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…