January BBRC Reviews Link-Up

Thanks to everyone who has joined in with the Book Blogger Recommendation Challenge so far! This post is for any reviews you’ve written in January, and each entry into link ups throughout the year will count as an entry towards the end of challenge prize!

(If you haven’t signed up yet/want to know what all this is about, you can find out here!)

Please include the title & author of the book in your link up!

Book Blogger Recommendation Challenge: The list is revealed!

Votes and recommendations for the challenge closed on Saturday, and since then I’ve been busy importing all those recommendations into Excel, totally them up, and putting together the final list.

The full challenge rules can be found here but a few quick points about the list:

  • The top 105 are listed here (why 105? Because the last few all had the same number of votes and I promised 100 or more books on the list) or you can download the full list below.
  • Where a book in a series is listed, other books in that series can also be used. For example, Cinder and Cress both appear on the list, but Scarlet doesn’t. If you want to read Scarlet and count it towards that challenge, that seems fair to me!

The Top 105 (in order by number of votes)

  1. Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) – Marissa Meyer
  2. Divergent (Divergent #1) – Veronica Roth
  3. The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
  4. Throne of Glass  (Throne of Glass #1) –  Sarah J. Maas
  5. Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell
  6. Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) – J.K. Rowling
  7. Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1) – Leigh Bardugo
  8. A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) – George R.R. Martin
  9. Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) – Sarah J. Maas
  10. The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) – Suzanne Collins
  11. Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell
  12. Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) – Robin LaFevers
  13. Open Road Summer – Emery Lord
  14. To all the boys I’ve loved before  (To all the boys I’ve loved before #1) – Jenny Han
  15. Unwind (Unwind #1) – Neal Shusterman
  16. Graceling (Graceling Realm #1) –  Kristin Cashore
  17. All Our Yesterdays (All Our Yesterdays #1) – Cristin Terill
  18. City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) – Cassandra Clare
  19. If I stay  (If I stay #1) – Gayle Forman
  20. Legend  (Legend #1) – Marie Lu
  21. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
  22. The Help – Kathryn Stockett
  23. The Knife of Never Letting Go      (Chaos Walking #1) Patrick Ness
  24. The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth #1) – Carrie Ryan
  25. The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1) – Marie Rutkoski
  26. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  27. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and The Olympians #1) – Rick Riordan
  28. Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) – Rachelle Mead
  29. Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) – Marissa Meyer
  30. Crown of Embers (Fire and Thorns #2) – Rae Carson
  31. Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1) – Laini Taylor
  32. Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
  33. This Song Will Save Your Life – Leila Sales
  34. Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School #1) – Gail Carriger
  35. Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) – Sarah J. Maas
  36. The Distance Between Us – Kasie West
  37. Everything Leads to You – Nina LaCour
  38. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
  39. Incarnate (Newsoul #1) – Jodi Meadows
  40. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  41. The Cuckoo’s calling (Cormoran Strike #1) – Robert Galbraith
  42. Ender’s Game (The Ender Quartet #1) – Orson Scott Card
  43. Looking for Alaska – John Green
  44. Me Before You – Jojo Moyes
  45. The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials #1) – Philip Pullman
  46. The Beginning of Everything – Robyn Schneider
  47. Pivot Point (Pivot Point #1) – Kasie West
  48. The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1) – Patrick Rothfuss
  49. Eva – Peter Dickinson
  50. Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1) – Maggie Stiefvater
  51. Something Real – Heather Demetrios
  52. The Archived (The Archived #1) – Victoria Schwab
  53. The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard #1) – Scott Lynch
  54. These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) – Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
  55. Faking Normal – Courtney C.Stevens
  56. After I do – Taylor Jenkins Reid
  57. A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1) – Deborah Harkness
  58. For Darkness Shows the Stars (For Darkness Shows the Stars #1) – Diana Peterfreund
  59. A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness
  60. Across the Universe (Across the Universe #1) – Beth Revis
  61. Angelfall (Penryn & The End of Days #1) – Susan Ee
  62. Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1) – Stephanie Perkins
  63. Attachments – Rainbow Rowell
  64. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  65. Burn for Burn (Burn for Burn #1)  – Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian
  66. Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity #1) – Elizabeth Wein
  67. Cruel Beauty – Rosamund Hodge
  68. A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle #1) – Libba Bray
  69. Delirium (Delirium #1) – Lauren Oliver
  70. Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel
  71. Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2) – Laini Taylor
  72. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
  73. Darkfever (Fever #1) – Karen Marie Moning
  74. Firefly Lane (Firefly Lane #1) – Kristin Hannah
  75. Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion #1) – Aimee Carter
  76. Gone (Gone #1) – Michael Grant
  77. Where She Went (If I stay #2) – Gayle Forman
  78. Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) – Tahereh Mafi
  79. Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss #2) – Stephanie Perkins
  80. My Life Next Door – Huntley Fitzpatrick
  81. Outlander (Outlander #1) – Diana Gabaldon
  82. The Martian – Andy Weir
  83. Panic – Lauren Oliver
  84. We Need to Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver
  85. Prisoner of Night and Fog (Prisoner of Night and Fog #1) – Anne Blankman
  86. The Golem and the Jinni – Helene Wecker
  87. Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) – Tahereh Mafi
  88. The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
  89. Siege & Storm (The Grisha #2) – Leigh Bardugo
  90. The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1) – Samantha Shannon
  91. The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1)  – Maggie Stiefvater
  92. Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy #1) – Danielle L Jensen
  93. The Bitter Kingdom (Fire and Thorns #3) – Rae Carson
  94. Pointe – Brandy Colbert
  95. The Book of Lost Things – John Connolly
  96. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  97. The Host (The Host #1) – Stephanie Meyer
  98. The Real Boy – Anne Ursu
  99. Jenny Pox (The Paranormals #1) – JL Bryan
  100. The Scorpio Races – Maggie Stiefvater
  101. The Sea of Tranquility – Katja Millay
  102. Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher
  103. TimeRiders (TimeRiders #1) – Alex Scarrow
  104. Uglies (Uglies #1) – Scott Westerfeld
  105. Under The Never Sky (Under The Never Sky #1) – Veronica Rossi

If you want more to choose from, you can download the full list (of 350 books) here!


Announcing: Book Blogger Recommendation Challenge 2015


One of my favourite challenges to take part in during 2012 and 2013 was The Book Blogger Recommendation Challenge, which was hosted by Reading with Tequila but seems to have since disappeared.

In case you don’t know, the challenge was simple: book bloggers nominated their favourite books, and then a list was made, with books nominated the most often at the top.  To take part in the challenge, you picked a level and read a specified number of recommended books from the list.

I think it’s a really great challenge, because you get to discover books other bloggers loved and share your own favourites (and isn’t that kind of the point of book blogging?).  I put out a call for book recommendations, and have had some great feedback already, so I’m going to try hosting it for 2015.  I’m still putting the list together but there will be at least 100 titles to choose from – if I’m a few short, I’ll be using people’s end of the year favourites lists or something to make sure we hit that.

The rules are crazy simple:

  1. The challenge runs from January 1st 2014 to December 31st 2015
  2. There are five levels to choose from. You can increase your goal as many times as you want, or (because we all know real life happens!) you can decrease your goal once at any point throughout the year.
  3. You don’t have to commit in advance to your choices, though of course you can plan them if you want to.

The Full List of Books can be found here!
Thanks to Sarah there’s also a goodreads list of the top 105 here!

Is there a giveaway?

There will definitely be a giveaway at the end of the year.  I haven’t figured out the details of that yet but I’ll let you know!

The Levels

Bronze – 3 books
Silver – 5 books
Gold – 10 books
Platinum – 25 books
Diamond – 50 books +

Sign me up!

Okay sign up is easy – choose your level and then you can either sign up at the linky below with your sign up post/2015 challenges post etc, or by commenting below.