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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. It highlights a top ten book related theme. You should go check it out! This week the theme is Top Ten Books I Read because of another Blogger. This week was a little bit difficult for me because I'm relatively new to the blogging world and I can't really pinpoint particular blogs that made me want to read these books. I attribute most of my reads to multiple blogs because I always like a second opinion....or third....or fourth... 

1. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare- This is a series I particularly remember reading a lot of hype about. I believe it was around the time that the third book had been released and the blogosphere had exploded with Cassandra Clare fever. I was skeptical at first, because the storyline didn't sound like something I would normally read, but I just couldn't ignore all the positive reviews, so I picked the first book up. And the next day I was back to pick up books 2 and 3.
2. Going too Far by Jennifer Echols- I actually remember reading Amber's review from Just Your Typical Book Blog about this book. She raved about Jennifer Echols and her fabulous contemporary writing style! It was just around the time I was leaving for my spring break vacation, so I decided to buy it as a beach book, and devoured it! SO GOOD!

3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins- I don't know if this book actually counts, because I saw its recommendation on Stephenie Meyer's website after it was first published. I bought it before actually reading any blogger's reviews, but as soon as I was done I saw that EVERYONE was just as in love with it as I was.

4. The Forrest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan- I had been searching book blogs for a good zombie book (because I am literally obsessed with all things zombie) and came across a review for this book. It sounded intriguing and I decided to pick it up without any high expectations because it didn't sound like the typical zombie horror novel. I was so wrong though, it was even better than normal zombie books. Then blog's exploded when the second and third books came out and I was desperate to pick them up as well.

5. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray- I remember seeing this series at my Borders for months and never picking them up because the plot didn't sound like something I was really interested in. The cover's were gorgeous, but I just didn't think I could ever get into the story, so I never picked this series up. It wasn't until I started reading other people's reviews on these books and hearing how creative and imaginative these books were that I decided to give them a chance. Again, I was so glad that I listed to other blogger's reviews and not my own misguided judgement because I loved this series!

6. The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter- I heard a lot of mixed reviews for this book, so I was hesitant on buying it. Finally, I had seen that Alex at Electrifying Reviews really liked this book and wrote a really great review on it, so I was convinved to buy it off amazon at a really good price. (I always justify a book purchase based on how cheap the price). I'm so glad that I listened to that review because I fell in love with this book despite the negative reviews I had read previously!
7. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephenie Perkins- Based on the summary for this debut novel alone I knew that I was going to be in love. Then when ARC reviews started to come out my assumption was proven correct. Bloggers sang praise for this book and it made me so anxious to get my hands on it once it was released. Those reviews didn't disappoint either, this book is AMAZING! A top favorite of mine.
8. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver- I had just finished reading another contemporary novel and was looking for a good follow-up when I saw a blog post about "If you liked ____ then you'd like Before I Fall". I decided to read a few reviews (and it seemed like everyone had read this book before me) and was convinced that I needed to pick it up.
9. Nevermore by Kelly Creagh- This was another book that I knew I'd love before it was released. Again, ARC reviews just confirmed that Nevermore was creepily fantastic and utterly romantic. Blogger's also made the wait for it's release date that much harder because everyone seemed to love it and I have the worst patience!

10. She's so Dead to Us by Kiernan Scott- This was another book I remember Amber from Just Your Typical Book Blog recommending. She loved it and had written an awesome review that MADE me want to pick it up. I was so glad too, because She's so Dead to Us was a perfect reccomendation.


  1. If you're new to book blogging you're in for a treat! This is where I get most -if not all- of my book recommendations. It's a fantastic resource.

  2. So many good books listed. I read my 1st Echols book yesterday, because of a blogger. Bloggers have really improved my reading, because I only read great books now.

    Thanks for stopping by by
    Amy @ www.bookgoonie.com

  3. I have book bloggers to thank for Going Too Far and Anna and the French Kiss. I would never in a million zillion years have picked up a book called "Anna and the French Kiss" if not for all of the rave reviews on virtually every single blog.

    Going Too Far is one of my favorite books (I devoured it in one sitting) that I found out about from book bloggers, but I was really disappointed in Echols' recent book, Love Story.