Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Read Because Of a Recommendation


Happy Tuesday and welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week's theme is All About Books You Read Because Of A Recommendation.  My first three choices have been recommended by friends and coworkers, the next two from review and professional selection publications, the next three are from bloggers, and the last two are general recommendations that have come from many.


Blur by Steven James - One of my librarian coworkers recommended this novel to me after randomly stumbling upon it.  It's a great psychological thriller and I'll have to continue the trilogy.


Chasing the Last Laugh: Mark Twain's Raucous and Redemptive Round the World Comedy Tour by Richard Zacks - Another friend of mine recommended this nonfiction book, and let me borrow her copy, after stumbling upon it secondhand.  It's well-worth the read if you're interested in this classic American humorist.


The Dark Realm by Anthea Sharp - A friend of mine is always on the look out for great freebies for her Nook and this was one of her finds.  She had nothing but good things to say about it - I lucked out when it turned out to be free on Kindle as well!


Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older - School Library Journal - The audiobook came highly recommended from SLJ and Anika Noni Rose's performance truly fantastic.


Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie - BookPage - I tried this on audio after seeing all of the praise it received in the BookPage, but unfortunately I ended up DNF'ing my first Salman Rushdie novel after 25%.


Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison - Emily @ Ink, Inc. - This is one of Emily's favorite series - and I have to say I love the sense of humor!  So far I've read the first two in the series, so I'll need to get on to book three.


Department Nineteen by Will Hill - Emily @ Ink, Inc. - This series also comes highly recommended by Emily, so when I found it at a bargain outlet I made sure to grab a copy.  Anyway, it's awesome - I highly recommend it, especially if you're a fan of The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey and Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan.


Harrison Squared by Daryl Gregory - Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy - I actually won a copy of this book through a giveaway Tammy hosted on her blog.  Of course, I was really excited by this creepy Lovecraftian tale after having seen all of the good things she had said about it.  It's well worth the read, as it turns out!



One for the Money by Janet Evanovich - This series has been recommended to me so many times by so many people that I finally decided to try it on audiobook.  I ended up liking it much more than I expected to - and that was partly due to Petty's narration.


Falling Kingdoms  by Morgan Rhodes - This series has also been recommended to me many times and as a fantasy lover, I had to try this out.  Unfortunately, I was underwhelmed and ended up DNF'ing the audiobook at around 15%.  Either way, I am still interested in reading other titles by Morgan Rhodes at some point.


Have you read any of these books on recommendation, or otherwise?  Have you liked liked any of these titles?  What are some of the books you've read on a recommendation?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and for, perhaps, even commenting!

36 comments:

  1. Blur sounds really good. I like pyschological thrillers that are twisty and suspenseful, and sounds like this qualifies!

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    1. Definitely does! Thanks for visiting, Greg!

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  2. I don't even know some of these! I need to get round to trying Shadowshaper, though, for sure.

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  3. Yay for Shadowshaper! Ugh, I feel you with Falling Kingdoms, I hated that book. Nice list!

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  4. Faylano looks good! And Falling Kingdoms is one of my favorites which also made it to my list!
    My TTT.

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  5. The Mark Twain book looks very interesting - I think I'll take that recommendation:). I've had my eye on Shadowshaper as well so glad to hear you enjoyed it and that the audio is great!

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  6. haha. Shadowshaper!
    I haven't read Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, but I did watch the movie and I really enjoyed it. Maybe I should give the book a try

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    1. I haven't seen the movie, but definitely give the book a shot!

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    1. I really tried to like it, but unfortunately it just wasn't working for me... :(

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  8. Great list! I've heard amazing things about Shadowshaper, it sounds like a great read. :)

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  9. Interesting list. I haven't actually heard of any of these books, but I may have to check some of them out at some point.

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  10. One For the Money was a fun book!! Great list!

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  12. I have the same thoughts with Falling Kingdoms! A lot of readers in the community have seemed to enjoy it but I just can't see myself reading it anytime soon (if at all). I don't know what it is but it just doesn't entice me haha.

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    1. You aren't alone there... it just didn't click with me.

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  13. Blur sounds really intriguing and I definitely want to read Falling Kingdoms. Also, I just love the Stephanie Plum series! I think I made it to about book 16 and I need to go back and finish the series.

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  14. I haven't read any of these myself, though I do have Falling Kingdoms on my to-read list, and some of the others sound really interesting as well so I may have to add them to my to-read list.
    Great picks for this week! :D

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    1. Hopefully, you'll enjoy Falling Kingdoms more than I did.

      Thanks for coming over, Bethany!

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  15. The audiobook of Shadowshaper was AMAZING! Did yo hear that a sequel is in the works??

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    1. YES!! I'm hoping Anika Noni Rose will be back as the narrator!

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  16. I actually read One for the Money and enjoyed it! At the time, the series made me laugh lots. That said, I don't think it was one I meant to continue, but I'm just bad at series, lol. Falling Kingdoms is on my list!

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    1. Oh, well. Good luck will Falling Kingdoms!

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  17. Shadowshaper and Falling Kingdoms were recently recommended to me by the children's librarian (she takes care of YA as well). I'm going to have to pick them up soon as I have seen a lot of people who like them.
    Amanda

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  18. These all look and sound very interesting.

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