BBAW 2010 Unexpected Treasures

I want to thank everyone who has stopped by to check out the giveaway by making their own poem and those that read and commented on my interview with Book Harbinger.

Today’s topic is to discuss an unexpected treasure — a book or genre I’ve tried because of a blogger’s recommendation.  I cannot tell you how many times bloggers have influenced my reading choices.

Dewey began it when she recommended the novella The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett.  I miss her dearly — her reading and her enthusiasm for books was infectious.

In the last year, I’ve read Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane on audio book because Sandy at You’ve Gotta Read This!!! was blown away by the audio.  Her thoughts on the audio were infectious, and I had to check if my library had a copy of this audio.  I got it on playaway, and while the narration was eerie and engaging, the story itself didn’t affect me the way that it affected her, but I was OK with that.

On the other hand, My Friend Amy and Things Mean A Lot reviewed Nothing But Ghosts by Beth Kephart and I knew it was a book I had to read.  As a poet, I knew the lyrical and descriptive language would be right up my alley and I was not disappointed.  Kephart’s writing is something I had been searching for in young adult literature.  Her novels deal with universal themes of grief, death, sibling rivalry, love, and coming of age, but her writing pulls you in and will not let you go.

I was so enthralled by this writer and her novel that I’ve read two others since.  I really enjoyed Undercover, which spoke to my inner teenager who wrote in secret and was often on the outside of the social circles in my junior and senior high school years.  Kephart captured a time in my life that I thought no one could possibly understand.  Her latest book, Dangerous Neighbors, is a different young adult novel that is set in 1876 Philadelphia.  Many of the YA novels I’ve read are contemporary, and it was a real treat to read a novel set in the past.

For my second GLOBAL BBAW giveaway, all you have to do is answer one of the following questions.

What bloggers have influenced you this year? And what books have they encouraged you to read?


What book do you think readers have been influenced to read by your own blog?

Deadline is Sept. 19, 2010, at 11:59 PM EST

What’s up for grabs: (click the links for my reviews)

1.  The Widow’s Season by Laura Brodie

2.  Short Girls by Bich Minh Nguyen

3.  A Dangerous Affair by Caro Peacock

Stay tuned for more giveaways this week!


  1. I’ve discovered several authors this year whose work I was not familiar with through a variety of blogs . . . but I will give a shout-out here to Crazy Book Tours, a terrific site that allows readers to enjoy a lot of books at a very low price — just the cost of postage! I am having a great time reading books along with other bloggers who participate. That’s how I read Margo Candela for the first time (Good-Bye to All That), and ended up corresponding with her. She did an interview for my site and is making it her last tour stop this Wed., September 22, with a guest post and giveaway of the book! I highly recommend it and am now reading her earlier books because I enjoyed it so much.


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  2. Readers have been influenced to read the Hunger games series and the Millennium series on my blog.
    caliblue7 at gmail dot com

  3. Looks like you found some wonderful reads through fellow bloggers. I have discovered books that way also. Nymeth writes some wonderful reviews.

  4. nicole langan says

    Great reviews!

  5. What bloggers have influenced you this year? And what books have they encouraged you to read?
    – Well I daily read lots of books and writing related blogs, yours among them, but a few which have inspired me are: well yours, Mad Utopia, Zebra Sounds, Diary of an eccentric, Bermudaonion’s Weblog, etc.

    I was inspired to read, among many others wonderful books: The girl with the dragon tattoo, Confessions of Catherine De Medici, The Artist’s Way, Government girl, Because All Is Not Lost, etc.

  6. There are so many blogs that i visit everyday, one of the blog is your blog 🙂

    other that influence me ; Book binge, The Romance dish, The book Smugglers, Cherry Mischevious, Supernatural underground.
    from Demonica series, Karen White’s books, The night huntress series, WVMP series by Jeri Smith-Ready.

  7. I’m not a blogger, but love to read reviews. I always follow Bookin with Bingo. She has taught me to not judge a book by its cover. She has recommended some great books. The most recent one I read was Cowboy and Wills (and that one I would have picked up just because of the cover!)

  8. Meg at “write meg!” has inspired many of my book choices. I just purchased “Life After Yes” by Aidan Donelly Rowley based on her recommendation. Katrina at “Stone Soup” has also influenced me more than once- I’ve added many of her recommendations, including “The Forgotten Garden” by Kate Morton to my TBR pile!

  9. Susan Helene Gottfried says

    No need to enter me, darling. I’m dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. I’ve got this posted at Win a Book for you.

  10. I’ve discovered Reading Teen blog this year, and Lauren Kate’s books with it!

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  11. I bet most of us “older” bloggers have been influenced by Dewey in some way or another. I have The Book People on my shelf thanks to her.

  12. All the blogs you mentioned are great. Booking Mama, S. Krishna’s Books, Beth Fish Reads and Rhapsody in Books are just a few of the blogs that have influenced me – there are too many to remember them all!

  13. I would have to say that I read The Uncommon Reader because of Dewey AND Amy convinced me to read Kephart, too! I’m starting to get the urge to listen to more books so I will have to remember Shutter Island as well as rely on Sandy for more great recs.

    • Sandy’s blog is an excellent location for audio recommendations because she will not only talk about the book but how well the narrator(s) did.

  14. I’m so glad you at least gave it a go. That audio did take the breath from me, especially in that last disc. I do tend to get carried away when I am affected to that extent – ha! There so many great audios out there, I hope you try more! As far as Beth Kephart goes, she definitely is a treasure. It is my personal goal to read everything she has written at some point.

    • I have listened to a number of audios in the past, usually fast-paced novels though and mostly in the car.

      I just adore Beth Kephart.

  15. The Uncommon Reader was great!

    No need to enter me, but I just wanted to mention that most of the books I read as a result of a recommendation come from you, probably because we talk books all the time. LOL

    I’ll be writing up my thoughts on this topic later today.

  16. I have to say that I don’t tend to be influenced by other bloggers a lot, but I can be swayed towards reading or not reading books I had on my radar anyway. I think that when you concentrate on the classics, there are fewer surprises to be had!

    And I must get around to some more poetry soon 😉

    • Glad to hear that poetry is not off of your radar like it is some other bloggers. I read classics as a comfort to be honest. I like contemporary fiction, but there are some that are not “classic” material and are easily forgotten.

  17. There are so many good bloggers, who have influenced my reading. I really can’t name a handful…

    Here is my BBAW: Unexpected Treasure post!

    • I tend to lose track of who recommends which books most of the time, but there are those occasions that I remember. I really should keep better notes.

  18. I would have to say that I have read the most books because of the blogs of Sandy of You Gotta Read This! and Nymeth of Things Mean A Lot. When they *both* rave about a book, then I know for sure I’ll be knocked out by it too, and that was certainly the case with Fingersmith by Sarah Waters. But in truth, WAY over half of my reading selections now come from the recommendations of fellow bloggers. I just keep a notepad and pen in front of the computer!


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