Top Ten Tuesday (07/04/2020) – Books I Bought/Borrowed Because…

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was originally created by The Broke and the Bookish but was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s topic is Books I Bought or Borrowed Because…

I’m going to tweak this week’s theme to Books I Have Read Because of a Friend Recommendation.

FYI: If you click on the book title you will be taken to my full review for each book.

(1) Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Recommended by my friend Anne

Y’all know I love Adichie and I am always so grateful to my Goodreads buddy Anne for introducing this amazing author to me.

(2) The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Recommended by my friends Yvonne and Reyes.

My lifelong friend Yvonne bought this book for me many years ago but I only read it some years later after my Goodreads buddy Reyes extolled its virtues. Thanks to both ladies it has become a firm favourite.

(3) Please Read This Leaflet Carefully by Karen Havelin

Recommended by The Guardian website…

I know not a friend but I had not heard of this book until I read about it on their website and it’s an awesome book! Does anyone else love to read book recommendations on news websites or maybe listen to radio shows that rec books??

(4) The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Recommended by my friend Gabby A LOT and also by my friend Reyes.

This is Gabby’s favourite book and she talked about it incessantly. It is also beloved by my other Goodreads friend Reyes so eventually I took the hint and read it AND YOU GUYS SHOULD TOO!! It is sooooo awesome!

(5) The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Recommended by my friend Nkisha.

This is a book I had never heard of until my friend Nkisha recommended it for a reading challenge that our Goodreads book group were doing… we each had to recommend books to each other for the challenge. And honestly I would most likely have never picked up this book without this challenge AND I AM SO HAPPY I DID BECAUSE IT IS AMAZING!!!!!

(6) Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard

Recommended by my friend Gabby…

Yes Gabby recs me a lot of books! And annoyingly she tends to recommend books that I end up liking… I don’t like to give her this level of credit but she does seem to know my bookish taste really well!!

(7) The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton

Recommended by my mum

My mum hasn’t read this but she heard a discussion about it on the radio and suggested I read it. She does that a lot actually. And I read a great deal of books based on my mum hearing about them.

(8) The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Recommended by my friend Julie

I read Mukherjee’s book The Gene first and loved it. And then my friend Julie told me how great this other book by him was so I read that too… and it was really great.

(9) Am I Normal Yet by Holly Bourne

Recommended by my friend Gabby.

Yes another Gabby recommendation *eye roll*…. she is so going to annoy me later with her smugness isn’t she *sigh*

(10) Educated by Tara Westover

Recommended by my mum

Another of my mum’s “I heard about this on the radio and I think you should read it” suggestions.

26 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday (07/04/2020) – Books I Bought/Borrowed Because…

  1. So many awesome recommendations! I think one of the best recommendations I’ve ever got from an IRL sometimes-bookish friend was Shadow of the Wind ❀ So so good! I can't wait to read a lot of these πŸ˜€ Great list, Emer!

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    1. I’m in such agreement with you Dini. Shadow is an all time favourite for me… can you believe my mum didn’t like it!! MY OWN MOTHER DINI!!! Don’t know what to do with her πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ πŸ’šπŸ’œπŸ’›πŸ’–


    1. Thanks Jocelyn. Oh I hope you’ll enjoy Educated! I don’t think it’s quite as perfect as many reviews have stated but it’s an incredibly compelling read none the less. I just find it so hard to wrap my head around the idea that Tara Westover is younger than I am and therefore all these awful things that happened to her happened within my lifetime… sometimes when I read or hear about these types of stories you can maybe imagine it happening in the past. But not in the middle of a modern westernised country. Hence the title Educated is so fitting. Will be looking forward to hearing your thoughts about it when you do get to read it. πŸ’šπŸ’œπŸ’–


    1. My mum doesn’t read that much but she is definitely the person who instilled my love of reading. She’s been reading a lot more during the current pandemic so it’s been lots of fun getting to chat about the books she’s reading. I’ve been disagreeing with her because lol it’s me! But she’s preferred Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale over Alice Hoffman’s The World That We Knew and I very much would prefer Hoffman over Hannah lol πŸ˜‚πŸ’œβ€οΈπŸ’™

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    1. My problem is I forget whose review or post etc has inspired me to add a book to my TBR and then to subsequently read it. πŸ™ˆπŸ˜‚ But that has been the best thing about joining Goodreads and then more recently blogging, creating friends like you so I feel more inspired to pick up a greater range of books. πŸ’šπŸ’–πŸ’šπŸ’–πŸ’š

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