I decided to use this post to share 10 books I wouldn't have read if not for blogging:
1. The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley ~ I kept seeing Kearsley around the blogosphere, but I thought she was too 'romancey' for me. Reviews convinced me to get her from the library, though, and I found a new favourite author.
2. The Black Flower by Howard Bahr ~ I have to admit that I don't pay a lot of attention to the American Civil War, but, because of a read-along I read a book set during it. It was a good book, too. It is also basically out-of-print in Canada, so it is not like I would have came across it often.
3. Pantomime by Laura Lam ~ It was only when I started hearing about this book before the release of Shadowplay that I finally got curious to read it. People were really excited. Somehow I missed all the excitement when the first book was released.
4. Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight ~ At first glance, not really my thing. I am still surprised I liked it as much as I did. It was a page-turner and well-worth checking out. But, I only got it because of blog posts leading me in that direction!
5. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare ~ Let's face it... I didn't even know what this book was about because I just didn't think I was going to like it. But, with the movie, it sort of made the rounds everywhere. I obviously had to see what I thought and surprisingly liked it!
6. Lottery by Patricia Wood ~ This gets blogged about here and there... I don't read a lot of contemporary-type stuff and I just did not think this book would be for me. I know I never would have grabbed it from the shelf if not for bloggers. Somewhere along the line it finally clicked with me that I have to check this book out and I liked it more than I expected to.
7. Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold ~ I might have read this series without book bloggers, but it is book bloggers that put it on my radar and lead me to starting it. And I really like this series so far!
8. Julie Anne Peters ~ So, a contemporary type young adult author that tackles teen issues. I hated books like this when I was a teen... Frankly, I think the only reason I have read a lot of the young adult authors I have over the years is because of blogging. I just sort of figured if they were not for me when I was in the actual age group... Why would they be now?
9. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell ~ A contemporary-like (well, the 80's) teen romance. Yep, why would I ever pick this up if not the for the explosion around the sphere last year? And, wow, so glad I did! Love Rainbow Rowell.
10. Night Film by Marisha Pessl ~ Horror? Um, nope. For whatever reason I don't read horror-type books. Not even because I scare easy or anything... Just because I have to draw a line somewhere or I would own every book in existence. But, this made the blogging rounds and sounded really good. Plus, it's a pretty book and even if I hated it I would have keep it for looks alone. (Thankfully, I didn't hate it!)