Blogging Made Me Read It!

13/11/2016 Discussions, Reading 22

Blogging Made Me Read It!There are so many things to love about book blogging, but one of the biggest ones for me is the endless supply of book recommendations and suggestions you can get from other bloggers, whether that’s through comments, reviews or just chatting on Twitter. Since starting Boats Against The Current two years ago, there have been so many books that I’ve read that I probably wouldn’t even have heard about if it wasn’t for blogging and other bloggers, so I thought I’d do a quick post all about them!

Most of the books on my ‘Blogging Made Me Read It!’ list are actually YA, and that’s because, to be honest, I didn’t really read YA books before I started blogging. I used to choose my reading based on what I saw and liked the look of in the bookshop or library, and the YA section just wasn’t a place I tended to gravitate towards. It wasn’t a snobbery thing – I just stopped heading over to that section of the shop as soon I began reading adult books. However, now thanks to blogging YA is one of my go-to genres, and I’ve discovered some truly amazing books that I might not otherwise have read.

So which books did blogging make you read?

  • The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

There are certain books in the book blogging world that are undoubtedly going to creep onto your radar eventually (some sooner than others!), and Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass is one of the best examples of this. I kept seeing this series everywhere, and after a reading a few rave reviews and establishing that it was actually in my favourite genre – fantasy – there was virtually no chance I wasn’t going to read it eventually.

Now it’s one of my all time favourite series (despite my slight reservations about the last book), and I’m a huge fan of Sarah J. Maas’ writing in general!

  • The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

This is definitely not the kind of thing I would have picked up if I’d simply seen it in a bookshop, and to be honest, it’s because of the cover (shallow, I know!). It’s not so much that I don’t like the cover, it’s just that I wouldn’t have immediately pegged this as fantasy from first glance (I always seem to overlook the dagger!), and all that pink, and the voluminous dress…it just doesn’t look like my kind of thing.

However, I saw it so often on other blogs, and people had so many good things to say about it (plus I found out that it was actually fantasy!), that I finally decided to read it and absolutely loved it! So thanks blogosphere, for helping me see past the cover!

  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

This is definitely not a book I would have picked up before blogging! For one thing, it’s YA, which as I say, isn’t a genre I read much of before I blogged. It’s also a contemporary, which is still to this day, not a genre I’m overly fond of.

However, I saw so many reviews that raved about this book, or at the very least mentioned a big twist, that I just became so intrigued that I had to read it. And I actually really enjoyed it, so I’m glad that I eventually decided to try this one out!

  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I had actually heard of The Raven Boys outside of the blogosphere, but on reading the blurb, hadn’t been particularly inspired to pick it up. I couldn’t quite fathom what the book was about, and had read a little bit of Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater some years ago, and just couldn’t get into it.

However, there was so much hype about this book and the Raven Cycle in general across the blogosphere that I eventually decided to read it. Whilst I wasn’t as blown away by it as I had hoped to be, it was an enjoyable read, and I am definitely going to get round to reading the rest of the series at some point!

  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

There was virtually no chance I wasn’t going to have heard of The Girl on the Train, whether I blogged or not, but I probably wouldn’t have been tempted to pick it up, if it wasn’t for the many positive reviews I read of it. As I have said many times, I don’t tend to read thrillers, but I had heard so much about this one that I finally decided to read it, and was very glad that I did!

So has blogging introduced you to a certain book or genre that you probably wouldn’t otherwise have read? Which books did blogging make you read?

 

 

22 Responses to “Blogging Made Me Read It!”

  1. Puput @ Sparkling Letters

    Great books! I’m glad blogging made you read them or else you’d miss out on so many great books 😛 I feel the same way, there are a lot of books that I normally wouldn’t pick up, mostly diverse books. I might be shallow but I honestly didn’t have any interest in reading diverse books. But I’m so glad book blogging had pushed me to get out of my comfort zone because there are so many great diverse books out there! <3 I also read The Raven Boys because of book blog and I love it! <3 aaaand A Darker Shade of Magic. I found a lot of bloggers raving about it and want to see what the fuss is all about. I'm glad I did because VE Schwab is now one of my favorite auto buy author <3 also, so glad you enjoyed The Winner's Curse, it's one of my favorite series!

    • Laura

      I’m really glad that book blogging has pushed me out of my comfort zone too, as I feel like it has actually extended my comfort zone. YA certainly didn’t used to be in my comfort zone, and now it is and I’ve discovered so many great books! 🙂
      I still need to read A Darker Shade of Magic as I’ve heard so many great things about it! I have the book though, so I’ll hopefully be getting round to that one soon. And The Winner’s Curse was so awesome! I’ll definitely be reading the rest of the series, and I can see it becoming one of my favourites too 🙂

  2. Karolina

    Book blogging and vlogging introduced me more to the reading community rather then making me read something new. Probably the only series introduced to me is Penryn and the End of Days trilogy (Angelfall, World After and End of Days) by Susan Ee. I fell in love with Ee’s writing style and how she researched so much to make her world believable (from quotes from the Bible to self-defense).

    • Laura

      Introducing me to the reading community has been another amazing side-effect of blogging for me as well! It’s an really awesome community to be a part of, even if you don’t get a lot of recommendations from it! 🙂

  3. Greg

    Same here- I was pretty new to YA when I started blogging, and now I love it. Occasionally I get one that doesn’t work or I’m not into, but I’ve had a lot more hits than misses. And same about finding new books- several on your list I would not have read either if not for bloggers! We Were Liars and Girl on the Train both fall in that category. It’s funny because I think MOST of the books I read now would not have been on my radar pre- blogging, which is really weird when I think about it!

    • Laura

      It’s really weird, but I think it’s the same for me! I wouldn’t have read most of the books I read now, if it wasn’t for blogging and the way it has really expanded my comfort zone 🙂

  4. Tessa

    I was already into YA before I started blogging, but I was more into the contemporary and sci-fi books. There was really no in between for me before I started blogging. But now, YA fantasy is one of my favorite genres! Other bloggers got me to read the Throne of Glass series as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses. Plus the Grisha series and my beloved Six of Crows. Ever since I started blogging, my TBR has definitely diversified and grown!

    • Laura

      My TBR has definitely diversified and grown through blogging too 🙂
      And YA fantasy is one of my favourite genres too. I have yet to read the Grisha series or Six of Crows though, so I’ll definitely have to give those a go soon, as I’ve heard great things about them (and here’s another example of me getting recommendations through blogging!) 🙂

  5. Laura @ bornandread

    Know what you mean about The Raven Boys – I also read that because of the blogosphere and was a little disappointed. I think it was so hyped that I really expected it to knock my socks off, which it definitely didn’t. Like you though, I’ll probs get around the reading the whole series.

    • Laura

      Yeah, I had high hopes for The Raven Boys, and it just didn’t quite meet them. I just got the second book out of the library though (it was finally back in!), so I’m hoping it’s going to be better, and I’ll get into the series a bit more!

  6. Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight

    Oooh, so very many of these are books blogging made me read! Definitely The Raven Boys, Throne of Glass, and We Were Liars- I don’t think I would have read any of them if left to my own devices 😉 I have read the first 4 ToG, and while I REALLY liked Crown of Midnight, they’ve been getting a little… long for my liking, I suppose. I have only read The Raven Boys so far in that series, but I liked it! And I was not a fan of We Were Liars, still don’t get the hype for that one hahha. SO many series and books though, I only read because of blogging- definitely some of my favorites, too! So thank goodness for blogging peer pressure! Great post 😀

    • Laura

      I know, thank goodness for blogging peer pressure! There are all books I probably wouldn’t have read otherwise too, so I’m so glad blogging made me read them! I’m glad you’ve enjoyed a lot of them too! 🙂

  7. Gill Edwards

    Great post Laura, I had never read any YA until i became a book blogger now i cant get enough of it. We Were Liars is a fab book and my top read of 2015.

  8. Jenna @ Falling letters

    I’m on the same page as you re: We Were Liars. Unfortunately just before reading it, I had read another book that had the same twist, so I wasn’t very impressed, haha.

    One of my favourite books that blogging introduced me to is A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. I think I would have eventually come across it, but blogging definitely got me excited about it long before I might have noticed it.

    • Laura

      Haha, I can see how reading another book with the same twist right before it could leave you feeling unimpressed! 🙂
      I actually have a copy of A Darker Shade of Magic, but I haven’t read it yet. I’ve heard great things about it though (through blogging!), and hopefully I’ll get to read it soon.

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