For Day Three of Book Blogger Appreciation Week, the topic is What have you read and loved because of a fellow blogger?
I have found so many books in the past two years thanks to other bloggers, and I regret that I do not keep very good track of where I heard of them. So although I’m not always able to thank the book pushers in person, I am grateful for each and every one of them.
One author I can trace back to the source is Margery Sharp, whose delightful comic novels I started hunting out because of Jane’s celebration at her blog Beyond Eden Rock. They are not available through the libraries and bookstores I frequent, so I would never find them just by browsing — a great example of how blogs can widen our reading horizons. This year I read the Gipsy in the Parlour, and I’m hoping to track down The Innocents next thanks to Jane’s wonderful review.
I started reading Mary Stewart for a reading week over at Gudrun’s Tights. This author’s books are more widely available but my interest had not been sparked to read them so far. Once I started, I couldn’t stop! I enjoyed many of both her romantic suspense and her Arthurian novels last year, and reviewed several on my blog. I also wrote an article for Shiny New Books that summed up what I enjoy about this smart, entertaining author.
Here are a few other books I enjoyed, and where I heard of them:
- The Brandons by Angela Thirkell – The Captive Reader
- All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor – The Midnight Garden
- In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides – Books on the Table
- The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker – She Reads Novels
- Is That a Fish in Your Ear? by David Bellos – Wensend
All of these made my year-end list of Emerald City Gems, so it’s clear that my reading life would certainly be much poorer without other bloggers. Thank you all!