Do you guys ever look back at all the books you’ve read since you started participating in the book community (whatever platform) and wonder if some of them wouldn’t have found their way into your lives if that hadn’t happened? Because I just did that and you might be surprised by some of the books I’m about to talk about!
Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Should we just start this list with one of the most obvious books?
I was incredibly lucky and got to read Becky’s The Upside Of Unrequited as an eARC just three months into my blogging journey. It was probably the first review I ever wrote for an ARC – of any sort. I hadn’t read Simon VS at this point yet and since I didn’t end up loving this book as much as I wanted, I didn’t think I would read it either.
Thank god I changed my mind though. I’ve now read Simon VS a total of four times since July 2017. That should tell you how much I love this book. xD
The Conqueror’s Saga by Kiersten White
Up next, we have And I Darken, Now I Rise and Bright We Burn! I was actually accepted for an eARC of Now I Rise (don’t ask why I requested a sequel without having read the first book), so I had to start reading this trilogy and my god, am I glad that happened!
I had never read any of Kiersten’s books before so this was my introduction to her and I loved it. I loved this trilogy so much – I reread the first two books this year too and still adored them as much. Lada Dracul owns my heart. And if you haven’t read this yet, you’re missing out. Honestly! I did review Now I Rise (it’s spoiler free!) so check that out if you need some convincing! 😉
Ace Of Shades by Amanda Foody
This one, I probably honestly wouldn’t have read if it weren’t for blogging because it was thanks to following a couple of bloggers that I found Amanda and the thread she did that ultimately put Ace Of Shades on my radar in early 2017.
And if you weren’t around then, here’s the link to the blog post I did all about that thread (that’s how involved I was, okay). I was so excited about this book that I joined Amanda’s team of bloggers to help promote Ace in the months leading up to its release.
On the topic of Amanda Foody – that’s actually how I ended up discovering another author and book I’m already too obsessed with: Christine Lynn Hermann and her book The Devouring Gray. I’ve read a sampler and I need this book. Right now. But unfortunately, I’ll have to wait until April next year until I can read it.
Children Of Blood And Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Sometimes, there are books that I’m sure I would’ve heard about whether or not I’d gotten into blogging myself. Children Of Blood And Bone seems like it would be one of those books – same as The Hate U Give. Both of those titles had so much hype surrounding their release – even outside the community, I think.
And my god, am I glad that I read this book (I’ve actually read it twice this year). If something deserves the hype surrounding it, this is the thing. This book got better the second time around and I’m certain the same will happen every other time I read this book too.
I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman
The fandom book of my heart, I Was Born For This, is up next! This is one I’m convinced I wouldn’t have gotten to if it weren’t for blogging as I discovered the author thanks to Jackie and Marie who both really liked Alice’s previous works!
As a boyband fan, a shipper, a person with friends they’ve met online – this book represented so much of what and who I am as a person so it obviously holds a special place in my heart. I’ve read all of Alice’s other books and can’t wait for her next one – especially since she’s sharing her writing experience with the next book too. I loved her IWBFT diaries a ton! 😀
The Astonishing Colour Of After by Emily X. R. Pan
Contemporary wasn’t really a genre I enjoyed prior to blogging – I hadn’t found my kind of books yet, I think. Because my love for this genre has grown so much, especially these past 12-ish months. I keep picking up more and more contemporary books and I love most of them too.
And even though magical realism isn’t always something I enjoy or reach towards – it definitely worked in The Astonishing Colour Of After. I hadn’t read a book dealing with grief like this before but it was absolutely amazing. From the writing to the story and characters. I definitely shed a couple of tears and can’t wait to read more from the author in the future!
Obviously, if you guys haven’t read some of these books yet – I would highly recommend you get to it. These are all favorites of mine and I need everyone else to read them too – you can even message me and we can fangirl together!
What are some books you guys read thanks to blogging that you absolutely adore and want to yell at everyone else to read too? I’m always looking for more recommendations so feel free to leave as many in the comments down below! 😉