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I was horrible at taking book recommendations before I started blogging, but practically everything I read now is off a blogger recommendation. Unfortunately, when a ton of bloggers are recommending a certain book that means I don't remember where I saw it first...but I'm going to do my best for this list.
Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton -- Recommended by Lindsi at BSAOT: I hadn't really looked at this one until Lindsi started raving about it, and told me it featured a dystopian element. It's probably going to be one of my favorites of 2011 -- I love the combination of mythology and dystopia.
2. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan -- Recommended by my friends Emily and Brittany: This was just before the movie buzz started, I think. They both recommended it independently, so I decided I really needed to check it out. I DEVOURED these books in like a week. They were so fast and fun and funny. A great series for all ages.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins -- I actually think the first time I heard of this series was when Stephenie Meyer recommended it on her website (I know, I know): I rave about this book all the time on here, so I'm going to sound like a broken record and say that this is the best book I've ever read, and I think it is absolutely perfect.
4. Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton -- Recommended by Melissa at My World In Words and Pages: I saw this on NetGalley but hadn't really gotten around to checking it out, then I saw a rave review on Melissa's site and knew I had to try it. I'm SO glad I did. This book is rich and beautiful and completely unique. Also, Finn = swooniness.
Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings -- Recommended by my friend Emily: I didn't really do this kind of high fantasy until recently. If there was a map in the front, I was usually not interested. But this was our book club pick, so I had no choice -- and I loved it! It wasn't as confusing as I expected, and the unique world was really fun to explore, and there were a lot of great Princess Bride-esque characters. I really need to finish the series!
6. Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann -- Recommended by Lindsi at BSAOT: I am a chicken, and I was afraid this book was going to terrify me, but Lindsi made it sound so amazing that I decided I didn't care. It was creepy, but it was also thrilling and wonderfully written with a strong narrative voice. A great read that didn't scare me too badly ;)
8. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins -- Recommended by Everyone: Another one where I was afraid it couldn't live up to the insane hype, but it TOTALLY did! Another cute and funny and sweet read.
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa -- The first place I remember seeing this one was over at Bloody Bookaholic: This is now one of my all-time favorite series. I saw it around the blogosphere when I first started out and remembered it because of its pretty pretty cover. A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays, so this sounded like the book for me -- and it was! The world building is incredible, the characters are hilarious and memorable, and the action is intense!
10. The Da Vinci Code & Angels and Demons by Dan Brown -- Recommended by my friends Emily and Brittany: More book club picks. I had heard all about how The Da Vinci Code was blasphemy from the bible bangers in my small hometown, so of course I was curious about it. I know some people don't like Dan Brown because his books can be formulaic, but as a newcomer to his writing I really enjoyed the way he wove the history and the art into these stories -- I felt like I learned something. Kind of like with National Treasure.
There are also several I've bought/borrowed and am really excited to read off recommendations:
365 Days of Reading
Chime by Franny Billingsley -- Recommended by Tawni at The Book Worms (which I will be reading as soon as I turn in my last final paper on Friday)
Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson -- Recommended by my friend Lara
White Cat by Holly Black -- Recommended by Terri at Read and Riot
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta -- Recommended Lori at Pure Imagination
Have you read and enjoyed any of these? Are there any books you've read after seeing them here on The Bookish Type? I'd love to hear about it!