Sigh. Ok, look. here’s the thing about me. I don’t understand why I’m this way, but when someone recommends something for me that I’ve never heard of, I immediately don’t want to read it. Immediately. Like someone says, “Oh hey, have you heard of this fantasy series? It’s my favorite and you should totally read it.” I’m totally not going to. Absolutely not.
Maybe it’s because I’ve been burned by recommendations before? I find that often people make recommendations based on what they like and not what you like. And I’m bound to be disappointed because I like different things.
But that doesn’t mean I’ve never been recommended books before. It’s just not often I listen. (I’m more inclined to read something if I was already curious about it and someone tells me it’s really good.) So I’ll see if I can find ten and if not…we’ll carry on.
Top Ten Books I Read Because Someone Recommended Them
1. Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews
This was recommended to me by my mom. When I was in 7th grade. If you know anything about this book…yup. Read it when I was 13.
2. Loves Music, Loves to Dance by Mary Higgins Clark
This was also recommended to me by my mom because it was a favorite murder mystery of hers. I also read this in middle school. All I remember of it is that it starts with a guy “dancing” around the room with a dead girl and putting her in a freezer. (Does this explain some things about me/my reading tastes or what?)
3. Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
As I mentioned earlier, a recommendation always works best if I already have an interest in the book. I said a few weeks back this was on my Fall TBR and another blogger, Erin, recommended it. Thanks again Erin!
4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
One of my best friends from high school recommended this to me. I was already a fan of Douglas Adams quotes (which I found hilarious), so I was willing to try this book. I hated it.
5. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
I don’t actually remember this being recommended to me, but I have it marked in Goodreads that it was? Honestly, I don’t even recognize the name of the person I put down as the recommender, so… *shrug*
6. The Ark by Boyd Morrison
Again, my mom. But Mom did a much better time this time around because it is based in history and I could buy into that a lot more than I could the previous books she recommended. Although, as I think you’re starting to see, my mom has a much different taste in books than I do. She likes action/thrillers and I just want my YA.
7. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Ok, this one I do remember being a big hit while I was in high school. This was super popular with the girls and I do remember who recommended this one. She was just a classmate and the book sounded good, so I gave it a try. And loved it.
8. Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt
One of my best friends in school, Lydia, was a huge YA reader and when we connected over that, we started recommending books all the time. This was one of hers. I really liked the fairy tale feel to it and the personification of Death.
9. Beauty by Robin McKinley
And speaking of Lydia, she also recommended this one as well. Clearly, she knew me well, right?
10. Partials by Dan Wells
Ok, so in college, I became really good friends with a girl named Heather whose dream was to be a YA book editor. She had the best recommendations for books. I could go on and on about books I read because Heather liked them (she tends to like sci-fi over realistic fiction, the one issue we usually ran into). This was one of her picks and I loved it.
Ok, so it seems I do have books that I read because someone recommended them. Granted, nearly all of these come from high school or earlier, but if you knew how much I struggled to find people who liked YA, you’d understand why I didn’t listen to people more.