I’ve written a few times before about how it’s hard for me to think about what my reading life would be like without book blogging. I started Sophisticated Dorkiness just a few days before I graduated from college, so all of my “adult” reading life has been influenced and affected by the other bloggers and readers I’ve met and built relationships online. That makes today’s Book Blogger Appreciation Week topic really interesting to tackle:
Day 3: What have you read and loved because of a fellow blogger?
I’d venture to say that basically all of my contemporary fiction picks come from other bloggers or the good folks who contribute to Book Riot. Fun fact, Book Riot was actually started by a bunch of book bloggers, and I was lucky enough to be one of the original contributors. The community of contributors and readers on the site is really amazing, and I get a ton of good suggestions from them. Our managing editor, Amanda Nelson, recently did an interview talking a bit about how Book Riot got started, if you are curious about that.
Anyway, I wish that I were able to grab a book and say specifically who convinced me to read it, but most of the time it’s more of a general buzz of excitement around a book that comes from the bloggers I read, folks I follow on Twitter, and the Book Riot crew. I think this list could be incredibly long – I read a lot based on what other people love – but I tried to keep it narrowed down. And in the case where I can remember specifically where I heard about a book from, I’ve left a link. Otherwise, here are 10 books I loved based on blogger buzz:
- The Turner House by Angela Flournoy
- Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
- The Shore by Sara Taylor (Andi at Estella’s Revenge)
- Re Jane by Patricia Park
- Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
- Blackout by Sarah Hepola (Candace at Beth Fish Reads)
- Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson (Shannon at River City Reading)
- Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon (Kelly at Stacked/Book Riot)
- Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I could go on and on and on with this list, but I’ll cap it at 10 and throw the question back at folks who are more regular readers: Which books have you picked up because of a rave or review you read here at Sophisticated Dorkiness?
Book Blogger Appreciation Week is being hosted at The Estella Society by Ana (Things Mean A Lot), Jenny (Reading the End), Heather (Capricious Reader), and Andi (Estella’s Revenge). Visit the website for more information about this awesome community event!