Today’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’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.