This is a rendition of Top Ten Tuesday by the thebrokeandthebookish.wordpress.com. The prompt was books people keep telling you you must read, but I felt more comfortable listing works I’ve already read for that reason and liked rather than just passing on other recs or books you’ve probably heard the hype about already, anyhow. So, here goes:
Top Ten Books I Found Through Recs/Hype:
1. “Harry Potter” by J.K. Rowling
-My secret’s been that I actually put this down the first time I tried to read it and only picked them up again for the hype…only to get thoroughly into the fandom.
2. “The Other Boleyn Girl” by Philippa Gregory
-This was lent to me by my mother, who firmly believes that Anne did probably engage in incest with George in order to beget an heir.
3. “The Great, Good Thing” by Roderick Townley
-A friend gifted me this work and I loved its meta style.
4. “The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman
-I’m actually not a fan of most of Gaiman’s works, and the synopsis for this book is not something I normally go for, but somehow I really like this one.
5. “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams
-This one actually had to be recommended to me over years, simply because it’s so hard to explain and the title sounds boring to me, I think.
6. “Howl’s Moving Castle” by Diana Wynne Jones
-One of my happiest author discoveries, I think this was actually thrust upon me by my little sister.
7. “Wee Free Men” by Terry Pratchet
-This is another big author whose works I largely don’t connect with, so I need recommendations to find the ones that I do really enjoy.
8. “Soulless” by Gail Carriger
(Full review here: http://wheresmytower.wordpress.com/2014/06/17/soulless-the-parasol-protectorate-series-1/)
-This was another gift from a friend.
9. “Her Royal Spyness” by Rhys Bowen
(Full review here: http://wheresmytower.wordpress.com/2014/07/25/her-royal-spyness/)
-A friend literally put this into my hands in a bookstore and I couldn’t put it down.
10. Georgette Heyer books
-This regency romance author I found because a close friend began a reading aloud marathon of them with me, and luckily she wrote enough for me to still be working through them. Examples are:
“The Grand Sophy”: (http://wheresmytower.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/the-grand-sophy/)
“Black Sheep”: (http://wheresmytower.wordpress.com/2012/03/14/regency-romances-best-bickering/)
and for mysteries-
“Behold, Here’s Poison”: (http://wheresmytower.wordpress.com/2012/03/29/behold-heres-poison/)
Well, I guess that rather doubled as my reading secrets blog. So, what are your favorite books discovered through insistent recommendations?