Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Top Ten Tuesday-Books that lived up to recommendations

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.  http://www.thatartsyreadergirl.com/top-ten-tuesday/

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I don't read the type of books that are heavily hyped mainly because they don't hype books in the genres I mostly read. So I'm tweaking it slightly to be books that lived up to their recommendations.

1) JK Rowling-Harry Potter
A friend at work urged me to read this but I wasn't interested in reading 'kid's books'. Two years later I read the first book when I was off sick and bored and I loved it. I zoomed through the next three in a few days and I'm addicted to all things Hogwarts now!

2) Suzanne Collins-The Hunger Games
I saw people talking about it online and raving about how good it is so I bought it and devoured it! I was back buying the rest of the trilogy the next day. I liked that each was different but still kept the same elements. I need to find time to get the films watched. 

3) Philippa Gregory-The Other Boleyn Girl
Friends on Bookcrossing were talking about how good it was and I decided to take the risk of getting it from the local library with the follow up The Boleyn Inheritance. I loved them and it awakened my interest in the Tudors which is now an obsession!

4) Hunter Shea-Swamp Monster Massacre
A blogging friend *waves to Laura* asked if I'd read Hunter Shea and I hadn't heard of him. I saw his Sasquatch book online and decided to try it. I loved the book and started buying all his books which my dad and I now greatly enjoy!

5) Jon Krakauer-Into Thin Air 
I was doing a book challenge to read a book about mountains and this was highly recommended by the book group. I was gripped by the details of the expedition going wrong. I've read a lot of books now about expeditions on various mountains and I love them. 

6) Richard Laymon-Endless Night
My friend picked up this author because Stephen King rated him highly. She wasn't too keen but I got this one from a book club I was in at the time and really enjoyed it. It made me go and buy all of his books over the next few years and I loved most of them.

7) David Estes-The Moon Dwellers
I came across this book going free as part of it's first birthday celebrations and there was huge hype around it. I tried this YA dystopia and thought it was great. I still haven't read the other books in the series but this one was really good.

8) George RR Martin-A Game Of Thrones
Nobody specifically recommended it to me but I was interested when I heard the series was starting but it was on pay per view tv so I couldn't see it. I then bought the first book but it was so big! Finally years later I watched seasons 1-6 and dived into the books. Great stuff!

9) Rick Jones-The Valley
Amazon recommended this one to me when I was searching for dinosaur books. It's a game show where contestants have to escape a valley full of deadly dinosaurs to win a prize. I loved the sound of it and I totally loved the book! Running Man meets Jurassic Park!

10) Stephen King-It 
My dad was a Stephen King fan and as I kid I remember seeing him read this one. I loved the cover with the monster eyes peering out the drain and couldn't wait to get a chance to read it. It is still my favourite ever book!


  1. Don't you love it when recommendations work out? Looks like you got some great ones here!

    1. Yeah these turned out golden! There is nothing worse than being disappointed by a recommendation!

  2. We have a lot of the same books on our lists. I have to reread Into Thin Air. It was required reading in high school, so of course I hated it. I didn’t like being told what to read.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. I don't think I enjoyed reading any of the required reading at school! The books they picked were just so DULL!