Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely Sam@Thoughts on Tomes. This week topic is “Books You’ve Read Because of Booktube/Blogging/etc.” I’ve picked five books I’ve read because of Booktube, because that’s the platform where I’ve gotten most of my book recommendations and though I’ve never made videos it’s the platform that first introduced me to the bookish community.
5. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
This book was so hyped, but I actually heard a lot more negative than positive things about it at first. I’d kind of written it off until I watched Sam’s review. I love fairy-tales, especially Slavic ones and the idea of the villain being a creepy, magical forest was just to good to pass up. Besides, who doesn’t like a stubborn, impulsive protagonist and a grumpy love interest?
4. Arcadia by Iain Pears
I knew I had to buy this when I saw Jen Campell rave about it on her channel. She compared it to so many things I love, like His Dark Materials, Shakespeare’s plays, Narnia, Alice in Wonderland etc.
I actually finished reading this just last week and really enjoyed it. It’s such an intricate and creative novel that explores stories and story-telling in interesting ways while paying tribute to several works in the fantasy-canon. That might make it sound like pretty heavy stuff – but it’s also just such good fun!
3. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
I heard a lot of people talk about this book when it first came out, but it wasn’t until I watched Joce’s review that I decided I had to buy it. I read it earlier this year with my mom and we both loved it. It’s such a beautiful and heartbreaking story about family, loss and race in America. It really deserves all the hype it received.
2. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Until this year I’d read very little sci-fi. It was a genre that felt very inaccessible to me. I imagined it to be all space ships, technological weapons and epic battles. Just as I was dipping my toes in, I heard about this book on Mercedes’s channel. With it’s slow paced plot, intricate world-building and character-driven narrative it sounded like an excellent choice for me, and it was. It was a perfect introduction to a genre that’s quickly become one of my favorites, and though I’ve read lots of sci-fi novels now – I still think this one is outstanding.
1. Station Eleven by Emily St. Mandel
I have no idea where I first heard about this book, cause let’s face it – it was e v e r y w h e r e. I must’ve seen it on at least 20 people’s top 10 books of the year videos. What I do remember is that I really, really, really didn’t want to read it. Nothing about the scenario appealed to me, it didn’t sound like my taste at all, I was sick of hearing about it. So I did what any reasonable woman would do – I bought it. Thank heavens, cause not only did it end up being one of my favorite books of the year, it also reminded me that my taste is always evolving and that I’ll miss out on some terrific books if I don’t read outside my comfort zone one in a while.
Have you read any of these books? And what books has booktube/bookblogs made you read?