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?