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Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Books I Read on Someone’s Recommendation

It’s time again for the Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge hosted by Long and Short Reviews.
Today’s topic is: Books I Read on Someone’s Recommendation
The first ones that popped into my head were recommended to me by my kid:
The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth
Despite knowing that Tris dies in the final book, I went ahead and read these, partly because of the movies (which were abysmal, but that’s another story). I remember when the kid finished “Allegiant”, she came to where I was working, collapsed in a puddle on the floor and sobbed.
And then stated I had to read them. I did. The books were good, though Tris’ death was stupid and served no purpose (unlike, for example, Prim’s death in Mockingjay…that was necessary to forward the plot).
The Mortal Instruments series and The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare
This is quite likely my kid’s favorite series. Of note: she despises both the original movie “City of Bones” *and* the TV series “Shadowhunters” as they stray exceptionally far from the storyline in the books. I’ve honestly only read the first book in each series at this point, but I will say they are very interesting, exceptionally complex and exceedingly well written.
Now … on my TBR list via her recommendation is…
The Stalking Jack the Ripper series by Kerri Maniscalco
And, actually, I’m doubly determined to read this because the reviewer at LASR also enjoyed it.
This brings me to another topic… buying books based on reviews. I’ve done this a dozen times (don’t tell me reviews don’t sell books. WELL written reviews absolutely do–not “I liked it” but reviews that tell WHY they enjoyed something). I suppose that counts as a “recommendation”, too. Yes? I honestly don’t remember them all, but I know they’re sitting there, on my Nook, must waiting for me to read them.
Do you have any books to recommend? I read in nearly every genre … πŸ™‚

This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. I’m not familiar with that last, but if the kid recommends it, I’m all over it! Thanks for stopping by… and I hate it about your local librarian. That sucketh big time.

    1. It does sucketh … when I released my first novel, she wouldn’t buy it for our library. Even though she “supports” local authors. Apparently on the literary, non-genre fiction ones. πŸ˜›

  2. OOh! I couldn’t get the tot to read the Divergent series. Then again, if it’s not horror, he’s not in. I tried it and wasn’t my thing, but hey, I’m glad it worked for you. I’ve heard good things about the Mortal Instruments, too. I haven’t heard of the Jack the Ripper series. Must check it out. πŸ™‚

    1. I don’t know how much gore your kid likes, but he might try Anna Dressed in Blood. My kid loved it, but it was kinda gory. And the cat dies. Just a warning…

    1. My kid is a huge history freak and loves murder, mayhem and horror. This was right up her alley. I can’t wait to have time to give it a shot.

  3. Stalking Jack The Ripper looks intriguing. Might have to get my hands on that.
    I’m not fully conversant in reading for YA, myself. My niece and nephew are my barometers for such things, and since they’re both in their teens now, their tastes are all over the place. My nephew apparently enjoyed Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series, though, if that’s helpful πŸ™‚

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