I’ve been blogging a for a little over two years now, and I think it’s safe to say that most of the books I read or add to my TBR are as a result of other bloggers. Together, you guys have completely dashed any ideas I ever had of ‘keeping up’ with my reading. And I have loved every minute of it.
BUT… yesterday, in an attempt to name you all, I got completely bogged down and overwhelmed, because there are just so many of you and I didn’t want to leave anyone out. So, I had to come up with a twist that would allow me to simplify.
I don’t buy a lot of shiny new books. Most of my book-buying happens at book sales and used book stores. I also use the library a lot. So, buying brand new books is significant in my life. Here are some of the books I have bought recently and the bloggers who are to blame for it:
TJ at My Books Strings is hosting 12 Germans in 2016 this year, and this is the book I want to read for it. It caught my attention when she first posted about it. Since then, however, I found out that I wouldn’t be able to get it through my library, because our ILL program is temporarily shut down, so I panicked and bought the book instead. I’m ready when you are TJ!
This book was also a panic-purchase. Bone & Bread is on the Canada Reads list this year, but I can’t get it from the library (same story). I tried to determine how important it was that I read this one, and based on Laura’s video review, I came to the conclusion that it was worth buying. I’ll be curious to see if I feel the same way about it as she did.
Eva at The Paperback Princess reads a lot of nonfiction. She reads a lot of other things, too, but as a non-nonfiction reader (new term?), I find her numbers of nonfiction impressive, and her selection juicy and tempting. When Books Went To War is one that just looked too good to pass up. (Eva’s review)
Because of Carolyn’s love for this book, I bought it long ago with every intention of getting to it right away. But it has been about 18 months now since I bought it. Maybe it’s the assurance that it will always be there for me, or maybe it’s my excessive and compulsive use of the library – I don’t know. But I will try very hard to read it this year. Really I will. (Carolyn’s review)
Lucy Maud Montgomery: The Gift Of Wings by Mary Henley Rubio
I met Sarah Emsley during the Green Gables Readalong that I participate in last year, and I might have mentioned my failure to find a good biography of Lucy Maud. So she recommended this one to me, and I’m delighted with it. It’s big and fat and full of good stuff. If you love anything Jane Austen, LM Montgomery, or Edith Wharton, head on over to her blog!
I love walking, so when this book came out I so badly wanted to read it. I thought it might be a good one to buy, but was still waffling until I saw it on Tanya’s Best of 2015 list. That was the little push I needed.
After I read The Signature of All Things, I put out a request for recommendations of fiction that include a mix of history and science. Buried In Print, who has become my CanLit mentor, suggested Creation (having not yet read it herself, I don’t think), and because I had been eyeing it before and read that it was about Audubon’s trip to the passage between Newfoundland and Labrador, I bought it. I’ve already been dipping in and out of this one. It’s a slow, quiet read so far with a lot of beautiful nature writing. A good one to own, so that I can take my time if I want.
I’ve also bought Sisters in the Wilderness, because in Buried In Print’s review of The Massey Murder, she mentioned that Sisters in the Wilderness was one of the first nonfiction books she started recommending as loudly as she recommends fiction. It will fit in well with Roughing It In the Bush by Susanna Moodie, which I’m reading this month with TJ and CJ.
Kim at Reading Matters is devoting 2016 to reading only Australian books, and I have been adding quite a few of them to my reading list. By the end of the year, we’ll all be rolling in Australian book suggestions. But The Enchanted April ended up on my buying list when I saw it on her Best of 2015 list right after a friend recommended it to me. I might have forgotten all about it if I hadn’t seen it there. A happy coincidence.
All these books better be good, or I will know who to blame.
What books have you bought recently because of another book blogger?