TTT: Books We’re Happy Were Recommended To Us

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme by The Broke And The Bookish. This one is a random pick from their list of previous topics.


  1. Brian Jacques Redwall series was recommended to me by friends in middle grade school. These were some of my favourite books so I’m very glad I got to read them.
  2. Judith Saltman, our professor from UBC, recommended lists and lists of books, so everything I’ve read since 2012 has pretty much been recommended by her. I really enjoyed Rebecca Stead’s When You Reach Me and Jack Gantos’ Dead End in Norvelt as stand outs, but there have been many. She also recommended Libba Bray and Susin Nielsen! Oh there are so many.   
  3. Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series was recommended to me by a librarian who saw that I wasn’t very satisfied with traditional MG and YA lit. Yay librarians!
  4. The Shining by Stephen King was assigned to me in university and remains one of my favourite book and adaptation combinations.
  5. Battle Royale was recommended to me by my old roommate (he’s a librarian too!) because I was writing my thesis about The Hunger Games. This book rocked. He also recommended the graphic novel series Wasteland which is so grim and awesome, I love it.
  6. My co-workers at Kaleidoscope also recommended loads of books to me, the stand outs here are: the Theodosia series, Swim the Fly by Don Calame (yesterday’s post!), and loads of picturebooks. Indeed, I am missing all of the picturebooks recommended to me. How else do we find out about good books?  


  1. The Ravenous Gown and 14 More Tales About Real Beauty by Steffani Raff was suggested as a title I’d like by Fernanda from Raincoast Books and I’m so glad she did so. I enjoyed the collection immensely.
  2. Uprooted by Naomi Novik was a recommendation by a friend who knows my penchant for fantasy. I probably would have read it anyway but I’m happy the title was suggested because it’s one of my favourite books of the year.
  3. All the Rage by Courtney Summers. Okay, so Yash might have done everything but sit on me to make me read this and though I may still be traumatized by the intensity of the book, it is an important one. I’m happy I read it. Thanks Yash.
  4. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. Thanks  Yash and Janet.
  5. Tokyo on Foot by Florent Chavouet


  1. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. Tuesdays and Thursdays became the Big Days of the week when Nimona was being released as a webcomic. Thanks, Yash. Also for The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson. Another story I couldn’t put down or stop thinking about.
  2. The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison. I might never have picked this up if Nafiza hadn’t told me I had to read it, that it was brilliant and that I would like it. Similar story for Uprooted by Naomi Novik – I would have picked this up eventually, but it would have been a lot later. Thanks, Nafiza. You were right on all counts.
  3. Kat Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis. I don’t recall if Steph actually told me to read this, but her review made it clear that I would like this. Thanks, Steph. And apparently there are more books about Kat! Note to self: find.
  4. The Exiles by Hilary McKay: sisters who love reading and are forbidden all books for a summer by their grandmother. Who is not a villain, by the way, but a lot of fun. Also Skellig and My Name is Mina by David Almond. For these jewels among books I owe thanks to Judi and her (fortunately) endless lists of excellent children’s literature.
  5. A friend from college recommended Dylan Meconis’s Bite Me!, a graphic novel about vampires in the French Revolution. Also, chickens. And a German werewolf.

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