I wish that I got more book recommendations in real life, but I tend to be the person people come to for recommendations rather than vice versa. That is why most of the recommendations that I receive are from fellow book bloggers. I thought this would be the perfect time to share the best books I have read because of this wonderful community! Many of these books never would have been on my radar if it were not for fellow bloggers and they all pushed me out of my comfort zone and taught me something about my reading tastes.
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
I am someone who is incredibly intimidated by high fantasy, and I never would have picked up The Fifth Season without a push from the book community. It has become one of my favourite books of all time. It is trully brilliant! It made me realize that I can love high fantasy and, once I finish this series, I want to explore the genre more. I also want to read all of N.K. Jemisin’s backlist titles.
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing is one of those books that I had preconceived notions about, and so I avoided it. Then I began to see some interesting reviews and I realized that the book touched on my themes that I am interesting in. It is light SciFi and is a commentary on social media. The premise also sounded similar to my favourite series of all time, The Themis Files. I decided to take a chance and trust what other reviewers were telling me, and I am so glad that I did. This book was fun, hilarious, and surprisingly thought-provoking. I think about it a lot and cannot wait to read the sequel!
Sadie by Courtney Summers
When Sadie first came out it was all anyone could talk about and I resisted the hype for awhile but was recommending it this summer when I needed a really engaging audiobook to listen to, and Sadie delivered! I am not one of those people who cannot stop talking about this book. It is unlike anything else I have ever read and was much darker than I could have imagined.
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
The Mothers is a book that had been on my radar for awhile. but I don’t know that I would have prioritized it if it were not for the hype around Brit Bennett’s latest novel, The Vanishing Half. While I have read and loved both her books, it is The Mothers that has stayed with me. I think that this is the perfect example of who book bloggers cannot only introduce you to a new favourite books, but also to a favourite author. I will read anything that Bennett writes!
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
Ann Patchett is an author I had been meaning to read from for years! The hype around The Dutch House and the audiobook being narrated by Tom Hanks was the push that I needed. This ended up being exactly the kind of book I adore, and I cannot wait to read more from her.
Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
I really have book bloggers to thank for reigniting my love of contemporary romance. I used to love the genre but moved away from it for many years. The bookish community has highlight so many diverse romances and many of them have become favourites of mine. Get a Life, Chloe Brown and Take a Hint, Dani Brown are merely two of these. The Bride Test and Boyfriend Material also come to mind!
The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell
Book blogging has helped me to discover what I love in mysteries, and The Family Upstairs has it all- it is atmospheric, has a creepy house and amazing twist, and the characters are memorable. There are so many thrillers/mysteries out there that I would have no idea which ones to pick up if it were not for reviews from fellow bloggers.
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
City of Girls is a book I know that I never would have picked up if it were not for book bloggers. I read Eat, Pray, Love when it was popular and I really disliked it. I never thought that I would pick up another one of Gilbert’s books! I then noticed that many other readers who also didn’t love Eat, Pray, Love were raving about this one and I was curious. So glad that I trusted their reviews because City of Girls is now one of my favourite books!
All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries #1) by Martha Wells
All Systems Red was one of my first introductions into SciFi, and I quickly fell in love with the genre. I had seen it on my lists about light SciFi, and I truly think that this is the perfect series to pick up if you are looking to dip your toe into SciFi. I have read only the first two books in the series so far, and they are both just over 100 pages. I need to be in this world again, and I just downloaded the audiobook of the third book, Rogue Protocol. The sixth book is coming out in 2021, so I need to catch up!
Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire
As you may know, I am terrible at finishing series so I have only read the first three books in the Wayward Children series, but I love how unique they all are. It is no secret how beloved these books are within the bookish community! The second book, Down Among the Sticks and Bones, is my favourite so far and I know that the newest release, Come Tumbling Down, follows the same characters, so I need to catch up. The good thing is that each of the books is around 200 pages and they are so whimsical and fun that they read quickly.
What is a book that you loved and was recommended to you from fellow book bloggers?
41 thoughts on “Top Ten Books I Read Based on Book Blogger Recommendations”
Great list! I LOVED The Dutch House too, it’s my first book from Ann Patchett but I’m definitely going to read more by her now:)
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Me too! I have heard amazing things about Bel Canto!
Oooh…I’ve heard about Sadie too. That’s made me more curious to check it out!
Amazing! I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!
Oh man Sadie is on my TBR for this month and you’re convincing me to pick it up as my next read! I really want to read All Systems Red. I actually have it, I think (lol), I just haven’t gotten to it yet. Happy reading!
Ohh can’t wait to see what you think of Sadie!
Great list! Sadie was such a fantastic book and I am currently reading her new book. I’m hoping it’s just as good!
I cannot wait to get my hands on her new one!
I really ought to read The Fifth Season sometime.
When you read so much the best place to go for recs is definitely other readers haha. The Dutch House I have seen absolutely everywhere, I can’t wait to actually get around to reading it!! I have also heard lots about The Murderbot Diaries, might have to check that out! Do you prefer the audiobooks or the novels?
For sure! I think the audiobooks are the way to go for the Murderbot series. The narrator perfectly captures the humour.
Hmm good to know. I love when an audiobook adds an extra dimension
So many good recommendations! I heard about “City of Girls” recently on a podcast and they raved about it, too! I really want to pick it up. It sounds amazing.
It really took me by surprise! There is so much to love about it!
Great list! I love The Fifth Season, and I’ve heard so many good things about Sadie – I really want to give the audiobook a try. The book blogging community has really helped me find the kinds of romance books I enjoy, too. 😀
So much amazing romance! I think you will Sadie on audiobook- it is so unique!
Sadie was one I got a lot when I asked for audiobook recommendations, I’ve still yet to read it though!
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You must! It lives up to the hype for sure.
Great list! I definitely read Sadie and Every Heart A Doorway because of recommendations as well!
They are everywhere, and for good reason!
Fantastic list! Some of these could have made my list, too, like All Systems Red (I also need to catch up on that one) and Get a Life, Chloe Brown. The Fifth Season has been on my TBR for ages because of recommendations, but I’m still so intimidated by it haha.
I was intimidated by The Fifth Season too! It has its confusing moments and it is a lot to take in, but it is so worth it!
This list has been a lifesaver. I’ve been straining my brain to think of titles that would interest either of my twin daughters who have a birthday next month. Your article gives me options for each of them.
That makes me so happy. I’m glad I could help!!
I read Chloe Brown based on blogger recommendations. I think a lot of readers are recommending it right now.
You’ve just reminded me about The Fifth Season! I remember when that book was all the rage in the blogosphere. I have to make sure to add that one to the TBR. I’ve also seen All Systems Red around and it sounds like my type of sci-fi!
I think you will really love The Fifth Season. I’ve never read a book quite like it!
All Systems Red is so fun! A perfect book to read if you feel a slump coming on.
Sadie and All Systems Red are books I have read thanks to recs too! And I have to say that, even if I wasn’t completely on board before starting them, I really enjoyed them both!
Same! I understand why so many people talk about them.
Great list! I read the Murderbot books and The Mothers based on recommendations as well, adn I’m so glad I did. I love the Wayward Children books. Down Among the Sticks & Bones is still my favorite.
It’s my favourite too! I think it’s probably because it’s the darkest of the ones I have read.
I really have begun appreciating recommendations off later. Works for me most of the time. So good job mate👍
What a great mix bag of amazing books 📚. Thank you for sharing.
Other book bloggers and bookstagramers have influenced me to give Talia Hibbert a try. I plan to read Party of Two and Take A Hint, Dani Brown before the year is over. 🙂
I would try to read these book for sure
I recommend them all!!
Ya for sure
Nice list; I’m always looking for recommendations! While I didn’t care much for Every Heart a Doorway, the synopsis of All Systems Red looks like something I might enjoy.
It’s a fun series for sure!