This week, I’m participating in Shanah’s weekly meme, Top 5 Tuesday. As you’ve probably guessed by now, the theme this week is Books I’ve Read because of Blogs and YouTube (although I’ve changed it up ever so slightly, since I don’t really use YouTube!)
Anyway, here are five books that I loved but wouldn’t have picked up if I hadn’t seen how hyped they were on book blogs and Goodreads:
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
I know there’s a lot of hate going around towards SJM right now, and I get it — there’s a lot of problems in her books, especially in regards to inclusivity. However, this series will always have a special place in my heart. I came across ACOTAR when looking through fairytale re-tellings on Goodreads and I instantly fell in love with it. This surprised me, as I’d recently read Throne of Glass and hadn’t been very taken by it. Something about the setting and the characters in this novel just swept me away. I’m very excited for the spin-off novels to be released in the future.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
I’d actually read (and quite enjoyed) Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha series before I came across this but, after a quick read of the synopsis, I decided it wasn’t for me. Weeks passed, and all I saw when scrolling through my followed blogs was everyone going crazy over this novel and its cast of characters. After a great deal of umm-ing and ahh-ing, I gave in and ordered it — and I am so glad I did! Six of Crows was an absolute joy to read, and I’ve had the pleasure of recommending it to a couple of friends who loved it just as much, too!
And I Darken by Kiersten White
I’m a fantasy/romance gal through and through, so historical novels are a no-go for me. However, I picked this up in Waterstones as part of their buy one get one half price offer after seeing so many positive reviews of it online. At this point, I actually thought it was fantasy so, when I started reading and discovered that it wasn’t, I DNF’d it pretty quickly. I picked it back up again last year, though, in an attempt to get through my TBR pile (it’s still a mountain, one year later) and I was so mad at past-Shaunna for giving up on it! You can see my thoughts on Kiersten White’s writing if you read my review of Now I Rise — but let’s just say it’s all pretty positive!
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
I wrote a short review of this one very recently, so I’m not going to speak too extensively about it. Basically, I’d never read Holly Black before, and I wasn’t convinced I was interested in reading her take on the Fae. Boy, was I wrong. This book was a wild ride from start to finish. I loved it. Thank goodness I’m a sucker for hype.
Vicious by V.E. Schwab
I’d actually read more about Schwab’s ADSOM series (the entirety of which is sitting on my bookshelves, unread… please don’t hate me) than I had about Vicious. I’d seen so much praise for Schwab’s writing in general, though, so when I came across this in Waterstones one day, I picked it up on a whim. I definitely wouldn’t have bought this based on that cover (I really, really dislike it) so I’m glad that everyone in this community raves so much about V.E. Schwab or I would have missed out on this incredible book. Of course, all raving is entirely deserved, and I really can’t wait to read the sequel to this, as well as participate in the ADSOM read-a-long next month!
I’m so happy that I’m part of the bookish community, and therefore have had the opportunity to discover so many great reads that I might not even have considered on my own.