Hi everyone! It’s Tuesday and that means it’s time for another installment of Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme that is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week, there is no set topic, but instead we can just pick something ourselves. I went digging for older TTT topics that I missed and stumbled upon “Books I loved that sent me searching for more”. AKA: books that sent me on a hunt for other books featuring similar settings, tropes, etc. This seemed like a fun one to do, so here we go!
Outlander – Diana Gabaldon
I love me some good time-travelling romance and I totally blame that on Outlander! This book is also the reason why my TBR has books like “Thirty Nights with a Highland Husband” on it. I have no idea how it got on my list, but I’m pretty sure I added it in a post-Outlander mood.
Daughter of the Forest – Juliet Marillier
I’m always searching for more books that give me slow-burn enemies-to-lovers romances and it’s because of this retelling of The Six Swans.
The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
This list is starting to look very similar to last week’s, but hey, it’s these books that shaped me as a reader. LOTR is what kickstarted my love for epic fantasy.
The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
The hype around this book was huuuuuge back in the day and I remember being drawn to books that were all about riddles to uncover secrets from the past.
Nevernight – Jay Kristoff
While I haven’t read all of Jay Kristoff’s books yet, they’re all on my TBR. I love his writing and his sense of humour!
A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J Maas
There’s a reason I have so many Beauty and the Beast retellings on my TBR, and it’s this book. I remember reading most of it in one sitting and being obsessed with it. And then I read A Court of Mist and Fury, making it even “worse”.
A Curious Beginning – Deanna Raybourn
I have a number of murder mysteries set in Victorian London on my TBR, although I’ll probably never get around to actually reading them. But every once in a while, I have an itch for this kind of book.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
I loved the movie, then read the book. And then I tried some other books focusing on the absurd… and realized they can be pretty tedious to read. So long (and thanks for all the fish)!
The Mists of Avalon – Marion Zimmer Bradley
After not reading for fun for several years, I picked up this book and promptly fell in love with reading again. That was something like 10 years ago and I’ve discovered so many great books since.
The Awesome Egyptians – Terry Deary
The first of many books in the Horrible Histories series I read when I was a kid. These books focus on the fun, weird and sometimes gruesome details of history (and science, in a spin-off series). Perfect for the little nerd I was back then – and still am today!
And that’s it for my top ten books I loved that sent me searching for more. Which books did the same for you? Let me know in the comments below! Happy reading!
Juliet Marillier 😀 I just finished her last trilogy and want to reread sevenwaters, she fits with my autumn mood
I should read more of her books tbh, so far I’ve only read the first Blackthorn and Grim book
I was obsessed with Horrible Histories when I was a kid!
My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2021/09/28/top-ten-tuesday-335/
Same! We had a whole shelf filled with those books, and I loved the TV show as well (although I wasn’t a kid anymore by then lol)
Ah the TV show is so great, and I think has both adult and kid appeal tbh!
Have you seen Ghosts? It’s a UK sitcom done by the same team that did Horrible Histories, based around a couple who move into a haunted house, it’s super funny!
I’ve heard of it, but never got around to actually watch it. But if you like it, I’ll have to go check it out 😀
If you like Horrible Histories, I highly recommend!
My husband loves Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I enjoyed the movie, but struggled with the book.
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Oh yeah, I can totally understand that! I know a few people who never made it to the end of the book.
LOTR was my first introduction to epic fantasy as well. I still love it! Here is my Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!
To me, it will always be *the* epic fantasy novel, I think 😀
I started Hitchhiker’s Guide once and never finished it- I really want to retry it now! And LoTR- yay! Also, Victorian murder mysteries- I want to read more of those. 🙂
Hitchhiker’s Guide definitely can be hard work to read, I feel! I know several people who started it but never finished…
Jazz Funeral by Julie Smith sent me into a 25-year love affair with detective fiction. Dead Spots by Melissa F. Olson dumped me into a rabbit hole of Urban Fantasy that I have been digging myself out of since 2015. More recently, Red, White and Royal Blue is the reason that I have read 50 romance novels this year.
I’m pretty suggestible. 🙂
My list is here— https://fiftytwo.blog/2021/09/28/ttt-favorite-book-quotes/
Nothing wrong with that! Reading should be fun, so if you find something you like, why not look for similar books? 😀
Great list, so many good books! Tolkien definitely got me into high fantasy! This my my freebie list: my favourite fictional detectives!
Thank you! I think Tolkien had that effect on many people 😀
I liked The Da Vinci Code, too.
My post: https://lydiaschoch.com/top-ten-tuesday-ten-ttt-topics-i-really-enjoyed-doing/
Yeah, I raced through it!
The best books are the ones that leave us wanting more. I totally feel you about Dan Brown books. I read the whole Robert Langdon series in college. I’m so hype for the Lost Symbol series Peacock has started.
Here is my Top Ten Tuesday post:
Have a good week!
Thank you, I hope you have a good week as well!
I read The Mists of Avalon many years ago and loved it. I don’t think I still have it, but I’d love to read it again. I enjoyed The Da Vinci Code and Outlander too. And, of course, The Lord of the Rings, one of my all-time favourites!
I’d love to read it again as well! And The Lord of the Rings too 🙂
I read Daughter of the Forest last year, definitely an interesting read though I wasn’t too impressed with the writing itself. https://readwithstefani.com/ten-books-about-books/
Oh, I actually agree with you. It’s not the best book ever or anything, but it sure made an impression on 16-year-old me 😀
Outlander had a similar effect for me!
If only we could find our own Jamie Fraser, haha!