Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. If you’d like to participate too, see here.
This week the topic is…
10 Books I Read Because of Bloggers / BookTube
I was actually looking through my Goodreads “read” list and realised that I didn’t actually review a lot of these, which is weird because these are all books I enjoyed / loved. So, yeah, apologies for the lack of reviews, but where I have posted about a book I’ll link it up.
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Paul Kalanithi was just 36 and in his final years of his neurology surgery residency when he was diagnosed with cancer. This is his story. It’s truly beautiful, heart breaking yet life affirming. It’s one of those books that I will be recommending to everyone. I wanted to review it, but I didn’t think anything I could say would do it justice. So please, just read it.
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
A compilation of two graphic novels, this tells the story of Satrapi’s childhood in Iran, her schooling in Vienna and her return to her home country. It’s insightful, eye-opening, heart-breaking and very readable.
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
This book by Jenny Lawson aka The Bloggess had me laughing out loud – and that is rare. I was actually driving my husband mad laughing while reading this book. The cat rodeo is a chapter I have tabbed for easy access on bad days!
Salt To The Sea by Ruta Sepetys
I actually have a review of this one here. This is a stunning book that creates a fictional story around the worst disaster in maritime history, the sinking of the Wilheim Gustloff. The German ship was full of refugees when it was torpedoed by a Russian submarine during WW2 resulting in a loss of over 9000 lives. Sepetys conveys the historical facts through the perspectives of 4 fictional young people.
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
This series really requires no introduction, but it was fellow bloggers and posts like Top Ten Tuesday that finally made me pick up this series. I AM SO GLAD I DID! See my Worth The Hype? post here.
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
I freely admit that I was skeptical about Red Rising – I didn’t think I liked science fiction. I was wrong! I saw many bloggers and BookTubers talk about this series and I finally succumbed when I found the kindle copy for 99p. Best 99p I’ve ever spent! This series turned into one of my absolute favourites. I have a review of Red Rising here if you are yet to be convinced of its awesomeness!
The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski
This is another series that kept cropping up over and over in Top Ten Tuesdays and across my favourite blogs. It was one of those series that I knew I should read but I worried wouldn’t live up to the hype. It absolutely did, it was fantastic. I have reviews of all three books, but if you’re still to read the trilogy, here’s my review for The Winner’s Curse.
In Order To Live by Yeonmi Park
This is one of the books I really wish I’d reviewed. It’s the story of Yeonmi’s life in North Korea, her escape from the country and everything she had to do to stay alive. It’s an eye-opening, thought-provoking account that I encourage everyone to read.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
I don’t know why it took me so long to read this novel, but I was definitely encouraged by bloggers and BookTubers to finally pick it up and I’m so glad I did. Margaret Atwood is, well she’s Margaret Atwood, she’s incredible. I did write a post about this book so if you’re interested you can find it here.
The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman.
Illustrated by Chris Riddell.
This book kept cropping up again and again on blogs and BookTube. It looked so beautiful on the screen but it’s even more stunning in real life. The storytelling of Neil Gaiman with the incredible artwork of Chris Riddell, it’s a beauty. I have a post on this book with a couple of photos to try (I failed) and capture the beauty.
So there we have it – ten books I read because of bloggers and BookTubers. Honestly, this list could’ve been a LOT longer.
What books have you read because of bloggers/BookTubers?