Top Ten Tuesday #286


Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these. I had a great time at The Last Five Years last week, it was so lovely to be back in a theatre, the show was amazing and it all felt really safe. It was so nice to just forget about everything going on for a few hours and be absorbed in a really amazing show (the music has been stuck in my head for the past week!). I’m up in Stirling now for a couple of weeks, just for a break from home, obviously haven’t got any real plans whilst I’m here!

Anyway, as it’s Tuesday, I have another Top Ten Tuesday for you all, courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week we’re talking Books I Read Because Someone Recommended Them To Me. I’ll be honest, I’m usually the one doing the recommending rather than getting them, but I did manage to come up with a list of ten books that were recommended to me, so I guess I get them more than I thought! So here we go:

  1. Percy Jackson and The Olympians-Rick Riordan

I was recommended the Percy Jackson series by a girl I made friends with after I moved schools in Year 9. I borrowed the first book from the library and then she lent me the rest (honestly I’m pretty sure I ran through them quicker than she could get them to me). That friendship didn’t last past school, but it did form the basis of my friendship with Hannah (who was also new in the same year) and we’re still friends ten years later!

2. Children of Blood and Bone-Tomi Adeyemi

This one was actually a bookseller recommendation, not something I get very often because I generally go in knowing what I want, but this one was definitely a success as I ended up really enjoying the book.

3. The Magician’s Guild-Trudi Canavan

This one was recommended to me by my friend Nicola, and to my shame, I haven’t actually read it yet! It’s on the list, the list is just very, very, long!

4. A Darker Shade of Magic-VE Schwab

I didn’t really get one specific recommendation, this one was just around the blogosphere a lot back in 2015 when I really started to get more involved with the community and as it was one I was seeing around a lot I figured I really had to try it. Of course it ended up being one of my favourite books and I’m now completely obsessed with VE Schwab’s work, so congratulations guys: you created a monster!

5. Everyday Sexism-Laura Bates

My sister recommended this one to me, and got it for me for Christmas a couple of years ago. I actually still haven’t read this one, but since I’ve been really enjoying her latest release, Men Who Hate Women, it’s definitely one I want to get to soon.

6. The Diviners-Libba Bray

My friend Nicola recommended this one to me, and I sped through the first three audiobooks last year before reading the final one when it came out earlier this year. It’s safe to say this recommendation was definitely a success, if you’re wanting a spooky paranormal historical fantasy for your October reading this year, I definitely recommend this one (and do the audio if you can, the narrator is amazing!).

7. Cinderella Is Dead-Kalynn Bayron

Again, I don’t have a specific person that I got this recommendation from, it was on a lot of lists of Black author recommendations earlier in the year which led to me requesting it from Netgalley. I ended up really enjoying it, so another successful recommendation for the blogosphere!

8. The Hunger Games-Suzanne Collins

This was a recommendation from my sister (or at least I borrowed it from her, so I have to assume she recommended it to me, I don’t actually remember!) and of course I loved it, I read this one in like a week and proceeded to race through the other two books in the trilogy over my Easter holidays in 2012.

9. An Ember In The Ashes-Sabaa Tahir

Another recommendation from Nicola, I have to admit that I didn’t enjoy this one as much as The Diviners, it felt kind of flat and I didn’t really love any of the characters. Having said that, I didn’t fall in love with The Diviners till the second book in the series, so I’m hoping the same will be true for this series and I’ll enjoy future books more.

10. Unwind-Neal Shusterman

This was actually an Amazon recommendation, which is not somewhere I usually get my book recommendations! But anyway, it came up in the “Recommended For You” section, I thought it looked interesting and ended up buying it. I ended up really enjoying it and the rest of the other books in the series, so dare I say it? Amazon actually did something right here.

So there we go, those are some Books That Have Been Recommended To Me. Have you read any of these? Did you enjoy them? Where do you get most of your book recommendations? Let me know in the comments!

I’ll be back next week with our annual Halloween Freebie. I have to admit, it gets harder and harder for me to think of topics for this every year because I’m not a big Halloween fan and it seems like there are only so many things you can do! Since cover topics always seem to be a popular one though, I think I’ll do Top Ten Spooky Book Covers.

65 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #286

    • iloveheartlandx 27/10/2020 / 11:32 am

      Thanks! I hope you enjoy it when you do get a copy. Ha ha so am I, they definitely helped me find a new favourite author for life.

  1. Leah's Books 20/10/2020 / 2:52 pm

    Oh, you have so many great ones on here! I loved Percy Jackson, Children of Blood and Bone, An Ember in the Ashes, and The Hunger Games. A Darker Shade of Magic is on my TBR, and I really need to get around to it eventually! Awesome post.

  2. lydiaschoch 20/10/2020 / 4:01 pm

    Everyday Sexism sounds like an interesting read.

    My post.

  3. Rabeeah 20/10/2020 / 4:20 pm

    Oh the portal from A Darker Shade of Magic to ALL of V. E. Schwab’s work is very real! It’s not the first book I read of hers but definitely the one that got me hooked. I now recommend it to everyone haha

    • iloveheartlandx 27/10/2020 / 11:18 am

      Ha ha same! I think it’s because it’s probably because it’s the most “pure fantasy” (for lack of a better word) of her books so the one that is most likely to hook fantasy fans.

  4. evelynreads1 20/10/2020 / 4:24 pm

    So many good ones on here!


  5. heygoodbookinblog 20/10/2020 / 4:57 pm

    Funnily enough I’m currently reading Children of Blood & Bone which I bought due to all the excitement I saw on book-twitter about it. Absolutely loving it so far.

  6. gphusselbee 20/10/2020 / 5:11 pm

    ooo so many of theseI love and so many I am desperate to read! An Ember in the Ashes is a series I really want to read but don’t see the point in starting till the last book is out cause it’s so close!

    • iloveheartlandx 27/10/2020 / 11:14 am

      I mean that makes sense, may as well read them all together!

  7. Jaime 20/10/2020 / 5:12 pm

    I love that reading a series helped cement a friendship that’s lasted that long for you! That’s so great. πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 27/10/2020 / 11:13 am

      It is wonderful to have a friend with such a similar taste in books, we always have something to talk about!

  8. lindseyhabets 20/10/2020 / 6:10 pm

    The Diviners sounds like such a fun read, I really should try it as it does seem like the perfect time for it right now πŸ™‚

  9. Sarah Anna 20/10/2020 / 6:21 pm

    This is such a great list, so many good sounding books! x

  10. Sarah - SWB 20/10/2020 / 8:02 pm

    There are a few on here I have sitting on my shelves I really need to get to, Cinderella Is Dead being one for sure!

  11. anovelglimpse 20/10/2020 / 9:33 pm

    I read The Hunger Games because my sister recommended them.

  12. 1girl2manybooks 20/10/2020 / 10:03 pm

    I was a bit so-so on An Ember In The Ashes as well but people have assured me that the series is incredible so perhaps if I read the second one I will be more invested! I’ve also had Children of Blood and Bone to read for a while but not gotten around to it yet, although everyone in blogland is recommending it!

    • iloveheartlandx 27/10/2020 / 11:07 am

      I’ve been told the same thing. I’m not particularly feeling the draw to read the second one, though maybe I will in the future. I hope you enjoy it when you read it πŸ™‚

  13. enordhof 20/10/2020 / 10:28 pm

    I’ve had my eye on Cinderella is Dead for a while, it sounds like a good book! I also heard a lot of people talk about The Diviners when the last book came out, and I haven’t read anything by Libba Bray, but the series sounds really interesting with the mix of the 1920’s and the paranormal aspects πŸ‘Œ

    • iloveheartlandx 27/10/2020 / 11:05 am

      I hope you enjoy it! It’s super fun, and has a very diverse cast for a book that came out in 2012!

  14. Jess @ Jessticulates 21/10/2020 / 1:59 am

    Great list! Unwind and The Magicians’ Guild are two I still need to get to.

  15. Brooke Lorren (@Brookelorren) 21/10/2020 / 2:47 am

    I’ve read Ember (rereading the 3rd book because I pre-ordered the 4th book), The Hunger Games, and TCOBAB (which didn’t really ring my bells, even though I could objectively tell that the writing was good). Before I started blogging, I found most of my books through movies, but now I get most of my reviews from book bloggers and Twitter!

    • iloveheartlandx 27/10/2020 / 11:04 am

      Ah that’s interesting. I don’t really know where I got most of my book recommendations before blogging, I did get some from friends, but most of them were surprise discoveries in bookshops I think!

  16. Greg 21/10/2020 / 5:49 am

    I see several here that were recommended to me as well. I just read the Hunger Games for the first time a few years ago and loved it.

  17. Rose @ Wanders Between Pages 21/10/2020 / 7:17 am

    So much great books. I tried reading Children of Blood and Bone thrice but still didn’t get through it. But I am still interested to try it someday.

    • iloveheartlandx 27/10/2020 / 11:02 am

      I hope you do enjoy it, but it’s okay if you decide it’s not for you!

  18. Cherry Actually Reads 21/10/2020 / 9:19 am

    It’s sad you drifted away from the friend who rec’d you Percy Jackson, but at least they left something special! Currently reading The Diviners right now, and it’s definitely perfect for the spooky season. Got that rec from BookTube for the most part, honestly.

    • iloveheartlandx 27/10/2020 / 11:01 am

      That friendship just wasn’t meant to last I guess, but my love of Percy Jackson did and like I said, I have gained a long lasting friendship because of it, it just wasn’t the same one! Yes, The Diviners was made to be a Halloween read πŸ™‚

  19. Marianne Maurer 21/10/2020 / 11:50 am

    The only book I even heard of is The Hunger Games which I might not have read if it wasn’t for my book club because it’s not my usual genre. But it was quite interesting and had a lot to talk about.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT earlier.

    • iloveheartlandx 27/10/2020 / 10:56 am

      I’m glad your book club helped you find something new πŸ™‚

  20. Louise 21/10/2020 / 6:25 pm

    Percy Jackson, Unwind and Cinderella is Dead were all hits for me too.

  21. bitchbookshelf 21/10/2020 / 8:12 pm

    Many of these are on my TBR, and I read and enjoyed Cinderella Is Dead and The Hunger Games.

    • iloveheartlandx 27/10/2020 / 10:52 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed both of those, and hope you enjoy the ones that are on your TBR, when you read them.

  22. Dedra @ A Book Wanderer 22/10/2020 / 3:55 pm

    I still need to read Cinderella is Dead. I’m happy to hear you enjoyed it!

  23. Briana | Pages Unbound 22/10/2020 / 7:41 pm

    I thought An Ember in the Ashes was just fine, too, and I never read the rest of the series, so I’ve been really interested to see that it seems to have a very avid following!

    • iloveheartlandx 27/10/2020 / 10:50 am

      Yeah everyone seems to really love it so there must be something there!

  24. Abigail 24/10/2020 / 12:56 am

    I have tried twice to read A Darker Shade of Magic, but I never got past the second chapter. It takes a lot to put me in a fantasy reading mood. But I’m hoping I can get to reading it soon! ❀️

    • iloveheartlandx 27/10/2020 / 10:48 am

      Ah shame! No book is for everyone though, don’t force it if you’re not feeling it πŸ™‚

  25. thebookdutchesses 25/10/2020 / 11:39 am

    Great list! I recently read the first book in The Diviners series. It was such a pleasant surprise.

  26. Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard 26/10/2020 / 9:54 pm

    I’ll be starting A Darker Shade of Magic this week. And thanks for the recommendation to listen to the audiobook of The Diviners. It’s always good to know when a book has good narration.

    • iloveheartlandx 27/10/2020 / 10:47 am

      I hope you enjoy it! No problem, I definitely feel that the audio added something extra in this case πŸ™‚

  27. thebookishlibra 27/10/2020 / 2:09 am

    V. E. Schwab was recommended to me as well and now I’m just in love with everything she writes.

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