Technically, I would say “the blogosphere” recommends a lot of books to me (and what is required school reading if not books recommended by your teachers/professors?), but here are some books that I read because I remember a specific person recommending them to me.
Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block
This book was a recommendation from a publishing internship supervisor I had while I was in college. I, frankly, do not remember anything about the book besides the fact that I disliked it, which probably explained something about my internship and the mismatch in literary taste my supervisor and I often had. (She also recommended Living Dead Girl to me, which is certainly a powerful read but not something I think I would have picked up on my own either.)
Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman
This was a recommendation from Stephanie @ Chasm of Books. Stephanie loves this pirate adventure–and the rest of the series. While I didn’t fall in love with it myself, I thought it was a fun read.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo
Michael @ My Comic Relief mentions The Alchemist a lot, on his blog, on Twitter, probably in his daily life (I’m just guessing here, but I can imagine him bringing it up. Let me know if I’m right if you read this, Michael! :D) Anyway, he convinced me it was interesting enough that I had to at least give it a chance, and I did enjoy it, even if I don’t think it is literally the best book I have ever read. I put it on my list of best books I read in the first half of 2020 at least!
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
A friend recommended this as an example of the type of young adult book he’s actually interested–male-oriented, a bit dark, definitely nothing like Sarah J. Maas or the stuff I think of dominating the YA market today. I did enjoy reading it (if that’s the right word for a book that’s kind of depressing where nearly every character is a jerk), and I appreciated that it is different from a lot of what I normally read.
Middlemarch by George Eliot
I don’t remember, but Krysta says she recommended this to me, so here it is on the list. This is a fabulous story, very engaging and worth the length (don’t be put off by all the pages!).
The Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger
Krysta LOVES this series and, um, I don’t really get it. I thought the book was fine. Entertaining. But I read the first one, and that was good enough for me. Meanwhile, Messenger has legions of obsessed fans eagerly looking forward to each new novel. If that sounds like you, check out Krysta’s posts on some interesting questions the Keeper of the Lost Cities series raises.
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
A friend recommended this to me in fourth grade. I read it, and history was made! It remains one of my very favorite books, and I’ve probably read it about two dozen times now. (As well as most of Montgomery’s other books!)
The Protector of the Small Series by Tamora Pierce
I don’t remember exactly. I think a friend just recommended Tamora Pierce books in general when I was in middle school. I started by reading Page, which…isn’t even the first book in the Protector of the Small series, but that didn’t matter because I loved it and have read most of Pierce’s books since then. I’m very much looking forward to the planned Tortall television series!
The Dragon’s Tooth by N. D. Wilson
Another book I thought was fine, but I don’t 100% understand why Krysta is always raving about it. Sorry! XD