As a book blogger, I not only read a lot of books. I also read a lot of blogs. So many, in fact, that most of my favourite books have been discovered through the recommendations of bloggers from around the world.
These five books are ones that I stumbled across on blogs, and decided to take a risk on. I haven’t regretted any of them, and hopefully you won’t either!
5) ‘Unconventional‘ by Maggie Harcourt
Anya (who blogs at An Awful Lot of Reading) let me borrow her copy of this book, so I think that counts as a recommendation! ‘Unconventional’ is a delight – a YA contemporary set in the world of comic cons. It had everything I could have possibly wanted: now all I need is a sequel!
4) ‘Beautiful Broken Things‘ by Sara Barnard
‘Beautiful Broken Things’ caught my eye when it was published, because of how beautiful its cover is. When every YA blogger I followed started talking about it, my attention was firmly held. I had a day off work because I was sick, and I sat and read ‘Beautiful Broken Things’ from cover to cover, without stopping. Unfortunately, I can hardly remember any of it – my brain wasn’t working at full capacity that day – so I definitely need to give it a reread.
3) ‘Doing It!‘ by Hannah Witton
At 21 years old, I thought I knew everything I needed to know about sex and relationships. It wasn’t until I read Hannah’s book that I realised I was COMPLETELY wrong. Featuring overly detailed illustrations, ‘Doing It!’ dives into every aspect of relationships that you can think of. Losing your virginity, being in an abusive relationship, LGBT+ rights… You name it, it’s in here. I wouldn’t have bothered reading this book if it hadn’t been for older bloggers recommending it, and I thank them all.
2) ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race‘ by Reni Eddo-Lodge
I actually discovered this book after a Youtuber tweeted an image of the cover. It’s so striking and it makes you ask so many questions, and I couldn’t resist running out to the library to borrow it. Diving unflinchingly into Britain’s relationship with racism and slavery, it’s highly educational. Read this, and read it now, because it gives you a much deeper understanding of racism in the 21st century.
1) ‘Red Rising‘ by Pierce Brown
EVERYONE constantly recommended ‘Red Rising’ when it was released. I read it just before the release of the sequel, ‘Golden Son’, and I did not regret it. If you’ve visited this blog before, you’ll know I use any excuse to talk about ‘Red Rising’, so if you haven’t read it yet what are you waiting for?
I hope you enjoyed this Top Five Wednesday. Are there any books which were recommended to you by bloggers which you absolutely loved? Or have you found some recommendations which you’ve hated. Leave your comments down below!