Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Top Ten Tuesday

The Broke and the Bookish host a weekly meme called Top Ten Tuesday.

This week is all about recommendations. 

So many of my books appear on my TBR pile thanks to a recommendation from family, friends, reps, or customers. Book reviews, podcasts, writers festival events, interviews on the TV and radio also play a part. 

The hard part is remembering where each recommendation came from!
I'll do my best.

Top Ten Books I've Read (or Acquired) Because Of Another Blogger (Or Bookish Person)

My good friend @girlbooker has been responsible for several of my favourite recommended reads over the years. I thoroughly enjoyed them all, especially The Children's Book, which will be reread one day.

1. When God Was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman
2. The Children's Book by A S Byatt
3. The Secret History by Donna Tartt  (review here for all three)

4.Germinal by Emile Zola thanks to Fanda @Classiclit.
A thank you and shout-out is not really enough recognition to Fanda for getting me started on the whole Zola thing.
Between Fanda and O @Behold the Stars's enthusiasm for all things Zola I now have years worth of incredible reading experiences ahead of me.

5. The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty thanks to Melissa @Avid Readers Musings
Melissa's rave review made me pick up Big Little Lies one rainy weekend. I was hooked.

6. Nothing Holds Back the Night by Delphine de Vigan thanks to Nancy @Ipsofactdotme. This is one is still sitting on the TBR pile tempting me each time I finish a book.

7. Thomas @My Porch gave me Excellent Women by Barbara Pym during Pym Reading Week a couple of years ago.

8. It by Stephen King thanks to a young Mr Books. Nearly 30 years later and we still both love Stephen King (although I'm a bit pickier about which ones I will read).

9. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte thanks to my mum.

10. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen thanks to Mr Geerlings, my Yr 12 English teacher - I am forever in your debt.


  1. Anonymous11/10/16

    What a clever idea.... books and the people who recommended them!
    I should make a lost like that!
    Thx for the 'shout-out '!
    Another French favorite 'Charlotte' by David Foenkinos (coup de coeur, see booklist 2014 on website). It won Prix Renaudot 2014 and was a massive best seller. It is now in English! :)

    1. You're deadly for decreasing my TBR pile, Nancy!!

  2. I wish I could remember who recommended books to me. I'd love to thank them.


  3. I am going to read When God was a Rabbit because of the tittle alone.

  4. Jane Eyre is my Grandma's favorite book. I have an antique copy of it, but I haven't read it yet. I think I'm nervous about not liking it.

  5. I love this idea! I've read so many wonderful books based on people's recommendations (like Germinal, which you recommended)! I love having such a great community of readers to hear from!

    1. I could have added so many more books from you too - we've just picked up a copy of The Fireman because it sounds like something Mr Books would love.

  6. I loved Big Little Lies (those little vignettes where the parents were talking to the reporter cracked me up) and The Husband's Secret was good as well. And I don't know anything about Germinal but I just saw a blogger raving about it the other day. Must be good!

    1. It's VERY different to Big Little Lies, but it was my favourite classics read of 2015.

  7. Fanda (and o @ Behold the Stars) is the reason I read Germinal, too. I looovveeed it, and now I read Zola.

    1. O!! That was the other blogger!! I knew there was someone else reading Germinal around the same time as Fanda reread and blog about it, but I couldn't remember who it was!

      Thank you for the reminder - I'll add her in now :-)

    2. Whoaa... I'm so glad that you two loved Germinal. It's still my all time favorite book until today. Are you going to read more from Zola?

    3. Most definitely Fanda! I'm gradually acquiring the books & will try to read the rest in rough chronological order.

  8. Working in a library means being surrounded by fellow book lovers, so I've got more books on my TBR list that I think I'll ever be able to read - oh bookish problems!! ;)

  9. Anonymous12/10/16

    Awesome top 10! Where would be without our fellow bloggers and readers who introduce us to great books and add on to our ever increasing TBR!

  10. Great list! The Secret History is on my TBR list as I keep seeing it recommended by bloggers. Really must get to it soon! :D


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