Top 5 books I’ve read because of blogs and YouTube

Social media and the internet is a wonderful thing when it comes to finding out about books. There are so many to choose from, and being able to hear others thoughts about them is INCREDIBLY helpful! They help you find out about books that you may not have heard of otherwise. And so many times I’ve read a synopsis and wasn’t sure if it was something that I would enjoy. Hearing others feelings about a book can definitely sway my decision! Here are the 5 books that I read and loved thanks to blogs and YouTube!

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme where I explore different topics. If you are interested in participating I would love to have you! Here is a list of my Upcoming Topics in July – please remember to ping back a specific post of mine so I get a notification and I will add you to the participants list!

the seven husbands of evelyn hugo

THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This is probably the number one example of a book I ADORED and never would have read. Actually, I downright refused to read it! I had seen it around the blogosphere before its release, but I decided that I hated everything about it. The cover was awful (I still don’t like it) and it had to do with the life of a Hollywood starlet. I despise all things Hollywood. I didn’t want anything to do with a shallow woman and her “struggles”. A few months after the release, the rave reviews STILL kept coming, and I started to pay closer attention. Everyone was saying that this book was so emotional and not what they expected at all. It was finally when I saw a review by Bently at Book Bastion that I decided to give it a try. Now it’s one of my all time favourites!!!

My lady Jane

MY LADY JANE by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

I am a huge historical fiction fan, so this one should have automatically made it to my TBR. Especially the fact that it deals with the Tudor dynasty which is my favourite time period in a historical fiction!! But, for some reason, I decided I didn’t want to read it. I think it had to do with the fact that I heard there was a character that turned into a horse. Magical realism is something that I generally can’t relate to. Almost everything I’ve read I didn’t enjoy. So I decided that I wasn’t going to enjoy this one. But speaking with Flavia at Flavia The Bibliophile I was convinced that the magical realism would work and it would be a great read – IT WAS! Once again, I added this as an all time favourite!

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READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline

Long before I started the blog, I became obsessed with BookTube. And every single channel I watched, they all had one thing in common; they’ve read and LOVED Ready Player One. Even if that person didn’t typically read books like this, they still read it and raved about it. Naturally, I needed to know what all the fuss is about. I am SO thankful I did! I also read this at a time that science fiction wasn’t a thing I read, so taking a chance on it was even more difficult. This book helped kick start an interest in the genre 🙂

Cinder

CINDER by Marissa Meyer

Oh yes, the infamous red high heel shoe. That’s the reason why I refused to read this. The cover is misleading. If you don’t know anything about the series, it’s easy to assume that this book will be girly and immature. I know I’m not the only one that thought that way! I saw the shoe and my mind wouldn’t allow me to see the mechanics of her leg. But through blogs I realized that this is nothing like its cover and there isn’t a single girly thing about it! I LOVED this series so much and so glad I listened to YouTube!

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CITY OF THIEVES by David Benioff

Without Regan from The Peruse Project on YouTube, this book never would have made it on my radar. It’s rarely talked about and I never see in in a book store. Thanks to her mutual love of historical fiction, she talked about this book a few times and I decided that I needed to take a look. The premise immediately grabbed me – world war 2, and two criminals are given the chance of their freedom if they manage to find a dozen eggs for the generals daughters wedding cake. Seems an easy task, but when food is so scarce that people are eating the clue from spines of books…… it’s almost impossible. This is a short read but packs a punch you can’t imagine!

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To me, this Top 5 Tuesday topic proves that social media does its job and does it well. It can be such a useful tool to help spread the word on some amazing reads and give them the exposure that they deserve! What books have you loved that you found through blogs or YouTube?

Until next time, happy reading!

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  1. Jeez, all of these are on my TBR except Cinder which I already read and liked. But i think out of the 4, I’ll read Evelyn Hugo first. I’ve heard nothing but good things about it. 🙂

    Here’s my T5T so it’s easy for you to find. 🙂 🙂 And happy Tuesday.
    https://lilisblissfulpages.wordpress.com/2018/07/24/top-5-blogger-recommended-books-top-5-tuesday-6/

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    1. I recommend Evelyn Hugo to everyone! It was so well written and so emotional!

      Got you added 🙂

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      1. So they said. 🙂 Will read it soon…

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  2. Carolina @fictionologyst says:

    I read Cinder and RPO because of bookstagram!! I still need to read Evelyn Hugo and My Lady Jane!!

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    1. Evelyn Hugo and My Lady Jane are two of my absolute favourites!! Funny thing is that I thought I would hate both of them 😂

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      1. Carolina @fictionologyst says:

        Maybe I’d like them too!!! Thanks 💕

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  3. Same about Evelyn Hugo!! I probably would’ve read it eventually, but all the reviews I read of it encouraged me to read it ASAP and I’m so happy I did!

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  4. I put My Lady Jane on my list because of you, and although I haven’t had the time yet to just sit and read it, it’s slowly creeping up my list as I get through the books before it!

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    1. Yay!! I have a feeling you’re going to love it!

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  5. Taylor says:

    Of this list, I’ve only read Ready Player One but they all sound really good.I’ve heard good things about Cinder before. I really need to check it out. Great post!

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    1. I think Cinder would be right up your alley!

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  6. My post will be coming soon

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  7. Abbie says:

    I think I’m going to read My Lady Jane next month! I’m excited because I’ve seen so many great things about it recently!
    And Cinder is one of my favorites! I would have added it to my list, but I probably would have read it anyway, because I won a free copy from the library!

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    1. I hope you love My Lady Jane!!!

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  8. I ended up reading Evelyn Hugo because of hearing about it on BookTube and it’s one of my favorites now too! I still want to read My Lady Jane and The Lunar Chronicles.

    This was my first time participating in Top 5 Tuesday and I thought it was a lot of fun 🙂 Here’s my post: https://strugglingbookaholic.wordpress.com/2018/07/24/top-5-tuesday-books-i-want-to-read-because-of-blogging-booktube/

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    1. Thanks for sending the link. I’ll get you added as soon as I get back home 🙂

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    1. Thanks! I’ll get you added very soon 🙂

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  9. Wow some definite trends! Six crows mentioned so much!

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    1. That was a little surprising to me!

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  10. Jayati says:

    Same with Cinder, it was so popular and I couldn’t bear to not have read it.

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  11. Beware Of The Reader says:

    I just knew you would choose The Seventh Husband ….as you explained at the time of your review that it was one book you’d never have read before blogging! As usual I am late …here is my link 😉 http://bewareofthereader.com/top-5-books-ive-read-because-of-you-bloggers/

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    1. Perfect! I’ll get you added as soon as I get home 🙂

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  12. Rose says:

    I picked up a few of these because of blogging as well, I’m definitely so glad I read My Lady Jane because it was so amazing! I keep seeing The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo everywhere so I feel like that’s going to be another book that I need to pick up soon.

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  13. hannawsreads says:

    Completely forgot Cinder while making my own list. There’s yet another book i really liked and read only because it was popping out everywhere!

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  14. Shaunna says:

    I keep seeing the sequel(??) to My Lady Jane everywhere right now and, although historical fiction isn’t really my thing, I’m pretty intrigued!

    This was a great topic to write about. Here’s my post: http://shaunnareads.com/five-books-i-discovered-through-the-bookish-community

    Shaunna 🙂

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    1. People who don’t like historical fiction still like this. I am a huge historical fiction fan but this one is different. It’s paranormal and funny

      Thanks for sending the link! I get you added ASAP

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  15. Seven Husbands and Lady Jane are high priority TBR books for me too because of blogs! 😀

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    1. Those 2 are definite all time faves! Hope you love them as much as I did!

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  16. Justine says:

    Great list! I LOVED Evelyn Hugo, I’ve talked about it on my blog way too many times and definitely wouldn’t have picked it up if it wasn’t for social media.

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    1. You can never talk about a book too many times!!

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  17. Just discovered your awesome Top 5 Tuesday meme! I would love to participate in future. Can I post on this topic a bit late? 🙂

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    1. Of course! I can add you at any time. When you do any of your posts just remember to click on any one of my posts and copy and paste that link (not the main home site link) and WordPress will send me a notification. Or you could also send me the link. Whatever works best for you 🙂

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      1. Cool! Thanks so much! Looking forward to getting involved with this 🙂

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  18. Ruqs says:

    Blogging, specifically your posts, made me read Ready Player One and I have to say I didn’t regret it!

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    1. This makes me so happy!!! Glad you liked it! 🙂

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      1. Ruqs says:

        Yes I loved it 🙂

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  19. I’ve heard so many good things about The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo! I will get round to reading it some day haha!

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    1. I really think you’ll like that one 🙂

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  20. Flavia says:

    Yaaaay! I’m so glad that you read and loved My Lady Jane! It’s one of my faves 😀 Also, you mentioning me for that one made me smile from ear to ear! ❤

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    1. Of course! I remember being so mad that I missed the readalong so I read it right after 😂

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      1. Flavia says:

        Aweee hahaha 😂

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  21. Great list! I really want to read My Lady Jane, I’ve heard such great things about it 🙂

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    1. It’s really amazing! The guy that turns into a horse just works. It’s weird, but it works 😂

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  22. Leah says:

    I’m looking for really great historical fiction recommendations. If you would do a post about that, I would read it in a heartbeat! Great post! I’ll need to check out City of Thieves.

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    1. I did this topic last year. Sadly I haven’t read much historical fiction since so my list would be the same. Here’s the link if you want to see. It’s one of my favourite genres!
      https://bionicbookwormblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/06/top-5-historical-fiction/

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      1. Leah says:

        Okay I’ll go read it before the heartbeat lol!

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  23. Super excited to participate! Here’s my link in case you need it 🙂

    https://greenishbookshelf.com/2018/07/26/top-5-books-ive-read-because-of-blogging/

    Thanks for hosting!!

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    1. Sorry I’m getting to this really late. I’ve been way too busy this week! I’ll get you added as soon as I can tonight 🙂

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      1. Thank you! No worries at all. Thanks for hosting!

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  24. Nia says:

    I have TSHOEH just because I’ve heard nothing but amazing things everywhere, so I can see why you mentioned it here😅. I also have My Lady Jane on my TBR because of all the praise it’s been said about it, haha!

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    1. They are hyped for a reason!! They’re amazing!

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  25. Michelle says:

    Great List, Shanah ❤️

    I also read Cinder because of book blogging – I had just started my blog and that was the book that everyone was talking about (that and Red Queen), I only read it once the hype had died down a bit and I loved it so much, now I just have to find time to finish the rest of the series. Ready Player One (both the book and the movie) are on my TBR and To Be Watched list – I’ve heard that it’s really a great book and that if you grew up in the 90’s that you’ll really love it!

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    1. Oh yes!! More 80’s than anything. In this case I wonder if it would be better to watch the movie first? The movie would be good if you havent read the book. But if you read the book before the movie you can imagine it yourself without the influence of the movie. It’s a toss up!

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      1. Michelle says:

        The trailer for the movie looks really good! And the boyfriend really wants to watch it, cause that’s the type of movies he’s into! Maybe I’ll watch it first with him and then see how the book matches up 🙂

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        1. My hubby and kids loved it!

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