Five books I've read because of blogger recommendations:
(Because I love them so much, 5 x 2 = 10, right? Heh)
5. The Rook by Dan O'Malley, Little Brown; Recommended by The Book Smugglers
Sooooooo... if you know me, you'll know that I love The Rook with an adoration which I'm sure absolutely embarrasses Dan.
Well, now I can confess that we can blame The Book Smugglers for that adoration. They wrote about the Rook in 2012, and I was newly home from two years in London and bored out of my mind. I picked up the book, fell in love and voìla.
Also, if you haven't read it yet, why not?
4. Two Naomis by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, Audrey Vernick (Balzer + Bray); Recommended by Mike Jung
Mike Jung is one of my favorite people in the book world, and not just because he writes fantastic books.
(Hi Mike! *Waves merrily*)
He is also an incredible champion for middle grade/diverse literature, and he has done a brilliant job of talking about the merits of Two Naomis for several months.
I read it, loved it immensely, and have Mike to thank for a great go-to read/recommendation.
(Also, I went back to look at my review and realized the title auto-filled to "Tao Naomis" at some point... which is actually kind of funny, if you know the central conflict of the book. /is easily amused)
3. A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan (Candlewick); Recommended by The Book Smugglers
So... even before I returned home from London, I had a period of downtime where I needed something to read.
Enter The Book Smugglers, who recommended A Long Long Sleep. It's a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, and I loved the elaborate world building and tragic undertones of Rosalinda Fitzroy's story.
Read this, if you haven't already.
2. No Parking at the End Times by Bryan Bliss (Greenwillow); Recommended by: I can't remember?
I can't remember who recommended Bryan's book to me, but I am SO very glad they did.
It's such a searing, honest look at how mental illness, family struggles and personal struggles can compound into a situation that feels unendurable. I was blown away by this debut novel, and Bryan will absolutely remain a must-read author of mine.
1. I Remember You by Cathleen Davitt Bell (Knopf); Recommended by Lydia Finn
I Remember You was one of my favorite books of 2015, and I'm still sad it's not a bigger thing. (Seriously, read it. You will NOT regret it.)
It's a beautiful, complex story about first love, two characters that aren't supposed to like each other, but do. Throw some temporal memories into the mix, and it's a messy, complicated romance, and will move you the way only first loves again.
Lydia, formerly of RH recommended it to me, and I can't thank her enough.