Today’s Book Blogger Appreciation Week prompt is: What have you read and loved because of a fellow blogger?
As a book pusher myself (I have been known to buy my friends books I love that they express interest in, to help increase the likelihood that they will actually read them), I’m all about discovering books through book bloggers who help spread awareness and buzz for the books they love.
Shannon at River City Reading was the driving force behind many of the great new-to-me fiction authors I picked up last year, such as The Shore by Sara Taylor, Dietland by Sarai Walker, and The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips. I like to discover new fiction authors through trusted recommendations, and Shannon has never disappointed.
My reading tastes align quite closely to Kerry at Entomology of a Bookworm, and I love her recommendations. I’m so glad she made me aware of The Dead Ladies Project by Jessa Crispin, a incredible travelog / guide to living more fully that was one of my favorite non-fiction books of 2015.
Lauren at Malcolm Avenue Review is one of my favorite people that I’ve never met (in person), and she writes incredibly thoughtful reviews. She was another source of one of my favorite non-fiction books of 2015, The Penguin Lessons by Tom Michell.
I’ve also picked up (and enjoyed) so many popular books that I was on the fence about due to encouragement & enthusiasm from all across the book blogging world. In the past year these books have included Missoula by Jon Krakauer, Rising Strong by Brené Brown, The Martian by Andy Weir, Citizen by Claudia Rankine, and Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.
This list mainly focuses on books I’ve discovered within the past year, and even with that limited scope I’m sure I’m forgetting sources of books I’ve read and loved. Not to mention sources of a million books added to my TBR piles. The moral of the story is: the book blogging community is incredible, and I’m so happy to be connected to so many wonderful people who obsess about the same things I do. </gushing>