Book Recommendations from Bloggers
I love book recommendations. I love seeing what kinds of books other people like, and–in some cases–trying to figure out what on earth makes them like that sort of thing. In fact, for the past two years, on my blog anniversary (which came and went unnoticed this year), I’ve asked for recommendations from my readers. Last year’s recommendations were great, and I got to all but one. Not to worry, though, Kiirstin, I have a copy of Calvino’s Invisible Cities and mean to get to it soon.
Often I read something because another blogger wrote about it, but I’ve forgotten who by the time I find a copy. I’d like to say thanks more often for the good recommendations, but I guess it’s okay that I usually forget who liked something I couldn’t stand.
In the last year, I have read and loved a number of books that I picked up because of a fellow blogger. From my blog anniversary suggestions, I read The Martian sooner than I would have otherwise because of Laurie, and I probably wouldn’t have read When Mystical Creatures Attack! except for Tom’s suggestion.
I read Greensleeves because of Jenny, Revival because Care pointed out that it was right up my alley in terms of necromancy, and I picked out a poem by a person who is not like me from the Best American Poetry anthology of the last year because of Aarti’s annual A More Diverse Universe event.
Grub was an atypical read for me, but I picked it up because Stefanie’s description intrigued me. The advance copy of Charmed Particles that I enjoyed came out of my imaginary friendship with Kim. Wonders of the Invisible World is a book I didn’t initially set out to read, but I should have known that since Ana liked it, it would be nearly irresistible.
When I had given up on reading Marilynne Robinson, Victoria’s review of Lila brought me back to loving her writing again. Alex gave me the heads-up that Elizabeth Strout, author of Olive Kitteridge, had a new novel out, entitled My Name is Lucy Barton. And Serena introduced me to a poet I hadn’t read before by asking me to be part of her blog tour for Paradise Drive.
Other bloggers have mentioned books that I haven’t gotten to yet, among them Teresa and Jenny and Nerija. I hope to get to those in the next year, and any that you, my readers, choose to recommend–put your suggestions in the comments, please!