Top Ten Tuesday: Books You’ve Read Because of Recommendations


Happy Tuesday! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is about one of the greatest things about being part of a bookish community: recommendations. Whether you’ve been recommended books by friends, family, or even other bloggers, it’s always exciting to dive into a story that you know someone else has loved. Today I’m going to share Ten Books I’ve Read Because of Recommendations that I recommend to all of YOU!


3109The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

My friend recommended this book to me after I heard about it in my Introduction to Anthropology class last semester. In fact, she was nice enough to loan me her copy of it to read over the summer. This book will definitely make you think twice about the food you eat!

497118The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

This book was recommended to me by one of my closest friends (and now roommate!). I read it over the summer and was completely blown away by how cleverness, creativity, and uniqueness of this little gem. Though it may be categorized as a children’s novel, I would highly recommend it to everyone!

lock and key coverLock and Key by Sarah Dessen

I would venture to say that this is one of the very first books a friend ever recommended to me back in middle school. I had never heard of Sarah Dessen before, so this book definitely marks the beginning of my Dessen/YA romance phase.


All the Light We Cannot SeeAll the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

You’re all probably sick and tired of me saying how much I love this novel, but I’m going to say it again: I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH. It was recommended to me by my high school librarian when I was a senior, solidifying the fact that she has impeccable taste in books.

7597One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

My Spanish professor recommended this classic novel to us numerous times last year, so over the summer I finally decided to read it. I’m so happy to say that this is one of the best books I have ever read.

more than this coverMore Than This by Patrick Ness

During my last two years of high school I worked at my local public library, which meant that I got really close to plenty of librarians who always recommended excellent books to me. As per usual, Patrick Ness did not disappoint with this suspenseful, gripping novel!

the handmaid's tale coverThe Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

This novel was another amazing recommendation from my high school librarian. I had never read anything by Margaret Atwood before, but now I feel like I need to read everything she’s ever written. If you have any recommendations on what I should read next, I’d greatly appreciate it!


18405Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

This tome was highly recommended to me by the lovely Jillianwith good reason: it’s FANTASTIC. It was much darker and different from what I initially expected, but that made it all the more interesting to read. It’s about so much more than a love story: Mitchell expertly handles topics such as politics, gender roles, and class conflicts.

the raven boysThe Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I couldn’t even count the number of bloggers who recommended this captivating, beautifully written series to me! I had read a few of Stiefvater’s novels before diving into this series, but in my opinion these books are definitely among her best.

we were liars coverWe Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Again, I can’t pinpoint exactly who recommended this book to me because the buzz surrounding it in the online bookish community was ENORMOUS. This is certainly a case of the “hype monster,” but in this scenario it worked out to my advantage– I loved this book!

I highly recommend all of these books, so be sure to check them out!

What do you think of the books I’ve mentioned? What great books have you read because of recommendations? Do you have any recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments section below!



13 Replies to “Top Ten Tuesday: Books You’ve Read Because of Recommendations”

  1. Ah I read The Raven Cycle because of all the stuff I’d seen around the blogging world too — and I’m so glad I did! My friend actually just gave me a copy of The Handmaid’s Tale which she recently read, and I heard great things about it so I’m very much looking forward to reading it. 😀


  2. The Raven Boys made my list as well. I am so glad I listened to the screaming fans of this series as I really, really liked.
    So many people have recommended The Handmaid’s Tale to me, but I haven’t picked it up yet. One of these days…
    Thanks for sharing!


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