BBAW Unexpected Treasure

imageWe 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?

I have a lot of books.  Many unread for the decade or more that I’ve owned them.  But since I’ve started blogging I have picked up books at sales based on bloggers recommendations and have won more from blog contests.  So, this past December I collected all of my books, took a picture, and asked my online and face to face friends to vote for 50 of the books I would read this year.  The post is here.  After 72 voters voted for up to 5 books each I had my 50 books.  The RYOB Challenge here is where I list the ones I’ve agreed to read and who voted for each one.  I also include their names and links with the review when I post it.

I’ve only read 29 out of 50 so far.  That’s not so good, but I’m still plugging along.  The two chosen that were most outside my usual reading comfort zone were War & Peace by Tolstoy and The Glass Castle by Wells and I ended up liking them both.  I’m sure that The Glass Castle will end up on my year end favorite list.  Having book lovers choose books for me from my overflowing shelves has been a great experience and I plan on doing it again.  Fifty may have been too many, but we’ll see what I can accomplish.

In case you missed these posts due to BBAW overload…

My Tuesday Quiz – first week of Round 4- please join us

My interview with Page Turners

My answers to Page Turners questions

26 thoughts on “BBAW Unexpected Treasure

  1. Trish says:

    LOVE The Glass Castle! I wouldn’t have read that one if it wasn’t for the non-fiction five challenge but I’m so glad now that I’ve discovered how much I love memoirs. How’s War and Peace going? Eeep! 🙂

  2. Margot says:

    I liked your idea of asking for help in picking 50 books to read this year. I’ve enjoyed following along as you’ve read them. 21 left to go is not that bad. Even if you don’t get them all by the end of the year, you’ll have a list to start on next year. Although – it will be interesting to see how much you read with the new baby and all those new duties.

    • stacybuckeye says:

      I just posted a review of one you voted for 🙂 I think I could finish the challenge if I was at 100%, but not only do I have a lot more to get done these days, I’m doing them a lot slower! And I figure I’ll be lucky to finish a book or two after the baby’s born, at least until after the new year.

    • stacybuckeye says:

      That’s exactly what I loved about her and the book too. Too many memoirs have this woe is me attitude and I don’t get very far without putting it down.

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