If you’ve been following this blog long enough, you’ll recognize that Jeann, Jenna and I have varying tastes in books (although there are obvious overlaps of the more amazing ones). In this post, I’ll be highlighting some of the successful books (trust me, there were some that weren’t as successful) that Jeann and Jenna have pushed onto my TBR.
Books That Took Some Prodding
The first genre that would pop in my head when asked if I have a favorite is SFF. Of course, I read other books in a good balance, but SFF stories always have a special place in my heart. Jeann’s love of thrillers and urban fantasy, as well as Jenna’s bent towards contemporaries, have opened my eyes to a wider range of books.
I really only read urban fantasies once in a while but I really liked the world that Jeanniene Frost wrote for this series, and the snarky characters and steamy romances. I ended up binging most of the books in the series because of Jeann!
This is Jeann’s fave book of 2017 so far, and can you believe that it took me and Jenna months to get to it? I basically told myself I better finish this so Jeann wouldn’t be so disappointed (HAH) and I’m glad I did! Laini Taylor’s previous trilogy wasn’t a hit for me, but this one was.
Since Jeann and Jenna are based in Australia and me in America, they’re always ready to recommend some OZYA books my way. (Especially with Jeann reading so much for #OZYay! on ABC Radio, which you can tune in here.) Also, I gotta give a shout out to Jenna for gifting me with these lovelies and making them accessible to my American eyes.
I started this because of Jeann’s review, and its setting in historical China, during the Cultural Revolution. Chim brings an upfront and personal look on the villagers of a small valley during this time and the mindsets of two young men, and their yearnings for freedom. I cried while reading, it was so good.
Jenna really liked this one and the contemporary feels + gorgeous cover was enough to get my attention. I thought it was a really fun contemporary with phenomenal character development. Frankie is a bit of an unlikable heroine whose growth was really realistic and well-paced.
With a small indie bookstore at its heart, the exploration of friendship and family, and a best-friends-to-more kind of romance, Words of Deep Blue really brought out the emotions. It made me feel things from extreme sadness to all the sweet and fluffy feels.
This book follows the POV’s of Mina, an Afghan refugee, and Michael, who learns how you can’t be neutral on a moving train. It tackles political issues with direct and frank statements, while interweaving a slow romance with characters who grow and learn.
Thank goodness for co-bloggers to introduce me to a list of new books I would not have read before! What kind of books surprised you when pushed by other readers?