Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Read Because Of Someone Else

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about the book recommendations we did not regret. Or, maybe we did.

Either way, the person who recommended these books was the reason we picked them up. Join in on the Top Ten fun in the comments! 🙂

  1. Lockwood & Co series by Jonathan Stroud. This was recommended to me by my former co-workers from Kaleidoscope Kids Books and it is a FANTASTIC series! I am dying to get my hands on #4 which has just come out. Go! Read these books! They host very endearing characters, very scary moments, clever wit, funny Britishisms and childisms, and an incredibly creative and wide world.
  2.  Unwind by Neal Shusterman was a recommendation from a local librarian while I was doing my Master’s and it as a great recommendation. I think what I asked for was something like: “A dystopia that is not The Hunger Games” to which the response was, “I have something scarier” and then a recommendation to Unwind.
  3. Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. This was recommended to me by my sister and her husband. I was, honestly, just unaware that Vaughan had come out with something new, and so I immediately borrowed their copies and, as thanks, I have bought them every new issue as Christmas presents 🙂
  4. Both Neal Gaiman and Diana Wynne Jones were authors I knew nothing about before I started my master’s degree… I mean, what was my life like before then? Thank you to all the MACLers in my year, you have filled my life with the magical stories of these two prolific and creative people.
  5. There’s a standard set of books that book lovers recommend (y’know, The Hobbit and Fahrenheit 451 etc…) But, there are a few I’d add to that list, because sometimes there are just stories that will touch (almost) anyone’s heart. I recommend: The Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (do not tell them what it’s about, just hand them the book and tell them to read it), The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, and if you are looking for something a little different in sci-fi, I love Illuminae by Amie Kaufman.
  1. All the Rage by Courtney Summers
    Yash recommended it to me. I read it. Yep.
  2. Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson et al
    This rec came from Yash too. This is a theme in my life.
  3. Singing the Dogstar Blues by Alison Goodman
    Janet didn’t just recommend this one to me, she lent me her copy. She’s cool like that.
  4. Looking Back: A Book of Memories by Lois Lowry
    Fernanda from over at Raincoast Books sold me on this one. And she sent me an ARC. 😀
  5. The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner
    Thanks Janet!

Dear friends and family, please never use your powers for evil.

  1. The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison was every bit as good as Nafiza said it would be.
  2. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. Yash was right: this is a very funny story.
  3. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien. Thanks, Dad!
  4. My friend Chris had a copy of Neil Gaiman’s Stardust on the sidelines while we were playing volleyball. He didn’t say anything beyond giving me permission to borrow it when I asked (several chapters in), he just… had a book around. And I didn’t.
  5. Skellig by David Almond. Judi Saltman praised this in such terms that there was no resisting the call of the book. (And why would you try? This and My Name is Mina  are extraordinary.)
  1. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner: Slowly, slowly making my way through this lovely series thanks to Janet.
  2. Bite Me! A Vampire Farce by Dylan Meconis: A great webcomic about vampires during the French Revolution that I probably never would have read if it weren’t for Janet.
  3. The Court of Fives by Kate Elliott: I’m so into this series and it’s all Nafiza’s fault! Luckily, this particular one doesn’t require me and Nafiza to fight over OTPs. We ship the same ship for now. The review for Poisoned Blade is coming up soon, BTW. 🙂
  4. Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie: My friend Johanne loaned me three books before leaving Vancouver and two of them made me cry. This is one of those two books that made me cry. Still, it is one of my favourites.
  5. One Good Story, That One by Thomas King: Pretty much the same story as above, except this was Jay’s recommendation. I don’t think I’ve loved a (non-YA) collection of short stories this much since The Bloody Chamber.