Except for one over-achieving stint in high school where I tore through a suggested reading list of classics, I have never been very good at reading what I am supposed to read at any given moment. If I'm not completely taken with the writing or concept or cover art or even the idea of a book, I will find anything else to do other than read it. This applies when friends recommend books as well. It's not them, it's me. I certainly believe my friends think I will love the book. It's just that I am rarely in the mood to pick up an untested text at the exact moment of recommendation. I am also picky as heck these days about my reading, and the TBR (to be read) mountain of books isn't getting any shorter. All this to say: I have a very long list of books that people have been telling me to read, and this post only skims the surface.
Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling Me to Read
1. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor – It's not just bloggers who have been hyping this one to me... no, my real life friend Amy burned through the series recently and implored me to read it too (so we can discuss it when we hang out, naturally)(given how fast I read books we may never hang out again!?).
2. The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier – I visited with the lovely Kate Milford (author of The Boneshaker, and the forthcoming Greenglass House) for a bit at BEA, and she told me wonderful things about this book. It's on hold at the library as we speak, I swear!
3. West with the Night by Beryl Markham – So, funny story. I saw a blogger's review of this title (or maybe it was mentioned in a review of Code Name Verity?), and I thought, "My friend Leigh will love this book." I gave it to her for Christmas, and she adored it. She thinks I'll love it too. I'm inclined to believe her.
4. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson – I fully expect to love this book (and series), because Sanderson does really amazing magical systems. Also because Grant Hollis told me I would love it. Grant, you better not be wrong. That's a warning. *grin*
5. Divergent by Veronica Roth – Dear best friend, YES, I know. One day soon!
6. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – To my entire (lovable) DC Forever Young Adult book club... I bought the book. I will eventually read it. And you will be able to say "I told you so" as much as you like. Okay?
7. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein – I don't have a great foundation in classic sci-fi, but Heinlein is always on the suggested reading list when I ask those who know what they're talking about. One day when I get around to my sadly-neglected sci-fi education, this will be the first on the list.
8. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness – Something I'm good at: recommending books. Something I'm not good at: accepting recommendations from friends. Lauren recommended this to me... oh, two years ago now? I trust her, and I know I should trust the book. *le sigh*
9. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – Last summer I spent my Tuesday nights playing trivia with a fun group of geeks. They suggested this book. I have been eyeing it doubtfully, wondering whether most of the allusions would go over my head (I didn't get out much in the 80s, being a small child at that point...).
10. The Walled City by Ryan Graudin – Emma at Miss Print wants me to read this book so that we can discuss. She even sent me a copy! I have no excuse.
What books have people been recommending to you lately?