I know I've been kind of a bad blogger lately, but just bare with me and I'll get back to normal sooner or later (ie actually write some reviews!).
SUNDAY SALON 6 - BLOGGING INFLUENCE
One of my favorite things about blogging is how much it has expanded my reading. The books that I've read have always been pretty varied, probably thanks to studying English for seven years in college (both undergrad and grad school), but I'll admit that sometimes I get stuck in a reading rut and run towards the comfort reads. Through blogging, though, I've encountered books and genres I never thought about or didn't even know existed.
In so many ways, bloggers have influenced my reading over the past two years. As I was reading through the comments on that ARC post and how people commented on learning about new books through blogs, I started reflecting on my own lists and bookshelves. I wish that I could give credit where credit is due, but sometimes I don't even remember where I first heard about a book or I heard about it so many different times that it is tough to pinpoint when I finally said, OK, I have to read this book. Just check out one of my shelves below--this is my "read" shelf--and it is running over (well, the cardboard shelf has books that I haven't read yet but don't have room for elsewhere).
Books I have learned about or picked up just because of blogger recommendations (these are all reviewed here, but I'm not linking for time's sake and I'm not sure if people actually even click on links? Except for the top two and the ones that I've read this year, you can find the reviews easily by clicking on my "2008 reads" link on the left sidebar)
The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield
The World According to Garp - John Irving
The Giver - Lois Lowry
The Book Thief - Mark ZusakA Long Way Gone - Ishmael Beah
The Color of Magic - Terry Pratchett
Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
The Translater - Daoud Hari
Stardust - Neil Gaiman
The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy
The Complete Persepolis - Marjane Satrapi
Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman
Matrimony - Joshua Henkin
Snow Country - Yasunari Kawabata
Half of a Yellow Sun - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Heretic's Daughter - Kathleen Kent
Coraline - Neil Gaiman
Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murakami
Twilight - Stephenie Meyer
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian - Sherman Alexie
Watchmen - Alan Moore
The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian - Marina Lewycka
The Septembers of Shiraz - Dalia Sofer
Fun Home - Alison Bechdel
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - Junot Diaz
Isn't that a great list? And this ONLY includes books that I have read since blogging. Just looking on my desk it doesn't include The Reluctant Fundamentalist, which I recently picked up. Or on my floor The Wind Up Bird Chronicles by Murakami and The Light Fantastic by Pratchett. Or on the shelf closest to me Possession, The Inheritance of Loss, The Horseman's Graves, The Tender Bar, The Book of Lost Things, Potato Peel Pie Society, Rebecca--I could go on and on.
I've been reading more fantasy and graphic novels (yes, we can probably all blame the same person--she knows who she is! Oh ok, Nymeth). I've been reading more non-fiction than ever (thanks Joy and the Non-Fiction Five challenge). I've been reading more world literature and prize winners, and have continued to read classics. Really, I wonder what my current reading habits would be if not for blogging. Of course I'd still be reading, but oh the discoveries I would have missed out on! So here's my big thank you for enriching my reading (and my reading for years to come).
This Sunday's Question (as if you couldn't guess!): How has blogging or bloggers influenced your reading? Have you made any new discoveries or picked up any books based on what other bloggers are reading? What's the book floating around right now that you're dying to get your hands on (for me it's Hunger Games)?
And just because I can, a picture of my beautiful little niece Emma. She's becoming quite a chub, but that's just more for me to love. I seriously cannot get enough of this girl.