There are more books in the world than a person could ever read in their lifetime. There are more books even just in one genre than a person could ever conceivably read. Because of this, sadly, we all have to choose what we are going to read and sometimes that means setting some books aside or overlooking them entirely.
However, sometimes a book is so highly recommended, or someone you share bookish tastes with loves a book so much, that a title you would normally not have glanced twice at catches your interest.
What I decided to do here was compile a list of books that I read because they were recommended by reviewers I trust or they were highly recommended by the community as a whole. These are books that I would not have picked up on my own without outside influence. Either their description didn’t necessarily align with my tastes or I hadn’t noticed them at all.
- A Dead Djinn in Cairo (Dead Djinn Universe #0.1) by P. Djeli Clark – This series was recommended by Judith @ Dead Good Book Reviews multiple times on her channel. I’ll be honest, I’d seen this series around before but it is described as a steampunk alternate history and that just didn’t jingle my bells. However, Judith was so enthused by it that I gave it a shot and I fell in love with this story. There are two novellas in the series and a full length novel. I’ve read both novellas and they are wonderful and I am currently reading the full length novel.
- The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells – Here is another that Judith has talked about frequently. This is a novella series with one full length novel (as of right now) that, on paper, did nothing for me. Sci-fi android in space? Meh. But I decided to give it a go and now the Murderbot series is one of my favorites of all time. I love snarky, awkward Murderbot and their attempts to grapple with their freedom and that nagging humanity. 10/10 recommend.
- A Marvellous Light (The Last Binding #1) by Freya Marske – This is a book that, for a few months, it felt like everyone was talking about it. This LGBT historical fantasy/mystery while, having an eye catching cover, just didn’t ring my bell when I read the description so I passed on it. However, then an ARC was offered to me and I ended up reading and very much enjoying it. Sometimes a book is just the right book for you even when you don’t expect it.
- Silver in the Wood (The Greenhollow Duology #1) by Emily Tesh – For quite some time I was a massive idiot. Even when I saw a novella that I thought sounded good I wouldn’t read it. “I want longer books!” I’d tell myself. Well, self, you were wrong. In fact, I now love novellas and this was one of the first that I read. This one came highly recommended by, once again, Judith. Look, I watched her YouTube a lot for a while, okay? This book started me down the novella rabbit hole and now I can’t get enough.
- Wilder Girls by Rory Power – Remember in 2019 when this book was pretty much a topic of every bookish conversation? You couldn’t scroll through social media or go into a book shop without this title smashing you in the face. The premise didn’t really sound like my cup of tea but I figured I’d give it a shot since it was such a popular title. However, this is one of those highly recommended books that was just a dud for me. That ending, ya’ll. That ending.
- The Silent Patient – Here is another book that it felt like absolutely everyone was recommending for a while. This one is well outside of my reading norms but, as I dip my toe into the mystery and suspense genre from time to time, I figured I’d find out what all the fuss was about. Honestly, I liked the first 3/4 of this book. But, the same as with Wilder Girls, that ending was such complete garbage. I dwelled on my anger towards this title for quite some time.
- Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston – While this book was released in 2019 it is still a very popular title. Contemporary romance is probably my least read genre of books but here were are again with a book so often recommended that I had to see what the fuss was about. I’m happy to say that in this case I ended up loving it! It certainly didn’t turn me into a regular contemporary romance reader but it holds a special place for me anyway.
- Red Rising (Red Rising Saga #1) by Pierce Brown – I first read this back in 2017 and I’ve thought of this series at least once a day since then. Sci-fi, much like contemporary romance, doesn’t often find its way to my shelves but when it does I tend to fall in love. We all know that Red Rising is a beloved series by hoards of people. If it wasn’t, I probably wouldn’t have read it because the synopsis doesn’t really do anything for me. But I’ve ended up loving this series and I’m glad it was so highly recommended in the community so that it would find its way to me.
Books that come highly recommend by the overall bookish community typically end up being winners in my book. I’m so grateful to have been introduced to (most) of these titles by other’s glowing reviews.
What is a title you’ve read simply because it was highly recommended to you?
Happy reading! 🖤