BBAW 2010: Blogger-Inspired Book Choices

by Kim on September 15, 2010 · 34 comments

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Book Blogger Appreciation Week is a week-long event that celebrates the work and contributions of book bloggers. There’s a new blog topic each day, and I plan to actively participate. I’ll be back to regularly scheduled programming next week.

Wednesday’s Topic: 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?

In a weird way, I think my reading has actually gotten more selective since BBAW last year. After I was nominated for Best Nonfiction Review Blog in 2009, I started reading more and more nonfiction, since that seemed to be what people expected. I did read a lot of nonfiction before, but the choice has seemed more deliberate since then.

But there have still definitely been some blogger-influenced book choices in the last year — some good, some not-so-good.

I know that I wouldn’t have read the Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins if it weren’t for bloggers. I hadn’t even heard of the series before it got so much natural buzz, and then once it was going I wanted to be part of the excitement. So I read them, and ended up enjoying them quite a bit.

On the other hand, I read Fingersmith by Sarah Waters as part of Care’s Online Book Club, and really didn’t like that book. Lots and lots of bloggers have, but I just didn’t like any of the characters, didn’t find the story that engaging, and ended up feeling like it was a book I could have read the summary of on Wikipedia and been fine with (that’s what I did with the entire Twilight series, and I’m ok with admitting that). But, to each is his/her own!

I’ve also been lucky enough to have some blogging friends mail books my way that they  think I would like Care (of the previously mentioned Online Book Club) mailed me An Education by Lynn Barber, which is memoir of a young woman in Britain growing into a journalist. And Jill at Fizzy Thoughts sent me The Woman Who Fell from the Sky by Jennifer Steil, another memoir about a female journalist, this time in Yemen. I liked both books, and I can sense a trend of what everyone things about me!

As with yesterday’s topic, I could go on and on with more books I know I picked up because of bloggers — Carnet de Voyage by Craig Thompson, Burma Chronicles by Guy Delisle, Looking for Alaska by John Green, The Magicians by Lev Grossman, and Hunger: An Unnatural History by Sharman Apt Russell come to mind just from looking at my review archive.

So I guess my reading actually hasn’t become as insular as I thought — thanks bloggers, for keeping me on my toes and exploring new things.

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