Not too long ago I figured it’d be convenient if I created a shelf on Goodreads for books I would recommend to others. Sometimes I have friends or family asking for recommendations and while I can always name a few, it’s nice to have them all in one place. (Also: I love lists. I just can’t help myself.)
Interestingly, I realised that there is a huge difference between books I personally love, and books I would actually recommend to others. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend all my 5-star rated books to friends. And at the same time, I sometimes don’t enjoy a book but am convinced others will enjoy it. This means there are actually some books I rated 3 or even just 2 stars on my recommendations shelf.
I often talk about books I love on this blog here. Several titles pop up again and again and I’m sure by now you’re familiar with my favourites 😉 But here are some books that I would like to recommend but that I never talk about.
If you want to see my whole list of books I would recommend, it’s here!
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien (Children’s, fantasy)
Eeeeeee I loved this book so much! Another book club read. It’s a children’s book but I was amazed by the depth of the plot (and also the plot within the plot). Besides that, the characters are surprisingly well developed (and cute!). Highly recommended book no matter how old you are.
The Apprenticeship of Big Toe P by Rieko Matsuura (Japanese literature)
I only rated this book two stars. So why do I recommend it? It’s about a young woman who one day wakes up and discovers her big toe has turned into a penis. If you like weird books then this is one for your bucket list.
The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman (historical fiction)
This is a book that I never would have picked up on my own, but I won it and so I read it. And it’s gorgeous. Hoffman’s descriptions are so vivid and beautiful that I am now actually interested in visiting Masada. If you like strong female characters, a touch of mystique, and beautiful writing, read this book!
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (YA, mystery)
We picked this book for our book club and I finished it in no time. It’s a quick read and I quite enjoyed it. I was curious to find out the big secret, and it was fun reading toward it, but at the same time it was easy to guess (so I suppose it was fun finding out if I was right?). I only rated it 3 stars because I wasn’t blown away and I couldn’t stand any of the characters (haha), but I do think this is a great read for those who are looking for a quick YA read.