Saturday, July 28, 2018

Book Recommendations Blog

Book Recommendations Blog

I think we all know how much I love a book recommendation. I've had quite a few in the last couple of years and I've reviewed some and not others. It's always interesting to me to see what types of books my friends and family are into. I have a friend and an Aunt who prefer cookbooks (which is so weird to me, who the heck reads cookbooks for fun??), I have a few other friends and my sister who all prefer young adult/new adult fantasy, I have a friend who prefers sinfully picturesque romance novels, I have a friend who prefers biographies, I have a friend who prefers suspenseful mysteries. So many different genres catering to so many different preferences. I love it! Which is why I love when people recommend books to me. It's an insight to who they are and what speaks to their personalities.

I have discovered some of my favorite books through referrals from friends and acquaintances such as A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas, A Child Called It by David Pelzer and Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James. I'm pretty open to trying most genres and while I tend to favour the YA/NA fantasy genre myself, I enjoy venturing outside of my comfort zone and discovering authors and books I didn't know about before.

I gravitate towards indie authors more than mainstream authors because reviews and referrals are their lifeline. Indie authors are like hidden gems, you don't see them as much because they're not as promoted as widely known authors and their writing isn't as watered down in an attempt to appease and appeal to a wider audience. Indie author's stay true to their genres, characters and plots and put out a more authentic story. They also tend to be more grateful and more accessible to their readers. I know of a lot of indie authors who interact with their readers on a regular basis and who often host their own giveaways as a thank you to the readers who were willing to take a chance on buying their books. 

As I tend to post a lot more YA fantasy reviews I am often asked for referrals from people who aren't familiar with the genre. A lot of the time I give out unsolicited recommendations because I feel a friend may really like a book I have read. For anyone who wants to venture into the YA fantasy world I highly recommend starting with any Sarah J. Maas series. While I prefer A Court of Thorns and Roses most people I know who have read her series' actually prefer the Throne of Glass series. Maas is very good at creating a fantasy world with characters and descriptive settings that can appeal to most audiences. There are a lot of indie authors who write this genre that I also highly recommend such as Karen Lynch, Stacey Marie Brown, Emory Gayle, Melissa Haag and Jackie May.

If you have any book recommendations for me I would love to hear them! I'm always looking for new books to read and Kobo's free downloads only get me so far. Please, share your favorites with me no matter what genre they are, I'll give it a read.

Thanks for reading!

Opinionated Bookworm

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