Hello friends! This week’s theme for Top Ten Tuesday is yet another one that caused me some consternation for a while. We’re supposed to be talking about books we’ve read because someone recommended them to us. But… see… these days I pretty much only read books that people have asked me to review or that I’ve signed up to review for blog tours, etc. People recommend books to me all the time – books that sound amazing and make me wish I could quit my real job and just stay home and read all day. But alas, I haven’t had time to read any of those since this blogging thing took off.
So instead of choosing an entirely new topic, I had a rare stroke of brilliance.
I asked ten different AUTHORS for some books they’ve read lately because a friend recommended them, and I love the variety of answers I got – as well as the books that showed up more than once!
“Melissa Tagg recommended Joanne Bischof’s The Lady and the Lionheart. I loved the story! Susan May Warren told me she read it, based on my recommendation. I love how that happens! 🙂 Ironically, I also read The Wood’s Edge by Lori Benton, based on Melissa’s recommendation, and that story has become one of my all-time favorites!”
Author Carla Laureano recommended several that Melony has enjoyed, including Told You So by Kristen Heitzmann, A Season to Love by Nicole Deese, and Her Texas Family by Jill Lynn. Melony also read Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations by V. Joy Palmer on – ahem – my recommendation thankyouverymuch 😉
Speaking of Carla Laureano…. “Two of my favorite books have come from a friend’s recommendation. The first was A.G. Howard’s Splintered, a twisted and wildly entertaining YA reboot of the Alice in Wonderland story. The other was Lisa Wingate’s The Prayer Box. I loved that book so much I’ve gone back to read her entire backlist!”
Sarah Monzon read Disillusioned by Christy Barritt on a friend’s recommendation and Mercy’s Fight by Tammy L. Gray because author Jennifer Rodewald recommended it. And like Melony Teague, Sarah read Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations because I pushed it at her 😉
“I don’t read a lot of non-fiction in print but I throughly enjoy listening to it via Audible. I tried The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics on Audible after literary agent Janet Grant listed it in a blog post as one of her favorite books of the year. Not only was I entertained and charmed by the fascinating story of The Boys in the Boat, but I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the sport of crew and the Nazi’s 1936 Olympic games. Go team USA!
I read The Nightingale recently because my author friend Katie Cushman (and several other people) recommended it to me. I’m not someone who’s typically drawn to fiction that grapples with very heavy topics. Nor am I an avid reader of World War II set novels. Nonetheless, I tried The Nightingale based on Katie’s suggestion and ended up loving it. It was hard, but also beautiful. Any book that has me crying my way through the final chapter is a book that gripped me emotionally. Pass the tissues!”
Kate Breslin, like most of us, is way behind in her reading and trying to catch up but she did tell me this: “I recently read for endorsement Dawn Crandall’s upcoming release, The Cautious Maiden, and really enjoyed the story. Well written and engaging characters set in New England during the Gilded Age.”
“Dawn Crandall’s series I’m FINALLY reading per a ton of recommendations … My grandmother recommended [Jane Kirkpatrick books] to me years ago and I loved them.”
“Frankly, I generally choose books because of the buzz around them. It’s rare that I discover a new author from a specific recommendation, but I have one little story for you. I discovered Charles Martin thanks to a recommendation from our book club leader. She recommended When Crickets Cry . I’ve since read almost every book he’s written and loved them all. If you stretch the “recommendation” angle a bit, you could also include Joanne Bischof’s The Lady and the Lionheart. I read about it on Melissa Tagg’s FB page and ordered it immediately. Great story! I love the realism in it and am now making my way through her back list.”
“Like you, I choose most of my books because I know the author and I’ve read their work before . . . but Julie Klassen recently posted about her trip to England and how much she enjoyed reading Thrush Green by Miss Read. That piqued my interest and I ordered a copy. I’ve just started, and I’m already loving the village setting and unique characters.”
Kara is another one who decided to read The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof because of a recommendation – I wonder if it was Melissa Tagg’s again? 😉 Another book Kara read as a result of a friend’s recommendation is My Hope Next Door by Tammy L. Gray. (UPDATE: It was my blogging friend RelzReviewz that recommended Lionheart to Kara, not Melissa Tagg as we surmised. lol.)
Ok, now it’s my turn to recommend some books for all of you! Namely, books by these lovely authors who were gracious enough to help me out with today’s post!
What about you? What books have you read lately based on someone’s recommendation?