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Top 10 Tuesday 20th October

on October 20, 2020

Hi and welcome back to another edition of Top 10 Tuesday! Hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl, it features a different bookish or literary themed topic each week. This week it’s……

Books I Read Because Someone Recommended Them To Me

To be honest, the answer to this is basically “oh so many”. I find that bookworms are always ready, willing and able to push their favourite books on others and I know that I’m no exception to that. Whenever I discover that anyone I know is a reader, I immediately try to find out what they like to read and suggest things that I think they may enjoy and I love when people do the same for me as well. For a long time, I only had 1-2 book-loving friends but the book blogging community has opened up a lot of ways for me to discover new books, which has been loads of fun.

1. The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley. 

In 2010, I met Margaret from The Intrepid Reader on twitter. During a discussion about our local libraries, we suddenly realised (well she did, I’d just moved here) that we were talking about the same library and we live about 10-15 minutes away from each other. We met in person and have attended lots of bookish events together, caught up for brunches and dinners and swapped recommendations for many, many books. Marg introduced me to Susanna Kearsley, particularly recommending this book and I’ve since read almost everything Kearsley has to offer and loved them.

2. The Lady Julia Grey Series by Deanna Raybourn. 

Also because of Margaret! I just checked and I read this in November 2010, so it honestly must’ve been one of the first things that Marg recommended to me. I really enjoyed this series, #3 is one of my favourite books.

3. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell.

Thanks to Danielle Binks, aka Alpha Reader who gave it the most glowing of reviews. I immediately knew that it was something that I would love and I was right. I’ve since read pretty much everything else that Rainbow Rowell has to offer as well and I’m waiting for Any Way The Wind Blows with a lot of anticipation.

4. The Obernewtyn Chronicles by Isobelle Carmody.

Thanks to Natalie, who was my best friend in grades 5 and 6, until I moved away halfway through grade 6. We used to exchange actual letters (early 90s, before email) and she was one of the few reading friends I ever had before blogging. I had another one in high school, we both read a lot of horse books. Anyway, Natalie recommended this series to me in 1997, I’ve talked about it loads of times. It’s remained one of my longest-standing series, in that it took until just a few years ago for the final book to be released.

5. Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owns.

Because of Theresa at TheresaSmithWrites – she actually sent me a copy of this one, as she had one spare and it’s one of my favourite books – it was I think, my #1 book in 2019.


6. Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar

Also recommended to me by Danielle Binks who suggested I grab a copy at a blogger event at Penguin AUS many, many years ago now. This is an incredible book and I love it. It also has development funding for a film, which would be amazing to see.

7. The Girl In Steel-Capped Boots by Loretta Hill.

Also because of Danielle Binks and Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out, another fabulous Australian blogger. I remember they both had awesome reviews of this book and it put it very high on my Wishlist and I ended up adoring it. In fact Loretta Hill wrote a lot of really wonderful books set in various locations in Western Australia, the early books focusing around mining up in the north of the state.

8. The Priory Of The Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon.

I read this with Theresa in a pretty casual read-a-long where we both started around the same time and took periodic breaks to talk about what was happening, what we were enjoying, etc. This was a mammoth of a book and it was quite fun to have someone to read along with.

9. The Virgin River Series by Robyn Carr.

I binged these many years ago now, also thanks to Margaret from The Intrepid Reader! She was also binging them at the time, perhaps for the second time and thought I would enjoy giving them a go, because I do love a good series.


10. Once by Morris Gleitzman.

Because of my oldest son. He’s 12, although I read this last year when he was 10 or 11. He’s a very capable reader, he’s in an advanced reading “focus” group at school and reads well above his age but he’s not exactly an enthusiastic reader. So when he read this and couldn’t stop talking about it, he also asked me to read it so he could hear my thoughts on it. And I couldn’t say no to that, so I read this as well. This is a very powerful series from the point of view of a young Jewish boy during WWII.

I could fill many posts on this topic! But here’s just a few of them! This was fun so I definitely think I’ll cover this topic again at some stage, I didn’t touch on books I read because of my husband or my Nan, nor did I cover all the books some of the people I actually did mention in this post, have recommended to me!


19 responses to “Top 10 Tuesday 20th October

  1. Anne Bennett says:

    Where the Crawdads Sing is one of my favorite books of 2019. Good recommendation. My TTT list

  2. Susan Legg says:

    Wow, what a selection of books to choose from. . Most of the authors I recognise & have read a few. Thank you in anticipation of future books to be sourced at my library 📚.

  3. I think Attachments is a new Rainbow Rowell book for me! I loved Fangirl and “Midnights” so I may have to check it out. Lots of people recommended The Priory of the Orange Tree, which is why I read it.

  4. JadeSky says:

    Nice list! I’d love to read The Oberwentyn Chronicles and “Once.”

    My TTT:

  5. lydiaschoch says:

    I’ve heard so many good things about Where the Crawdads Sing.

    My post.

  6. I love Marg’s blog! I always find great reading recommendations there too. How fun that you live close to each other and get to hang out. I’m jealous.

    Happy TTT!


  7. My BFF recommended Where the Crawdads Sing to me. It was a good read.

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