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:
- 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!