Top Ten Tuesday – Books I’ve Read because They Were Recommended by Rachel McMillan

Today’s Topic:  Books I Read Because Someone Recommended Them to Me

Hosted by: That Artsy Reader Girl

I know what types of books I like to read. That’s not to say I can’t be influenced to read something that might not normally catch my eye. But I rarely remember who first piqued my interest in a specific book once I decide to read it…with one exception.

Rachel McMillan is an author (and a great one at that) who also has wonderful taste in and a special knack for recommending amazing books. All it takes is her gushing review and that book automatically goes on my TBR list. She is my go-to person for book recommendations and I trust her implicitly. With few exceptions (I’m looking at you Villette), I LOVE every single one of her recommendations. And my TBR list should either thank her or villify her for expanding beyond what I will ever be able to read in a lifetime.

Here are just a few books I discovered thanks to Rachel.

Speak Easy, Speak Love – I found this Roaring Twenties version of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing so much fun!

Daddy Long Legs – Listened to the audio version of this sweet classic and was utterly charmed. And I must say I liked it MUCH better than the classic film it spawned, even if it did star Fred Astaire!

Amory Ames Mystery Series – This long running cozy mystery series with it’s wealthy female amateur detective is all the better for its’ 1930’s English setting.

Lovely War – A 3 for the price of 1 love story which includes Greek gods, and two couples (one inter-racial) living through WWII. The author did a great job weaving together the threads for a deeply emotional and meaningful tale.

Villette – I’m not much for the classics although I tend to appreciate those written by female authors better. As much as Rachel adores this Bronte title, I just couldn’t get into it at all.

The Blue Castle – This L.M. Montgomery favorite was recommended many times to me over the years, but it was Rachel who finally pushed me into giving it a chance. And boy, did I fall hard for Valancy and her journey of self-discovery and independence.

Love Lettering – A cute little romance with a quirky heroine that was a delightful read.

Matchmaking for Beginners – I do appreciate a good rom-com like this one. Of course, the NYC setting gave me You’ve Got Mail Vibes.

The Wedding Journey – I had never heard of prolific author Carla Kelly before picking up this historical romance about survivors of the Napoleonic Wars. But I will definitely be reading more of her titles.

Impossible Saints – Though I had a difficult time relating to the heroine, this story set in London which revolves around the women’s suffrage movement made that era and their struggles come alive fore me.

 

 

Please follow and like us:

4 Replies to “Top Ten Tuesday – Books I’ve Read because They Were Recommended by Rachel McMillan”

Leave a Reply