Discuss the books you’ve picked up because you’ve heard of them in the online book community or platform you use.
So… all of them?
I discovered almost all my books through social media, and it would be faster to make a list of the books I discovered on my own (it would be 90% short fiction, though).
So today I will write a list of books I discovered because of social media that I wouldn’t have picked up on my own. From the one I liked the least to the one I liked the most:
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli.
M/f contemporary romance is not a genre I usually read, because most of the time I don’t like it. But this book got really popular this spring – so popular that it has made its way on some lgbtq+ books lists despite the fact that the lgbtq+ rep is only side characters (bloggers: don’t) – and I decided to try it.
At least now I know the answer to the question “what was your least favorite book of 2017?”
Timekeeper by Tara Sim
I don’t like reading m/m written by women. Even when it’s not fetishising (and that happens way too often) it’s not that great – it all feels the same, as in, you could swap the characters and not much would change. But Timekeeper was really hyped, so I thought it had to be better than the others. Not really – it was ok. Boring, mostly, and with underdeveloped characters.
Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger
If it hadn’t been so hyped on twitter, I would have never picked it up. I don’t usually read new adult, and urban fantasy isn’t exactly my favorite genre, but I had heard so many good things about this one – and it didn’t disappoint. It was a fun read, with less romance than I expected (usually “new adult” means a lot of romance) and… demon-fighting bartenders.
Hammers on Bone by Cassandra Khaw
This is Lovecraftian Noir, horror with a mystery aspect. I don’t read horror unless I’m sure it’s worth it – and this was recommended by someone I trust as well-written horror. And it was great; the sequel A Song for Quiet (Lovecraftian Southern Gothic) is even better.
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
The synopsis of this one didn’t drew me in. Then the hype got me to read it, and it became one of my favorite books of 2016. And it’s my favorite Schwab book (I’ve yet to read The Archived, but I finished both the Shades of Magic series and Vicious).
Which book have you read because of the online book community?