Book Blogger Appreciation Week: Unexpected Treasure

Day three of BBAW, and the topic of the day is Unexpected Treasure:

Book bloggers can be some of the most influential people around!  Today we invite you to share with us a book or genre you tried due to the influence of another blogger.  What made you cave in to try something new and what was the experience like?

Well, this is something that happens a lot. Sitting here I can name many books of the top of my head that I was alerted to the existence of because of a blogger. Often it’s multiple bloggers talking about a book that has me going:

The Lady Julia Grey mysteries by Deanna Raybourn:

Angie from Angieville was the one that stood out as a recommender of this series (she devoted more than one post related to it), but I also saw good things on The Thrillionth Page, The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader, and Persephone Reads (all people with excellent taste). I really need to read Silent on the Moor so I can move on to my eARC of Dark Road to Darjeeling already.

The Outback Stars by Sandra McDonald

I love the mix of science fiction with a military feel and a dash of romance (between an officer and a non-officer ranked below her) in this book, and I have calico_reaction to thank for it. I like her taste when it comes to the SFR. We both seem to like good world-building and not necessarily a lot of romance. Anyway, this book was a treasure and has a very memorable kiss in it. I ended up not liking the follow up as much, probably because it moves away from a military setting and starts becoming more fantastical, but the final book is still on my to-read list.

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan:

This one went on my radar because of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, and then it was reaffirmed by Dear Author. OK, this was a couple of years ago, but I still count it as one that was sort of on my radar because I’d stumbled upon David Levithan’s books a couple of years before, liked them, but didn’t pay attention to when new ones where coming out. The reviews helped me remember and look for this book.

And just for fun, here are books I have my eye on and want to read because of bloggers:

Jane by April Lindner:

Culprits: Tempting Persephone, Angieville

Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal:

Culprit: The Book Pushers

Native Star by M. K. Hobson

Culprit: Calico_reaction guest blogging for Dreams & Speculation

Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken:

Culprits: Chachic’s Book Nook, Book Harbinger, Angieville, Brook Reviews, The Book Smugglers

Plain Kate by Erin Bow:

Culprits: I think The Book Smugglers and Fantasy Cafe (I can’t find the posts)

Cold Magic by Kate Elliot:

Culpit: Lurv a la Mode (with a very enthused post)

OK, that’s probably enough for now..

11 thoughts on “Book Blogger Appreciation Week: Unexpected Treasure

    • Um, I do it for your reaction which tickles me? 😀

      OK, OK, really I have so many books I mean to read that I’m behind on. I did go see if the bookstore had it last week (I really did), and it did not. I think I’ll have to order it.

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