Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Top Ten Tuesday: Books I've Read Thanks to You
Today's topic from The Broke and the Bookish is "Ten Books I've Read Because of Another Blogger." I have gotten so many wonderful recommendations from other bloggers, even before I started a book-dedicated blog. Here are ten I've loved, with the titles linked to my reviews of them:
The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery -- I read several rave reviews of this over the course of a year or two, and finally got it from the library. And promptly cursed my reticence to read it, because wow... it's now one of my absolute favorite books, and I plan to re-read it this winter.
Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster -- another one that lots and lots of people told me I should read, so I finally tried it, not expecting to love it, and then I couldn't put it down. It makes me laugh and laugh, and I dearly love to laugh over a good book.
Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay -- Reay's books have been alllllll over the corner of the blogosphere I inhabit, and with good cause. She smooshes classic plots, a love of books, and modern problems together to make beautiful stories.
Greenwillow by B. J. Chute -- my friend Heidi gave me a copy of this because she knew I would love it. She was right! It is utterly charming, and another book that made me chuckle.
I, Claudia by Charity Bishop -- funny story: One day, I suddenly realized that the Charity who wrote the book I, Claudia that I kept reading reviews of, the Charity who edited that Femnista magazine I liked to read, and the Charity who ran my favorite MBTI typing site were all the same person. The day I realized that was the day I applied to become a writer for Femnista. But I didn't actually manage to read this book until a couple months ago -- in fact, my mom had read it before I did! Crazy, huh?
Middlemarch by George Eliot -- I read this because I participated in a watch-along of the BBC movie version hosted by Birdie, loved the film, made my best friend watch the film, she loved it too, and we decided to read the book together. It's one of the deepest and most profound works of fiction I've ever read.
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell -- oodles of blogging friends kept insisting I needed to watch the BBC miniseries and read the book. But until my best friend watched it and basically ordered me to see it, I just never quite got around to it. And I fell so much in love, I gave copies of the miniseries away for Christmas and then read the book. Delicious.
Sixteen Brides by Stephanie Grace Whitson -- one of the best bits of western Christian fiction I've ever read, and I never would have known it existed if I hadn't read about it on a blog!
A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd -- Kara raved and raved and raved about this book, so when I spotted it at the library, I gave it a try. Both my son and I loved it so much we had to buy our own copy, which is pretty well-worn by now.
Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald -- book blogger Dale reviewed a story from this that sounded so funny, I had to go get the book and read it myself. So happy I did! In fact, I discovered that, for the most part, I like Fitzgerald's short stories better than his novels.
What books have you read because of a review on a blog or GoodReads? Please share!