BBAW New Treasure - When recommendations pull you out of your comfort zone
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Let me put this question to you - what is your best part of reading a blog? Is it the memes or the reviews or the bookish topics? Or is it the anticipation of discovering a new book that you hadn't heard of, so that you can go add it to your wishlist? I'm sure it is a combination of all those features, but how often do we go pick up a book the moment you hear of it? Or if not the moment, then the very day itself or the next day? Of course, I'm assuming here that you had not heard of that book before. Now what if that book is out of that comfy zone you are in? Are you willing to get off the lazy couch and read something that's not your cup of tea? You got to be kidding me, right? With all the mountains of books to read - at your home, in your library hold list and in your virtual TBR (wherever it is that you catalog your reads) - each new book we add inevitably goes to the bottom of the list, but to the list it goes for sure!
So, although I have an Mt. Everest-sized TBR, which tripled over the past 9 months that I have been blogging (yeah, I'm pointing my finger at you all), I did once surprise myself and pick a book to read right after I read a review - a book that I had not heard of at all previously, a book that I would not have grabbed at had I seen it at the store or simply read the blurb at the back, a book I picked only because the blogger who recommended it to me did complete justice to it. This book wasn't exactly the kind I read either, so I doubt I would have read it if not for a recommendation!
Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster. This book was published in 1912 (yeah, that long ago). Doesn't the title grab you in a curious way? The protagonist, Judy, addresses her benefactor as Daddy-Long-Legs because the shadow of his long legs were all that she saw of him the day he came to her orphanage to sponsor her education (She doesn't know his name either.) This book is real short and a zip-fast read! What made this book click for me is Judy's quirkiness. Oh my! You should read this book to really get her amazing character! I just couldn't stop laughing. She is one character I would have loved to know personally!
I read this book in January - the month I started keeping reading lists (I stopped keeping readings lists months later, but that's a story for another day!) And then when I saw the review of this book on Aarti's blog, Booklust, I just had to go to the library and read it! I have looked forward to blogger recommendations ever since then. Even with books that I read, I have been able to predict whether a book will be a hit or miss for me simply by reading a blogger's recommendatrion, and that's the best part of reading blogs. Do you have a book that you picked solely on blogger recommendation?