Thursday, September 17, 2009
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! :)
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