When I first started the blog I would spend literally hours every day in the community, on my blog, on other people’s blogs, on FB groups, GR and every other bookish community. Therefore, I was exposed to every new release in the romance genre, read dozens of reviews every day and also got recommended books a lot. Nowadays I’m a lot more unplugged when it comes to the community and the main reason why I pick up a book is because I know the author, or I’ve read good reviews, but not necessarily because someone recommended it to me. So instead of listing the best books that I read because of a rec, I’ll list the ones that I read because I saw them often in the community, or because of the positive reviews. Also, these are not the best of the bunch, just to clarify.
– The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.
I saw this book everywhere on booktube, blogs etc. and all the hype got me to read it even though I am usually super picky about the type of fantasy I read. I don’t read much fantasy anymore and I want to make sure that the book will have some elements I appreciate before I read it. In this case, I read the blurb and it hinted at a forbidden love story, so I was all in, but it turned out to be mostly false advertisement as the first book barely touches the subject and it mostly a treasure hunt from multiple POVs. Not saying it wasn’t a good book, just that it wasn’t for me.
– Locker Room by Amy Lane.
I read this one because I read a review by Corina, I believe, saying that despite the not so good and uber-cheesy cover, the story was nice. She also warned the readers about the abrupt ending. I ended up loving the first half, hating the second, and being baffled at the ending. But overall, I’m glad I read it at least for the super sweet first half that made me feel all gooey inside.
– Killing Sarai by JA Redmerski.
I bought this book years ago, after reading a great review by Steph DeMarco (I think…? I’m really bad at remembering these things), and I ended up really liking the story. It was also right up my alley, so my choice to pick it up was not solely based on the review, but there were some edgy things that I had not been sure about prior to reading Steph’s review, so it helped me go into it with a fresher mind.
– The Lady Tasting the Tea by some stats guy.
Lol, I don’t even know why I’m adding this but whatever. This is a stats book that my stats professor had us read, and which I enjoyed way more than I thought I would. So here you go, not a rec, but a mandatory college text.
– Goose by Scott Hildreth.
This was kinda recommended to me by the author. Meaning that I was at a signing, buying books from new-to-me authors, and when I showed up at his stand and said I hadn’t read anything of his, he asked me a couple of questions to assess which book I may be interested in and promptly recommended Goose. I’ve got to say, he was right. I was hooked as soon as he saiad that the heroine was
unconventional, with no phone or electronics, and just overall quirky. It delivered and I’m sure I’ll read more books by this author in the future.
– The Voyages of Trueblood Cay by Suanne Laqueur.
Now, being realistic, I would have read this regardless, but I think Sophie convinced me to beta-read this one, even though I had decided not to beta read anymore. I loved seeing the changes this book went through and reading the final polished version was a treat. This book is simply unique.