Ok, so I did day one, but didn't have a partner for day two....so here I am back on day three! This was the easiest of all the posts, the question was:
We invite you to share with us a book or genre you tried due to the influence of another blogger. What made you cave in to try something new and what was the experience like?
Now I have two books that fall into the Unexpected Treasure category. Book one, ironically, lead to book two and introduced me to an author I now truly admire.
Presenting Lenore was my kind of girl (as mentioned Monday). This was further solidified when I won a lovely little package from her including a signed copy of before i fall.
Now I had noticed it on the shelves, and I think I had even picked it up at some point, but I wasn't in any hurry to add it to the collection. I really didn't know much about it, and there were so many books I was dying for it likely would have taken me months more to finally add it to a shopping trip. Which would have been a disaster for three reasons.
1. Lauren Oliver rocks my world, that sounds tawdry but it's true. Uber accessible, very talented writer who inspires me at least once a week to get involved in my promise to myself which is sit down and write already, lets see what comes of it!
2. Along for the Ride. I never would have ever picked this up in a million-trazillion years. It's not my usual genre, it wasn't on my radar and it has a ridiculously cutesy looking cover.
3. Most importantly, it was way too awesome and thoughtful a book to be put off for any length of time, no matter what the reason. Seriously. before i fall made me think about the important little things, the ones you never appreciate, and at a time when I needed something to appreciate.
Which leads to the previously mentioned book 2. Along for the Ride.
before i fall, I was spurred on to follow lovely Lauren's blog. Through which i came to win a summer read from her, Along for the Ride, during a great little summer read contest she had.
Now I'm rude enough to admit that the cover is some kind of average girl repellent, which I can't even begin to guess why or how a publishing company would ever, ever, pick. And I am just that vain folks, it is the biggest reason why I would never have picked up the book on my own. Coupled with the fact it was a contemporary YA book (not my genre since I was 10, hello Sweet Valley High!), this book was the equivalent of dead to me until Lauren Oliver awarded it to me.
Ok, so I respected her work enough to give the book a chance, though I was still hesitant (did i mention the cover is average girl repellent? The Barbie shade of pink alone, ugh!). But once sunny hot day I cracked it open, and low and behold! Turns out I loved it, loved the genre, loved the sweet summer escape it gave me!
So thank you Lauren and Lenore, you opened my eyes to two amazing books this year, books I was far from picking up myself!
For my reviews of these two wonders, see Along for the Ride and before i fall