BBAW: Unexpected Treasures

Today’s blog topic for Book Blogger Appreciation Week is this: what books have you tried because of the influence of other book bloggers?

There are quite a few books in my queue because of reviews from other bloggers.  Here are a few things I’ve read recently:

Classics —  I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how many book bloggers love the classics.  And I guess by classics I mostly mean Victorian English literature.  When The Broke and the Bookish asked people for their Top Ten Favorites, two books came up over and over again: Middlemarch by George Eliot and The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins.  One I read and loved, and one is to be read soon.  Also Chris at ProSe inspired me to go back to one of my favorite books, Thomas Hardy’s Return of the Native.

Fantasy — Brandon Sanderson, Paulo Bacigalupi, and Mercedes Lackey are among the authors I’m reading because of blog recommendations.  Another one is Christopher Moore — so many people love him I had to try one of his books.  I read Bloodsucking Fiends, which I enjoyed but didn’t love.  But I also didn’t read the book people recommend most, A Dirty Job.  So I’ll give him another chance.

None of these books are what I’d call “outside my comfort zone”.  I get my best non-comfort-zone recommendations from my husband, who encouraged me to read WWW.Wake, Just a Geek, and Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded.  He’s a big science fiction reader and has a good sense of what I might like.  I’m always looking for books we can read together, even though that doesn’t happen often.  He likes “hard science fiction” and I guess that means I like the soft stuff — science fiction that isn’t too science-y.  My all time favorite husband-recommendation is a trilogy called Hominids by Robert Sawyer. Also The Automatic Detective by A. Lee Martinez and The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury.  In case you’re looking for a new book to try!

So, readers, what’s the latest book you read on a recommendation? Was it something you never would have tried otherwise?

Have you tried anything you read about on The Book Stop? If I’ve steered anyone right or wrong I’d love to hear about it.

And one last discussion question — when you recommend a book to someone do you mind if they don’t like it?  I figured we all have such individual tastes, even if you love the books I love, I might recommend something that totally doesn’t work for you.  So I try not to take it personally.  My sister and I swap recommendations all the time and almost never like each other’s books — but we keep trying anyway!

To all a good night and happy reading…

  6 comments for “BBAW: Unexpected Treasures

  1. September 17, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    I usually don’t mind when I recommend books and people don’t like them, I know everyone has different tastes, but one time I lent a book to someone and she gave it back having only read twenty pages. She said she, “just didn’t get into it” but I was a little annoyed because I sort of felt that she didn’t really give it a chance.

    And I have an impossible time remembering where I heard about books that are recommended to me – I’m lucky if I jotted down the title let alone who told me about it – but I do know that it’s because of your blog that I really want to re-read Fahrenheit 451!

    I have a blog award for you over here too: It’s the One Lovely Blog Award and yours certainly is!

    • September 17, 2010 at 10:31 pm

      Thanks for the award! I really appreciate it. I agree about the person who only read 20 pages not really giving it a try. I can’t tell anything from 20 pages.

  2. September 17, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    I always agonise over whether to recommend books to people – my mother-in-law recently asked me for “a pile of books to take on holiday” with her and it took me forever to decide which ones to give her! AND I worried while she was away that I would have ruined her holiday…just too much responsibility!

    SO I only really recommend books when I’m sure someone will like them – like to my mum because we swap books all the time and almost always successfully!

    Fabulous question!

    • September 17, 2010 at 10:28 pm

      I know what you mean! I recently recommended a book to a friend who said, “I’ll pick it up and take it on the plane” which made me really nervous, because if she didn’t like it, she’d be stuck in the air with no book! Otherwise I don’t mind recommending books. I hope your mother-in-law liked your picks!

  3. September 18, 2010 at 7:33 am

    Hello! I found you via Herbookself. I love the unexpected treasures meme.

    It’s funny about the anxiety involved in recommending books. Another blogger asked me to recommend some on my site and I came up with a list so long it was impossible. I’m going to start doing them in batches.

    Meanwhile I need to check out some of your ‘husband recommendations’.

    • September 18, 2010 at 8:36 am

      Hi Helen! I’ll check out your books. Thanks for visiting!

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