Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah @bionicbookworm.

Today’s topic is 5 books I’ve read because of youtube/blogs.

Now now don’t get overexcited as I don’t follow VLOG. Why? I don’t know but Youtube is mainly for Movie trailers, music or Photoshop tutos. I struggle enough to follow my Worpress feed and IG and Facebook and Goodreads and …..

Too many social media!

Another thing to lessen your excitation today *sorry guys no naughty post today* : these are books I’ve read following either other blogger’s recommendation or enthusiasm and they will (mostly) be tame in the heat department!

What can I say, most bloggers that I follow review either YA *no hot shower sex in YA* either rather sweet romance *sex in bed with curtains drawn* either mysteries (Norrie, Kathy, Jay….) when sex is barely mentioned, just as an afterthought as the plot revolves around …the mystery!

But this is good for you and for me as we are currently  experiencing a heat wave!

No need to get overworked  over steamy books that would lead us to take a cold shower * water is scarce and I pledge myself as a model citizen abiding by the “not unnecessary water” rules*. I will go back to my naughty and spicy self once the temperature will drop below the 90 and mittens will be a necessity!

After this loooong introduction, let’s delve into today’s topic.


First book that I’ve read this year based on a blogger recommendation is The Silver Cage.

Honestly this one has rather been recommended by an author (Suanne Laqueur) on her FB page but as she is a former blogger I say it is a valid choice!

Here is the synopsis and just know that it was worth all the stars. If you read it book some sessions with your shrink you’ll need them!

A bitter, mysterious author. A young and naive journalist. A tragic past, a dark secret, and an unforgettable tale of passion and love.

WARNING: The Silver Cage is intended for mature readers; it contains graphic sensuality and strong themes including suicide, sexual identity, and self-harm.

Anonymous is a pseudonymous international bestseller. The Silver Cord, a companion novel to The Silver Cage, will be released in the first half of 2018.


Second book read this year was Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

This one has been highly rated by Raven @dreamyaddiction and Kathy @bookandmunches

As I have very similar tastes with Raven I bought the hardcover and …Loved it!


Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.


Third book read and loved this year was The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

It was a “spurt of the moment” buy after having read Astrid @thebookishsweettooth ‘s review. It’s been followed by Malene (Bad & Dirty books)’s review and many other blogger friends!

I so loved it and you’ll get my review later this week.


A heartwarming and refreshing debut novel that proves one thing: there’s not enough data in the world to predict what will make your heart tick.

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases–a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.

It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice–with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan–from foreplay to more-than-missionary position…

Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he’s making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic…


Fourth book is Pestilence by Laura Thalassa

Once again I have Raven to thank for! Her review was so enthusiastic she convinced me. Then the cover was so gorgeous that I bought it on Paperback (you’ll have the review and backstory on the cover by the beginning of next week). 5 stars.


They came to earth—Pestilence, War, Famine, Death—four horsemen riding their screaming steeds, racing to the corners of the world. Four horsemen with the power to destroy all of humanity. They came to earth, and they came to end us all.

When Pestilence comes for Sara Burn’s town, one thing is certain: everyone she knows and loves is marked for death. Unless, of course, the angelic-looking horseman is stopped, which is exactly what Sara has in mind when she shoots the unholy beast off his steed.

Too bad no one told her Pestilence can’t be killed.

Now the horseman, very much alive and very pissed off, has taken her prisoner, and he’s eager to make her suffer. Only, the longer she’s with him, the more uncertain she is about his true feelings towards her … and hers towards him.

And now, well, Sara might still be able to save the world, but in order to do so, she’ll have to sacrifice her heart in the process.


The last book is I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

This one is a little bit more tricky as I don’t recall who recommended this one exactly! Was it Kathy or Aimee? Or Chelsea?

What I do recall is reading her comments about books that should get more love. Her description was so heartfelt that I ordered it immediately. Once again on paperback because I loved the cover! You can read my review on the blog this week (yesterday) and it was a 6 stars! And I ordered two of her other books immediately after having finished!


If Skylar Evans were a typical Creek View girl, her future would involve a double-wide trailer, a baby on her hip, and the graveyard shift at Taco Bell. But after graduation, the only thing separating Skylar from art school is three months of summer…until Skylar’s mother loses her job, and Skylar realizes her dreams may be slipping out of reach.

Josh had a different escape route: the Marines. But after losing his leg in Afghanistan, he returns home, a shell of the cocksure boy he used to be.

What brings Skylar and Josh together is working at the Paradise—a quirky motel off California’s Highway 99. Despite their differences, their shared isolation turns into an unexpected friendship and, soon, something deeper.

Compelling and ultimately hopeful, this is a powerful examination of love, loss, and resilience.


Now I will take some time to play UNO with the kids before going back to comment on your choices and answering all the comments that I have to answer! You see I have written 4 reviews in 2 days preparing to schedule my posts while I’ll be MIA from Thursday to Monday, attending YALC London.

Now do tell me what books have you read based on other blogger’s reviews and recommendations?


Thanks for reading!


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  1. Great post, Sophie! I haven’t read the Kiss Quotient but I’m going to give it a shot because a lot of bloggers recommended it to me. I’ll meet You There has been in my TBR for ages but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. I’m glad to hear that you loved it! Thanks for the spotlight! 🙂

  2. I am SO happy to see i’ll Meet you there on your list, this book has been recommended to me by fellow bloggers as well and I ended up loving it so, very much. <3 <3
    I have the kiss quotient on my TBR, I have heard fantastic things about it from everyone so far, I'm happy you enjoyed it so much! 🙂

    1. City of Brass has a stunning cover that I am lusting over every time it pops up in a review Carolina!

  3. I read three of those, and they were high quality reads. I’ll Meet You There was definitely purchased because of multiple bloggers. Top Ten Tuesday influences me greatly. I read the Dairy Queen series and Dangerous Girls, because I saw them on so many TTT lists.

  4. I have the Silver Cage but yet to read. My book girls recommended to me as a fab read and I really enjoyed them trying to guess who wrote it in our group chat