Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is: All About Books You Read Because of Recommendation — Ten Books I’ve Read Because Of Another Blogger (Or Book Person) or Ten Books I Read On Recommendation From People Outside Of This Community or you could talk about recommendations of books you read from other sources — a magazine, a podcast, a “because you read this” algorithm.

So… peer pressure made me do it? Sounds legit, yes? Great. These are all books recommended by either one person, or quite close to everyone I know. And my reaction? Well, in lieu of me throwing word vomit at you… I shall give you my reaction in emoji form! (Where applicable, I linked to my review in the “verdict” section!)

Play On  by Michelle Smith

Recommended by: Holly @ The Fox’s Hideaway


The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater


Recommended by: Holly & Cait @ Paper Fury


The Book Thief by Markus Zusak


Recommended by: Val @ The Innocent Smiley and The Indecision Games

Verdict:  (and also, it was incredible)

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson


Recommended by: Holly


Feed by Mira Grant


Recommended by: Jess @ Curiouser and Curiouser

Verdict: (“Review” coming soon!)

Red Rising by Pierce Brown


Recommended by: The internet;  The Indecision Games


The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


Recommended by: Friend from college. 

Verdict: Really? 

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris


Recommended by: Mom of former client when I was bored.


Disruption by Jessica Shirvington


Recommended by: Cait


Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas


Recommended by: Literally everyone ever.

VerdictThe series is just so… long.

Overall, you guys have pretty great taste! So, thanks!! 

I also like to peer pressure people! Here are books that I shove at people on the regular (links to Goodreads!):


So, which books have you peer pressured people into reading? Did they like it? And what is one book that you would have never read if others hadn’t pushed it on you? Were they right? 

Posted October 10, 2016 by Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight in Top Ten Tuesday / 33 Comments


33 responses to “Peer Pressure Made Me Read It

  1. MADE YOU UP! I was trying to think of the name of that book the other day and couldn’t find it on my bookshelf. I wanted to finally read it. The Raven Boys was a book that I was recommended time and time again (and probably a lot to do with Cait too) and I couldn’t even finish it. I usually love lyrical writing but it just didn’t work for me. But love love loved Disruption. Such an amazing read.

  2. Oh I NEED to read Only Ever Yours since I just read Asking For It recently and was BLOWN AWAY!!! Now I must read everything she ever has written/will write. The Raven Boys was a rec-read for me too. My book club basically forced me…. so glad they did!!!

  3. Great list! I’ve read The Book Thief and The Hunger Games and loved them both. I’ve read Dead Until Dark too and enjoyed it. But I didn’t include them this week. I also own The Raven Boys, Red Rising and Throne of Glass and just need to find the time to read them.

  4. Well I just started reading Don’t Touch by Rachel M. Wilson so what a coincidence haha. I’m actually finding it a bit boring right now but I mean, I haven’t read too far into it yet so I won’t be DNFing unless I’m still bored later. And you give great recs so I shall trust your judgement haha. And omg I love your emoji reactions btw, they’re hilarious!! I’ve been peer pressuring everyone to read ToG lol and yeah, you make a good point when you say the series is long BUT it’s so addictive!!

    Weirdly enough, I would never have read the first Harry Potter book if my friend hadn’t pushed it on me! She literally gave me the book and the dvd for my 13 birthday because I have a thing about reading books that I receive as presents. I originally didnt’ want to read it because I thought it would be too scary but I ended up loving it so much (and of course I finished the series too).

  5. I always love how you do your top ten lists!!! And yes the ToG series is sooo long. I need to read book three but like the audio is 20 hours and that is just a lot. You are making me need to pick up The Serpent King with this and your last post. I also own Made You Up so I should read that too! Great lists!

  6. I’ve read a handful from your list – and a couple that I haven’t read my husband actually read. Like the Newsflesh trilogy. He told me he wanted to read something with zombies (this was a couple years ago) and I came across that one. He really enjoyed the whole trilogy. Same with Red Rising – he loved the whole trilogy (although it looks like it was a snooze fest for you LOL). I read Throne of Glass 2 years ago but have never continued with the series. Everyone (yes, EVERYONE) raves about it (and I totally believe NOTHING can live up to that insane hype) but I just wasn’t blown away enough by the first book to continue on. I definitely want to read Return Once More… soon. I’m so hopeful that I’m going to love that one.

  7. I’ve felt this way on occasion. There will be a book that doesn’t sound great to me but everyone gushes about it on their twitter and blog and I don’t want to be left out… so I read it and then I’m like uhh.. did we read a different book?

  8. Emojis, that’s so awesome. 🙂 I’m always amazed how many books I’ve read based on blogger recs, and how if I had never started blogging I wouldn’t have read SO MANY of these. Kinda crazy! The Kiss of deception has such a great cover, and I’m seriously thinking about the Feed series. It just sounds so different from everything else.

    One book I would have never read? I’ll say Fangirl. I mean that’s just not something I would normally go for… or maybe Divergent. I resisted that so long until bloggers talked me into it. 🙂

  9. Rowena

    I love how you did your list. This post is so full of awesome.

    The only book that I’ve read from your list is The Hunger Games and like you, I loved it. I have Play On to read and again, like you, I got it because everyone was reading and liking it. I’m excited to read it.

  10. I love the emojis – that’s such a clever idea! 🙂 AH THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO. I still haven’t recovered from that book and it’s been 4 years. XD After reading your and another blogger’s reviews on The Serpent King I’ve been persuaded to give it a go! 🙂

  11. The Raven Boys and Throne of Glass made my list too…have to agree on the Throne of Glass series though, it’s just so long! When I started reading I think there were only three books out, but now there are…six? and just more on the way. Enough to intimidate a fangirl, haha. I love your emoji ratings!

  12. DUDE the Book Thief and the Indecision Games? The Indecision Games was ME. WITH THE BOOK THIEF. Did you know how much time I spent upvoting The Book Thief. A LOT OF TIME. EVERY DAY.

  13. Great list Shannon! I’m also a peer-pressured reader, I read what everyone else reads/recommends, honestly I don’t know how to pick books for myself anymore :’) I haven’t read Red Rising but I have heard about how amazing it was! I think I will pick it up soon. I also read The Raven Cycle because Cait practically shout and scream about it all the time I couldn’t help but finally picked it up 😛 and I loved it <3 I haven't read any Patrick Ness' books, which is totally a SHAME, but I have The Rest of Us Just Lives Here on my immediate TBR so I might start there 😀

  14. Hahaha, I love your list. The emoji verdicts are a nice touch. (I especially liked your verdict for THG. “Really?”)

    But omg finally someone who isn’t as impressed with Throne of Glass! It’s so, so long. I’m bored.

  15. I just bought You Were Here, but I don’t know much about it. I’m happy to see it on your list. I feel like everyone told me to read The Raven Boys … so I did. Yup, not for me. I even forced myself through the second book because I REALLY wanted to join the party and like it, but I’ve officially given up. I don’t recommend books a lot. I think I get nervous they’all hate it. BUT one I have been telling people about lately is Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum. It was adorable.

  16. Ooooooh I still need to read Play On!! I read Made You Up and freaked the $$ out of me, no lie. Lolz. The Hunger Games book series is alwayyyys a great choice, and the Only Ever Yours cover looks interesting, weirdly enough. hahah. Very Stepford.

  17. I still MUST read Asking For it, You Were Here and Made You Up based on your stellar recommendations! I am honestly (too) good about avoiding peer pressure to read certain books but I wish I listened to recommendations more! Rachel (from Reader’s Den) did tell me about The Others series by Anne Bishop and it’s now one of my all time favorite series! So that worked!!

  18. I tend not to peer pressure people into reading anything as I find it so annoying when people do it to me. I read extensively. I have a huge TBR pile. I don’t need someone asking me every ten days why I haven’t read their favorite book yet. I do get around to recommendations, but not as fast as people want me to!

  19. I always peer pressure people into reading Harry Potter. I know that I am not the only one who does it, but it is my favorite series of all time that everyone can enjoy. I also push Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Illuminae, and The Midnight Sea onto other people, with very good reasons. There are quite a few more than I like to recommend to everyone that I meet, but those are the ones I thought of off the top of my head.
    I was peer pressured into reading the Vampire Academy series. While I was extremely wary of the vampires at first, I grew to love the series as it well. Now, I like to recommend it to other readers who were scarred by Twilight but want to give vampires another chance.

  20. I love that I’m mentioned the most here. Bc clearly that is all that matters. :p I AM SO HAPPY YOU LOVED MY RECS THOUGH! One of the worst things is rec’ing someone a book, or pushing someone into reading it sooner than they’d planned to, and then it not going over so well. So yes, I’m glad they worked! You and I don’t always have the same taste in books, but yay for TKOD, TRB, and PO!! I should probably read a few of the books you’re shoving at me on the bottom sometime too. HAHAHAH.

  21. YAS! Keep peer pressuring more people to read Made You Up because we need that in the world. I actually can’t remember why I picked up the Hunger Games. I know it was well before it got popular, but I think I just picked it up at random when browsing in the library and then consumed the first two books in the space of three days or something. I was pressuring into The Book Thief and I LOVED IT.

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