Top 10 Tuesday — Book Recommendations

20 Oct

I am self-aware — I know that I nag people about books. I like to call it offering recommendations. That’s what I do here on my blog, on my FB page, and at book club (or any other social gathering 😉 ). But where do I find books to read? I browse catalogs, other bloggers’ sites, readers’ groups, etc. For this week’s Top 10 Tuesday, I have narrowed it down to a few that prove very reliable in discovering my next great read.

For more avenues for book recommendations, head over to That Artsy Reader Girl.


Top Places for Book Recommendations


Award Lists — You cannot go wrong with award-winning books. For Christian Fiction, the following 3 are go-to sources. I especially like the short lists — lots of options. You can check out the archives of the organizations too to find some gems you may have missed. The links take you to this year’s winners and nominees. I am currently listening to the audiobook of The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White (Christy finalist for historical romance) and loving it!

ACFW Carol Awards

Christy Awards

Inspy Awards

Favorite Bloggers — While two of my favorite bloggers may live miles away from me (Australia and New Zealand), I find that we almost always agree on the merits of a book. So when they recommend a book I have not read, I take notice. If you like the books that I like, be sure to check them out. They are an especially good resource for internationally published books.

Fiction Aficionado

Iola Goulton


People in The Know — book people who have been in the business for a while are a great resource for recommendations. I follow a lot of authors and publicists on social media, but prolific reader/writer/agent/all around book pusher Rachel McMillan, author of recent release The London Restoration, is my go-to source. I follow her on Twitter and find a treasure trove of new books to add to the TBR from her posts.

Rachel McMillan



Where do you find your reading recommendations?


9 Responses to “Top 10 Tuesday — Book Recommendations”

  1. Courtney @ The Green Mockingbird Blog October 20, 2020 at 8:38 am #

    LOVE this list! I have read so many books recommended by Rachel McMillan. She always gets it right!

    • rbclibrary October 20, 2020 at 8:40 am #


  2. Paula Shreckhise October 20, 2020 at 9:08 am #

    Great list. I always look to my favorite authors and who they endorse. And I have a few book bloggers that I check out their recommendations. The Christian Fiction Girl ( Nicole Santana) Kav Reese at Best Reads, Carrie Schmidt at Reading is My Superpower, Susan Snograss at Simply Susan , and Melissa Maples Glor at just Blink. First Line Fridays by Hoarding Books is great too and of course this blog.

    • rbclibrary October 20, 2020 at 10:46 am #

      Thanks! Great list of recommenders.

  3. lydiaschoch October 20, 2020 at 10:11 am #

    It sounds like you have a lot of reliable places to find new book recommendations. 🙂

    My post.

  4. susanblogginboutbooks October 20, 2020 at 12:33 pm #

    I don’t pay a lot of attention to awards lists because I rarely agree with them. I haven’t tried any of the Christian fiction lists, though. Great suggestion! I’m going to check them out.

    Happy TTT!


    • rbclibrary October 20, 2020 at 7:54 pm #


  5. Michelle October 22, 2020 at 7:03 pm #

    Reblogged this on The Mimosa Blossom.

  6. My Life in Our Father's World October 23, 2020 at 5:29 am #

    I get most of my recommendations from other bloggers, Goodreads, & Amazon.

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