Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Discovered Through Blogs

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish and this week is a freebie/pick your own topic week! I don't know if this topic's been done before, but with my blogoversary coming up I've been reflecting on how many incredible blogs I've discovered over the past year since I joined the blogospehere myself. I get so many of my recs from blogs and they highlight books that aren't even on my radar. So the following books are all ones I discovered through book blogs or bloggers on Twitter and Goodreads that I may not have come across otherwise. Enjoy!

1. Defiance by C. J. Redwine
This was one of the books I saw discussed a lot on Twitter. I immediately added it to Goodreads and my Amazon wishlist and when it turned up for Christmas I was delighted! And it was just as incredible as I was hoping for. Plus seeing gorgeous covers on blogs always helps and this one is stunning! <3
2. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
 I hadn't heard of this author before but SO many bloggers mentioned her that one day I typed her name into my library's catalogue and this one came up. It was such a powerful, emotional read and I understood the hype at once. I can't wait to check out more by this author.
3. Crewel by Gennifer Albin
This was another one that I saw lots of talk on Twitter about in the build up to the release. Like Defiance, it was a debut and I think that's where bloggers are so useful. These are authors I may not have heard about otherwise! I can't wait to read the next book.
4. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Guys, I was so behind the times on this one. How did I cope without Perry for so long? When bloggers started talking about the sequel to this one coming out, I knew I had to find out what I was missing. 

5. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
 So many blogs raved about this one and I may not have picked it up if I hadn't seen their praise! I really enjoyed both this and the sequel. This is technically a joint entry for Scarlet too because when the reviews of that started going up I would check my library's catalogue every week to see if they had it yet! 

6. Suddenly Royal by Nichole Chase
I wanted to include something I'd read recently and it's nice to have some indie thrown in as well! I hadn't heard of this author but when this book was on sale for Kindle it seemed every blogger was tweeting about it and reviews kept popping up. I caved and bought it and it was just the read I needed at the time.

7. Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
I think this was one that I spotted first by following bloggers on Goodreads because a lot of people were reading it, then the reviews started popping up and I became determined to get my hands on a copy. Then I won a copy from the UK publisher - wahey! One of my favourite books of last year.

8. What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang
This was another book with lots of pre-release buzz! And another debut author. Super thankful to the bloggers who talked about this one because it was awesome.
9. Skylark by Meagan Spooner
The UK paperback of this didn't actually come out until a few months the US release, but Amazon UK had the American hardback available so that went on my wishlist and turned up at Christmas. I'm so glad I got my hands on it when I did because I adored it! And the hardback is so pretty. Plus through all the buzz on Twitter I managed to blag myself a signed postcard from the author which takes pride of place on my bedroom wall!

10. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
The love for this one left me so curious that I actually requested it from my library. I remember being so excited when I started it because I couldn't wait to find out what it was like. And I adored it! I need to read Lola and the Boy Next Door now because that gets equal amounts of love from book bloggers!

If you read and reviewed any of these books then thank you! Because without you I might still be unaware of their awesome-ness. Which books did you pick up because of blogs and bloggers? Let me know in the comments! And if you have your own TTT post then be sure to link me up and I'll check it out :)


  1. Fun topic! Book blogs are the BEST places to pick up great recommendations. I've read a couple of the ones on your list and most of the others are on my TBR list. *Sigh* So many books, so little time ...

    Happy TTT!

    1. Absolutely! Most of my blog recs are still on my TBR, but they make my Amazon wishlist which means come birthdays etc I'm usually happy. Totally worth the wait, though! :D thanks so much for your comment :)

  2. Great topic! I have read half of these and 3 of them were because of bloggers. There are quite a few books I decided to pick up because of what I read on the blogosphere and I'm usually very happy I did since I have found some very wonderful books that way. Great blog, new follower and thanks for stopping by!

    Vyki @ On The Shelf

    1. I love it when I discover books I haven't heard of. Especially the debuts which sometimes take a little while to become well-known. Bloggers who feature those books help me sneak in early :D thanks so much for following and for your comment! :)

  3. Ooh! I've read 'If I Stay' but I've never seen that cover before! It's lovely! Just about every book on my TBR list lately is because of book bloggers! I can hardly remember the days before the internet when I had a sheet of paper as my to-read list. :)
    Thanks for stopping by my blog! :)

    1. There seem to a be a few covers for If I Stay around but that's the UK one my library had :D I love it too! I still use paper for my to-read lists sometimes, for the books I own etc that I'm going to read next. There's something quite satisfying about drawing a line through it when you've finished the book :D thanks so much for your lovely comment!

  4. Under the Never Sky is on my night stand waiting to be read!

    1. I hope you enjoy it! I was so glad I picked it up. I still need to read the sequel though :D

  5. That's an interesting list-idea! So many recommendations and so little time to read. It's helpful to know which recommendations you can trust. It also shows the strength of bloggers, twitter and platforms like goodreads. Are there any books you read because a booktuber on youtube talked about it?

    If you are interested, here is my Top Ten list :)

    1. There are definitely plenty of books on my TBR that I discovered through booktube! I follow a few bloggers on there and one of my friends just started doing it so I'll probably end up with even more recs :) I do love watching people speak about books. You can really feel the excitement. Thanks so much for your comment! :)

  6. Blogger reviews are my number 1 influence when choosing my next book.


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