Monday, July 29, 2013

Books and Blogging

The other day my friend left a message on Facebook:
Does anyone know of any good books to read?
I could have made her a list! Like a REALLY LONG list! I know I shouted out more than most of the other comments did, but that's because I know of so many great books out there.
And how do I know?

Because of Blogging, of course!

I remember a time when I left the exact same comment on Facebook. I wanted something to read, but I wasn't sure what was good. Mostly every comment I got at the time was the Hunger Games, and I am certainly glad I jumped in and read it. I immediately bought book number two, then could hardly stand waiting for book three. 

Now my problem has little to do with waiting for books to come out because I have a huge stack of amazing books to read, waiting for me to read them! I can't move through them fast enough these days and I have a hard time keeping up. But - it helps me realize how lucky I am! I no longer have to ask what I should read because I know of so many just through the blogosphere! I get reviews, book tours, and I know tons of people with books out and I want to read them all! And what's even better is that when someone asks for any suggestions on good books to read, I know of so many!

What do you think? Do you have tons of books waiting for you to get to them? What are the top three book suggestions you'd share with a friend? (I know, I'm horrible for making you pick only three!)

31 comments:

Angela Brown said...

Oh yeah! My pile of TBR books is crazy...and that's the physical ones and the ones in my kindle library. Plus, with blogging, there's opportunities to win great books to read as well. Woot!!

Angela Brown said...

As for the top three...I...uh...just three, really????

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I never have to ask what to read as I have so many books already waiting for me. Top three? I can give you one - Nancy Thompson's The Mistaken.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

My TBR list and pile just keep growing - for every one book I read, two or more take its place!

Just finished THE NEVER LIST by Koethi Zan - creepy and suspenseful!

Donna K. Weaver said...

Heck, yeah! When people ask me if I know of any good books to read, I tell them to check out my Want to Read list on Goodreads.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I remember those days of wondering what to read next, and having time to reread a book for the fifth time. Now I can barely keep up with my TBR pile. Thanks to blogging! LOL

Peggy Eddleman said...

I've been fortunate enough to read ARCs from the Lucky 13s this year, so my TBR pile of non-Luckies books is getting HUGE! Yep. I'd say the days of not knowing what to read are long gone. :D

I'd say my top three, but that feels so... official and exact. Like I should be using charts and graphs to make sure that the ones I'm saying are actually in the top three spot, you know? (I just totally outed myself as a nerd, didn't I?) The top three that first come to mind are:

TAKEN by Erin Bowman (Loved it!)
BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA by April Tucholke (The setting is incredible!)
IN THE AFTER by Demetria Lunetta (Fabulous action, great premise)

Melissa said...

I think people sometimes regret asking me to name 'a good book.' If I have their email, they get a whole linked list. LOL

I'm embarrassed to tell you how many books I have waiting TBR on my Kindle. Granted, some are books I bought solely to support fellow authors, but most I buy just because I hear about so many via social media.

Book suggestions? I'd have trouble picking books to recommend without knowing something of what the reader likes. (It's a cop-out, I know. LOL)

Carrie Butler said...

My TBR scares me. Thank goodness it's digital, or I'd probably be buried alive! ;)

Elizabeth Seckman said...

My TBR list is so big it really should require a building permit!

Charlie Holmberg said...

Goodreads certainly claims I do... but there's a short list of ones I'm actually antsy for. ;)

Samantha May said...

I have like 40 books on my kindle that need to be read...*sigh* the struggle :)

S.P. Bowers said...

I have a huge TBR list and more are being put on than are being read. It is nice to not have to wonder and search and languish just because you don't know what's out there. I have found so many great authors through blogging that I probably wouldn't have found otherwise.

Tammy Theriault said...

It's so cool to get to read books from people we actually know because of blogging!!!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Leigh .. gosh there are so many recommended as well as the blogger-authors of this world .. it's wonderful .. I need an alternative world to read in!

The blogging world tells us ...

Cheers - Hilary

ilima said...

I used to struggle to find something to read but now, like you, my list is HUGE. So many great books out there!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Glad to know I'm not the only one with an out of control TBR list. There are so many good books I want to read and not enough time to read them all.

Jessie Humphries said...

So big! Ruby Red, On the Island, and Fracture.

JoLynne Lyon said...

So you've already covered the Hunger Games, right? My favorite new find is Girl of Fire and Thorns. Classics I love to re-read are The Shipping News and Anna Karenina. Really.

Patricia T. said...

Great topic. Sometimes I wonder how I'll climb out from under the TBR books I have. And, with Fall coming niche publishers will be sending me more to review. Never thought I'd have that problem when I launched my in April 2011. My problem is finding time to keep up with the adult non-fiction and fiction books I love to read.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

I won The Selection by Kiera Cass and it's an amazing book. Blogging has helped me not have to pay for books so more for me!

Roland D. Yeomans said...

If it was a male friend, I would suggest Jim Butcher's THE DRESDEN FILES. If it was a female friend, I would suggest Paticia Briggs' MERCY THOMPSON series. BEAUTIFUL CREATURES was a much better novel than movie -- and the audiobook of the entire trilogy is stunning.

I am much too modest to suggest my own audio or ebooks. :-)

Talli Roland said...

Funnily enough, whenever someone asks me this question, my mind goes blank! I think I've read so many books, I can't pick just three.

Michael Offutt, Kaiju Smack Down Artist said...

I think any of us that have blogs have huge TBR lists. Right now I'm reading "The Mirror of Her Dreams" by Stephen R. Donaldson (recommended by a friend). It's pretty good.

Coleen Patrick said...

I was thinking about this the other day, how there was actually a time when I'd be between books and not know what to read. How was that even possible? I can't imagine it now. LOL I can't pick 3, but I really liked the book I finished yesterday--OCD, the Dude, and Me by Lauren Vaugh. :)

Suzi said...

I've got that huge TBR list too. So plenty to read, but sometimes, I'm like, which do I pick. What am I in the mood for. Dark and serious or sweet and fun.

Unfortunately I'll never get through that TBR list cause it keeps growing.

clarbojahn said...

I Love to talk about reading and you can find all my favorite books at Goodreads. I just recently read J.K. Rowlings adult book called "CASUAL VACANCY and it was awful. but the way she draws the reader in is art and I couldn't pull out. I don't recommend it though and certainly not for the kiddies. I hope parents are smart and read it first or read a review so their kids don't get it.

This is a great blog topic, Leigh, and I love talking books. My next book will be a Jodi Piquolt. Her characters have redeeming traits. Unlike this last book I read. :)

Emily R. King said...

Totally agree! I could never quit blogging because then I wouldn't know what to read!

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

Well, it does depend on which friend and what they like! :)

Christine Rains said...

Oh yes, my TBR list is super long! And only pick three books? Oh man, that's difficult.

Well, I recently read three absolutely amazing mystery/thriller books by writers in the blogger community:
POLAR NIGHT by Julie Flanders
MAGUIRE'S CORNER by Heather M. Gardner
SOLOMON'S COMPASS by Carol Kilgore

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