After much deliberation, and I say that with an over-expressive gesture, I want to spotlight two books that I have read and loved due to blogger recommendations. No specific blogger was individually responsible for me reading these two books, rather the entire community came together to recommend them.
Day 2: What have you read and loved because of a fellow blogger?
- Kindred by Octavia Butler: I may have had Kindred on my TBR for a long time but I wasn't exactly clamoring to read it. I hadn't bothered to read what the plot was about but I knew it was historical fiction - something I didn't read much of. The land of the book blogs, however, was hugely in love with this book. Everyone I followed had recommended it, multiple times. But it was still going to be years before I cracked it open and by then, I sorely regretted not reading it sooner.
- Me Before You by Jojo Moyes: This one was an oddity. When it was released, I must have read 1-2 reviews about it each week. But I was having serious doubts about it just because of the cover. However, I had thought the same about Where'd You Go, Bernadette, which had a non-serious looking cover and I loved it anyway. So I got my copy from the library, plonked down, and started reading... only to bail out after two pages. I hated that first chapter (or prologue, whatever it was). But the buzz around the book refused to die and I resigned myself to being the Grinch in a sea of fans. Months later, I got a copy from Audible, still eager to be a part of the story but not wanting to read it. (I was still convinced that I wasn't the target audience for the book.) This time however, I couldn't put the book down. Several hours of listening later, the book had soared to the top of my favorites list.