Books I Read Because of Word of Mouth
Jeezy peeps, it’s been a age since I took part in Top ten Tuesday – I’ve just looked back at my last post and it was in July! Seriously, where on earth has the time gone?!
This week’s topic is ‘Books I Read Because Someone Recommended Them to Me’ but because I don’t have a lot of bookish friends (and because of lockdown I haven’t had a chance to see any of my friends lately) I’m going to spin the topic a little and go with books I’ve read because of word of mouth – which could be either in person or online (i.e. from reading blogs, social media, Goodreads etc.) All bases covered. 😉
1. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
This book wasn’t initially on my radar at all but I kept seeing it pop up on various social media platforms and although I wasn’t 100% sure I would be able to buy the themes, I decided to say sod it, and gave it a whirl! I’m so glad I did because it was a charming tale and I enjoyed it very much.
2. Wolfsong by T.J. Klune
I was aware of T.J. Klune before being drawn in by Wolfsong (I had read his debut Bear, Otter and the Kid some time before) but the rest of his releases kinda went past me for a bit until I kept seeing rave reviews for Wolfsong and I remembered again! Wolfsong was an emotional gut punch of a book (I am a sucker for angst) and spoke to me quite a bit. That was the beginning of my love affair with T.J. Klune’s books…
3. Lord of the White Hell by Ginn Hale
I had actually bought The Rifter bind-ups a few years before I came across this series (but hadn’t read them yet – still haven’t – need to get on that!) I saw this two-part book reviewed on a blog I follow and the rest was history! I love this series and can’t wait for the next book due out in December.
4. Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling
When I went searching for fantasy novels with LGBT themes, this series pretty much topped most lists and I was so intrigued I bought every book (well, of the ones that were out at the time). I was not disappointed and it remains a favourite despite reading so many fabulous diverse reads.
5. Warchild by Karin Lowachee
I can remember stumbling across this book on a review site and was fascinated by the themes – a science fiction novel that didn’t focus on technology but instead themes of loss, war, and trauma. The whole series is very character-driven and it is brilliantly executed. I’m so glad I happened across it when I did (though I suspect I would have found it eventually!)
6. Melusine by Sarah Monette
I actually came across this series on TV Tropes of all places haha! I used to spend a great deal of time on that site and whatever I was looking through, this series kept coming up again and again. The books were so hard to find (they were out-of-print and tracking down new copies that didn’t cost a fortune was a gruelling task) but that just made me all the more determined to track them down. So happy I followed my gut because this series is now one of my favourites.
7. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Social media can be thanked for bringing this book to my attention! I have been on a bit of a contemporary kick for a couple of years now (after pretty much only reading fantasy) and this book intrigued me so much when I saw so many people recommend it. Since I had been very much out of the loop as to which contemporary romance novels to try, I relied on trustworthy sources to guide me!
8. Stag’s Run by Zaya Feli
I came across this book on Tumblr of all places (I actually followed the author’s art page!) A few people that I follow had recommended this series and when I put two and two together and realized the author was also an artist I followed I knew it was meant to be. I was looking for a series to sink my teeth into and this one hit the spot.
9. Trick by Natalia Jaster
This book actually came to my attention after seeing some awesome fanart on Tumblr and Instagram. I was curious and sought out a few reviews and knew pretty much right away this was a book I needed to read post haste! I have never regretted it – I have loved every book that Natalia Jaster has put out (and been lucky enough to be on the author’s ARC team).
10. Spellbound by Allie Therin
I don’t read enough historical fiction so when I saw this series on blog I frequent, my curiosity was piqued. When i realized it was also fantasy and had LGBT themes I was more than sold! This series has been wonderful so far and I am eager for the next entry.