Wednesday, 15 September 2010

BBAW: Unexpected Treasure

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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? 

Oh wow…a book?! Just one?! I think I might have to break the just one book just a little. I can’t write about just one book, as because of book bloggers, I’ve discovered a treasure trove of books. There was The Baby Catcher by Peggy Vincent that I discovered through Eva at A Striped Armchair. Then we had The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman which wasn’t a review but a twitter conversation with Nymeth and Eva. The more I go through my bad blogger list the more I realise that Eva is very responsible for the state of my TBR pile BAD Eva :D However if I had to pick one of my bad blogger books to highlight to you all I would have to pick Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers, for which Nymeth at Things Mean a Lot is responsible, with this review.

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Why did I love this book so much?

Well mystery is one of my favourite genres but this mystery was a little bit different. Sayers manages to create a very creepy but real feeling. I actually felt like I was transported to Oxford in 1930.

I am really glad I took up the recommendation from Nymeth because it allowed to find not just a book that is vying for my favourite reads of 2010 but also introduced me to a new to me author. Although I had heard of Sayers before it was actually in connection with education and not mysteries and here I am, wanting to read all the Peter Wimsey series (plus the one Harriet Vane book I have left). This book also helped me look outside of my normal mystery series. So although this book was in one of my “normal” genres it was still a book I probably wouldn’t have picked up had it not been for bloggers.

What made me pick up this book?

Well first off, it is a mystery, which is one of my favourite genres. Secondly, Nymeth wrote such a glowing review of it, how could I not? Add to these two factors it features a strong, independent female character as its main character, which is something I really like. And it was set in Academia, a world in which I am supremely happy. This book and I were made for each other. We really were.

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7 comments:

Eva said...

I feel so powerful Zee! :)

Also, I LURVE Gaudy Night & Sayers in general (I read most of the Wimsy books in high school), so I'm delighted that Ana's made so many people want to pick it up.

Also, have you read Laurie King's Mary Russell series? Because if not, you should. It starts w/ The Beekeeper's Apprentice. Just so you have something to look forward to when you finish the Wimsy books!

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Charlie said...

That's great you found a new book because of Twitter! I recently read a post asking if Twitter helped sell books and the person was under the impression that it didn't.

A favourite read of the year because of a blogger is awesome.

Chris said...

Those guys make great recommendations! I read (listened) to Whose Body? by Sayers- my first Sayers and my first Whimsey. I must read more.

Amanda said...

Ana is definitely one of my biggest influences!

irisonbooks said...

Eva and Nymeth are both responsible for a third of my TBR wishlist I think, the other 1/3rd is made up by Amy. Not exactly of course, but they all read such interesting selections of books!

bermudaonion said...

I'm sure Eva and Nymeth have added to a lot of TBR piles!