Top Ten Tuesday

TTT – Books I’ve Read Because They Were Suggested

Top Ten Tuesday used to be a weekly post hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, but was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. “It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.” This is definitely something I can understand and want to participate in.

I have a few people that I consistently rely on for awesome book recommendations. This is my chance to spotlight them!

First and foremost, I want to give a shoutout to Kristy @ Caffeinated Fae. She is my book recommendation guru, and literally every single book that she’s told me to read has been incredible. She’s also an amazing human being and a great blogger, so if you haven’t gotten a chance to check out her blog, I highly suggest that you do so! 

Another blogger that I always love reading reviews by is Susan @ Novel Lives. Her book reviews are comprehensive, funny, and reflect her personality in the best way possible, so they’re incredibly amusing. She and I have some similar taste in books, and I’ve found some great books by browsing her blog. Also, she has some of the most amazing overlords cats ever.

Dini @ DiniPandaReads is my bookish twin. She and I have some very similar taste in books as well, and I often get a lot of inspiration from her blog. She posts the most awesome stuff, and I absolutely adore her. So check her out!

  • Hook and Pan by Gina L. Maxwell, suggested by Kristy @ Caffeinated Fae. Yes, I know that these are two books, but it’s in the same series, and they’re amazing!
  • The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden, suggested by Kristy @ Caffeinated Fae. This Russian fairy tale retelling is such an amazing story, and I love the heck out of it!
  • Sparrow by Mary Cecilia Jackson, suggested by Kristy @ Caffeinated Fae. She actually sent me a copy, which I appreciated so much. It’s a really powerful story, and it’s written so well.
  • Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert, suggested by Kristy @ Caffeinated Fae. This book is incredible, and it had everything I could have ever hoped for — enemies to lovers romance, chronic illness that was accurately and sensitively portrayed, humor that had me laughing out loud, and scorching sexy scenes.
  • The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson, suggested by Susan @ Novel Lives. Man, was this book great. I can’t speak highly enough about this book, so if you haven’t already read it, just read my review and then read the book.
  • Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake, suggested by Susan @ Novel Lives. She practically twisted my arm to get me to read this book, but once I started I couldn’t stop. I’m currently reading the last book in the series, and I regret nothing!
  • This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab, suggested by Dini @ DiniPandaReads. Ok, so Dini didn’t necessarily suggest THIS book directly, but she did suggest this author, and this was the one that my library had on hand. So of course, I grabbed it, and fell in love with the story and the author’s writing style. I’ll definitely be reading more of her work.
  • Harley Merlin and the Secret Coven by Bella Forrest, suggested by my friend Kim. She makes a lot of great suggestions to me, and I’ve taken literally all of them except one, because she a) knows me really well, and b) picks amazing books. This wasn’t the *best* book I’ve ever read, but it was certainly an enjoyable, quick read.
  • Recommended for You by Laura Silverman, suggested by Kayla @ Kayla Reads and Reviews. I know Kayla through Twitter, and she suggested that I give this one a read because it was a Jewish OwnVoices book. Plus, it was a sweet YA romance set during Chanukah in a BOOKSTORE, featuring the enemies to lovers that I love so much.
  • The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang wasn’t suggested by anyone directly, but I wanted to read it because it just felt like everyone on book Twitter was talking about it, and I wanted to see what it was all about. And let me tell you — the hype was not overrated at all!

I’m always open to hearing about new books to read, so give me some of your favorites!

24 replies »

  1. 🤩🤩

    Thank you for recommending these to me in turn, I’m especially interested in This Savage Song! ☺️


    • What can I say, my peeps know what I like, and make great suggestions? It doesn’t hurt that one is a former bookseller (Kristy) and one is a current bookseller (Susan). I hope you love all their blogs as much as I do!


  2. Awwh, YES! Schwab is the best 😍 I would definitely recommend her other books too. Her Darker Shades of Magic and Villains series are two of my all time faves! I totally second a lot of these other recommendations including Chloe Brown and TPW! They were so great 🙂 I’m now super intrigued by Hook and Pan and I’m going to check them out after this lol great list!

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