Books recommended to me . . .

toptentuesday2Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme which I take part in occasionally. It’s a great meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish blog. Every week a new topic is presented. It’s not only fun to think about my list, but to read what other people come up with!

This week we’re talking about the books recommended to us.

  • Most are books I’ve bought already,
  • Most are books from authors I haven’t read yet and
  • Most are recommendations from blogs I regularly read because we read a lot of the same kinds of books.

1. The Magicians series by Lev GrossmanMogsy from Bibliosanctum wrote a review of the third book which makes me want to read these even though she didn’t like the first book nearly as much.

2. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson–A number of the people whose reviews I trust and who read a lot of the kinds of books I read–For example, Tabitha @ Not Yet Read gave the book 5 stars.

3. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch–Another book which so many people whose reviews I read recommend. Anya @ On Starships and Dragonwings gave it 5 stars.

4. His Majesty’s Dragon (Temeraire series) by Naomi Novik–And another highly recommended book. I think Lark @ The Bookwyrm’s Hoard was the first blogger to mention this book to me. She gave the book 5 stars.

5. Underground by Kat Richardson (and the whole Greywalker series)–recommended by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer as a series I would like. I’ve read the first two books in the series and liked them a lot. Kimba gave this book 5 stars.

6. Memory Zero by Keri Arthur (and others in the Spook Squad series)–recommended by Lark @ The Bookwyrm’s Hoard

7. Cress by Marissa Meyer–This series is very popular, recommended by many bloggers and I’ve read the first two books and like them a lot.

8. Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie–This book won the Hugo, Nebula, British Science Fiction, Locus and Arthur C. Clarke Awards for 2013. Nathan @ Fantasy Book Barn gave this book 5 stars.

9. The Apple Orchard by Susan Wiggs–recommended by Lark @ The Bookwyrm’s Hoard

10. The Jack Reacher series (Killing Floor, book 1) by Lee Child–recommended by Li at Me and My Books

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

12 thoughts on “Books recommended to me . . .”

  1. The Apple Orchard is great! I think you would enjoy it. I forgot about Cress. I’ve seen great things about it and have been dying to read it! Looks like Lark is a terrible influence on you! I see her name mentioned several times 🙂


    1. I’ve read a few other books by Susan Wiggs so I think I’d enjoy it. I just need to move it up the list…LOL. I’m sure I’d like Cress. I’ve read Cinder and Scarlet and liked both of them a lot so I just need to read it. Sounds like a broken record…

      Yes, Lark has given me lots of good recommendations!


  2. Ancillary Justice is pretty high on my list too, especially after that Hugo win! Everyone and their grandma seems to love that book, so why not give it a shot, right? And what an interesting premise, too. The Greywalker series also looks cool – I’m always on the look out for more UF series.


    1. I know…I was so happy when I found Ancillary Justice on sale a few months ago and now it’s won the Hugo. I need to read it. I liked the first two books of the Greywalker series. They take place in Seattle where I’ve spent a lot of time so that just adds a little bit extra!


  3. Ancillary Justice deserves all those wins for sure. Even though I wasn’t crazy about the book (and mostly because I felt overwhelmed at times by the sci-fi concepts and the premise), I have to say there are some groundbreaking, really innovative ideas in it, and it was wonderfully written!


    1. That’s good to know, Mogsy. I’ll be interested to see what I think when I do get to Ancillary Justice. It does sound so interesting.


  4. Very nice list of books! I’ve bumped up ANCILLARY JUSTICE on my list as well (like everyone else, obviously) – though it was pretty high up already…


    1. Thanks, Li. I know what you mean about Ancillary Justice. Once it won the Hugo and all the other awards I really think I’ve got to get it read pretty soon…LOL


  5. *tears up* I love being responsible for awesome book recommendations, also I will add my mad support to Elantris! It was Sanderson’s debut so it is a little rough around the edges but my favorite magic system of all!


    1. I know, Anya…I *tear up* too when I find awesome recommendations! That’s a great vote for Elantris–I like good magic systems.


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