This is a fun topic today... and many of the books I love, I have to admit, I read first because someone recommended it to me. Especially these days...time is too short and there are too many books to read!
My friend and work partner, Marianne Arkins, first recommended JD Robb to me. I was talking about how I did not like Nora Roberts (I know, that's almost a stoning offense in some circles!). So, she told me I might like La Nora's alter-ego... and she was right! I'm working on developing a collection of all the In Death books!
When I worked at the library, our branch manager suggested I try this Canadian author she had just read... Louise Penny, author of the Gamache novels. I absolutely love this series... the latest book has recently been released but I've not yet had time to read it. I can hardly wait to have the time to delve into it!
She also recommended a second Canadian author, Alan Bradley, author of the Flavia de Luce series. Another winner... and another book in my TBR list (I have a vacation of sorts coming up Christmas week... maybe I'll have time to do some reading then.) I'm excited to get back into the de Luce family and their adventures.
Take time to get to know your lovely librarians... they have a wealth of suggestions! And, you just might find a new-to-you author to fall in love with. :-)