Top Ten Tuesdays #110: Recommended to Me

Posted October 11, 2016 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 18 Comments

TTTimageFive Books I Read Because of a Recommendation
and Five Books I Added to the TBR from Recs

Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where we make lists of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Book links bring you to Goodreads or my review.

This week’s TTT is: All About Books You Read Because of Recommendation — Ten Books I’ve Read Because Of Another  Blogger (Or Book Person) or Ten Books I Read On Recommendation From People Outside Of This Community or you could talk about recommendations of books you read from other sources — a magazine, a podcast, a “because you read this” algorithm.  I love this topic because I really have TRIED lately to read books when they’re specifically recommended to me. If I don’t get to them right away, I still make it a point to add them to my TBR. Because I’m not great about reading them I wanted to split this into five and five.


the-hating-game The Thousandth Floor (The Thousandth Floor, #1) The Martian the wrong side of right we are the ants

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne // Recommended by Morgan

This book has taken the blogging world by storm, but the biggest influence for me to read it was Morgan. She seems to be leading the pack in terms of early readers 😉  She told our Fantasy Football group to read it ASAP, right on the same day my hold came in at the library. So, yes, it was technically on my radar before she recommended it BUT I did start reading the book immediately because she was so happy about it.

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee // Recommended by Kristin 

Okay fine, this is another that was on my radar before Kristin technically recommended it, but again I’m counting this. I’d been SO excited to read this and then a bunch of mixed early reviews started coming in. Kristin encouraged me to read it because she thought it would be the perfect mix of sci-fi + Gossip Girl like I was hoping for. She was totally right and I’m glad I read it sooner rather than later! Sometimes it just takes one good recommendation to drown out the rest of mixed reviews 🙂

The Martian by Andy Weir // Recommended by my Dad

This is actually a funny story, but I recommended this book to my dad without even reading it first. I just saw all the reviews and knew it would be a book he’d enjoy. He ended up picking it up at the bookstore and reading it right away. After finishing and loving it, he brought the book over to my house so I could borrow it. I wasn’t totally sure it would be for me but he convinced me the MC was funny and the book stayed interesting through the science stuff. He was right! I turned my recommendation for him into a recommendation for me 😉

The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne // Recommended by Cristina

Yet again, this was on my TBR before it was technically ~recommended~ to me… but I count Cristina’s review as a good recommendation for me to give it a push up the list. I hope that sentence made sense but whatever. She seemed to really enjoy it and I already owned it, but I was motivated to move it up and read it sooner rather than later. I ended up really loving it and I’m pissed they changed the cover for the paperback. Like how I managed to slip that in there? Hehehe.

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson // Recommended by Ashlea

Ashlea doesn’t blog anymore but I love following her still on Twitter and Goodreads! She read this one right when it came out I believe and convinced me to read it with her glowing review. The premise sounds a bit weird and more sci-fi than contemporary, but it definitely is not the case. This story was so fantastic and well-written; I immediately added the rest of Hutchinson’s books to my TBR.


Ruthless The Body Finder (The Body Finder, #1) Love, Football, and Other Contact Sports The Magicians (The Magicians #1) The Burning Sky (The Elemental Trilogy, #1)

Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams; The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting // Recommended by Nick 

I asked for a lot of recs under the mystery/thriller and historical fiction umbrellas… and Nick totally delivered some great ones! These are the top two she recommended that really intrigued me. I could have filled this entire section with books that people recommended specifically on that post, but you can just head over there and read the comments instead 😉

Love, Football, and Other Contact Sports by Alden R. Carter // Recommended by Marg

Yes, I know her name is Mary. It’s an inside joke so don’t worry about it. ANYWAYS Marg recommended this one to our group because it involves short stories about high school and, more specifically, foooootball. I immediately requested it from the library and subsequently forgot to pick it up. Let’s hope I remember to get it by the time this posts because otherwise ugh.

The Magicians by Lev Grossman; The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas // Recommended by Brittany

Brittany has a way of reading books I hadn’t seen before and/or hadn’t considered seriously reading… and making me want to read them just by updating progress on Goodreads. Both of these, oddly enough, are books involving some kind of magical school situation like Harry Potter. So, HELL YEAH. She included both of them recently in one of her comprehensive guides – this time for boarding school books. Some of my faves! Thanks for the recommendations in two different ways, B! 😉

18 responses to “Top Ten Tuesdays #110: Recommended to Me

  1. Al

    we are the ants has been on my TBR for a while because it just sounds too good, I’m always glad to see someone likes it because it makes me that bit more exited for it. I’ve heard some mixed things about The Magicians ad I’m not sure whether I’ll read it or not, but I’m looking forward to seeing what you think of it.

  2. Rowena

    I just finished The Hating Game and thought it was super cute. I read that book because it came highly recommended from numerous bloggers. I’m so glad that I gave it a go.

    I’m going to add The Thousandth Floor to my TBR because that’s another one that I’ve seen around blogland that’s got me all curious.

  3. I’ve been seeing The Hating Game all over, and I don’t know, I never really looked into it (UNTIL TODAY, which I will do now!). And yes to We Are The Ants! I was actually really looking forward to the sci-fi premise, but it was actually a really nice contemporary! (And I don’t like contemporary that much!)

  4. I’m glad you enjoyed the Thousandth Floor! I was really excited for it… until the mixed reviews started to appear. The Hating Game has been making rounds on the blogosphere, I think I really should check it out hehe!

  5. Awwww haha I’m just glad you loved it! Steering people wrong is the worst. And I agree about a good rec from a friend being able to drown out mixed reviews. Maybe I’ll try The Thousandth Floor now! The Martian story is adorable, I love that your rec turned into another rec haha. Ooh I liked The Burning Sky, need to finish that series.

  6. Ruthless is incredible! I definitely second Nick’s recommendation. It’ll knock your socks off, and that’s a promise. I also adored The Thousandth Floor, and I actually just bought The Martian a couple of hours ago because of everyone’s recs. I’ve been hearing so many good things about The Hating Game too.

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