Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Top Ten Tuesday - Books I'm So Happy Were Recommended To Me

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week a theme for a list is suggested. This week is Books I'm So Happy Were Recommended To Me

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.

In no particular order because I can't be bothered to compare them. Well, the first ones are the recommendations from Jen because there are many of them.

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!


  1. Well, never fear my friend, I would have made you read DotF...at any cost *crazy laughter*

  2. I still say John Dies at the End is the best book ever. :P

  3. I really need to read some of these. So curious ... :)

  4. @jen I hadn't thought of that. But you have to admit that me already being a fan helped the whole friendship thing :D We found something in common!

    @Drake It's on my wishlist! I swear! The only problem is that my wishlist is far too long for me to remember what to get...

    @Ana Please do, they are very good books! (Daughter of the Forest, especially - see, after annoying Jen until she read Graceling, you are my next project: You shall read Daughter of the Forest! [and Graceling])

  5. In a parallel universe your mother never gave you DotF (not her fault, it was out of stock everywhere) and when we met I was so shocked you didn't know Juliet's work that I never spoke to you ever again. (You're probably the best of friends with Poss in that -shocking- reality.)

    In another parallel universe neither of us read it and we're 2 of the saddest people in the world. :(

  6. *shudders* two very bleak parallel universes

  7. Indeed, those poor quiguis and jens... O_O