This Friday for Hype or Like Fridays, a meme created by Jill @ Rant and Rave Books, Larkin @ Wonderfilled Reads and Britt @ Geronimo Reads, the subject is ‘Book recommendations I’m thankful for’. I’ll be honest, I almost opted to skip topic because I didn’t think I’d remember what’s been recommended to me, but, as it turns out, that’s not true!. The books on this list aren’t part of my all-time favourites for the most part, but I am grateful to have read them for several different reason. So, let’s get started!
When my dashboard explodes with a new show/book/film, I usually feel compelled to look into it, if only to avoid major spoilers. Off the top of my head, there are 3 books I’m utterly in love with, that I owe to tumblr:
- Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (my review)
- The Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat (my review)
- The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (my review)
Now we come to the books that I’m not particularly a fan of, but are still included on this list because they changed/influenced the way I read.
- The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh
I think we can all agree that the hype for The Wrath and the Dawn was incredible. In fact it’s one of the reasons I was reluctant to read it, also because I just didn’t feel like reading something that was, for the most part, just a love story. That is until I fell on Liam’s review of it (on Hey! Ashers), which was the first negative review I’d come across. While reading it probably influenced the way I read the book, I’m happy I did it because I didn’t allow the stunning writing to overshadow the book’s rather glaring problems (outlined, for the most part, in my own review).
I follow both Sasha @ A Booktopia and Regan @ Peruse Project, so when they both gave glowing reviews of The Curse of the Sphinx, I pretty much picked it up the next day. Unfortunately, the book turned out not to be as good as they said, in fact I knew I’d be disappointed within the first 50 pages. So why mention it? Well I realised that I couldn’t exactly put as much trust in their reviews as I had before.
Yes, yes, I know what you’re thinking ‘Someone had to recommend HP to you before you actually read it?!’. Well, yes; you see I’d seen the films but I hadn’t actually read the books themselves until I was 15, so a friend of mine
coerced gently pushed me towards them. They really only served to make me more of a potterhead, so it’s all good now.
- A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
My best friend recommended this one to me, something she rarely ever does, so I read it immediately, and I’m very glad for it. It’s a gorgeous book, very nicely written that explores the fine details involved in time-travel/parallel dimensions which are often left out of other books.
- The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
My sister couldn’t stop raving about The Star-Touched Queen and, since our tastes usually run along the same lines, I was blown away by the sheer beauty of it. I don’t read many books purely for the love story these days, but TSTQ deserves all the praise.
- Η Εκτελεση (The Execution) by Freddie Germanos
I’d lost all interest in reading books in Greek when my Greek teacher recommended this to me, but this book renewed by interest in them, which is surprising because it’s a (somewhat) fictionalised account of a greek politician’s life and subsequent execution (so not what I usually read).
- Selected stories by Katherine Mansfield
I’m taking a seminar on short stories this semester at uni and, as dubious as I was to follow my seminar instructor’s recommendations, I’ve really come to love Katherine Mansfield’s use of the genre. I, in turn, would recommend it to anyone who wants to be initiated to the short story, or even the veterans because it’s pretty great over all.
So that’s all for this week! Honestly, book recommendations are awesome and I really love it when someone takes time to think about a book they’d think I’d like; it really warms my heart!
What are some book recommendations that you hold dear? Let me know!