Blame the Bloggers: A #BBAW Post



Hey! Welcome back to my BBAW posts! I skipped yesterday because I suck at interviews and know my limitations. Anyway, onto today

Tell us all about the book or books you’ve read because of a book blogger and be sure to sure to spread the blame around.

BBB (Before Book Blogging) I would wander around bookstores, completely overwhelmed by the choices, and leave empty handed. Once I began book blogging, everything changed.

It might come down to that

I found people with similar tastes and valued their opinions. If they liked something, I was at least willing to try it. And maybe what they hated about a book I would love. (You never know!) I "discovered" so many authors I wouldn't have otherwise.

One of the first for me was Georgette Heyer. I had read everything Austen wrote and wanted more. I can't remember how I came to find out about Heyer, but I know it was through blogging. Here was a new, huge category of the Regency novel, with Heyer leading the pack. The number of Regency novels I can now find are infinite.

It wasn't long before I was finding new to me authors to add to my TBR catalogue: Colleen Gleason, Neil Gaiman, Sarah Waters. (Chris, Amanda, and Kelly were fans) I never would have even heard of them if not for blogging.

I also discovered that bloggers had favorite publishing houses. The very boutique woman-centric Persephone Books was popular among my crowd (Bookfool is a superfan). The books are gorgeous too! Through their catalogue, which I used to get delivered to my house, I found Dorothy Whipple's Someone at a Distance. So good! Other popular publishers with bloggers, New York Review of Books gave me Tove Jansson and Stefan Zweig, while Quirk Books lead me to Horrorstor and Bedbugs.

Then there were the genres. Not in a million years would I have tried Young Adult on my own. Bloggers couldn't stop talking about this little book. You might have heard of it: The Hunger Games. I hear it went on to do quite well!

French Milk, beloved by so many book bloggers, was my first graphic novel. I never thought a graphic novel could be for me. And because of book bloggers I decided to give audiobooks a try too.

It's true, book bloggers have opened up a whole world of books and ways of reading I never would have tried on my own! My TBR list keeps on growing. It will probably outlive me!

12 comments:

  1. I first heard of The Hunger Games because of a collective freak out the day before Mockingjay was released. I picked up Hunger Games from the library and then downloaded the next two. I was able to read the whole series in 2 days. I was so glad I didn't have to wait!

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  2. Now that I think about it, my bookstore browsing time fell considerably when I began book blogging. My bookstore visits became much more intentional. Whenever I hear someone say she is down to her last book in her TBR pile, I wonder how that can be--mine never stops growing.

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  3. Ah! I have to credit Amanda with a book I probably wouldn't have read otherwise: Howl's Moving Castle. I didn't mention it in my own post today (how do you get to everyone!?) but, yes, she's a reliable recommender!

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  4. I'm so glad that blogging has opened my mind to so many genres and types of books that I might have hesitated to try. Like graphic novels. Have just started reading those. So much fun and so many more to explore.

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  5. I didn't even THINK about publishing houses, but yes!! Bloggers have made me both more cognizant of which publishers put out which books, and more aware of which imprints and publishing houses are the awesomest ones.

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  6. I've never had a problem knowing what to read next - if I see it, I read it. But I have SO many more options now and it's great. I've always been fairly widely read, but since I started blogging my reading tastes have expanded even further. I never went out of my way to look for translated literature, but now I frequently lurk on the Pushkin Press page on NetGalley for books (as well as their website), all because a couple of bloggers are really into translated fiction from around the world. Pushkin have definitely become a favourite publisher of mine (they have so much Stefan Zweig, who I love to pieces).

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    1. I'm going to have to check them out on Netgalley!

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  7. I'm very influenced by bloggers and discovered audio books and graphic memoirs through them.

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  8. I remember when I used to wander around bookstores and not know what to get, too! Those days have definitely changed!

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  9. It's so true how much other book bloggers have expanded my knowledge. I can go through a section in my library's bookshelves and have a passing familiarity with so many of the authors or titles now.

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    1. Ha! Yes, I think "so and so loved that one" and "Whatshername hated that one" whenever I see a familiar title.

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  10. Hopefully we'll always find books to add to our tbr piles!

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