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Book Blogger Recommendations

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.


The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

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.


Pastrix by Nadia Bolz-Weber

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.


The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

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.


Beneath the Bonfire by Nickolas Butler

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.


Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg

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.


Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf 

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?


  • Thank you! Kent Haruf’s books are some of my all-time favorites. And the person who told me about him? My mother! Sometimes she does know best.

    You have recommended too many books to me for me to count, but most recently I would not have known about The Royal We or Infinite Home without you.

  • Anita LeBeau

    Love this feature, and there are so many books I see you reading I want to add to my shelves. You read so much outside my usual fodder and I admire it!

  • Priscilla Walter

    The Gilmore Guide and The New Dork Review are two of my trusted favorites as well. I should probably mention how much I trust your ratings and reviews…I’m always interested when I see a four- or five-star rating pop up from you on Goodreads!

  • Kay

    I’m pretty sure that I read The Royal We because of a few reviews by bloggers such as you – or maybe it was even you or maybe Sarah. Anyway, it was a little outside what I normally read, but it was such a fun book. My problem is that when bloggers gush and love books, I want to have them all – the books. I need to read at the speed of light and I don’t. Sigh.

    • Totally outside my normal read, too, but I really loved it. And I know exactly how you feel about just needing more time to read!

  • Emma @ Words And Peace

    Haruf writes so beautifully!

  • Fabulous post! Thanks and Happy BBAW.

  • Awwww I trust you, too! ;)

  • I completely depend on vetting from the blogosphere! It’s especially good because bloggers will often highlight elements of the books that professional reviews don’t pay attention to, and it helps me to decide if a book with those aspects will be right for me.

  • I’m still eyeing The Royal We with some hesitation, but I’m getting there… It’s the best feeling when you read a book that a fellow blogger recommended, and then you totally love it.

    • It’s totally worth reading, especially if you need something a little lighter to balance out a few heavy reads.

  • Your title says it all, Shannon! I now have a big handful of book bloggers that I know I can trust to lead me to something good. And it’s a happy feeling. :)

  • Jen mailed you her copy?! That is next level friendship right there. Wow.
    Reading about The Royal We makes me want to read it AGAIN. Maybe right before the movie? I’m so flattered to be included on this list! I definitely have read books I never would have looked at because of awesome bloggers like you!

    • Yeah, Jen is a rockstar.
      And I totally want to read The Royal We again, too! I just finished Tender by Belinda McKeon, and even though it’s SO different (so much more serious) it gave me good Royal We feelings with its Irish college setting.

  • I am still deeply in the red as far as recommendations go, but I’m glad you found TNJC as great a read as me and Shaina did. She’s obviously the more trustworthy of the two, but I’m happy to be along for the ride. These are all great recommendations, and I might even add Pastrix to my list! This is very fun, thank you.

  • Words for Worms

    I obviously had a brain fart when drafting my post this week, because I didn’t manage to thank you for pushing me to read TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS.

  • I need you and Shaina and Lauren to badger me to read The New Jim Crow next, because it looks so good. Though I still have to get to Just Mercy…

    Great list!

  • Awh – thank you! And I’m so glad Beneath the Bonfire worked for you. Butler’s become one of those “I will run for his books” types of authors for me…anxiously awaiting his next novel…whenever it comes.

  • Oh, boy. I’ve never read any of these but they sound good. I do have THE NEW JIM CROW on my TBR… i’ll try to bump that up a bit closer to the top, now.

  • Yessss all of these people are great recommenders. I’ve never heard of Greg, though, so I’m checking out his blog now!!

  • Care

    The Royal We is written by the Go Fug Yourself gals!??! I did not know that.

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  • I highly enjoyed The Royal We, and I LOVED Our Souls at Night!

  • The Royal We is probably one that I will read as a result of reading about it during BBAW and would not have decided to read otherwise!

  • I’m enjoying Americanah at the moment and last year I liked Sweetland a lot too — so those are two novels that fellow bloggers pushed me to read and that I’m glad for. I’m sure there’s many other examples of books I’ve picked up thx to blogging friends.

  • Saw this when you posted it but have slacked on commenting! Very glad to have bugged you into The New Jim Crow.

    I still wasn’t sold on The Royal We, but I think you and Eva have talked me into considering it the next time I need something fun!

  • Kailana

    I haven’t read any of these! Books to check into. On it!

  • Ah, Our Souls at Night and Did You Ever Have a Family are two of my favorites! The Beatiful Bureaucrat is one I wouldn’t have read except for other bloggers’ reviews and although it wasn’t one I truly enjoyed, I’m glad I read it. I would have never even considered reading The Royal We if not for bloggers’ reviews, but it’s now on my TBR!

  • I’m impressed you were able to find some many books where you remember a specific blogger who got you to read it! I feel as though it always takes me long enough to get to books that people recommend that I’ve read a bunch of good reviews that contribute to my choice to pick them up.