Today our BBAW task is to write about a book or genre we have discovered and read because of the influence of other book blogs.... specifically one we wouldn't have picked up otherwise.
Oh my, the list is endless! (And I can't stick to just one!)
The first one that comes to mind is the read along that I participated in with Heather J and Florinda. The one where in March we read The Sparrow and then in August we read Children of God. Now, granted, The Sparrow was already on my shelves to be read... some day. I'm not sure that some day would have happened very quickly if not for the read along. And I'm so glad to have read it sooner than later! As for Children of God, its sequel, I didn't even know it existed, so I'm glad that, because of them, I now have it read also!
Angieville. Do I even need to say more? I can blame her for so many books I read this year, some I may have found on my own, but not for a long long time. And some of them I'd never heard of and probably never would have. Here's just a small sample:
The Queen's Thief series which ended up being my book club's summer assignment and introduced me to my new favorite guy character.
Perfect Chemistry and Rules of Attraction both of a steamy-ish genre I don't normally read.
The Lady of the Forest which she suggested to help enable my Robin Hood obsession.
Daughter of the Forest (along with Melissa from One Librarian's Book Reviews and her raving review.)
Mistwood which after this review I knew I had to try it.
And in the near future I'll be reading Jane because of this recent review. Reading Angie's blog is definitely hazardous to your TBR pile so beware!
But wait there's more:
--Because of a TLC blog tour I read Coop by Michael Perry which will mostly be on my top ten list of the year and in a genre I hardly ever read.
--Because of a comment made by Susan at Bloggin' 'bout Books I read Pieces of Sky, a nice western romance, which I also don't read much but was in a major mood for!
--Because of a comment from Melissa at One Librarian's Book Reviews where she said The Schwa Was Here was even better perhaps than Unwind, I discovered a new favorite author.
And as I said, that's just a smidgen of all the influences bloggers have had on my reading this past year. Thank you so much to all of you for broadening my reading horizons! I hope you keep it up! And I hope that sometimes my influence has caused you to find and read something that ends up as your favorite of the year, your new favorite character or your latest favorite author.