Ode to bloggers..


Every Tuesday over at the  The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  The topic this week is :

Ten Books I’ve Read Because Of Another  Blogger

One of the beauties of blogging is the number of amazing books that I’ve picked up as a result of great recommendations.  This list barely scratches the surface of course – not to mention I can’t in fairness always remember who recommended a book.  Of course a lot of books I’ve stumbled on purely by good fortune (or dumb luck)  but here are a few examples of books that I probably would have overlooked (at least for a while):

  1. I am Legend by Richard Matheson – this is one of many titles that I came to read courtesy of Jenny at Wondrous Reads.
  2. The Troupe by Robert J Bennett – recommended to me by Andrea at The Little Red Reviewer – again, one of many titles that I’ve picked up from this excellent blog!
  3. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – I first read about this on Carl’s Stainless Steel Droppings blog – I can also credit Sanderson’s Way of Kings and Butcher’s Dresden files to my early exploration of this blog.
  4. The Kushiel books by Jacqueline Carey.  To be honest I had already read Kushiel’s Dart but hadn’t continued with the series.  Thanks to Susan at Dab of Darkness and a number of readalongs involving a host of other bloggers I’m now in the process of reading my sixth book from this series (Kushiel’s Mercy).
  5. My favourite UF of the moment – the Toby Daye series by Seanan McGuire.  Currently reading book six as part of a readalong.  I wouldn’t have picked up this series without the readalongs organised by Lisa at Over The Effing Rainbow.
  6. Danya at Fine Print recommended to me Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews which was a rather sizzling first in series that I really look forward to continuing with!
  7. Mogsy at the Bibliosanctum first drew my attention to Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier which I loved.
  8. Lisa at Tenacious Reader recently wrote a review for Rae Carson’s Walk on Earth a Stranger.  Now, I had seen this around the blogosphere a number of times and I like the look of it already but this review I think really pushed me over the edge with this one.  I haven’t yet picked it up but it’s on the top of my list now.
  9. The next two are slightly different.  The Classics Club blog is a blog where people come together to talk about classic literature and to set themselves up with a list of books that they would like to way.  It’s a way of encouraging us all to pick up some of the older books that we might otherwise not get to.  I’ve read some good books so far – my last one was the very dark and spooky House of Usher by Poe.
  10. Finally, three different sci fi events hosted by Rinn Reads, Stainless Steel Droppings and Little Red Reviewer that have increased my sci reading enormously.  For example, I never would have read Flowers for Algernon or Fahrenheit 451 without these events and that would have been a crying shame.

And now, a little buffet of covers:


29 Responses to “Ode to bloggers..”

  1. imyril

    Oooh, I Am Legend. I read that on recommendation too – the sort of recommendation where a friend buys you a copy, puts it in your hands, and says ‘You Must Read This’ – and I would love to revisit it. Made a big impression in the right way.

    • @lynnsbooks

      What a great book – and I love that feeling of being given a book that somebody else really loves!
      Lynn 😀

  2. Diana

    The Classics Club sounds great. U have been trying to read more that genre. Glad to see you found so many interesting books through recommendations.That is the beauty of the book blogging community:-)

    • @lynnsbooks

      The book blogging community is definitely brilliant for recommendations – as my tbr can prove!
      Lynn 😀

  3. Jamie Wu

    I’ve heard a lot about Seanan McGuire and her UF series. I really want to try her out. Would recommend starting with her October Daye series?

    • @lynnsbooks

      I’m loving the October Daye series – the first one isn’t the best but I tend to have found that with every new UF series that I’ve started and the books keep getting better. Plus there’s just a great cast of characters. Toby is brilliant as it is but her friends are also really easy to engage with.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Lilyn G. (Sci-Fi & Scary)

    I just read my first non zombie series book from Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant. Picked up one of her Incryptid novels.

    I want to read I AM Legend at some point.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I’ve only read the first in the zombie series – I should move on but my TBR has exploded a bit!
      I think I am Legend is a great book, groundbreaking and the ending is just so dark! Nothing like the film to be honest. And, yes, it is a bleak book and only short – bleak in that you’re watching the main guy spiral into loneliness and madness really.
      Lynn 😀

  5. kellyfbarr

    I love Flowers for Algernon! I first saw it as a live play performed by high schoolers who did a fabulous job! Farenheit 451 was interesting. I haven’t read any of the others on your list.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I absolutely love Flowers for Algernon – such a good book and I wouldn’t have picked it up at all without the Vintage Sci Fi event.
      Lynn 😀

  6. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    I read about Dreamer’s Pool over at the Bibliosanctum as well, and it was one of the most inspiring finds of recent times 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, I absolutely loved it. I haven’t read the second one yet but i’ll get to it soon.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    I read I am Legend with a book club! Loved it 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s a ground breaking book really and probably inspired so many apocalypse type books. Plus the ending!
      Lynn 😀

  8. Drew @ TheTattooedBookGeek

    I Am Legend is an amazing book! 😀

  9. Jane @ Greenish Bookshelf

    Such a varied list of books! That’s so neat! I joined the Classics Club too and really enjoy reading more classics. I’m working on Frankenstein and War and Peace right now. Very different novels! haha. Thanks for stopping by my TTT earlier 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I think Frankenstein is a great book. War and Peace is one that I would like to tackle, I understand that you have to pick up a good translation. If you review it will you give me a shout – in case I miss it. Just would like to know what you make of it.
      Lynn 😀

  10. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Yay, Den of Wolves! *blush* I guess I have been pushing that book relentlessly like a drug dealer. 😉

  11. Mari

    I really need to get back to Marillier, though I’m mostly avoiding her because the books I’ve read of hers so far have made me CRY. She’s so gooood. I really want to read the Kushiel series, too!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I’ve only read the first in series but it was so good and I have No.2 now waiting which I can’t wait to get to. Carey is really good – her world building is excellent.
      Lynn 😀

  12. Greg

    I kinda want to read the Toby Daye books as I’m dipping my toes in the urban fantasy waters. I’ve read a Mira grant novella and Discount Armageddon so I’ve had a taste of her writing and liked it.. And I’ve never read Jacqueline Carey but if I’m not mistaken she’s a local author, so I know she’s done events in the area if I remember right.

    That cover of den of Wolves- love it. Dreamer’s Pool also.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Dreamer’s Pool was so good – it just really grabbed my attention. The Toby Daye books are great – a UF series that I’m really enjoying. It starts of slightly slowly but I think that’s fairly typical for the start of a UF series (at lest the ones I’ve read so far) but each story brings something new.
      Lynn 😀

  13. Grace

    Oh wow! That cover on Kushiel’s Justice is gorgeous. I hadn’t seen that one before. 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s lovely isn’t it – have you read any further with the Carey books?

      • Grace

        Sorta. Kushiel’s Dart was a re-read for me, and I’d read up to book 1 of the third trilogy before. I had originally planned to do the whole reread, but then between the chaos of moving (and losing book 2 in the process, then finding it again) and work stuff, I got too far behind to realistically catch up with the group. Although if you all end up doing the third trilogy I may tag along for that one.

      • @lynnsbooks

        Yeah, you could definitely join in with the third. I’m sure we’ll all want to continue on and we usually keep a fairly gentle pace because we all have other commitments.
        I’ll keep you posted – won’t be for a while anyway, our current (which is the final of the 2nd series is due to end late November – we’ll probably give December a miss and look in the New Year.
        Lynn 😀

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