Great Books Recommended to Me

Hello hello, it’s me, emerging from the wintery depths with another post! This time all about book recs.

Isn’t it just the best when a friend recommends you a novel? Especially when it’s a good novel. Some of the best books I’ve read have been recommendations so I thought I’d share a list of books I wouldn’t have read without my friends!

This is for Top Ten Tuesday, ( although it’s technically a seasonal freebie and it’s not too seasonal!) you can find the other posts here and you can check out all my list posts here. Let me know in the comments which books you’ve been recommended?

A Darker Shade of Magic

1. My long lasting love of VE Schwab was started when my friend, Jo, recommended me this novel! I’m currently reading The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, so it’s suffice to say I am still a fan!

The Raven Boys

2. Another recommendation from my friend Jo. I was really surprised at first because the back makes it seem this novel is all about romance which she normally doesn’t got for. It’s got lots more crazy magical dimensions than just romance though.

City of Bones

3. I got a recommendation to read this from a girl I went camping with at school called Leah. This was one of the few conversations I had with this girl and it was the best because those books were so funny. I was a big Clary and Jace fan at school.

Percy Jackson

4. My friend Chloe first recommended these to me when I was about ten and I was a tad skeptical at first. I was a big mythology fan (I knew most of the myths before hand, and knew pretty well everyone in Greek and Roman mythology will become a tree or a spider. I’d even tried reading the Roman myths in Latin.) and I thought it would be crazily inaccurate. Low and behold I was still a fan over a decade later.


5. My friend Hannah (I know, I’m called Hannah too, try not to get confused) lent me a copy of this villain origin story and it’s so good! Probably the first villain origin story I actually liked. It also made me crazy hungry with all the baking.

Normal People

6. A friend from work, Eleanor, was bugging me for ages to read this and when I finally did (I’m sorry I’m a slow reader!) I had no regrets. It was amazing. Can all books be set at university please?

Rebel of the Sands

7. Another Jo recommendation. She picked up a copy of this at YALC one year and sent me a message a few days later saying it was excellent. We’ve seen Alwyn Hamilton every YALC since and I have a fully signed set of her novels!

Septimus Heap

8. Another recommendation from my friend Chloe! We were both massive fans of the books as kids, and spent many hours discussing how much we wanted Gemma’s chocolate charm and how unfair it was if you lived in Badlands but weren’t evil! (it was a tad of a silly book)

Skulduggery Pleasant

9. Another one from Jo! We chatted about these books A LOT at school, talking skeletons with magical powers and Bentleys are just the best.

Great Gatsby

X. My boyfriend lent me a copy of this when we first started going out and I fell in love! (with him, and the book). Sad and powerful and important prepare to see all that was wrong with the roaring 20s.

38 thoughts on “Great Books Recommended to Me

  1. When I first started blogging I was only picking up books other people were constantly recommending on youtube (so all popular YA fantasy/dystopian) which really wasn’t my taste at all at that time. I usually enjoy all things spooky and mysterious (still my favorite). On one side I feel grateful for all of the new things I discovered that I would have never read otherwise (e.g. Six of Crows, Miss Peregrine’s Series, Illuminae). On the other side I have wasted a lot of money on books that have been sitting on my shelves for four years haha.


  2. Fab list! Your friends give you such awesome book recommendations 😍 I love half of these and most of the other half are on my TBR! I really need to check out the Percy Jackson books. They sound great!


  3. Ha ha I was wondering when I saw the title of this list how many of them would be from me! Those four hours waiting in line for Maggie Stiefvater at YALC will always be incredibly memorable, if you’d ended up not liking The Raven Boys after that then it would have seriously backfired on me. I’m glad that I have a pretty good success rate of recommending books to you!


  4. Eek my best friend is reading Raven Boys, and she’s loving it! I’m hoping to read it after her because it sounds amazing 😅😊


  5. You’ve been recommended some great books! I need more reading friends. 😉 I’m hoping to finally read Heartless next year!


  6. I was reluctant to read A Darker Shade of Magic because I’m not a fantasy lover, but my blogger friends kept recommending it, so I read it. Now I’m obsessed and have read pretty much everything VE Schwab has published.


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