Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today’s theme is:
Books I Read Because Someone
Recommended Them to Me
Ahhh book recommendations, my favorite part of book blogging, and the reason my TBR list is hopelessly out of control. I chose two books each from five sources where I’ve gotten fantastic book recommendations.
I can’t remember how Lori and I first connected (maybe back in her CCLaP days?) but she’s a champion of small press titles. Seriously y’all, if you love small press titles, you have to follow her. I never skim Lori’s emails because I know she’s going to have something unique for me to try, something that will push me out of my comfort zone. I wish I had time for every single one of them! (Reader problems, am I right?) It was super hard to narrow this down to only two books, but thanks to Lori I especially enjoyed The Inexplicable Grey Space We Call Love by Chuck Augello [my review] and—my first introduction to flash fiction—Tender Cuts by Jayne Martin [my review].
The book community, especially the queer book community, is still grieving the loss of Corey this year. Corey was one of the most genuine people I’ve ever gotten to know (and I don’t believe in that “only online” stuff). We were so different from each other in our reading tastes, but there was something about the way they recommended the books and authors they believed in, that I found myself reading genres I never thought I’d try. And I’m so thankful for that, because without Corey I’d have never heard of and loved so many books. Two of my all-time favorite Corey recommendations, both with fantastic asexual rep, are We Go Forward by Alison Evans [my mini-review] and The Cybernetic Tea Shop by Meredith Katz [my mini review].
Dani is Anishinaabekwe/Bear Clan and covers books by Indigenous authors on her Instagram. Her book photos are unique and beautiful, and she has such a sweet personality (check out her Booktube channel). She also makes and sells the most stunning dream catchers I’ve ever seen. Dani has expanded my reading world in rich and wonderful ways. Thanks to her, I read and loved The Marrow Thieves, which instantly made Cheri Dimaline one of my auto-buy authors, as well as Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese [my mini-review].
Nowhere To Go Book Club
Thanks to my flutist friend Sarah Jane, I joined a virtual book club shortly after the pandemic started. Something I love about a good book club (and I know I’m not alone in this) is that I end up enjoying titles that I would have otherwise skipped right past. Two book club titles I enjoyed were The Radium Girls by Kate Moore and The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister [my review].
Some of the best books I’ve read were based on recommendations from multiple people. Twitter and Instagram are great places for that. When a ton of people whose taste in books I love and trust can’t stop raving about certain books, I know I need to give them a try ASAP. That was the case with both the Binti trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor and Pet by Akwaeke Emezi [my review]. I’m so thankful these authors were put on my radar, because I loved both.