Top Ten Tuesday: Book blog recommendations

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and the Bookish asks for the top ten books you read because of another blogger. You can play along at The Broke and the Bookish.

When I see a book on my Goodreads to-read list and think, “Why is that book there?”, the answer is usually because I saw it on someone’s book blog. I’m not actually very good at keeping track of whose blog I saw it on, which would probably be the smart thing to do. And I can’t tell you how many books I read about and mean to put on my to-read list, but just don’t make it there. I do know that a lot of these books are ones I never would have found on my own rather pointless and meandering search, and especially those that are outside my usual genre comfort zone. And that’s what’s so great about the book blogosphere–finding the books you wouldn’t have found on your own.

So here’s my list of books that I read because I saw them on someone’s blog. I apologize in advance for the fact that I don’t remember if it was your blog specifically.

The Wednesday Sisters, by Meg Waite Clayton. I might have seen this book on SheWrites, where Meg Waite Clayton hosts the book bloggers group. A great book about the power of writing for everyone, published or not.

Savvy, by Ingrid Law. I’m sure I found this on a YA blog out there somewhere. Thanks for the recommendation, it was a fun read!

House of Prayer No. 2, by Mark Richard. This has been on my to-read list for ages, but I couldn’t get it from the library. It came this week, and was an amazing read. A touching memoir about growing up “special” in the South. Interesting as a memoir about disability and the odd path that leads some people to writing. Someone else must have raved about it and they were right.

The Book of the Dun Cow, by Walter Wangerin, Jr. I don’t even think I read a review of this. I think someone just mentioned it and I thought, well, that sounds interesting. A book about animals. And it was.

The Hunger Games series, by Suzanne Collins. I probably wouldn’t have even heard of these books, let alone read them, if they hadn’t kept popping up on everyone’s blog.

The last five on my list, and probably many more I’m missing, came from Emily at As the Crowe Flies (And Reads!), who has very good taste in books. Which is to say, I like the things she likes.

White Cat, by Holly Black.

As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, by Helen Simonson

A Prayer for the Dying, by Stewart O’Nan.  These last two books are both by Stewart O’Nan, who I probably never would have discovered without the recommendation from As the Crowe Flies, and am so happy I did.



Emily, Alone, by Stewart O’Nan

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