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I have some very exciting news to share with you: my friends are reading all of my favorite books! And I barely did anything, haha. Through a combination of excellent present-buying on my part, subliminal messaging for months finally kicking in, and friends actually reading my blog, I have recently been overwhelmed with excitement that the people around me in real life will finally understand why certain books are so amazing :D. I’ve discussed previously my strategy of providing books to choose from instead of specifically recommending books, and I think that some of these successes are from that as well, haha.

Friend 1: Girl of Fire and Thorns

The Girl of Fire and ThornsSo this one I take complete credit for! I gave my friend Neem a copy of Girl of Fire and Thorns for the winter holidays (not Christmas in particular, just as a general yey give books thing ;-)). I was so nervous trying to come up with a present for her that at first my brain just gave up. Then I remembered Elisa and new that this book would be perfect for Neem: awesome MC, amazing fantasy world and magic, all around girl-power vibe and not too dark. She proceeded to read the book in two days and I had to send her my copies of the second two so that she could finish the trilogy (which she now has!!!).

Friend 1 (Take 2): The Lies of Locke Lamora

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott LynchEven more exciting (and amusing) was that before the second two books of Fire and Thorns got to her, she told me she had started The Lies of Locke Lamora, one of my favorite books of 2013!!! I was freaking flabbergasted, since I’m not sure exactly how she came to pick this one up, but she was now taking a break from one of my favorite series in order to start another of my favorite books and I couldn’t decide which to push her towards, haha.

Friend 2: Mistborn

The Well of AscensionFinally, in the middle of all of my excitement of what Neem was reading, my other friend Melissa sent me an email asking if she could borrow the second Mistborn novel. I didn’t know she was reading the first!! I wish I could take credit for her starting the best known trilogy of my top favorite author, and maybe I can take a bit since I have been pushing Sanderson on her and her husband for a while, but I am now responsible for her finishing the trilogy :D. It was an awkward moment for me though since I didn’t actually own the full trilogy. I originally read it borrowed from a friend in college, so I went out and bought a lending set so that this problem didn’t arise again in the future ;-). I’m also now preparing my entire stack of Sanderson lending copies for when she needs more >.> *pets Steelheart*.

So basically, I won’t be alone in my fangirling in real life anymore :D. This has also been a bit of an eye-opening experience for me since I didn’t really expect my friends to pick up Lamora or Mistborn on their own, so now I have a whole slew of adult fantasy books that I want everyone to read!

Have you ever discovered a friend loves one of your favorite books by accident? Any fun stories of bookish presents turning out completely perfect (or completely horribly??)? What books do you think I should push on these two next? *cackles maniacally*

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings -Anya

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  1. Since I tend to be behind on reading trends, it is the other way around for me, but every once in a while, I will run across someone who is reading a book I love. I usually pester them with all caps and !!! points.
    Lyn Kaye recently posted…Stacking the Shelves #74My Profile

    • Haha, that’s awesome too though, I would love to have friends that know about the upcoming books, then I wouldn’t feel so stressed to keep up ;-).

  2. One day a few months ago I saw a friend on Facebook had a picture of her at a Libba Bray signing in Australia. I told her that I loved her too and she was so lucky to be in Australia of all places to get to meet her! I have like zero friends that currently enjoy reading. :( My best friend and I used to read The Georgia Nicholson series and Harry Potter together when we were in high school but times change. I recommended Rhiannon Frater to her a little while ago because she got a Kindle but I doubt she has the time. :/ I try to get my fiance to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone to no avail. I think he would like it. Oh well, that’s what internet friends are for!
    Makaela recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday: Fictional Worlds I Would Never Want to Live InMy Profile

    • Aw, I hear ya. Sometimes other people just let life interfere way too much with their reading time ;-) Priorities after all!

  3. That is so sweet and awesome! It always makes me so happy when a non internet friend loves a book I recommend or decides to read what I’m reading cause I’ve chatted about it. Those are the best feelings ever! Mistborn yes yes! Sanderson should be required reading in school I say.

    But hey – you’re my success story right? I*hugs*
    Pabkins recently posted…Guest Post & Giveaway: Eliza Crewe – Giving the Reader What They Don’t ExpectMy Profile

    • I honestly think that Sanderson should be required in school, maybe kids would actually enjoy English then, haha!

      :D Indeed I am!!!! *hugs*

  4. Alyn Yang says:

    The Lies of Locke Lamora! My husband wanted to read it but then my kindle broke and he said there is no way he can finish the book in seven days so when the ebook was available for us to borrow, I had to decline it. So glad to see that your friends are reading! I always get excited when my sisters read, because then I ask for what book and genre and start recommending a bunch of books and they just look at me like I’m crazy.

    • Haha, that’s not a book to try to get through in 7 days, though I think I did read the third one in that time frame since I needed to review it ;-)

  5. I have had a similar discovery with a friend of mine, too. I have been friends with this guy since high school and I happened to mention the book I was reading (Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut) and that I blog about books and he immediately found a copy of the book and the next day told me he wanted to start a similar blog of his own! I immediately started recommending books to him, though our tastes are not exactly in line. It has been really exciting to have a real life friend to talk books with and I can’t believe we’ve known each other forever and never talked about books before now.

  6. I don’t really have any real life friends who are as book-crazy as I am at present. Maybe I need new friends? ;)

    Hmm…what to throw at them next…I don’t know. You could always try to add to the ranks of Lunar Chronicles fans since the 3rd book is out soon. :D
    Kel @ No Cucumber Sandwiches recently posted…Top Ten Worlds I’d Never Want To Live InMy Profile

    • Haha, that’s what bloggy friends are for ;-)

      Oo, I will definitely have to send her Cinder, that’s a great idea Kel :D

  7. Great post! I don’t have a lot of friends that read the same books as me, but I recently found out that my buddy Amy was carefully making her way through my top ten books of the year lists that I posted on my blog! I was shocked and flattered that she trusted my judgement:)

  8. That’s awesome you got the first friend to read Girl of Fire and Thorns! And the second one reading too is awesome.
    My best friend reads but she doesn’t always have the time to do it often. She has a lot of books that I hope to borrow, and a few I gave and recommended to her, so we can share collections! Her and I are both huge Kelley Armstrong fans so it all works out :)

    • Nice! I suspect that my friends all read whenever they get into a good story, but they just don’t have the TBR list that we do >.> I can’t imagine not being in the middle of a book at all times, haha

  9. Most of my friends are readers too so I am never surprised when they are reading the same books as me. I am not sure how many read my blog but sometimes they out themselves by saying “I can’t believe you didn’t like” . It is always fun :)
    Felicia the Geeky Blogger recently posted…Top Off Tuesday: A Pirate of Her Own by Kinley MacGregorMy Profile

    • Lucky :D Haha, that is fun. I saw a blog post that looked very familiar scroll by on my friend’s screen when she was in class once, and hence found out that she read my blog ;-)


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