Top Ten Books People Told Me I MUST Read

Posted August 19, 2014 by Debby in Uncategorized

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They might as well call book bloggers book pushers, right? I mean, we book nerds of the internet get very SHOUTY about all the books everyone HAS TO read because OMG SO AMAZING SO MANY FEELS. Hey, I don’t blame you guys, I’m right there with you. So here are the most high pressure books on my TBR pile. Most are series, because let’s be honest, series are what get people FLAILING AND CAPSING, and there’s the hype cycle for each new release, so the books get more and more publicity.

Books People Forced Onto My Shelves

The Knife of Never Letting Go Days-of-Blood-and-Starlight-HB1 Graceling Froi of the Exiles Insignia

1. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
GAH, yeah, I haven’t read the Chaos Walking trilogy. For some people (i.e. Daph) this is like AH NO HOW DARE YOU. I’ve had the book on my shelf for close to a year buuuut still haven’t picked it up. Mostly due to the length, if I’m honest. I do sincerely want to get to this soon.

2. Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
Okay, this wasn’t forced on me, because I pre-ordered it on my own, but I just haven’t gotten around to it and ugh. Everyone keeps raving about this series, and I KNOW, I mean, I LOVED Daughter of Smoke and Bone. But I dunno. It’s LONG. I keep saying soon. But then I don’t. =/

3. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
All high fantasy fans agree, Graceling is supposedly AMAZING. I want to read this pretty bad, and to be fair it hasn’t been on my shelf as long as some of these other books, but I just can’t find the time 🙁

4. Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta
I’ve had this since last September, but I read Finnikin of the Rock a good two years ago… I don’t know that I remember what happened there, and I know it’s not the biggest issue, because this one follows Froi more, but but ugh, I’m just OUT of the world, you know? *hides from all the Marchetta fangirls*

5. Insignia by S.J. Kincaid
I feel like this is a really underrated but awesome YA sci fi series? Like, it doesn’t get much hype, but those of my friends who HAVE read it are all pretty unanimous in saying it’s awesome, like Daph and Kara. So hey, maybe I’ll stop requesting shitty YA sci fi ARCs, and read this instead next time.

People Are Waiting For Me To Cave

Eleanor & Park Crown-of-Embers-US Grave Mercy Something Strange and Deadly The Raven Boys

1. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
You people and your Rainbow Rowell obsessions xD To be fair, this is really high on my to-buy list, but since I’ve been limiting my book buying, I just haven’t gotten around to it. I did love Fangirl, so I have relatively good faith that I’ll like this too, but I’ve heard some negative things here and there, and the overall hype is a bit intimidating. But, yeah, Daph, this will happen. …sometime.

2. The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson
Oh god, here come the Hector fangirls. Look, I just was not that impressed at all with The Girl of Fire and Thorns, and yes I KNOW you’re all going to yell that it gets SO MUCH BETTER, but I’m doubtful anyway because I’m a pessimistic orange. But, Daisy, Gillian, I think I’m going to give this one a shot… on audio.

3. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Okay, I’m so in for this one too, guys! I’ve been discovering historical fiction this year and LOVING it, and I’m pretty sure this is next on my list to buy. That should make A LOT of people very happy, like Mel, Gaby, Gillian, and probably so many more that I’m blanking on naming. SOON.

4. Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
I was so unsure about this one, and I kind of wrote it off because I don’t do zombies. But after Christina was raving and very happy about the series ending (and that is rare enough to note) I reconsidered, and like, it’s probably not the gruesome zombie horror-esque stuff that I wouldn’t be able to handle if so many of my friends love it. Plus, I want to read Susan Dennard because she’s besties with Sarah J. Maas, ngl.

5. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
I haven’t read Maggie Stiefvater before, mostly because I don’t really do paranormal so much. But EVERYONE loves this series – Gaby, Gillian, Meg, Mel – and ghosts are something I think I could handle. Anyway, I just want to know what everyone’s flailing about all the time.

Before you comment…

Remember that I have a really complicated relationship with book hype, so too much shouting about how I HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK might result in me running away. Umm… be gentle? Thanks ♥

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24 responses to “Top Ten Books People Told Me I MUST Read

  1. Hooooly shit this list makes me want to squeeze you and then shove books in your face.

    Ahem. That wasn’t creepy at all.

    But for real – if you like high fantasy, Graceling is all around awesome. And if you like Tamora Pierce, the heroines are somewhat similar, if that gives you something to go on. And ohmygodohmygod Froi of the Exiles!!! Don’t get me wrong, I loved Finnikin of the Rock – but Froi is that book for me. It’s the swoons and the clammy hands because your so nervous about the characters and the world building and…I’m telling you man, it’s true love right there. And you really don’t need to remember that much from Finnikin of the Rock because not only are the main characters in that side characters, I’m pretty sure Froi is set a few years in the future. AND if it gives any weight to The Raven Boys, I hated Maggie Stiefvater’s faerie series AND I strongly dislike paranormal romance – and I still think The Raven Boys is a seriously awesome series.

    Ok awkward fangirl obsession in your face over.

  2. I’m reading Days of blood and starlight at the moment, I think it’s even better than Daughter of smoke and bone.

    I hope you can find some time for Graceling, because I have a feeling you will really like this series.

    Crown of Embers (Hector :D), Grave Mercy and The Raven boys, yep to all three of them! Especially Grave Mercy, I think that’s definitely a series for you, because it has every element I know you like. *inner fangirl screams* And the sequels are also amazing.

    I hope I didn’t scare you away from them :p

    • Hahaha, you’re doing it right Mel 😉 Gah, you’re actually getting me more excited (in the right way) for Grave Mercy hihihihihi hopefully I can get to that this year x_x after all the September/October ARCs.

  3. So….I don’t wanna all caps and be as you expect us to be…but…

    DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT. I loved it MORE than Daughter of Smoke and Bone.





    CAVE >:(

    But, I totally don’t push books. Nope.

  4. Kimberly

    If it makes you feel any better, I also haven’t read past Daughter of Smoke & Bone. I LOVED that book, but have tried reading the second book twice now. Both times, I stopped in the same exact place. I’m just not in the mood, I guess? And the third book is such a tome (seriously, I carried it around for a friend at a library conference in April and, wow, was it heavy), that I’m not sure I have the energy for it.

    Finally, someone else who didn’t wholeheartedly love Girl of Fire and Thorns! I thought I was the only one. I went back and read your review of that book and our issues were very similar. I know a lot of people who loved the series, but I just can’t work up any desire to finish it.

    So re: Graceling. I did not love that book. In fact, I was bored and actually put it down for several weeks before finally finishing it. I also had huge, huge problems with Bitterblue. But the second book in the series, Fire, is SO SO GOOD. Seriously, I listened to the audio and it is still one of my favorite audiobooks ever. It also has the least to do with the other two books in the series, both of which go together. Honestly, when I recommend that series at the library, I generally advise reading Fire first.

    I’m not sure any of that was actually helpful, but at least now you know you aren’t alone in some of your feelings?

    • I haven’t even attempted Days of Blood and Starlight yet, but I can imagine indeed that you need to be in just the right mood for it. I haven’t really been in the mood for such dense fantasy stuff in MONTHS, and I’m scared of anything tainting my opinion of Laini Taylor, so I guess that’s also been playing a role with me.

      Hah, there’s actually a couple people I know who weren’t smitten with Fire and Thorns, but indeed, we’re far in the minority. I just wish the first book would be better if the series gets so amazing after that, you know? =/ I’m going to power through it just to say I’ve done it.

      Wow, you might be the first person I’ve heard of that did not like Graceling, hahaa, but that’s good – if it goes wrong, I won’t be alone. I’ve heard great things about Fire, indeed – I think it’s most people’s favorite? But I’m very particular about reading things in order haha (for so far as there is an order). But I’ll keep it in mind to at least give Fire a fair shot, even if I don’t like Graceling.

      It does help, actually! 🙂 It’s very comforting for me to hear balanced rational opinions amongst all the shouting of BUT YOU HAVE TOOOOOOOOOO. So thanks!


    Okay, I just had to shout something, since that’s cool apparently. Did I DO IT RIGHT? HALLO?


    1. TKoNLG was interesting and strange. I’m still sorta not sure how I feel about it. Not sure if it’s a Debby book, but I’d be curious to hear your input.

    2-4. *stares* As further inducement on 2, then you get to reward yourself with Nights of Cake & Puppets which is 1) short and 2) def a Debby thing.

    5. Um yeah, I need to read this one too.

    1. *coughs*

    2. I didn’t like book one either. And the audios are great. I got sort of obsessed with the audio for two and listened to basically all of it in one day. Oops.

    3. Don’t count this as shouting but as necessary: THE SHIPS.

    4. Haha, *sobs* it should not be this rare for me to be happy with a series ender. And yet.


    • *craughs* *falls over*

      1. I feel like I will probably appreciate it for the social commentary that it gives with respect to social media and stuff, and people say shocking plot twists and cliffhangers and stuff? I DON’T KNOW tbh. I need to get it over with.

      2-4. See, staring, much more effective xD BUT I DON’T READ NOVELLAS. *sigh* *pouts* *eyes book* *looks at TBR* *cries*

      2. I will get Crown of Embers on audio! DECIDED. After I finish Vampire Academy. *sigh*

      3. THERE’S GOOD SHIPS? GAH. I must get my hands on this. I need to just know what I’m getting for my birthday x_x

      4. Well, that’s just better publicity for that series 😛 SERIES ENDING IS CHRISTINA APPROVED. *nods* very valuable.


    • 1. *totally remembers social commentary aspects* <..> Okay, well, if I ever finish this series, I’ll have to reread book one obviously. I just remember I hated the censored swearing and then the actiony bits.

      2-4. I don’t read novellas either, but that was one of the best things I’ve read all year. I’m just sayin’ is all.

      2. Yesss, audio.

      3. Good is a bit of a mild word, but yes ships yes.

      4. Oh my kanye, I need to start doing this.

      5. HUZZAH.

    • 1. Haha, I basically meant like how he can hear everyone’s thoughts – it’s like Twitter, being overwhelmed with all the thoughts of everyone around you. *shrug* I dunno, my book club members were raving about some of that stuff when we read More Than This. I did like that one a lot, so… I need to do this.

      2-4. *cries* *puts on to-buy list*

  6. I do agree with many of the books that you have on your list, like Grave Mercy, Eleanor & Park, Crown of Embers… those I’d say that whatever hype, big or small (ok, BIG hype) is very much well deserved. Raven Boys? Another very much deserved hype and it was also my first Maggie Stiefvater read.

  7. I say ABSOLUTELY to The Knife of Never Letting Go (the audio is fantastic, if you choose to go that route) and Grave Mercy is a fantastic historical fiction. I still have to read Rae Carson’s series too but I have heard it’s good on audio. Might have to pick it up soon. 🙂

    • I already have a paperback of TKoNLG, so I’ll be reading it the old fashioned way, haha, but I will keep that in mind if the print doesn’t work out for me 🙂 So excited for Grave Mercy, I really hope I can get to it soon. And yeah, The Girl of Fire and Thorns was just average for me, but everyone says it gets better later. Christina keeps telling me Crown of Embers was so addictive on audio, she listened to it all in one day – so that’s giving me hope.

  8. haha I’ll try to avoid adding to the hype, but The Raven Boys really is wonderful! I put it off and put it off because of the hype only to finally give in and nearly kicked myself for waiting so long. I have yet to read The Dream Thieves though..

    A few months ago I bought Something Strange but only because I got it for an awesome price. I was never big on zombies – the exceptions can be counted entirely on one hand – but I’ve heard good things about this series and I kind of love that it’s set in the late 1800s.

    • I guess yeah, the massive hype worries me because what if I’m that ONE person who doesn’t like it? (Has happened before.) *sigh* It’ll probably be okay, but *sigh* So many books, so little time.

      True, the historical setting of SS&D is making me more partial to trying it as well 🙂 The pretty dresses on the covers alone, haha.

  9. Haha, yes, bloggers are insane book pushers. However, I’ve been pleasantly surprised how careful people are about boundaries. Like, they’ll push and flail and whatever, but I haven’t had anyone get overly aggressive once I express disinterest. With that in mind…

    GRACELING: I’d be interested to see what you think. I enjoyed it, and I thought the first book was the best of the series (which is really made of companion books rather than actual sequels.) Po is rather lovely, despite his name.

    CROWN OF EMBERS: YUP. Diehard Hector fan over here. Love him. And I do love the relationship (both romantic, platonic, and… whatever the proper adjective is for the power imbalance between a ruler and her captain) between him and Elisa. But I also liked the plot and the story and the other characters we meet. You may agree, you may not. Either way, it’ll be fun to hear. 🙂

    GRAVE MERCY: Well, I’m a fan. … Yup. I’m a fan. Major fan. Nun assassins. Cute boys. Political intrigue. Sneakytimes. Knives. Poisons. I think you’d like it, but again, there’s always a chance that you won’t. Interestingly, from what I’ve read, people who don’t jive with the first one often enjoy the second one a lot more, since the scope and feel are different.

    SS&D: *whispers* I didn’t get the appeal of this one. I want to try it again someday, especially now that I’ve heard about how supposedly awesome the third book is.

    THE RAVEN BOYS: I do like this one. It’s very pretty and shippy. I think listening to the audiobook helped with that, because I devoured the narrator’s changing accents. (Not everyone feels the same about him, though.) And I know some people thought the narration was pretty pretentious, but it didn’t bother me.