BBAW: Book discovery

BBAW09_Celebrate_BooksToday’s writing prompt for Book Blogger Appreciation Week asks us to “blog about a book you read only because you discovered it on another book blog. Preferably, this will be a book you loved! You might also write a bit about the blog you discovered it on!”

This seems appropriate. But also hard. Other book blogs have enriched my life in countless, innumerable ways. It’s difficult to express how, and so it’s tempting to not try. That’s why this post wasn’t drafted ahead of time. But, I’ve convinced myself, I must try (I’m avoiding a Yoda quote here). Thus:

• I read In the Deep Midwinter by Robert Clark based on the recommendation of author Sara Zarr. While I didn’t love it, I hadn’t heard of the book or the author elsewhere, and the writing was gorgeous. My life was enriched by reading this book.

• I read and loved The Only True Genius in the Family by Jennie Nash after reading about it on (and winning it from!) Natasha’s Maw Books Blog.

• I’m sure bloggers played a role in me picking up (finally!) the Harry Potter series last year, for the first time. And since then, I’ve committed to reading the whole series again.

• I know bloggers played a part in me picking up The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society last year, but I don’t remember who exactly.

• And, of course, I can’t forget the blogger push on behalf of Nothing but Ghosts by Beth Kephart. I’d been reading her blog for months (at least) when the book was released, and I loved Kephart’s voice, but My Friend Amy and Lenoreva were really the impetus for me reading this excellent book. I loved it. I’m still on the hunt for more Kephart.

There are more. But I must stop here.

Thank you, readers. Thank you, bloggers.


10 responses to “BBAW: Book discovery

  1. when I first started blogging I had a hard tine remembering why I read what because I didn’t know the blogs and personalities as well. I think I do a better job now. I read Sweethearts by Sara Zarr earlier this summer, so I would definitely have taken a recommendation from her.

  2. I, like you, was hesitant to read the Harry Potter series, but once I gave in there was no turning back, had to read them all.

  3. Arn’t book bloggers great? They keep adding to our already huge TBR piles without knowing it!


    BBAW: Which book blogger is responsible for this?

  4. These are great and you reminded me to get with it and get my post up! 🙂

  5. I love the way we all encourage each other! I haven’t kept track on who specifically influenced me until recently.

  6. I’m trying to do a better job of keeping track of where I first saw a book mentioned…currently, I’m awful about giving credit!

  7. I’m so thrilled that you loved Jennie’s book. I must admit that it’s one of my favorites this year. Like Jill I’m going to keep better track of where I get my recommendations. I know that I always share a post through Google Reader of books that look interesting and found when I did a search I could see who I “shared” first, thus giving them credit. I need to make it easier for the next go round.

  8. It sounds kind of silly, but one thought I always had, because I love the Harry Potter books so much, was that in a way it was a shame that I started reading when book 1 was first published – what fun it would be to read them all from beginning to end, all in one go! Now I’m re-reading them, but in audio, specifically, and I feel like that’s what I’m doing, reading them from beginning to end in one gulp.

    • I don’t think that sounds silly; all the waiting from one book to the next, especially in a long series, when you start reading very early in the series’ life, is nearly tortuous.

  9. I am reading so much more (quantity and variety) than I did before I started blogging … and I give the credit (not blame!) to all the wonderful bloggers who share their recommendations.

    I’m hoping to keep better track of where I learned of a book, adding it to my LibraryThing wish list and making a note in “private comments.” We’ll see if I stick to the habit.

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