I 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
The 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 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
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 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
In 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 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.
I 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.
The 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 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.