Top Ten Books I Read Because Bookstagram Recommended Them

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week, she posts an idea relating to books and encourages other book bloggers to respond with their own top ten lists.

This week’s topic is “top ten books I read because someone recommended them to me.” Most of my friends from university aren’t huge readers, so I get a lot of my recommendations from bookstagram! Here are 10 books that bookstagram made me read:

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
I had already read (and loved!) The Archived, so after seeing so many beautiful pictures of the Shades of Magic books, I had to pick them up…. and also post a picture, of course.

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
Ninth House was everywhere. It showed up in all the dark academia aesthetics, which definitely piqued my interest. I didn’t love this book as much as the rest of bookstagram, but I do love all the aesthetic photos of it!

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Bookstagram talked about this as if it was the fluffiest book in existence, and I’m so happy that it gave me those same warm, fuzzy feelings.

Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld
I had seen a lot of strong opinions about this book on Twitter. The majority of Bookstagram reviews were positive for it, though, which solidified it something I should at least start reading.

Normal People by Sally Rooney
I also only watched the TV show adaptation because of Twitter, so consider myself influenced when it comes to Sally Rooney!

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Until last year, I hadn’t read a Holly Black book since her Modern Faerie Tale series. I had seen enough photos of the first two books on IG that when I saw one of them on the library shelves, I didn’t think twice before picking it up.

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
Technically I haven’t read this one yet, but I did just pick it up from the library because I had seen it (and the sequel) in so many positive review posts lately.

Uprooted by Naomi Novik
This is a book that I had seen enough times that I was scared to read it in case I didn’t love it. I finally picked it up in 2018 when the hype had (kind of) died down, and it definitely lived up to expectations.

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Choshki
THIS COVER. Every single photo I’ve seen of this book has been stunning – I was sold even before I saw that it was set in Paris.

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust
If it weren’t for the Fairyloot-exclusive edition making the rounds, I’m not sure that this book would have made it onto my radar. I’m so glad that it did, though – it was a beautiful, poignant read.

What books did you read because of Bookstagram?

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