As part of Book Blogger Appreciation Week, today is all about recommendations. Specifically, recommendations from other bloggers, which I rely on a ton. It can be great to read a book without knowing anything about it, but I often need some vetting from the book blogosphere before I’ll dive into something I’m unsure of. These are just a few recent examples.
I’ve long been a fan of Go Fug Yourself, but wasn’t super convinced The Royal We would work for me until Eva from The Paperback Princess raved about how fun and rompy it is. SHE WAS SO RIGHT.
I’m not really one to pick up a memoir written by a pastor, but Monika from Lovely Bookshelf and April from The Steadfast Reader both talked about how much they appreciated seeing religion from Nadia Bolz-Weber’s point of view. I couldn’t agree more.
Even though The New Jim Crow had been on my reading list since it came out, it took some serious badgering from Shaina at Shaina Reads and Lauren from Malcom Avenue Review to make me pick it up. I’m SO glad they gave me the push I needed.
I’ve turned a big corner in my love for short stories over the last year, but Beneath the Bonfire hit the shelves when I was still feeling uncertain. Both Sarah from Sarah’s Bookshelves and Greg from The New Dork Review of Books raved enough to make me run for my copy.
I have to admit that I thought most of the pre-publication buzz around Bill Clegg’s novel was just a flood marketing. That is, until Jennifer from The Relentless Reader gushed about how much she loved it…and was kind of enough to mail me her copy. I devoured it in a day and owe it all to her.
I had heard great things about Kent Haruf’s final novel, but after hearing about it from Catherine at The Gilmore Guide, and reading her gorgeous review, I knew I had to give it a shot. Those reviews win me over every time!
Are there any books you wouldn’t have read without a push from friends?