Friday Favorites – Books That Have Been Recommended to You

Got this one from Jimmy Mango’s channel. I loved The Terror. I didn’t even know that I was a fan of sailing technicalities but boy did I love learning about them in this book. It was a very dark, very bleak, very claustrophobic read that I could not put down. I read all 900+ pages in about two weeks.

I learned about this book on someone’s booktube channel but I cannot remember which one. This was the heist book I’d always dreamed of reading. It was my first Bardugo book and I was pleasantly surprised at how great it was! I’ve read it twice since first picking it up!

A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking – by T. Kingfisher

This one was recommended to me by a close friend we play D&D with. I’d made a character for our campaign who was a part time fighter, but full time baker who used baked goods as part of her fighting techniques (like handpies she kept in her apron to throw at people). This book was a wonderful read with some surprisingly dark parts. I highly recommend for anyone 10+.

Dragons of Autumn Twilight – by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman

Recommended by my husband, who read these when he was young and early on in his D&D career. I thought this book was the perfect D&D adventure, filled with delight, adventure, and some sadness. It hit all the right spots for me. Recommended if you are a D&D player yourself!

Fallen Dragon – by Peter F. Hamilton

Also recommended by my husband, who loves science fiction books. I wanted to dip my toes a little deeper in to space operas and this one was the perfect fit. It was charming, not too heavy on the Sci part, and had a somewhat fantastical element at the end that I loved! Great book to start your science fiction journey with.

Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone – by JK Rowling

My sister and I were gifted the very first Harry Potter book when I was 13 years old. I had a crappy childhood and I credit this book for my not growing up to be a crappy person. It really helped steer me in the right direction, morally, and gave me healthy, positive role models to look up to (thanks Professor McGonagall and Hermione). Most everyone has read at least the first book, but if you haven’t please do so!

Jujutsu Kaisen – by Gege Akutami

My son recommended this manga series to me after I got into manga a couple of years ago. I really like the premise and the characters are great! Plus, the show just kicks so much butt, it’s not even funny. Check it out if you like manga!

Piranesi – by Susanna Clarke

This recommendation came from Alexandra Roslyn’s booktube channel. This is an amazingly atmospheric read that’s full of mystery, whimsy, and interesting characters. The ending wasn’t what I would have preferred, but what makes up the book is so magical that the ending didn’t make me love it any less. If you are into reading about magical places entwined with mysteries, then give this one a try.

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