It’s ‘Blame a Blogger’ for #BBAW Day 3 – much nicer than it sounds, promise. The question is…
Have you ever read a book because of a book blogger?
Why yes, yes I have. Truth be told, other bloggers’ reviews have chiefly led to me stocking my tbr shelves, and I’ve not been brilliant at actually reading the books yet – but there are certainly some much-loved reads that I have lovely bloggers to thank for. Here are five of them, linking to the original reviews that inspired me…
The Lark by E. Nesbit: this one again! I have Scott at Furrowed Middlebrow to lay laurels upon for bringing this one to my attention (and a stranger in Yeovil to thank for giving it to Oxfam).
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson: I’m now one of the biggest Robinson fanboys, but it was Rachel/Book Snob’s beautiful and persuasive review of Gilead that kicked it all off for me. Thank you, Rachel!
Skylark by Dezső Kosztolányi: I don’t read enough literature in translation, but a combination of NYRB Classics publishing it and the most reliable blogger for matching my tastes, Claire/The Captive Reader, reviewing it – and I was sold. This is a beautiful, elegiac delight of a novel.
The Driver’s Seat by Muriel Spark: I’d more or less shelved Spark on the “Ok, but not for me” shelf in my mind before I read Simon/Savidge Read’s enticing review of this dark novella. Fast forward a few years, and I count Spark among my favourite writers. Thank goodness for bloggers and second chances!
Patricia Brent, Spinster by Herbert Jenkins: I think various people recommended this frothy wonder of a novel to me before I finally picked it up, but the one that really swung it was Thomas/Hogglestock. He compared it to Miss Hargreaves – what was I going to do except read it?