Hey guys! So this week’s Top Ten is actually kind of a tricky one. I tend to be a loner when it comes to books because, frankly, I know what I like and someone recommending books will have to convince me that they are truly giving me something I would like. (I’m quite stubborn about it, really. I drag my feet if I have the chance.) So picking books that have been recommended to me? A bit challenging. But I rose to it. Sort of. These may not actually be my “top ten” books, but they are 10 books that have been recommended to me.
Top Ten Books I’ve Read Based on Recommendations
1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
I’ve sold my heart and soul to this series since I first read it last summer on the recommendation of my hairdresser. (Didn’t see that one coming, did you?) She’d gotten hooked on the show and was working her way through the first book when she told me I absolutely had to read it. Being history and a love story, I was in. …And then I never left. (I’m currently rereading Dragonfly in Amber, which is why I haven’t posted any new reviews lately. Sorry, not sorry.)
2. The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
This recommendation came from readers like you! (Now I sound like a PBS commercial.) But truly, it did. When I read A Thousand Nights and didn’t really like it, a lot of people sent me comments telling me to try this book. And boy, were you guys right!
3. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
Is it a recommendation if Uppercase sent it to me? I’m going to say yes. Because hey, now that I owned the book, I had to read it, right? And it was pretty good. It definitely helped my faith in these book boxes.
4. And I Darken by Kiersten White
Ok, again, does it count if like, the author keeps recommending it? I follow Kiersten on Twitter and she kept going on and on and on about this book because she was so excited about it. And then she started posting all the positive reviews and I had to check it out, you know?
5. The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
This was recommended by a teacher at school because we do a Holocaust unit and this was one of her favorites. So I decided to read it to give my students the chance to read a wider variety of books and I ended up really liking this one.
6. Story Thieves by James Riley
A student of mine loaned me this book about 5 days before the end of the school year, telling me I had to read it. He was a super sweet kid and I couldn’t disappoint him. So I read it. And it was ok.
7. Code Orange by Caroline B. Cooney
When you teach, you frequently have a certain number of books to choose from, basically the ones the school already owns. We have tons of this book and a few teachers had said it was really good. So I read it to see if it would be interesting for my students. And I really liked it.
8. Partials by Dan Wells
My college bestie had been trying for years to get me to read this. I mean it. If there’s anyone who should know what I would like, it’s her. But when it came to trusting her judgment on this one? I kept putting it off. And then she proved me wrong when I read it and really enjoyed it.
9. The Light in the Forest by Conrad Richter
Another book recommendation from a teacher at school because we had to teach something. Not the greatest, but it had its moments.
10. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
Honestly, I can’t even remember who recommended this to me except that one of my students read it around the same time I did and another teacher at school had read it shortly before me. Whoever recommended it, I totally didn’t like it. You cannot mess with my favorite characters like that. Nope, nope, nope.