So for today’s Book Bloggers Appreciation Week 2010 (BBAW) discussion:
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?
This time around, I’m not the only one getting in on the action – Jennifer and Lisa are adding their own experiences…
I can’t remember exactly what was said, who said it, or pretty much any of the circumstances around it, but the one genre I would never had read if it hadn’t been for another blogger (or other bloggers) would have to be science fiction. I was never a huge Star Trek fan and while I liked Star Wars, I never went looking for anything even remotely SciFi related. In fact, I tended to steer clear of it because the whole alien romance or advanced technology storylines just didn’t interest me. Honestly, some of the tech confused, rather than entertained, me and that’s not what I wanted out of book.
However, when Ann Aguirre’s Grimspace first appeared and started to generate a lot of buzz, I got interested. So I started doing some digging and stumbled around her website until I found this jewel – Renegade. It’s a free read involving one of the main characters from her series and I really liked it. The tech wasn’t so far out there to be unrelateable and I really enjoyed the character. So I went out and bought Grimspace and had it finished within hours. Aguirre totally had me hooked and if I hadn’t seen the buzz, I never would have gone to her website and discovered Renegade. Now, I don’t shy away from SciFi novels, but I will admit to still being a little picky with them.
This one is fairly easy for me. I’ve never thought to read a Historical Romance. I’ve always wholeheartedly agreed with the stereo type of this genre being antiquated. Basically, I thought that Historical Fiction was a recipe for boredom and ridicule on my part. One fateful day, however, Jackie needed Song of Seduction by Carrie Lofty read and reviewed. No one was available for it but myself, so I decided to take one for the team.
Turns out though, that I ended up loving it. It was definitely a historical romance in every way, but it wasn’t the type where the soft spoken beauty falls head over heals for the dashing rouge. No, these two treated each other as equals, the romance was sexy, and the story kept me on the edge of my seat. Every preconceived notion that I had about the genre was smashed. Since then I’ve been slowly but surely exploring this genre, and I’m happy to admit at how wrong I was.
This is going to sound silly because I do reviews for LE, but until then I had read almost nothing in the Urban Fantasy genre. My experience with it was in reading The Vampire Dairies back when I was in 8th grade (no I will not say how far back…lol) and Twilight. That’s pretty much it. However, when I took a job reviewing for LE, I decided to give UF a try. I’m not going to tell you the first book I tried, because you’ll be hearing about it on Thursday, but let me just say that once I read it my love affair with UF was official. I’ve since read a few more books in the genre and have enjoyed them and have tons more in my TBR pile.
Contest Time! I did say there were going to be daily contests, so I’m going to add them to these posts. Since I forgot to put up yesterday’s contest, I’m throwing the books in on this one. So there’s one more prize pack to get your hands on.
Today’s giveaway is for a copy of Afterlife by Merrie Destefano and Born to Bite by Lynsay Sands to a lucky reader. But that’s not all! I’m also throwing in a shiny new copy of Haunted Honeymoon by Marta Acosta and Twelve by Jasper Kent to another lucky reader. All you have to do is Recommend a book in one of the genres mentioned above. Do you have a favorite Historical Romance Jennifer might enjoy? What about a Science Fiction novel that I simply must read. Or better yet, what should Lisa check out now that she has cut her teeth on UF?
As always, there’s more ways of getting your name in the hat (remember, these aren’t mandatory to enter, just extra entries):
- Leave a comment answering the days questions. Yes, I’ll be asking everyone a question and it may be something inquiring minds want to know or it could be something random. I have no clue yet, but you have to answer the question in order to enter. This is mainly so I don’t see “please enter me”. That’s too easy.
- Post about the contest on your blog, social network, or anywhere you can. Digg it, stumble it, share it with the world. You just have to let me know you did it in the same post as your answer to the question.
- Introduce someone new to Literary Escapism. Get them to leave a comment any where on the site, including this contest, and they’ll get entered as well as giving you one more chance to win (they must include in the comment that you sent them).
The contest will stay open until 12 noon on September 16th, at which time I’ll determine the winner with help from the Research Randomizer and the List Randomizer. (Although honestly, winners won’t be announced until this weekend)
I have not been contacting winners, so you will need to check back to see if you’ve won.