Thursday, September 17, 2009

BBAW Day 4: To Those Honorary Librarians

I don't know how many books I've picked up solely on the basis of another blogger's recommendation. I love seeing books pop up over and over on different blogs - and then realizing I'd better get my library card in gear!

Anyway, looking back over the past few months, I realized there were two books I could distinctly recall seeing on other blogs and picking them up based on their reviews.

Recently, while perusing one of my favorite local (to me) book blogs, Confessions of a Book Habitue (pronunciation guide on her blog header) I read her review of The Lacemaker and the Princess. I have a secret love for historical fiction that sometimes gets neglected in favor of those flashy fantasy novels, but I was intrigued by her words: "This book makes you think. It was a lot deeper than I expected a JF to be." And so I checked it out - and I really enjoyed it! I would never have even heard of it without her recommendation, though. And I love that. Be sure you stop by and read Britt's interesting reviews - she definitely has a way with words (and grammar).

The second recommendation sparked a huge interest for me, not just in one book, but in a new (to me) author. When I first saw Melissa of Melissa's Bookshelf's review of Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder, I was intrigued. Not only was the cover gorgeous, but Melissa's raving about the writing, story, and characters stood out to me - I wanted it! But, being the forgetful person I am, I did not immediately put it on my TBR list (gasp). However, fortunately for me, there was a conspiracy of Melissas out to get this melissa to read that book! Less than a month later, I read on another Melissa's blog, Book Nut, about Poison Study. Not only was there another fabulous cover, but that same delicious story line and more praise. I remembered (finally) to get this on my list - and I simply adored Poison Study, devoured Magic Study, consumed Fire Study, and anxiously anticipate getting my hands on Storm Glass and Sea Glass! Thank you, bloggers, for keeping me informed of all the fabulous books you find.

One of the most rewarding things about being a librarian is helping people find what they are looking for. Often, they aren't sure what they seek, but librarians can be the ones to guide them in the right direction - to a great book or to vital information. So I guess that makes you all honorary book-bloggy librarians! :)


  1. :D I'm glad you liked Lacemaker and the Princess. It was so not what I thought it would be, but I loved it!

    Ah, Maria V Snyder. I love her books. I have Sea Glass sitting right here.... :D But I'm not allowed to read it until I finish the nonfiction my book club read for July/August!!

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  3. It's a good thing I don't know where you live or I might come STEAL Sea Glass right off your nightstand. Never mind that I haven't even read Storm Glass. (Speaking of which, I think you managed to introduce me to her second series of books!)

  4. Isn't POISON STUDY a great book? I was completely consumed by it. Glad you were, too. :)

  5. Oh no no no. You HAVE to read Storm Glass first!! There are all new characters and such introduced for the Glass books!!

  6. I love getting recommendations from bloggers. Looks like you got some great ones.

  7. Snyder is amazing. I gobbled up her Study books, now I'm on to the Glass books. I read Storm Glass, but my library didn't have Sea Glass at the time (now they do). So I just happened to see Sea Glass at the grocery store so I bought it. Yay! I have to finish my current library books before I can read it though.

    I like book blogs for recommendations.

  8. Angie, I love a good consuming book!

    Britt, I FINALLY got Storm Glass, so no worries about the order now.

    Natasha, that's really my favorite part of reading other bloggers (shh, don't tell).

    Amy, I'm super jealous that you have BOTH glass books (nearly) read. You'll have to let us know how they are!


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