This is not exactly easy - I have to look through the books I've read and see what was actually recommend to me, and decide whether I would have picked them up on my own. And knowing myself, and my history with books and shiny things I probably would anyway, because it just like Pokemon - I gotta get 'em all! Also, I usually do all the recommending by shoving the books onto people's hands.
So, this list has books that I probably wouldn't ever dream of picking up, books I might think of reading and end up never doing it, and books that I was probably going to read eventually.
|Map of Time by Felix J. Palma|
I loved this book. Was completely blown away by it. And I would never have read it if it wasn't for Jen and her review.
|Goose Chase by Patrice Kindl|
Another one by Jen, also from her review (she knows what words to write to convince me). Really funny and really silly, I quite enjoyed it.
|Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder|
This one I probably would have read it. Eventually. If I ever gotten round to buy it. But Jen kept singing its praises that eventually I borrowed it from her. And I liked it!
|Sunshine by Robin McKinley|
This is a recent one. Recommended by Ana Nunes and Jen, I really liked. And would probably not read it otherwise.
|Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien|
A long time ago, before I was really into fantasy, a friend of mine kept saying that I should read these books, that they were really great, and that they were making a movie out of it. So I did. And thanks to these books Prague, Budapest and Bratislava are pretty much a blur in my head because I had it between 2 pages most of the time.
|Brave New World by Aldous Huxley|
When it comes to science fiction and dystopias, a friend of mine always recommends Brave New World. And I have to concur. Great book. Also, there is this comic/comparison with 1984 thing that made curious.
|Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier|
Not a recommendation, but a gift, one that I'm really grateful for because I would have never picked up this book. Not in a million years. And I loved it to bits. So, Thanks Mum!
|Story of a Seagull and the Cat Who Taught Her to Fly by Luis Sepúlveda|
Not exactly a recommendation, and not only for me. My Portuguese teacher, on 7th grade (I think) brought this one to class, and we would read a chapter a day. Eventually this tradition died out before we could finish it, but the teacher lent it to me so I could finish it. Later on, I bought a copy for me. A really lovely book.
|Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees|
Another one that wasn't a recommendation to me, but a recommendation on a forum about obscure fantasy books. There is also a prologue by Neil Gaiman that convinced me as well.
|Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver|
This was a recommendation to me, but not by someone - it was by Amazon and its recommendations page. It kept appearing, and I got curious and bought it. And loved the entire series!