Welcome to Booking Through Thursday, where we explore bookish topics.
Do other people influence what you choose to read? When a family member recommends something, or a friend says they hated a book you were planning to read … does it affect your reading choices?
I am not overly influenced by the reading choices of friends or relatives, since most of them are either non-readers or are drawn to different kinds of books.
Not that I don’t read outside my normal genre. I have spent a lot of time in the past few years doing just that, via various challenges, and by trying out books recommended by others. Those “others,” of course, are other bloggers.
When I see a book that is “hyped” a lot, I am not necessarily drawn to it. I may consider it, but probably won’t jump on the bandwagon. But when a blogger who often enjoys the same books I do recommends one, then I’m willing to give that one a try.
As a result, I’ve discovered some wonderful books over the past few years. Here are a few favorites I discovered from the blogging world:
Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn (click for review)
Mudbound, by Hillary Jordan (I read and loved When She Woke by the same author)
The Language of Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh (a 2011 favorite)
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, by Beth Hoffman (Another 2011 favorite)
And there are many more….some way out of my comfort zone, like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
In fact I find so many books on blogs these days, that my shelves are overflowing…and my Sparky is on the way to overflowing, too!
How do you discover the books you read?