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BBAW: Under the influence of blogs

September 17, 2009
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It’s Book Blogger Appreciation Week and this year’s theme is “Celebrate Books.”  With that in mind, today’s topic is:

Today we encourage you to blog about a book you read only because you discovered it on another book blog.  Preferably, this will be a book you loved!  You might also write a bit about the blog you discovered it on!

the-gargoyleWhen I started my blog in June of 2008, I had no idea there was a huge community of book bloggers, but I did know of a few.  Two of my early discoveries were The Literate Housewife Review and The Book Lady’s Blog (although it had a different name at the time, but that’s another story).  Both of these women are intelligent, articulate and just a little bit sassy and I wanted my blog to just like theirs.  (I still haven’t achieved that goal, but I haven’t give up either.)  When I saw that they had both read, reviewed and loved The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson, I knew I had to read it.  These ladies didn’t let me down – I read the book and loved it, too.

The Gargoyle was probably the first book I read because of blogs, but almost all of my purchases these days are because of a review I read on a blog.

31 Comments leave one →
  1. September 17, 2009 6:28 am

    Interesting book cover! I’m glad that these ladies were able to lead you to a winning choice 🙂

  2. September 17, 2009 7:15 am

    I remember Jennifer recommending this! So it is really good? EW said it was one of the worst books of 2008!!! Well what do they know anyway?

  3. September 17, 2009 7:28 am

    Love the title of your post!

    I am not sure that I can narrow down my list. Since last December the vast majority of the books I have read have come recommended from book bloggers, and I have not been steered wrong yet.

  4. September 17, 2009 7:42 am

    I’ve had that one on my wish list for a long time, but haven’t read it yet. Now I have three smart women telling me it’s good. I feel myself caving.

  5. September 17, 2009 8:40 am

    It is on my TBR pile!

    BBAW: Thanking Feminist Review

  6. September 17, 2009 8:50 am

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, but alas as I read it in 2008 and didn’t start blogging until 2009 – I haven;t reviewed it. perhaps I’ll do a retro review 🙂

  7. September 17, 2009 8:52 am

    I still need to read this one.

  8. September 17, 2009 9:34 am

    I actually think I heard about The Gargoyle from non-blog sources, but I feel like I’ve heard about most books from blogs!

  9. September 17, 2009 9:41 am

    I remember all the hype about this one last year. It was one of the first ARCs I received and I loved it too! I thought it was quite sad that it apparently turned out to be a flop, but it was a great find for us at least!

  10. September 17, 2009 10:47 am

    I still haven’t read The Gargoyle, but I have heard a lot of great things about it. Most of my reading lately is due to reviews found on blogs too.

  11. September 17, 2009 10:51 am

    I still haven’t read this one…someday.

  12. September 17, 2009 11:01 am

    I’ve been following Rebecca’s blog for a long time but I don’t remember a name change. It’s the AGE creeping in.

    I had this one on my list for the same reason. I heard about it from Rebecca and then never got around to it. It’s the story of my life unfortunately.

  13. September 17, 2009 11:39 am

    I love your post title!! And sassy is such a good quality!

  14. September 17, 2009 12:07 pm

    When I first started blogging about books, I had no idea there were so many book blogs either!

    Excellent post! I will stop by the blogs you mention.

  15. Carol permalink
    September 17, 2009 1:16 pm

    I had that one on my TBR pile for so long without reading it, that I finally gave it away.

  16. September 17, 2009 4:12 pm

    I absolutely loved this book! I am glad that you enjoyed it too. It’s a great first pick from a blog.

  17. September 17, 2009 5:04 pm

    The Gargoyle is a great book and I’m so glad that I played a role in one other person reading it.

    With the exception of the book I bought for GalleySmith’s Literary Road Trip, every book I’ve bought this year has come from a book blogger’s recommendation.

  18. September 17, 2009 5:34 pm

    I loved this book. Bought it at Costco because my daughter said it looked like a book that I would like. It was one of my very first reviews… I haven’t forgotten it.


  19. September 17, 2009 8:34 pm

    oh yea! Do you think this would be a good book for a club to discuss?

  20. September 17, 2009 8:47 pm

    I still haven’t read this book! Now I’ve to move it up from my TBR pile.

  21. September 17, 2009 8:59 pm

    I just had this book recommended to me by one of the writers in my writers’ group – Debra Hale.

    And I wanted to congratulate you on winning for Most Concise Blog at BBAW. *applause*

  22. September 17, 2009 10:02 pm

    I like that it’s possible to know another blogger’s tastes and then trust them for good recommendations. I’m glad you found the right bloggers to follow.

  23. September 17, 2009 11:46 pm

    Have to agree with you that most of the books I buy now are from book blog recommendations. My poor wishlist is exploding! *L*

    Will check out The Gargoyle, as I haven’t heard of this one before.

    Thanks for the suggestion!

  24. September 18, 2009 12:00 am

    Two wonderful blogs, definitely! I haven’t read The Gargoyle – will have to check it out. And I’m like you – these days, nearly everything I read has been because another blogger wrote about it.

  25. September 18, 2009 12:10 am

    Please stop by my blog when you have a chance–I have an award for you!

  26. September 18, 2009 3:43 am

    Seriously all the books I buy are because of book bloggers recommendations 🙂

  27. September 18, 2009 6:11 am

    I so agree with you! I’m reading this book for the RIP challenge. I can’t wait!

  28. September 18, 2009 12:56 pm

    “under the influence!” LOL!

    I haven’t yet read THE GARGOYLE, but if you, Rebecca, and Jennifer all recommend it, what am I waiting for?!?

  29. September 19, 2009 8:01 am

    Fellow book bloggers have a huge influence on what I read and buy now!! I love it 🙂

  30. September 19, 2009 8:23 am

    I haven’t heard one bad review for The Gargoyle but I’m still a bit hestitant about picking it up.

  31. September 20, 2009 9:53 am

    I just started listening to this book and so far – so good! I’ll have to check out your review when I’m done.

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