One of the great things about book blogs is finding new authors, new books, new genres. For example, I just finished reading Me, Myself and Why? by MaryJanice Davison, based on Izzybella’s review–loved it. Then Izzybella turned around and read (i.e., listened to) Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult. I know that Jehara, several years ago, read Nineteen Minutes, also by Jodi Picoult, based on my verbal review to her.
Other books I’ve read, based on book blogs or verbal reviews, include Magic or Madness by Justine Larbalestier, the Fablehaven books by Brandon Mull (who is an outstanding person; he reached out to my best friend’s terminally ill son and gave him the treats of his life), and the Evermore series by Alyson Noel. Then in turn, through reading Justine Larbalestier’s blog, I discovered Scott Westerfeld and Maureen Johnson, both of whom I adore.
There are other authors that I will automatically read anything I can find that they’ve written. This list includes Rick Riordan, Sarah Addison Allen, and–alas, he’s deceased, but I have read everything he’s written–John Bellairs.
What about you? What discoveries have you made through book blogs and/or recommendations by your friends? Do share–we quirky girls are always on the lookout for great books.