Hello fellow bookworms 📖 It’s time for another Top Five Wednesday, which is a weekly meme which was created by Lainey and is now hosted by Sam! This week’s topis is Books we read because of the Bookish Community may that be Booktube or Book Bloggers etc.
The Bookish Community is a treasure for book recommendations, which I’ve realized pretty early on, when I discovered it last year. I started my Resolution to read more frequently with diving deep into Booktube and a few book blogs, devouring post after post and video after video. That’s pretty much how I figured out what was popular and what people liked. Things haven’t changed that drastically since then. I still look to my fellow Reviewers for Recs and often come across them on Twitter or in a Video. However, not every book recommended to me has worked, sometimes I loved them, sometimes I didn’t which is why I’ve compiled two different lists!
📖 Why book Recs by the community are awesome
- Discovering new books that you would have missed otherwise
- Always staying up to date with new releases
- Getting reliable information about a book via Reviews
- Checking out something another reader has loved and loving it too, so you have something to talk about
- Recommending books to even more people after you’ve read them
📖 What still can go wrong
- Not liking the genre/author/theme because it’s not your type of book also known as “it’s not the book, it’s me”
- Falling for the hype and getting too high expectations
- Somehow not connecting too the book like everybody else
- Finding flaws that others didn’t have with the book
💕 Books I liked
1. The Black Prism (Brent Weeks) 📖 I’ve only heard Regan @PeruseProject talk about this Adult Fantasy Series, which is why I decided to buy it last year. I only got around to reading it this Tome Topple (April) and quickly discovered that it would be a new favorite book of mine. It’s a great feeling to find that book that you can obsess over as a new fave! The books are absolute tomes (around 700 pages) and take me a bit longer to read, because they’re also harder to read, but I would 100% recommend them. Maybe not to a younger audience, because they really are in the Adult Genre and read like that
2. The Call (Peadar O’Guilin) 📖 I bought The Call for last years Sbooktober Readathon, since I saw it as the Booksplosion book of the month. I don’t think I would have found out about it otherwise, but again I’m glad that I did. I went into the book without any expectations … and finished it in a day because it was so good. The world is perfectly creepy, unique and also set in Ireland, which I thought was really cool and fitting. Since the stakes are so high, I couldn’t stop reading as everything was really intense and suspenseful. This turned out to be the perfect Halloween Read!
3. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs) 📖 Obviously I read this because of Jesse @jessethereader, since it’s his favorite Series and he kept constantly talking about it. I bought all three books at once, because I got really hooked after starting the first one. This is a Trilogy I would have never reached for myself as it’s quite creepy, but I’m really glad that I did, because it’s fantastic! The photographs present a great format and the world gets better and more vivid with each passing book, hooking me completely in!
4. Cinder (Marissa Meyer) 📖 This is a very recent read, but ever since I started watching Booktube Videos so many people have mentioned their love for the Lunar Chronicles. I was a bit skeptical at first, because I’m not 100% the typical fan of Fairytale Retellings, but I decided to give the Series a chance. Recently, I got Cinder from my local library, read it and really fell in love as well. The characters really resonated with me, the world captured my interest immediately and the romance was really decent for a start. I’m interested to see what the other books will be like.
5. The Raven Cycle (Maggie Stiefvater) 📖 No matter if it was on Tumblr, Twitter or Booktube, everyone raved about this Series and a friend of mine was nice enough to lent me the books. I must say that The Raven Cycle was a bit hard to get into, but really grew on me. The characters especially captured my interest, as did the storyline and world of them. Ronan obviously became my favorite of all Raven Boys! However, The Raven Cycle is about the only book Series by Stiefvater that I’m going to have read (excluding the upcoming Ronan Trilogy).
⚡️Books I disliked
1. An Ember in the Ashes (Sabaa Tahir) 📖 So many people were over the moon for this book, which made me feel compelled to pick it up as well. AEITA quickly turned into my first hype disappointment, because I couldn’t stand the book. I forced myself to keep treading, but didn’t enjoy it at all as neither characters nor world-building resonated with me. I also had huge problems with the rape culture depicted in the book, which is why it remains my least favorite book that I have read so far.
2. Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (B. Saenz) 📖 Everyone that I’ve encountered absolutely loved this book, so I couldn’t wait to check it out from my local library and read it. Sadly, I wasn’t blown away and completely in love with this book like the majority. Instead, I really struggled with the narrator of the story, whom I couldn’t relate to anymore pretty early on. Aristotle’s actions and thoughts didn’t make much sense to me and I really didn’t like how he treated his best friend – it really rubbed me the wrong way. There also wasn’t much plot and overall I wasn’t impressed or feeling like this book hit a deep emotional connection.
3. History is all you left me (Adam Silvera) 📖 I don’t think that it was specifically this book that kept getting recommended to me. It was rather the author himself that kept popping up on my timeline and in Videos. I was fortunate enough to receive a digital Arc for his newest book … only to find out that Adam Silvera’s books sadly aren’t for me. It’s a huge case “it’s not the book, but me” as I really couldn’t get into them. His books don’t get me as emotional as everyone else and I tend to just not like the characters and their interactions. Therefore, I also don’t have any intention to try out more books by Silvera.
4. Rebel of the Sands (Alwyn Hamilton) 📖 Another recommendation that I found on Booktuber, specifically because it was a Book of the Month for a book club. I thought that this would surely would be great … but I wasn’t terribly impressed. The protagonist felt generic, the plot dragged and nothing really caught my attention. Later I was also made aware of the problematic world-building, which used token Middle Eastern influences that were not only stereotypical but also didn’t make any sense as they were combined with Western influences.
5. The Thousandth Floor (Katharine McGee) 📖 This book recommendation was a tough one, because I really started liking The Thousandth Floor a lot. I bought it right on release day, because I had seen a Booktuber promote it with a fun video that really got my attention. The book itself is pretty well written … but really problematic when it comes to the queer representation, which in retrospective made me knock off several stars, especially since these problematic tropes keep reappearing in the sequel.
What’s your favorite book that you have read because of the bookish community?