Today’s prompt for #BBAW: What have you read and loved because of a fellow blogger?
I can feel myself floundering at this question because what have I NOT read that does not in some shape or form originate from one blogger or the other?! Almost ALL the books I read I’ve found through blogs and bloggers! There might be a few exceptions—but they are very few!
So which are the ones that I have loved? TOO MANY TO COUNT! I shall however try!
My love for Terry Pratchett’s Tiffany Aching series is by now well-documented. I’d been aware of Pratchett and his Discworld for a long time but perversely decided that someone so hyped-up couldn’t really live up to all that hype. Enter Ana’s thoughtful, heartfelt review, and suddenly I knew that I HAD to give this a try! And I did! And fell in love with it!
Then there’s LizMC2 and the books she talks about—many of them tailor-made for me! It was because of her recommendation that I tried out Merrie Haskell’s The Princess Curse. She’s also the one who made me read Daisy Hay’s Mr. and Mrs. Disraeli: A Strange Romance, a book that I throughly enjoyed!
Jenny of Reading the End was the first to talk about Zen Cho’s Sorcerer to the Crown which was just so much fun! She’s the one who persuaded me to give Diana Wynne Jones and Christopher Chant a chance. THANK YOU Jenny!
LH Johnson of Did You Ever Stop to Think and Forget to Start Again alerted me to what I know is going to be one of my favorite books of this year: Cherry Cake and Ginger Beer. I love that I found her blog while searching for something on Elinor M. Brent-Dyer’s Chalet school series. Her twitter handle, which professes her love for this series loud and clear, was the only prompting I needed to start following her immediately!
Kerry Clare of Pickle Me This has led me to an interest I never thought I would have—children’s picture books! I’m still figuring out my way through them but Oh! MY! I love knowing that there’s a whole world out there composed of pictures and illustrations and sketches and colors! She’s also responsible for making me putting Carol Shields on hold, ordering Light Years: Memoir of a Modern Lighthouse Keeper, (I’m quite cranky at my library for having a selection that seems to consist mainly of American authors), and for one of the most gorgeous books that I have ever read Eula Biss’s, On Immunity: An Inoculation.
Then there’s Shawna Lemay of Calm Things whose blog I’ve started following only recently but who’s already made me read my first Virgina Woolf, A Writer’s Diary.
I’m in awe of the talent and the passion that people have for books and the written word. I feel so blessed to be able to partake of this love fest in whatever way I can!