Goodreads Recommendations

I’m going to do something a little different for this month’s recommendations. I saw Caitlin from @Caistiel’sBookWorld do this months ago and knew I wanted to give it a try too! We’re going to look at my book recommendations from Goodreads and see what recommendations they got right and what ones they got wrong. 

If you didn’t know, Goodreads will recommend you books based on your shelves. I decided to just use my “Read” shelf today, but I might revisit this in the future with some of the different genre shelves.

7 Books I Would Read

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch

These Rebel Waves (Stream Raiders, #1)

A historical fantasy with pirates, I’ll definitely add this to my TBR.

 Shimmer & Burn by Mary Taranta

Shimmer and Burn (Shimmer and Burn, #1)

Another fantasy, with intricate magic, plenty of danger, and a eye-catching cover.

 Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

Walk on Earth a Stranger  (The Gold Seer Trilogy, #1)

I always like my historical fiction reads to have a little bit of fantasy to them, so a girl being able to sense gold in Gold Rush-era US is super interesting.

 Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios

Bad Romance

i love emotionally gripping contemporary stories so I know this one will captivate me.

 The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds 

The Boy in the Black Suit

I will literally read anything from Jason Reynolds. That’s all I need.

 Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder

Shadow Study (Soulfinders #1; Study, #4)

I know I want to read Posion Study, so that’s probably why this was recommended to me. I’ve heard so many great things about Maria V. Snyder’s writing and this world she’s created.

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick


This sounds so unique and amazing and I can’t believe I’ve never heard of it before!

7 Book I Would Not Read

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Sweet Evil (Sweet, #1)

No, just no. This sounds like 500 millions other books circa 2009-2012, and I think I had enough of them then.

The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan

The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger's Apprentice, #1)

The first strike against this is that it’s middle grade, next is that it just sounds like a big mash-up of different genres that I would prefer to read.

 Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares (Dash & Lily, #1)

My sister read this and said steer clear, and that’s really all I needed.

 Placebo Junkies by J.C. Carleson

Placebo Junkies

This sounds like it would be so much more interesting if it was actually a scifi read.

 Blood Red Road by Moira Young

Blood Red Road (Dust Lands, #1)

I have no problem with Dystopians, but this one doesn’t sounds like the one for me.

 Magyk by Angie Sage

Magyk (Septimus Heap, #1)

This is on this list because I can’t even make it to the end of the synopsis without skimming, so there’s no hope for the book.

Marian by Ella Lyons


All the reviews say this is more like half a book or a prequel-type story, but with no series. It just sounds unsatifying.

Have you read any of these books? Should I move any of them to the other category? Share down below!


10 thoughts on “Goodreads Recommendations

  1. rebeccamills01 says:

    Are we twins?? Jason Reynolds is everything and I’ll read anything he writes, too. I also plan on reading Bad Romance for my Popsugar challenge. 🙂

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  2. Caitstiel says:

    Love it! It seems like you had a pretty good mix of books you would read and books you wouldn’t read 🙂 I’m definitely keen to see whether the recommendations are good from some of your other shelves.

    Liked by 1 person

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