Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
Today’s topic is “Books I borrowed/bought because…” The truth is, I am hugely influenced by what my friends and family are reading. I enjoy being part of the discussion, of the book afterward. It’s part of why I’m a blogger. I appreciate having that additional insight and receiving recommendations for books I might not have otherwise found.
Too Like the Lightning (Terra Ignota #1) by Ada Palmer – I would never ever have picked this up without being prompted both by the Science Fiction Fantasy Book Club on GoodReads and a very timely Kindle sale. The blurb is super vague and a confusing mess that seems like it focuses mostly on world building. It’s turned out to be one of my favorite books of all time, and if it hadn’t been for the book club pick, I’d never have discovered it.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – Back before I started really getting back into reading, circa 2015 or so, I wasn’t very active on GoodReads and I wasn’t frequenting the bookstore. The movie wasn’t out yet, so I’d honestly never heard of this. Thanks to a coworker, who let me borrow it, I flew this book and it succeeded in making me love reading again. I don’t talk about this one much, because it’s since faded to the background, tainted by that terrible movie I was so looking forward to, but I still hold this up as my Nerd Bible every once in awhile.
American Gods by Neil Gaiman – Same workplace, different co-worker. He went ON AND ON AND ON about this book. Probably like I do with many of my favorite things. I didn’t end up reading it until later, but I thought of him the whole time (in a totally not creepy way). I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as he did, but I could see why he was talking about it so much.
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor – This one was prompted by a reading challenge I was doing called “Inclusive Book Bingo”. And it seemed very YA/MG to me which was sort of a turn off right from the start. I participated because I didn’t have any better alternatives, and reading together is better than reading alone. What I discovered was a story worthy of adults and younger audiences.
Renegades by Marissa Meyer – This is kind of a weird story. The short of it is, one reader objected to the inclusion of a gay couple in Renegades, so the rest of us rounded ourselves up and initiated a buddy-read-sit-in. I made a couple wonderful reader friends that I still message with regularly. Renegades turned out to be pretty enjoyable, even though I haven’t gone on to continue the series. (I’m not opposed to it, it simply isn’t a priority.)
The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley – This was a book I’d never heard of, on a subject I knew nothing about, because for some reason I never had to read Beowulf in high school. But I really admire the literary tastes of the person who proposed the buddy read in the first place so I decided to give it a go, even though it didn’t seem like my sort of thing. And I am so glad I did. Because truly this was one of the best books I read last year.
Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James – The same person who prompted me to borrow The Mere Wife, prompted me to borrow this. Unfortunately I didn’t love this one as much as I loved the other, but there was still a lot to appreciate about it, and I’m not sorry I read it.
Carnival by Elizabeth Bear – Another one I can attribute to the Inclusive Book Bingo Challenge. This was my first experience with Bear. I still want me some carpet plant, and a House… and a Khir… so many cool things. I likely never would have discovered this book if it hadn’t been elected as the Book Bingo group read.
Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning – I have my momma to thank for this one! She has lots of good recommendations and I think we’ve read through most of this series together. I doubt I’d ever have found it on my own.
The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel – Another great recommendation from my mom! This is way outside my comfort zone- but when my mom recounted the story to me I was sort of in disbelief. I’ve seen a Maine winter. Surviving 20 of them with no roof over your head? I read the book and I still can’t imagine.
And that’s it! Have you ever picked up a book or read something you might not have otherwise because someone you trusted recommended it?