Book Blogger Recommendation Challenge: What are your favourite reads?

One of my favourite challenges to take part in during 2012 and 2013 was The Book Blogger Recommndation Challenge, which was hosted by Reading with Tequila but unfortunately seems to have 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 voted 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’ve been thinking about maybe trying to revive it for 2015, but in order to do that I’d need recommendations – lots and lots of recommendations – from book bloggers, so I need your help!

Please spare a few minutes to recommend some of your favourite reads!

It’s really really simple:

  • You can nominate using the form below, or by leaving a comment
  • You can nominate up to ten reads in one go
  • There is no limit to the amount of times you can vote so recommend as many as you want!
  • Books can be new, old or 2015 ARCs you’ve already read (2015 releases may go on a separate list or something depending on how many we get)
  • You don’t have to have read the books this year
  • ….Seriously, can these rules get any more relaxed?

If I can get enough people to recommend their books, I’ll total up all the votes, make a list and the challenge can live on again!

Top Ten Tuesday (#59): Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling me I MUST Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted at The Broke and The Bookish where they post a list idea and everyone is welcome to post the list with their own answers. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling You That You MUST Read”.

The Fantasy

They say that the Thorn of Camorr can beat anyone in a fight. They say he steals from the rich and gives to the poor. They say he’s part man, part myth, and mostly street-corner rumor. And they are wrong on every count. Only averagely tall, slender, and god-awful with a sword, Locke Lamora is the fabled Thorn, and the greatest weapons at his disposal are his wit and cunning. He steals from the rich – they’re the only ones worth stealing from – but the poor can go steal for themselves. What Locke cons, wheedles and tricks into his possession is strictly for him and his band of fellow con-artists and thieves: the Gentleman Bastards. Together their domain is the city of Camorr. Built of Elderglass by a race no-one remembers, it’s a city of shifting revels, filthy canals, baroque palaces and crowded cemeteries. Home to Dons, merchants, soldiers, beggars, cripples, and feral children. And to Capa Barsavi, the criminal mastermind who runs the city. But there are whispers of a challenge to the Capa’s power. A challenge from a man no one has ever seen, a man no blade can touch. The Grey King is coming. A man would be well advised not to be caught between Capa Barsavi and The Grey King.Even such a master of the sword as the Thorn of Camorr.

As for Locke Lamora …


Princess Elisa is a disappointment to her people. Although she bears the Godstone in her navel, a sign that she has been chosen for an act of heroism, they see her as lazy, useless and fat.

On her sixteenth birthday, she is bartered off in royal marriage and shipped away to a kingdom in turmoil, where her much older and extremely beautiful husband refuses to acknowledge her as his wife. Devastated, Elisa decides to take charge of her fate and learn what it means to bear the Godstone.

As an invading army threatens to destroy her new home, and everyone at court manoeuvres to take advantage of the young princess, Elisa becomes convinced that, not only is her own life in danger, but the whole world needs saving. But how can a young girl who has never ridden on horseback, never played the game of politics, and never attained the love of a man save the world? Elisa can’t be sure, but she must try to uncover the Godstone’s secret history before the enemy steals the destiny nestled in her core.


The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite – the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?

The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfil her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.

But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?
Shadow and Bone – Fantasy / YA


Historical Fiction

Josie Moraine wants out of The Big Easy – she needs more than New Orleans can offer. Known locally as a brothel prostitute’s daughter, she dreams of life at an elite college, far away from here.
But then a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie caught between her ambition and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans is luring Josie deeper in as she searches for the truth, and temptation beckons at every turn.


Two young women become unlikely best friends during World War II, until one is captured by the Gestapo.

Only in wartime could a stalwart lass from Manchester rub shoulders with a Scottish aristocrat. But then a vital mission goes wrong, and one of the friends has to bail out of a faulty plane over France. She is captured by the Gestapo and becomes a prisoner of war. The story begins in “Verity”’s own words, as she writes her account for her captors.Truth or lies? Honour or betrayal? Everything they’ve ever believed in is put to the test . . .

Here is a small fact – you are going to die. 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier. Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall. Some important information – this novel is narrated by death. It’s a small story, about: a girl an accordionist some fanatical Germans a Jewish fist fighter and quite a lot of thievery. Another thing you should know – death will visit the book thief three times.


The Dystopians

Imagine you’re the only boy in a town of men. And you can hear everything they think. And they can hear everything you think. Imagine you don’t fit in with their plans… Todd Hewitt is just one month away from the birthday that will make him a man. But his town has been keeping secrets from him. Secrets that are going to force him to run… The new edition of this unflinching novel about the impossible choices of growing up features the short story, The New World. Set before the events of The Knife of Never Letting Go, it is the story of Viola’s dramatic journey to the New World.


Los Angeles, California, Republic of America

He is Day.
The boy who walks in the light.

She is June.
The girl who seeks her brother’s killer.

On the run and undercover, they meet by chance. Irresistably drawn together, neither knows the other’s past.
But Day murdered June’s brother. And she has sworn to avenge his death.


When the doors of the lift crank open, the only thing Thomas remembers is his first name. But he’s not alone. He’s surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade – a walled encampment at the centre of a bizarre and terrible stone maze. Like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they came to be there – or what’s happened to the world outside. All they know is that every morning when the walls slide back, they will risk everything – even the Grievers, half-machine, half-animal horror that patrol its corridors, to try and find out.


The Romance

When Jacqueline follows her long-term boyfriend to college, the last thing she expects is a breakup. After two weeks in shock she wakes up to her new reality: she’s single, ignored by former friends, and failing a class for the first time in her life.

Leaving a party alone, she is assaulted. Rescued by a stranger in the right place at the right time, she just wants to forget that night. But when her attacker turns stalker she has to make a choice: crumple in defeat or learn to fight back. Her savior proves protective and intriguing, but he’s hiding secrets of his own. Suddenly, knowing who to trust is anything but easy.


Which of these recommendations do you agree with? Which should I skip?

Top Ten Tuesday (#29): Top Ten Books I recommend the most

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted at The Broke and The Bookish where they post a list idea and everyone is welcome to post the list with their own answers. This week the theme is Top Ten Books I recommend the most.

Since I predominantly read fantasy, unsurprisingly that’s what I tend to recommend. I’ve tried to include a few others as well though, since I don’t recommend fantasy to EVERYONE…..

Epic Fantasy
1. A Game of Thrones – If you can get into it, it’ll be worth it. This sat on my shelf barely touched until one day I just decided I’d keep going with it and hope it picked up…by the end of the day I was hooked!

2. Pawn of Prophecy – This and Dragons of Autumn Twilight (#4), are the books that got me into fantasy as a kid and they still make great re-reads.

3. Assassin’s Apprentice OR The Dragon Keeper – These are both great, so just pick whichever plot appeals to you most, as the series don’t link in enough to really matter which you read first.

4. Dragons of Autumn Twilight


5. Delirium – This one has to go on the list, for me, because it’s just such an interesting premise!

6. Divergent

7. Poison Study – Maria V. Snyder is one of my favourite authors, particularly because of her characters. Poison Study is where it all starts, and it’s deinitely worth giving a go.

8. Always & Forever – Controversial opinion time: this is sort of what I expected from The Fault in Our stars. It’s heartbreakingly sad, beautifully written and has some great characters.


Historical Fiction
9. Wolf of the Plains – I’m not a big reader of historical fiction, and I knew nothing whatsoever about Genghis Khan when I picked this up. My dad kept raving about it, so I started it to shut him up, fully expecting it to be dry and boring. Turns out, it’s actually an excellent book, and I’ve been following the whole series since.


10. Bitten – A feisty journalist, who just so happens to be the only female werewolf, Elena is pretty much what makes this book for me. Elena is a kick-ass heroine, and her sarcasm, the dramatic plot, and Clay, make this a book I keep coming back to.

What’s on your list of most recommended? And does anyone else desperately want that cover of A Game of Thrones/Assassin’s Apprentice?!

2013 Challenges: Book Blogger Recommendation & A-Z

Book Blogger Recommendation
Level I: 5 books from the 2012 list

Somehow ended up with two A-Z Challenges saved on my list, so I’ve just signed up for both!
Target: 26 books
B. Bonds of Trust ✔- (January)
H. How Beauty Met the Beast ✔- (January) / Hysteria ✔- (January)
W. What’s Left of Me ✔ – (January)

Top Ten Tuesday (#11): Books I Feel As Though Everyone Has Read But Me

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted at The Broke and The Bookish where they post a list idea and everyone is welcome to post the list with their own answers. This week is a rewind, so I picked the theme “Top Ten Books I Feel As Though Everyone Has Read But Me”.

  1. The Goddess Test
  2. Anna & The French Kiss
  3. Pandemonium
  4. If I Stay
  5. A Discovery of Witches
  6. Shiver
  7. Dash & Lily’s book of dares
  8. Looking for Alaska
  9. The Book Thief
  10. The Summer I turned Pretty