what I want to read, and I struggle with deviating.  I have to read what I’m in the mood for.  Plus, I hate telling people that I didn’t like something they recommend.  Chances are if they’re recommending it, they probably loved it.

I tend to be more of a recommender than a recomendee.

I did manage to come up with a decent list of books I consider recommendations.  There’s a good chance I wouldn’t have stepped outside my ‘book’ box, if someone hadn’t convinced me to try these.

#1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Recommended by my sister when I was about 14.

#2. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

The first recommendation I got from friends on Goodreads.

#3. How To Be A Normal Person by TJ Klune 

My first TJ Klune book was a recommendation from Goodreads.  I asked for something funny, and I got it.

#4.  Friday Brown by Vikki Wakefield

A GR friend told me to read this book.  She was right, it shattered my heart.

#5. Special Forces – Soldiers by Aleksandr Voinov & Marquesate

Despite the violence and intensity, this is one of the most passionate books I’ve read.  It was one of the best recommendations I’ve gotten.

#6. It by Stephen King 

I read this after my close friend hounded me.  I didn’t like Stephen King, but the kids friendship won me over.

#7. Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane 

I’d just discovered Urban Fantasy, devouring all things Vampire and Fae, when a friend recommended Downside Ghosts.  It remains my favorite to this day.

#8. Willing Victim by Cara McKenna

My first Cara McKenna was on a rec.  I don’t read a lot of M/F contemporary romance, but now Cara McKenna is one of the exceptions.

#9. Among the Living by Jordan Castillo Price

PsyCop is one of my favorite series, and I started it on a recommendation.  It was also my first M/M read.

#10. How to Kill a Rock Star by Tiffani DeBartolo

How to Kill a Rock Star is right on the line.  I love this book so much, and hate it equally.  I don’t know whether to thank my friend for recommending it, or shake her.  I’ll never get this book out of my head.

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36 Responses

      1. It’s true. I conned you into buddy reading under false pretenses since I was already pretty sure I wasn’t going to like the book. I just didn’t want to go into it alone. LMAO! And now it’s one of our favorite series of life!


  1. I had a hard time with my list too, because in some ways a lot of my reads are based on recommendations. It was hard to narrow down. And agreed about comfort zone- I’ve done that too with recs where I’m more willing to try something new from a trusted recommendation.

    Jellicoe Road sounds really good and I’ve seen positive things about it.


  2. I also read Jellicoe Road on a recommendation. It didn’t quite make my Top Ten, but would probably make a Top Twenty. I think, at 38, I’m just too old for it to rock me the way it would’ve had I read it as a teen (which was WAY before it was even written, lol). I listened to it on audiobook, which was fun because of the accents. 🙂


  3. vendija723

    I’ve only read the first two on your list. I found it really hard to think about which books had been recommended and which I just grabbed on my own. Sometimes it’s hard to remember!


  4. Becca

    OMG your intro totally hit home! If someone recommends a book to me, I sometimes put it off because what if I don’t like it?? They must LOVE it! You have some stellar books on your list, but Captive Prince (which I saw in your first comments) is on my TBR and everyone seems to love it!


  5. You did come up with a respectable list! Especially since you commented on my blog that you’re a fan of the Kate Daniels series, I am now super interested in Unholy Ghosts, which I’ve never heard of! Thanks for the Rec;).


  6. Outlander was on my list, too! Jellicoe Road is actually somewhere on my bookshelves, waiting to be read. Unholy Ghosts looks really good! I’m adding that to my Wishlist 🙂


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