Today’s BBAW subject is to share a book or genre that I have tried because of the influence of another blogger. Blogging has greatly changed my reading patterns and choices, and in the past year I think blogging has brought me the unexpected treasures of graphic novels and classics.
I don’t read many graphic novels (aka comics), but it was certainly blogging that introduced me to them: I had never heard of them, in terms of full length books, before I began blogging. Dewey was the first blogger to mention it, and Nymeth‘s regular reviews of graphic novels have certainly kept the format in my radar. I’ve read a few absolutely excellent graphic novels since last BBAW. One was the nonfiction Understanding Comics which really puts the format in perspective. The fictional I Kill Giants is a fairy tale and a drama at the same time, and I love how it all fits together. It’s touching and yet it’s also fantastic. I love how the art matches the subject. It’s one I hope to revisit some day. I wouldn’t have found either of these books, and I may never have tried the format, if it weren’t for book bloggers.
And then classics. Someone who has been reading my blog for a long time will probably roll their eyes. How have bloggers introduced me to classics in the past year?! I’ve always read and reviewed classics. And yet you bloggers have made a difference. I had never read or even heard of Wilkie Collins before and then, after I’d seen a few reviews, I was intrigued. We ended up hosting Wilkie Collins for the first ever Classics Circuit. Same story for Elizabeth Gaskell, who I’d never read before I saw notes on a readalong at Age 30 Books. She also ended up in the Classics Circuit. Teresa at Shelf Love hosted the Golden Age of Mystery Classics Circuit tour, and while I’m still not crazy about mysteries, I do intend to revisit Dorothy Sayers some day.
In short, the past year has reinforced to me that there are hundreds of bloggers out there who love classics. It’s shown me that it’s okay if I don’t want to be completely electic and read a little in every genre: it’s okay if I just stick with the old stuff because that’s what I like. There are plenty of people who enjoy hearing about it. I am glad I’ve been able to focus my reading on those old classics and I hope I’ll continue to do so in the future!
There are other books that bloggers have intrigued me with, but those are the two genres that have been pleasant surprises in the past year. Thanks for your posts. I’m looking forward to seeing what you read next!
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