15 October 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Was 'Cajoled' Into Reading

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. I heart lists!

So I'm calling this weeks list 'cajoled' because although I'm too stubborn to be forced into reading something, I'm certainly susceptible to hype.  My list is books that I didn't think I'd ever really love, and that either one particular person convinced me it was unmissable, or the amont of gushing reviews convinced me that I needed to at least try.

1) Pivot Point (Pivot Point #1) by Kasie West - I requested an ARC, preordered a copy, and then just never got to it.  It was only when everyone told me how much I was missing by not reading it, that I decided to give it a try - and it was SO GOOD.

2) Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo - Daisy at Between the Pages sold me on this book when we met up in Amsterdam earlier this year.  Fantasy is rarely my thing, but I absolutely loved Shadow and Bone!

3) Ask the Passengers by A.S. King - It wasn't that I didn't WANT to read an A.S. King novel, more that I had just never gotten around to it.  But after Christina at A Reader of Fictions consistently said how good her novels are, I decided it was time - and I loved it!  Can't wait to read more A.S. King!

4) The Hallowed Ones (The Hallowed Ones #1) by Laura Bickle - I've also struggled to enjoy vampire books over the years, and I was so hesitant about it.  But Karen at For What It's Worth convinced me otherwise - plus it is set in an Amish community, which gave me an additional reason to enjoy it!

5) Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1) by Susan Ee - This list is starting to reveal my book prejudices - I was never interested in Angelfall until a friend of mine told me I HAD TO READ IT.  Despite iffy experiences with previous angel books, I loved this one.
6) Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1) by Veronica Rossi - This is a group effort cajoling - I was so sick of dystopians when book 2 came out that I was tempted to just skip the whole thing.  But I enjoyed it so much - it's still one of my favourite YA dystopian series.

7) Every Day by David Levithan - I'd never read David Levithan before, and the paranormal-y aspect of the plot didn't really appeal to me.  Then everyone gushed all over my feed-reader and I caved.  Best decision ever!

8) The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman - I'd been meaning to read Gaiman for YEARS.  Lots of people recommended The Graveyard Book, especially on audiobook.  I now inform everyone that intends to read Gaiman to listen on audio.  

9) Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes - The first (and only) book I've ever read about the Vietnam war was highly recommended by a Goodreads group I belong to - I was completely intimidated by the size, but sped through it because it was just so good.

10) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - I'm not the biggest fan of contemporary YA, and the subject matter was something that was a little too close to home for a long time.  But when other readers assured me that other aspects of the book, such as the characterisation made it a hopeful story too, I worked up the courage to read it.

That's my Top Ten Books that I was 'cajoled' into reading and loved!


  1. I love Gaiman :) Good to hear you liked these books.

    1. Me too - he has such a fabulous imagination! I plan to read more asap!

  2. I LOVE a lot of these! I especially loved TFiOS, Pivot Point, Under The Never and Sky, Everyday and Shadow and Bone though :D I have yet to give the rest a try, but I think I might go for Angelfall first :) Nice list!

    1. Angelfall is wonderful - I really didn't think I'd like it AT ALL, but I was completely sucked in right from the beginning!

  3. Love seeing Pivot Point in this list. That book was fantastic!

    My TTT List

  4. I have yet to read Pivot Point but I'll get to it eventually. I loved TFiOS. Awesome list!

    Here is our list

    Andy @ Owl Always Be Reading

  5. I still need to read many of these as well. Sounds like you liked them all though so that is good.

  6. I still need to read so many of these books! I recently got Ask The Passengers and I'm really looking forward to reading this one! My TTT

  7. I still need read Pivot Point, and I also need to read some of those books in your list!

  8. My friend keeps telling me to read The Fault in Our Stars. I have it and am sure it is awesome but I really need to be in the mood for it. And I just started Under The Never Sky. I needed a break from dystopians. And I am glad I did because this seems super fresh and original to me since I have not read dystopian in a while.



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