What makes a book ‘good’? The way the author turns a phrase and draws you into the folds of the world? Maybe a fast-paced intense plot filled with mystery, action, and romance. Or the characters are the ones that make or break a book for you.
That is up to you. A book might not be a best seller. It may not have the most original story or the best characterization. It might be filled to the margins with tropes and clichés–such as the dread Love Triangle. But if you enjoyed it, when Goodreads and Youtube reviews and everyone else tears it apart, that is okay. Like what you like. You don’t have to like what everyone else likes.
Then there’s the other side when a book has nothing but praise from every corner of the writing community. Every booktuber and bookblogger loves this book. It’s the best thing since yoga pants. But then there’s you, and you like yoga pants just fine. But you disagree with the whole ‘yoga pants are pants’. That’s fine, that’s your opinion. I love booktube and blogs, which is why I thought this blog was such a great idea.
But what am I really saying here? You guys and gals are smart. You already know all this. So what is the point of this post?
Tell me what are some good books–books that you enjoyed, books that made you laugh or cry, angry or sad. Just one or ten, new releases or something from Jane Austen’s day. I honestly mean it. The point of this blog isn’t exactly meant to be a book recommendation site, but you know I wouldn’t mind a few posts about it.
Thanks to all of the wonderful book sites out there (Goodreads, the booktube community on Youtube), I have a few recommendations and books to be read. Here are five for you and let me know which ones you have read or want to read.
- Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
- Thick as Thieves (The Queen’s Thief) by Megan Whalen Turner (Pre-order available but fifth in a series of six. Here are all of them so far but they’re changing the covers!)
- Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
- The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Adieh
- The Raven Boy by Maggie Stiefvater (that is such a cool name)
That is all I have for you today! Let me know in the comments what books you recommend, and I’ll write them down on the list and look them up.
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