Top Ten Tuesday #212


Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these. I’m back home from Uni now, arrived home yesterday after a 7 hour journey down from Stirling, but at least it wasn’t as bad as our journey last year where our train broke down and we were left sitting on the tracks for over 2 hours! I’m also finally going to see Hannah and Zoe again on Friday, which I’m so looking forward to, I haven’t seen them since we went to Hamilton in February.

Anyway, since it’s Tuesday, I have a Top Ten Tuesday for you all, courtesy of Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic was supposed to be Books I Won’t Let Anyone Touch, but I lend books to my friends all the time and there are very few (mostly signed books) that I wouldn’t lend out to people, because I feel like books are for sharing and what is the point of me having all these books if I can’t share their stories with other people? Anyway, to that end, this week I’m going to be talking about Books I Pushed on My Friend Hannah (you should all go follow her blog Books, Life and Other Oddities), some of which I lent her, most of which I just gently nudged her into buying at YALC! So here we go:

  1. A Darker Shade of Magic-VE Schwab

The summer that I read A Darker Shade of Magic, Victoria Schwab happened to be at YALC and I got ADSOM and AGOS signed, plus Our Dark Duet for my friend Nicola. I couldn’t stop talking about how good it was to Hannah, so of course by the end of the day, she had bought and had ADSOM signed as well. Three years later, we’ve seen Victoria Schwab twice more together, and we’re going to see her at this year’s YALC as well. I would definitely call this book pushing a success!

2. Caraval-Stephanie Garber

Hannah and I actually tried to win a proof of Caraval, the year before it came out but we unfortunately didn’t get it. When the book finally came out the next year, I bought the hardcover, loved it and then naturally had to lend it to Hannah because I needed someone to fangirl about it with. It worked, Hannah loved it and I ended up buying her a hardcover copy of Legendary for Christmas last year. I cannot wait to talk to her about Legendary, and of course Finale, when she’s read it.

3. The Raven Boys-Maggie Stiefvater

Not only did I manage to push The Raven Boys on Hannah (which was desperately needed, I’d been reading the books for four years at this point and had no one to talk to about it), we also waited in a four hour signing line to meet Maggie Stiefvater at YALC. I’ve since lent her the second and third books and she bought the fourth one at YALC last year.

4. Throne of Glass-Sarah J Maas

This is one of my few recommendation fails for Hannah, I convinced her to buy it at YALC a couple of years ago and sadly she didn’t enjoy it as much as I did, but I think eight years of pretty stellar book recommendations allows me for one fail no?

5. Ace of Shades-Amanda Foody

I convinced Hannah to buy this at YALC last year (she had seen my review of it and thought it looked good), and she really enjoyed it. I can’t wait for her to read King of Fools, I have so many feels and I really need someone to talk to about them!

6. The Bone Season-Samantha Shannon

I can’t quite remember how or when I convinced Hannah to read The Bone Season, I think I wanted to see Samantha Shannon at YALC one year and ended up convincing her to get The Bone Season. I mean it worked though, because we’ve seen Samantha Shannon twice together since then and she got the second and third books to read as well.

7. My Sister’s Keeper-Jodi Picoult

I think this is one of the first books that I lent to Hannah, since it’s one of my favourites. She actually ended up losing it and having to buy me a new copy, but I think she enjoyed it in the end, so it was a partial success, if not for my original copy of the book!

8. Code Name Verity-Elizabeth Wein

I loved Code Name Verity, so naturally that meant that Hannah had to read it, because when I love something, I need people to yell about it with. I lent my copy to her whilst we were on holiday in Greece a couple of years ago, and thankfully she loved it just as much as I did.

9. Asking For It-Louise O’Neill

Another of the many books that I’ve pushed on Hannah during our annual trips to YALC! I don’t think she’s read this yet, so I don’t actually know what she thought about it, but it’s definitely another one that I recommended.

10. Daughter of Smoke and Bone-Laini Taylor

A couple of years ago when Laini Taylor was at YALC, I wanted to get my copy of Daughter of Smoke and Bone signed as I’d just finished it and I was telling Hannah about how much I enjoyed it, so naturally she ended up buying a copy as well, and she really liked it.

Have you read any of these books? Did you like them? Do you have any friends that you push books on? Let me know in the comments!

That’s all for this week, I’ll be back next week, with another Top Ten Tuesday, where we’re going to be talking about our favourite books of the last ten years, which is just going to make me feel old, since ten years ago I was 13, which is a horrifying thought that it’s been that long but I digress. Meanwhile, I’m hoping to have the first post of my new Book/Movie comparison feature up soon as I’m finally done with Uni and actually have time to start new stuff on the blog, yay!


41 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #212

  1. lydiaschoch 21/05/2019 / 12:42 pm

    What a fun list. How many books has Hannah introduced you too?

    My TTT.

    • iloveheartlandx 21/05/2019 / 9:23 pm

      Slightly less, she tends to borrow books from the library rather than own them, so I don’t borrow books from her as much. She did get me copies of The Maze Runner and Uglies for my birthday and I really enjoyed those.

  2. Lilyfae 21/05/2019 / 3:03 pm

    What a fantastic idea, Its lovely how many books I’ve been inspired to read thanks to others great recommendations and I love it when I recommend a book to someone and I get it spot on and they come back raving about it!!

    • iloveheartlandx 21/05/2019 / 9:21 pm

      Ah thank you! Yes, it’s such a wonderful feeling when someone loves a book you recommended 🙂

  3. Laureads_ 21/05/2019 / 3:43 pm

    I love this post! 💗 well done.

  4. Anne Bennett 21/05/2019 / 3:52 pm

    What is YALC? Sounds like someplace I’d like to end up. I love Code Name Verity, Daughter of Smoke and Bones, and The Raven Boys, too.

    • iloveheartlandx 21/05/2019 / 9:17 pm

      It’s the Young Adult Literature Convention, it’s kind of like BEA in the states, but a lot smaller, basically you have a lot of authors and publishers and agents coming together for this big event. They are all great books.

  5. Melanie (TBR and Beyond) 21/05/2019 / 4:26 pm

    I’m jealous that you have someone like that to share your love of books with in-person! That is so fun! I’m so glad you guys loved Caraval and The Bone Season!

    • iloveheartlandx 21/05/2019 / 9:16 pm

      It is pretty great! Yeah they are both awesome books 🙂

  6. ChrissiReads 21/05/2019 / 6:52 pm

    Fabulous post. I love recommending books to others. I’m such a book pusher!

    • iloveheartlandx 21/05/2019 / 9:09 pm

      Thank you! Ha ha same, thankfully my close friends like books, otherwise I would be screwed!

  7. Jess @ Jessticulates 21/05/2019 / 8:26 pm

    Great twist on this week’s topic! Code Name Verity’s been on my TBR for years, I really need to get to it, and I’d quite like to give Daughter of Smoke and Bone a try now that I’ve read and really enjoyed Strange the Dreamer.

    • iloveheartlandx 21/05/2019 / 9:09 pm

      Thank you! Both are really great books, I hope you enjoy them 🙂

  8. agreatreviewer 21/05/2019 / 9:09 pm

    Nice topic twist! Yeah. I used to push books on my friend all the time. Then she moved and it became harder as she’s not good at checking her emails. Lol.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT post!

    • iloveheartlandx 21/05/2019 / 9:12 pm

      Thanks! Ha ha fair, it has been slightly harder to push books on my friend since we went to different universities, but I’ve managed!

  9. kozbisa 21/05/2019 / 11:07 pm

    It’s so satisfying to suggest books to people and they actually enjoy them. I read and loved 4 of these too. Great list!

  10. Holly 22/05/2019 / 1:58 am

    Ahh that’s amazing that you got to meet Maggie Stiefvater! So jealous!

    • iloveheartlandx 22/05/2019 / 1:54 pm

      I only got to meet her for like two seconds but she was awesome! My friend and I have this really ridiculous picture of us with her, it’s not flattering for any of us!

    • iloveheartlandx 22/05/2019 / 1:53 pm

      It is, I love having a friend to talk about books with 🙂

  11. dinipandareads 22/05/2019 / 5:57 am

    So many amazing books on this list — many of them are favorites! I’ve been so keen on reading more Louise O’Neill but it’s so difficult to get my hands on her books. Looking forward to reading it eventually though 🙂

    • iloveheartlandx 22/05/2019 / 1:52 pm

      Yes, many of them are my favourites too! Oh that’s a shame, I live in the UK so it’s much easier for me. I hope you manage to get your hands on it soon.

  12. I’m shocked you managed to keep the list to ten 😂😱 and I’ve unsurprisingly read all the books on this list now and enjoyed 9/10 which is a pretty good ratio 😂 I still can’t believe we waited in that four hour queue for Maggie Steifvater, although it was definitely worth it. But it was when we’d plan to have dinner as well so we that took some major restraint. I forgot we tried to win a copy of a Caravel proof! That would have been so cool if we’d won it 😂 we also tried for a Priory proof and were so convinced we’d win we debated who’d have it first 😂 reading this list has made me realise that you introduced me to basically all my favourite books so possibly you’re too good at book pushing 😂😍

    • iloveheartlandx 22/05/2019 / 1:48 pm

      Ha ha, it definitely could have been a lot longer! Yes, that’s a pretty great success rate. Neither can I, I’m pretty sure if we’d had to wait any longer, we wouldn’t have, we were both so hungry by the end. Ha ha yeah, if only either of us were good at throwing! It’s probably a good thing that we didn’t, that would have been a hard proof to share. Well I will take that as a compliment 🙂

  13. thebookishlibra 22/05/2019 / 10:29 am

    It’s so satisfying to share a book you love with a friend and have them love it too. I’m glad these were all mostly great reads for both of you. 🙂

  14. Louise 22/05/2019 / 3:27 pm

    Isn’t book-pushing what friends are for? 😉😁

  15. jaybird 22/05/2019 / 10:03 pm

    As a library specialist, it’s sorta my job to push books on people:p I’ve never gotten to meet a cool author though, I won’t count standing in the line next to Leigh Bardugo’s fans at Book Con. Getting to meet Maggie Stiefvater would be an amazing experience, she has to just exude talent.

    • iloveheartlandx 27/05/2019 / 3:46 pm

      That is a great job! Ah no, I hope you get the chance one day. She was pretty cool, really funny too!

  16. Sarah - SWB 26/05/2019 / 1:28 pm

    What a great subject to pick! I’ve not read any of them, but I’m very tempted by the Caraval trilogy!

    Also I feel you on the uni train trips, I used to do Dundee to Devon, those trips made for long days!

    • iloveheartlandx 27/05/2019 / 3:44 pm

      Thank you! Ah the Caraval trilogy is great, you should definitely give it a try. Whoa Dundee to Devon? That’s even worse than mine! They do make for very long days, but I always get a decent amount of reading done on those trains, so I’m definitely going to miss them for that.

  17. imyril 02/06/2019 / 2:22 pm

    I’ll happily push ADSOM at anyone 🙂 Such a fun trilogy!

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