Top 10 books I read because my best friend peer pressured me into it

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by ThatArtsyReaderGirl

Happy Tuesday! Today’s topic is books I read because my best friend made me recommended them to me. She peer pressured me, I tell ya! Originally I was just gonna make a ‘books that people recommended to me’, which is what the topic technically is this week, and then I started making the list and realized that nine out of every ten books I’ve been recommended in my life were by her. She has this habit of showing up with a literal bag full of books when she visits, going ‘hey I want you to borrow these’. So she gets her own post I guess. She doesn’t read my blog so she’ll never see this anyways. But hey thanks pal for all these books, you fiend.

PS I have multiple best friends, some who do read this blog, so other besties don’t worry I still love you, even if you recommend me fewer books, pbtbtbtbt.

These are in no particular order.

Livingstone by Tomohiro Maekawa – This is a four volume urban fantasy-y, paranormal-y manga about souls, and how they interact with their fates and the living. I wrote a full, spoiler-free blabber on it where I give an actual decent synopsis, so if you’re interested, check that out. This is definitely a unique manga and I do recommend it if you like philosophical topics being thrown into your reading (and handled well, at that).

His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik – Anyone who’s been around my blog for any length of time will probably recognize this title, as it’s one of my favorite books of all time. Aaaand yes, she recommended it to me, originally, back in 2008 or 2009 or something. This is the first book in an amazing nine book historical fantasy series about dragon warfare during the Napoleonic era.

Captive Prince by C. S. Pacat – I realize this book is very polarizing to readers – some hate it and some love it. I am in the love it camp. When I originally borrowed this from my buddy I buzzed through it in like a day or two and then ended up getting my own copies so she could have hers back.

Saiyuki by Kazuya Minekura – This is a nine volume manga series set in almost-our-world, about a group of four people, two demons, a half demon and a human, who go on a quest into the east to discover why all the demons in the world have suddenly become bloodthirsty and insane. This is a really good series with deep characterization and meaningful bonds. I really, really liked this one. I did a full blabber on this too!

Scar Night by Alan Campbell – Hey look, another ‘favorite book of all time’ book. My buddy has a nice track record when it comes to recommending me books, but at the same time she also has a horrible track record. I tend to either absolutely love or absolutely hate the things, and luckily this one was firmly in the ‘I love it’ camp. This is one of the most underhyped books I have – I’ve never seen anyone else talking about it. You should really pick it up, man. It’s a dark steampunk-ish fantasy about renegade angels and false gods set in a city dangling over a seemingly bottomless abyss, held up only by large, ancient chains whose origins are unknown. It’s really, really, really good.

The Demon Ororon by Mizuki Hasake – This is a four volume manga series (shown above is the bindup of all of them) about a romance between a devil and the orphaned daughter of Michael the archangel. It takes place in modern day and has a very sedated, melancholy feel to it. My buddy first recommended me this back in high school and I loved it. I read it again probably a handful of years ago now and still really enjoyed it. This is a good one.

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan – This is a bit of a unique take on zombie apocalypse. It deals with religious cults and societal expectation, and also goes into the horrors of well, zombies. This is a solidly good one.

Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice – I just read this book in its entirety for the first time earlier this year or late last year or something. I don’t remember, it’s all blurring together. But originally, I was recommended this in high school. During that time I read about half of it, remember liking it, and then had to give the book back or got distracted or something. I don’t quite remember why I didn’t finish it. But anyways, actually finished it now, and I love this book.

Hotel Africa by Hee Jung Park – This is the most recent recommendation from my buddy that I’ve loved. Originally I read it last year or so, and then more recently maybe last month. This is a slow moving, introspective manga about a young boy and his mother, who run a hotel out in the middle of the desert, and the people who show up there. It’s really, really good.

Hands Off! by Kasane Katsumoto – I’m actually reading this series right now, on and off. Again, originally, I was recommended it in high school and remember loving it. So technically this is a reread but man it’s been so long that I remember nothing about it, so it’s like reading it for the first time again. I’m pretty entertained by it so far.

And that’s it! I pruned this list down to ten books and series, but honestly this friend of mine has recommended me probably a grand total of one out of every four books I’ve ever read. She’s basically made it her job to make me read things.

If you’ve read any of the above, do let me know! Happy reading!

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