One of the topics that escaped my notice during the ever-busy Book Blogger Appreciation Week (BBAW), was “blog about a book you read only because you discovered it on another book blog.” Unfortunately I can’t remember where I learned half the things I know. Often during the middle of a conversation I have to preface my comments with, “I can’t remember where I heard/read/saw this….”

I’ve only been blogging about books since late 2007, and the first book blogger I ever followed was Stephanie of The Written Word. I used to choose books simply by if I was interested or not. Then as I grew up, my family and friends would recommend books to read. Now, I have book blogs overflowing on my RSS Reader and many other sources, such as work contacts, publisher recommendations, etc.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Recommended by various blogs including My Friend Amy, Stephanie’s Written Word, Diary of an Eccentric, Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin’? and A Novel Menagerie.

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

Recommended (and sent to me) by Chan.

The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff

Recommended by various blogs including Stephanie’s Written Word, Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin’? and In The Shadow of Mt. TBR.

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

As I mentioned in my review, “This book has gotten a lot of hype and while I definitely liked the book, but I’m not head-over-heels-in-love with it. I can see why Oprah would pick it for Book Club as it would satisfy a wide range of audiences.” I can’t remember what book bloggers finally convinced me to give it a shot, but it wasn’t just because it was Oprah’s new pick.

Dewey: The Small Town Library Cat Who Touched The World by Vicki Morrison

Recommended by various blogs such as BermudaOnion, The Hidden Side of a Leaf, and Musings of a Bookish Kitty.

The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

Recommended by tons of blogs (such as BookRoom Reviews, In The Shadow of Mt. TBR, Musings of a Bookish Kitty, The Literate Housewife’s Review and BermudaOnion), and popped up in my radar of Canadian lit (such as Quill & Quire).

A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif

Claimed during Mini Book Expo 2008 and was longlisted for the 2008 Booker Prize.