I’m quite regally good about reading the books humans recommend me. I mean, obviously I can’t do what people want all the time, or I’ll lose my title as Nefarious Evil Overlord Of All. BUT. Sometimes I do slip up and am congenial. And often I’m forced to read the book anyway because the recommendations come quite passionately and violently. Let no one EVER tell you being a bookworm is a calm and safe pasttime. Gosh no. People throw books at you all the time. IT GETS DANGEROUS AROUND HERE.
SO! My list is going to be about books I’ve been quite fiercely recommended by fellow bookworms and bloggers and even relatives. Most have come tied with threats like “read this or I’ll force you to socialise for 900 years” or “read this or I’ll feed you to the hedgehogs”. SO I READ THEM, OKAY?!
This Week’s Prompt: Books I’m So Happy Were Recommended to Me
1. CINDER (RECOMMENDED BY MY SISTER)
Does anyone here remember my sister, Mime? Back when this blog was “Notebook Sisters” she and I co-blogged. She dumped me for high school (sheesh) BUT she and I used to read companionably and violently (I threw a book at her once…) She insisted I read Cinder. You know what? I INITIALLY HATED IT AND DNF’D IT. That’s right, my squidlings, I actually read one chapter and sent it back to the library. Gasp with me now! THE SHAME.
Mime totally loomed over me hissing, “You need to read this Cait, why haven’t you read it yet, just read it, you’ll like it, reeeead iiiiiit.” Basically noisy mosquito style.
I read. I loved it. I’m obsessed with The Lunar Chronicles now. BUT SHHHH. DON’T LET HER KNOW SHE WAS RIGHT AND I WAS WRONG.
2. TIGER LILY (RECOMMENDED BY ZOE)
Now, Zoe and I are bookish twins. WE BASICALLY AGREE 90% ON EVERY* BOOK. It’s seriously handy, by the way, because I just stalk her reviews to know what I should/shouldn’t bother with. So Zoe vigourously recommended me Tiger Lily. I think she threatened my life with death-by-spork if I didn’t read it? I’m sure she did. Zoe is awfully violent**. Anyway. She was, of course, completely right about how beautiful Tiger Lily is.
* Except for City of Bones! Zoe hates it! I love it! IT IS OUR ONE TWINNING FAILURE. But I’ll forgive her because I’m in a kind overlord-ish mood.
** PFFT. I LIE. SHE IS LIKE A CUDDLY WATERMELON.
Okay, this is like a half recommendation. Aimee is ALWAYS after me to finish the Unwind series and read more Neal Shusterman. I’m pretty extra sure she threatened to feed me to the hedgehogs if I did not. SO. I thought, “Well, Unwind scared me half to death…surely Bruiser won’t be so terrifying?” AND IT WASN’T. It was sweet and heartbreaking and yeeeeeeah all this bad stuff happened — BUT NO ONE GOT THEIR BODIES TAKEN APART WHILE THEY WERE STILL ALIVE. So there’s a plus.
4. PERCY JACKSON AND THE HEROES OF OLYMPUS (RECOMMENDED BY…EVERYONE?)
I cheat, I have no idea who demanded I read the second Percy Jackson series. But I know many people told me to stop whingeing about the first series (I did like it, but didn’t love it) and just get off my dragon and go read these ones. SO I DID. I way preferred them. Leo is the most delightful little spark of burnt sandwiches whom I would like to protect forever.
5. A GAME OF THRONES (RECOMMENDED BY ENGIE)
This is an accurate reneactement of my conversation with Engie:
ME: I like books with food.
ENGIE: You should read A Game of Thrones because there’s LEMON CAKES.
ME: Oh…but…they’re so big….
ENGIE: JUST DO IT. LEMON CAKES.
6. MADE YOU UP (RECOMMENDED BY SHANNON)
I think a million people recommended me this one, too, because I was a big fan of Challenger Deep and Alice and the Fly (both books about schizophrenia). But I’m going to blame Shannon here because a) Shannon is wonderfully blameable, and b) I distinctly remember her saying I should read it. And “saying” is totally the same as “passionately throwing a book at my head”.
I interpret things very violently, apparently.
7. WICKED (RECOMMENDED BY ANOTHER SISTER)
I have a lot of sisters, okay?! Actually, I have 4 to be exact and they’re all seriously bossy. But I digress. This particularly sister knew I liked retellings and I don’t even know? Maaaaybe she took my “evil overlord” quips seriously and thought I’d like to aspire to be Elphaba. But least to say, Wicked and I…didn’t get along. I was way too bored. I’d say shhhh, don’t tell the sister, BUT. She doesn’t read my blog* so we’re safe.
* This would, of course, end up being the ONE TIME she reads it…
8. INK AND BONE (RECOMMENDED BY FAYE)
Oh so this is sort of cheating, because Faye didn’t actually specifically recommend it to ME. She recommended it to the universe. BUT I AM PART OF THE UNIVERSE. So there. Seriously, if you’re not convinced about this book go read her review. IT CONVINCED ME. It’s a book about books and the world is controlled by an evil library and Jess, the narrator, basically had a breakdown when he saw a book being destroyed. CAN I JUST SAY…THIS BOOK IS ME.
9. THE INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES OF CINNAMON GIRL (RECOMMENDED BY EMILY)
I can’t actually remember the reason but it came up in a tweet that I hadn’t partaken of this Cinnamon-ness. And Emily said “GET ONTO IT WHAT EVEN IS WRONG WITH YOU HERE” and so I did.
10. THE GAME OF LOVE AND DEATH (RECOMMENDED BY MYSELF…AND CHARNELL)
What?! Can’t I recommend books to myself?! BECAUSE I SAY THAT I CAN. I totally was longing wildly after this book for ages and Charnell confirmed that I needed it in my life ASAP. And basically?! IT IS THE BEST THING OF EVER. Death and Love are people. And it’s set in the 1940s about this unlikely romance between a poor white boy and a pilot black girl. It. is. extraordinary.
Which basically confirms that I give the BEST recommendations of ever. Have I ever lead any of you astray? Pfft. Of course not.