Today’s BBAW daily blogging topic is around how book blogs have exposed you to books or authors you never may have heard of otherwise.
I’m kind of at a loss as to where I start. It’s safe to say that the vast majority of books that I read nowadays are BECAUSE of blog recommendations, including some of my all-time favourites series. I never would have picked up Seanan McGuire‘s October Daye books if it wasn’t for everyone* saying ROSEMARY AND RUE was so worth it, so I put aside my irrational dislike of fae-centred books and promptly fell in love. Same with Ilona Andrews‘ Kate Daniels series – I didn’t really care for the first book, MAGIC BITES, but everyone* swore the series got better – and you know what? So true.
But these are NYT bestsellers, and they probably would have popped up on my radar via other means – be it on my local bookstore shelves, Amazon recommendations, print reviews… though yes, it may have taken longer.
So what about the books and authors I never would have discovered if it wasn’t for blogs? Here are three:
Andrea K Höst‘s TOUCHSTONE trilogy – and her entire backlist, really. Estara was the one that (virtually) hand-sold her books to me, and I believe she first encountered Ms Höst’s books via the Book Smugglers’ blog and Ana’s CHAMPION OF THE ROSE review. I read and loved the Touchstone books, and then raced through all her other books in a matter of weeks. It didn’t matter that the Touchstone books were SF (or science fantasy) while the rest were straight fantasy (and also very different stories) – I just fell in love with the stories she was telling. Now I’m waiting very impatiently on her next release, AND ALL THE STARS.
Tammara Webber‘s EASY (which I mentioned last week) – a brand new-to-me discovery via blog reviews. The emerging New Adult sub-genre is hard to pin down or define, perhaps a bit more mature than YA but not quite adult contemporaries, but whatever it is, Ms Webber got the story just right in EASY and I can’t wait to dive into her Between the Lines series.
Josh Lanyon‘s Adrien English series, which in turn has led to me buying everything he writes. I can’t recall exactly how I came across his name – I suspect an If You Like… kind of post at Dear Author, but his writing is the perfect blend of mystery and m/m romance, and it’s rare that there are any misses.
So yes, just three of my now auto-buy authors that I’ve discovered via book blogs – here’s to many more. Tell me about who you now read because of book blogs – I’d love to know!
*If you have a book blog and love these authors, everyone is probably you – so thank you.