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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved That Made Me Want More Books Like Them

Bonjour tout la monde, today’s Top Ten Tuesday choice of topic from Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl is, Books I Loved That Made Me Want More Books Like Them … which is one hell of a mouthful to say, let alone type out. Basically, books we read that inspired us to read others in a similar trope/genre/theme and the like.

So what books inspired me?

  • BURY YOUR DEAD (2010) by Louise Penny is the first book I read of hers and a book that got me started reading not only her brilliant Three Pines series, but also, back into crime fiction in general.
  • PODKAYNE OF MARS (1963) by Robert A. Heinlein was one of the first of his YA science fiction books I remember reading, which, in turn, got me reading not only most of his juvenile series, but also, a lot more science fiction.
  • PAWN OF PROPHECY: The Belgariad book #1 (1982) by David Eddings was a 6-book YA fantasy series that really got me into reading a lot more fantasy, back in the day. It’s a fun, straight forward YA fantasy easily accessible for younger teens and maybe even tweens, given it’s light content.
  • LORD FOUL’S BANE: The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant book #1 (1977) by Stephen R. Donaldson launched me into somewhat darker fantasy territory with heavier themes, and probably some of the first grimdark being written, at the time.
  • THE CITY OF BRASS: the Daevabad series (2017) by S.A. Chakraborty was the book that got me back into reading fantasy after a very long hiatus. Here is a book that really hit all the right notes for me, when it comes to a good fantasy read. Basically as updated version of Arabian Nights with an adult sensibility, but with a lot more fun too. Read the entire series you won’t be sorry!
  • THE PERPLEXING THEFT OF THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN (2016) by Vaseem Khan is book two in a delightfully light murder-mystery series set in Mumbai, India, and a book that both introduced me to Inspector Chopra (Rtd) and a whole new world of fiction. And, I mean, come on, he has a baby elephant, who could resist reading this series?
  • THE SWEETNESS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PIE (2009) by Alan Bradley was my first introduction to crime fiction set in the UK during the 50s, with a young female protagonist turned detective, 11 year old Flavia de Luce. Again, like Vaseem Khan’s series, Bradley’s series is quaint, fun, irreverent, and serious in equal measure. It was a delight to discover how much fun it was reading this series.
  • A MAN CALLED OVE (2013) by Fredrik Backman is not a book I would normally have read, but, because of another book bloggers insistence, I picked up a copy and, was pleasantly surprised. So much so, I’ve read other books from this author and yes, enjoyed them as much each in their own way. Dark, and sometimes, difficult, but always, in the end, uplifting.
  • THE LOCKSMITH’S DAUGHTER (2016) by Karen Brooks got me into reading historical murder-mysteries, a category I would never have thought of. But this one got me into reading whodunits with historical settings that then, in turn, led me to reading a broader range of historically set novels.
  • THE SILENCED (2017) by Swedish journalist, Anders de la Motte, is a thoroughly absorbing translated thriller set in Sweden. I picked it up by chance having read the back cover blurb and really enjoyed it. And, inspired, went on to read other works in translation.

And you, what book or genres inspired you?


    • I was really unsure about reading this one, as it’s not my usual genre. But, surprise, surprise, I thoroughly enjoyed it, Lydia. I hope you give it a go.

    • I know exactly what you mean. Her ability to not write an absorbing story, but her characters are all people you feel like you know. I can’t think of a better murder mystery series or author I love more.

  1. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader says

    I am so happy to find The Daevabad Trilogy here! You introduced me to it after all!

    • Alex says

      I loved it then, and love it now, and can’t wait to read her new stuff. I’m sure it’s going to be just as good.

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