Because bloggers said so…

read-honeyI have read quite a number of books based on recommendations from other bloggers. Actually, most of the books that I have added to my TBR this year were recommendations that I picked from the book blogging community. I can’t remember everyone who has influenced my reading choices but here are some of the books that I recently read because of blogger recommendations.


Books that I have recently read

Blackbird SeasonThe Black Bird Season by Kate Moretti

I can’t remember all the bloggers who mentioned this book but the last post that I read that convinced me to get it was by Cleo(Cleopatra Loves Books). Honestly, the description of black birds falling from the sky sounded both creepy and intriguing.

This ended up being a slow burner but still, an addictive read. You can read my review here.


best day everBest Day Ever by Kaira Rouda

This was an interesting choice for me. I read a review by Dee (Dee’s Rad Reviews and Reads)  and was immediately convinced to get the book.

I ended up enjoying book. The villain reminded me of Joe from the You/Hidden Bodies series. Here’s my review.




The next two books have been popular around blogosphere for a while now.. Their popularity is what influenced me to read them and they both turned out to be two of the most memorable books that I’ve read this year.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah(reviewed here)

Small Great Things by Jodi Piccoult(reviewed here)


Books that I have recently added to my TBR

I didn’t know about the following books until I saw different bloggers mentioning them.

Her Last Secret by Barbara Copperthwaite

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The last thing to go through Dominique Thomas’s head was the image of her teenage daughter’s face and her heart lifted. Then the shot rang out.They were the perfect family. Successful businessman Ben Thomas and his wife Dominique live an enviable life, along with their beautiful children; teenager Ruby and quirky younger daughter, Mouse.

But on Christmas Day the police are called to their London home, only to discover the entire family lying lifeless, victims of an unknown assailant. But when . Each family member harboured their own dark truths – but has keeping their secrets pushed Ruby to the edge of sanity? Or are there darker forces at work?


I enjoyed the author’s previous title, Darkest Lies. I didn’t know that her new book is already up on NetGalley until I saw Yvonne (It’s All About Books) mention it. Needless to say, I quickly requested for the ARC and was happy to be approved.



Hum if you don't knowHum if You Don’t know the words by Bianca Marias

Life under Apartheid has created a secure future for Robin Conrad, a nine-year-old white girl living with her parents in 1970s Johannesburg. In the same nation but worlds apart, Beauty Mbali, a Xhosa woman in a rural village in the Bantu homeland of the Transkei, struggles to raise her children alone after her husband’s death. Both lives have been built upon the division of race, and their meeting should never have occurred . . . until the Soweto Uprising, in which a protest by black students ignites racial conflict, alters the fault lines on which their society is built, and shatters their worlds when Robin’s parents are left dead and Beauty’s daughter goes missing.
I found out about this book from two of my favorite bloggers, Renee (IT’S BOOK TALK) and Annie (THE MISSTERY).  That plus the book’s description, I knew that I definitely had to get it.


Books that I hope to read someday

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Little FiresIn Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.
Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

I remember seeing this book in a couple of blogs around mid-September. Some of the reviews that I recall were by NiKola (Breathing Through Pages), Stephanie (STEPHANIE’S NOVEL FICTION), Yvonne (Its All About Books) and Holly,( Dressed to Read). This is definitely a book that I hope to read soon.

Update: I have just received an email notifying me that my request for this ARC  has been approved through NetGalley.


marsh king.pngMarsh King Daughter’s by Karen Dionne

When notorious child abductor – known as the Marsh King – escapes from a maximum security prison, Helena immediately suspects that she and her two young daughters are in danger.

No one, not even her husband, knows the truth about Helena’s past: they don’t know that she was born into captivity, that she had no contact with the outside world before the age of twelve – or that her father raised her to be a killer.

And they don’t know that the Marsh King can survive and hunt in the wilderness better than anyone… except, perhaps his own daughter.


nOI really wanted to read an ARC of this book from the first time that I saw it on NetGalley. I don’t know why but my request was rejected TWICE. I thought it’s a sign that I should probably stay away from the book but then a couple of reviews convinced me to keep looking for a copy even if ill wait until 2018 for the book to be available in my country. One of the first reviews that I read about this book was by Inge(The Belgian Reviewer). You can read her post here.


Hate you GiveThe Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
I have been seeing this book around and without a doubt, I know its a book that I need to read.  One of the best reviews that I read about the book is by Laila(Big Reading Life). You can read her review here.


Bear TownBear town by Fredrick Backman

People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys.

Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected.

I remember reading reviews of this book by Renee and Yvonne. Renee compared the book to Friday Night Lights and I was convinced that I need to read it soon.




Have you read any of these books? Have you recently added  new books to your TBR based on recommendations from book bloggers? Let me know in the comments section.



35 thoughts on “Because bloggers said so…

  1. Thank you for the shout outs Diana! I’m so happy you’ve added some books based on my recommendations, I think you’ll love Hum for sure as well as Beartown. I’ve recently started Katerina Diamond’s series after Annie told me I needed to read it. I’m starting with The Teacher and it’s gory but a twisty web of suspects which I love! I love your Gif from The Middle…I get Brick’s love of books of course:)…that’s one of my fav shows ever…so sad it’s going to be the final season this year:(

    1. I read The Secret last year and remember that it was a bit dark with heavy themes but quite an addictive read. I haven’t read The Teacher though but I have also been thinking of reading it and The Angel also based on Annie’s recommendations. I hope that you will enjoy the series 🙂 I am seasons behind with The Middle. I haven’t been able to catch up with the series. I don’t know why it stopped being available here but I do remember Brick’s love for books especially that series he liked, Planet Nowhere. This GIF reminded me of the show and captured the idea of book love/reccomendations 🙂

      I can’t wait to read Hum and Bear Town, thanks.

  2. I love this post! It’s so fun to find out which books bloggers read because other bloggers like them. My list would have a few fantasy novels on it because I never read them. 😉

    1. Thank you.I’m sure if I ever read fantasy it will be because of another blogger 🙂 I was convinced to try out Harry Porter though I am yet to get around to it.

  3. Thank you so much for the mention, what a compliment! Plenty of books that I want to read because they’re recommended. Latest ones are The Red Ribbon (by Snazzy Books) and My Absolute Darling (Breathingtroughpages). Also The Child Finder which I was approved for! From your list there’s also Little Fires Everywhere that I have on my list ;-). I look forward to your review of that one!

    1. Thanks Inge and You’re welcome.I am reading Little Fires Everywhere right now so review will be up next week.Absolute Darling is another one that I’d like to read.I think I saw it on Annie’s blog.I hope you’ll get a chance to read it.I hope that you’ll enjoy Child Finder.It has some great reviews 🙂

  4. Yay! Happy to see Her Last Secret, Little Fires Everywhere and Beartown on here; I hope you will enjoy them! My requests for The Marsh King’s Daughter were denied as well… A real shame because I read a teaser in on of the Buzz Books editions earlier this year and it sounds SO good. Definitely have to give in and get a copy of that one. I absolutely loved The Nightingale and Small Great Things as well by the way. ❤ And THUG is high on my TBR after so many glowing reviews.

    1. Sorry to hear about your request for Marsh King.I think I’d also like to buy the book someday though I’ve heard its too graffic.I can’t wait to read THUG,I hope that we will both get a chance to 🙂

    1. Haha glad I am not the only one.Blogger reccomendations have been a blessing in helping me find great reads.However,they can be dangerous to an ever-growing TBR.

  5. Yay! Thanks for the shout out Diana ❤ I really hope you enjoy Little Fires Everywhere! It’s such a wonderful book! I was denied for The Marsh King’s Daughter too so don’t feel bad lol. Then I bought it but it was just okay for me, so I took that as a sign 😃 It was so well written though and it would have been a 4 star read for me (I gave it 3) but I couldn’t get past some of the animal violence in the book…beyond that, I was just the wrong reader for the book. So…it was me, not you kind of thing lol. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it since I appear to be in the minority on that one ❤❤ I really want to read Hum too! I loved Small Great Things; it’s one of my favorites!

    1. I’ve seen another review also mentioning that Marsh King had some sections that were difficult to read.I’d like to read it but I’m not in a hurry since I worry about that I may end up dissapointed.Sorry it didn’t meet your expectations.I can’t wait to read Hum.I hope that we’ll both enjoy it.Thanks ❤

      1. I hope when you read it that you’re not though. I do look forward to Hum though! I think we’ll both enjoy it. I generally enjoy anything Renee recommends 😊😉 I hope you’re having a wonderful day ❤

  6. I have read Nightingale one of my best reads this year. I’ve seen little fires everywhere getting good recommendations. I may add Bear Town to my list now that you mention it because I liked Frederick Barkman other book – A man called Ove

    1. I need to add A Man Called I’ve to my TBR.Everyone who has read it,reccomends it.Bear Town sounds interesting too.

      I’m currently reading Little Fires Everywhere.Slow start but it does sound promising.

  7. Great post!! Very insightful. How were you rejected for a NetGalley book twice? I have been rejected for books but I didn’t know that resubmitting is an option.

    1. Thank you.I’ll give an example of another recent denial.I requested for C.L Taylor’s The Treatment under HQ as the publisher.I was denied but saw the book uploaded again by Harlequin Australia though I was denied again.Sometimes,the change in publisher has worked.Harlequin HQ denied my request for The Breakdown.I got the same book through St.Martin’s press.I hope that explains it:)

  8. What a brilliant post Diana, really enjoyed it! Bloggers are so fantastic for recommendations (and so dangerous for the TBR’s!) but I love our little community. 😁

  9. I’m really looking forward to reading The Hate U Give. But you’ve got a lot of really good ones on this list. Always so many books to read, haha!

    1. Lol that is so true.I keep finding new books that I need to read.I hope that we will both enjoy The Hate U Give when we get to read it 🙂

  10. This is such a great list 🌸
    I have both The Hate U Give and Beartown on my TBR and I’m looking forward to reading them!

  11. This is a great list Diana! I felt the same about Blackbird Season. I wanted more suspense and more blackbirds! I hope you get to read the other books on your list soon!

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