Top Ten Books I Read Because Of Bloggers

Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you by my other blog The Broke and the Bookish and the letter H….because I’m HUNGRY and could really go for a hot fudge sundae.

 I’m not going to get into a do  “bloggers sell books” debate. I don’t think it’s “our job” as a bloggers to do that but I just think it comes naturally.  However, here is a list of books I read SPECIFICALLY because of the nudges and reviews from other bloggers.

Most of my selections are YA reads because, before blogging, I typically only read adult books so a lot of these were books that really got me into reading YA in addition to the adult books and non-fiction I read.

Sloppy Firsts: A Jessica Darling Novel

 Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty – I had bought these for my sister based on a recommendation from a bunch of people on Goodreads. Everyone told me I should read it but I just didn’t think it was my thing. Enter Anna from Anna Reads and Jen from Makeshift Bookmark whose incessant chatter about this book and persistent “YOU NEED TO READ THIS” made me finally cave and it was A BIG WINNER for me as evidenced in my review of Sloppy Firsts.

A Need So Beautiful

A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young: I’m not well-read when it comes to paranormal YA books. I’m starting to expand my horizons and Jen from Makeshift Bookmark told me how much I need to read this book and then proceeded to send it to me. What is a girl to do? So, I read it AND LOVED IT. You can check out my review of A Need So Beautiful…it’s a good one for those who are testing the waters of the paranormal literature world.

Raw Blue by Kirsty Eager: I had never ever heard of this book until Lindsi  reviewed it and told a bunch of us bloggers about it to be part of an informal book tour. I read this solely on her recommendation and LOVED it. It was such a great book!

If I Stay


If I Stay by Gayle Forman: I can’t pinpoint who told me to read it but I think it was just basically the fact that it kept popping up EVERYWHERE. My review of If I Stay clearly shows how thankful I am that the YA bloggers kept pushing this one on my as I went on to read Where She Went and was just blown away by the Mia and Adam’s story.

Anna and the French Kiss


Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: I’m going to be honest…this is one my favorite YA books but I abhor this cover. I do. This book would still be unread had it not been for bloggers — namely Steph from Steph Su Reads. She basically demanded that I buy it and read it while we were out book shopping one day. I am so very thankful for that because Stephanie Perkins is now one of my all time favorite contemporary YA authors. I love Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door so hardcore and cannot WAIT for Isla and the Happily Ever After.

Please Ignore Vera Dietz

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King — I would have probably not have heard of this one had it not been for Lenore and then me winning a contest on her blog. I really enjoyed this book so I’m thankful for that giveaway as I probably wouldn’t have gone out and  bought the book as it would have gotten put on the list of “Books I Need To Buy”…which is redonkulously LONG.

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson:  I LOVED THIS BOOK! I saw it all over the blogosphere but I believe it was Melanie who really pushed it on me…because she let me borrow the book. Um…which I still have on my shelf and need to send back. EMBARRASSING….good thing Melanie loves me for my flaws which include procrastinating like no other when it comes to shipping things. 😛 If you love a good road trip, read my review and then go buy it or borrow it…but make sure you return it.

The Body Finder

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting: Again, I don’t know who told me to read this but I keep seeing how creepy this book was and would have probably never picked it up to be honest. I really loved this one, read Desires of the Dead (which I loved less) but am SO SO excited for The Last Echo as Desires of The Dead set it up for some interesting things.

Juliet, Naked: a novel

Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby: I cannot remember which blog I saw this on but I knew I wanted to read a Hornby novel at some point and after reading this particular review I decided this would be the one I started with.

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: I had people telling me in the Goodreads group I’m in to read this but I didn’t decide to buy it and read it until I started blogging. Pretty much EVERYONE pushed this one on me..and thank goodness they did because it became one of my favorite YA series EVERRR.

So, let me know…what books did you read because of bloggers? Did I ever influence you to read a book (I’m always curious about that!)?

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  1. FLUTIE 4-EVA. My pushing of this book will continue till my dying day.

  2. Well, considering I went to Barnes and Noble last night to buy Anna and the French Kiss, If I Stay, and a book by Lauren Oliver (title escaping me!!!) because of your recommendation…I'd say YES! Enthusiastically. So excited to start reading. I also saw books you blogged about Saturday, but want to wait for you to read before I do! Saving my money! Thanks!!

  3. I'm pretty sure you read If I Stay after our bookstore date. Just saying 😉
    But I'm glad I didn't let you borrow that one…. 😛

    No, it's ok, you may borrow Amy and Roger for as long as you like, especially if it ends up getting returned to me in person eventually.

  4. Jenni Elyse says:

    I read Anna and the French Kiss because of bloggers as well. I'm glad I did. I love this book and I look forward to Lola and the Boy Next Door.

  5. The Hunger Games rock! Can't wait for the movie.

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  6. I read The Hunger Games because it felt like every other blogger was in love with it. Anna and the French Kiss is the same way but I haven't read it yet!

  7. I did the Art of the Novella challenge because of Frances at Nonsuch Book and lots of other things, too.

  8. lisa [the nerd] says:

    Vera, which was pushed by bloggers everywhere, is one of my all time faves EVAH. so good.

    most of my contemp romance reads are recommended by other bloggers. and i've yet to be disappointed. YAY bloggers! <3

  9. Bookish in a Box says:

    I read The Hunger Games SOLELY because so many bloggers loved it, and I'm SO glad I did!

  10. Lisa Austin says:

    So many to name and the TBR pile is growing daily!
    The Hunger Games
    If I Stay (sobbed like a baby! Thanks bloggers…)
    13 Little Blue Envelopes & The Last Little Blue Envelope
    Sisters Red (after all of the Sweetly reviews came out)

    Seriously, the TBR pile is HUGE! Y'all are doing a great job of making me, and I'm sure tons others, want to read these books! Keep pushing 'em! 🙂

  11. Definitely, all the books I have won. But most notably, Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly which I read AND loved because of winning it (and the awesome recommendation).

    Divergent, too. And Anna and the French Kiss. If I saw these at the bookstore without knowing anything about them I would have just walked right by. Both of them are just about tied for my favourite read of the year.

  12. Yea for Sloppy Firsts. I love the Jessica Darling series, which made me a little sad that I didn't like Bumped as much. I'm going to read Anna one day and then it can go on this list.

    Check out my list at The Scarlet Letter.

  13. Melissa (i swim for oceans) says:

    haha I totally have The Hunger Games on my list, too! I ignored it as long as possible because of the hype, but damn, it's amazing 🙂

    great list, girl!

  14. Lenore Appelhans says:

    Yay! I'm so glad I could help you get into Vera 🙂

  15. I read The Hunger Games because book bloggers were raving about it and I’m so glad I did- they became some of my favourite books! I tried Divergent after them though and didn’t like it..
    Imogen’s Typewriter. <3