May 23, 2011

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Question – What Books Have You Discovered Thanks to Reading Book Blogs? (and happy blogoversary to me!)

Happy Blogoversary to me!  That’s right.  This week, I am celebrating my one year blogging anniversary and I am so pleased that you are all here to help me do so.

I wanted to share some of my blogging wisdom with you all, but then soon realized that I don’t really have any so I thought I would just talk instead.  Lucky, lucky you.

This year has been quite the ride.  This book blogging thing takes work.  I knew that going in but I guess I didn’t realize that it was this much.  I am the kind of person that, once committed to something, doesn’t go in half-assed.  That was one of the reasons I was reluctant to start my own blog.  I knew that I would want my blog to reach my own standards and that those standards were pretty steep.  I knew I would have to be devoted, and a little obsessive, in order to reach that level that would make me happy.  And I am happy with what my blog is.  I am happy that it is fun place to be for me and I hope it is a fun place to be for you each and every time you come visit.

I have met some wonderful people on this journey.  Ally, Jen D and Deanna – three ladies that always help put a smile on my face, even when they are calling me an anal bitch.  Okay, they don’t all call me that.  Just Ally.  Lovely Ally who always says such nice things.  Jen and Deanna are just absolute sweethearts and are two of the nicest people you’ll ever meet.  I suppose Ally is too.  😉

Via twitter I connected with Colette and Stacy.  Two more sweethearts.  And Natasha and Pamela too.  I just love to not only chat with them, but to witness their banter.  It makes me giggle how in tune they are to one another.  And Pamela has helped chill me out a couple of times.  Thanks for that Pamela!

Most recently, I have ‘met’ Christi and Marcela.  Two rabid readers who will read this year what I would hope to read in the next five.  Two lovely ladies who are wonderful to chat with and talk books to.  Two fantastic ladies I am thankful for.

There are two others I want to mention separately.  One is Jessica.  Jess, you have talked me down from a ledge more times than I can count.  You have listened to me vent and you have let me bounce ideas off of you over and over.  And still do even though I sometimes ignore your advice.  You are one of the reasons I am still mostly sane on this ride and I can’t thank you enough.  You are a super friend and I am grateful each and every day that I met you.

And of course I want to say a big thank you to my husband Jason (a.k.a. Stanley Dimitrious) He has only been slightly insulted when I tell him to leave me alone for the next couple of days because I have a deadline and have to read like a maniac.  He has stopped by the bookstore many times to pick up my smutty books and doesn’t complain about it (anymore).  He says he’s gotten used to the stares.  He drives me to the bookstore 45 minutes away when he knows I’ve had a really hard week, and he does it with a smile on his face.  Thank you for your patience and thank you ahead of time for your continued patience…and your continued Guest Posts.

Of course, I have ‘met’ and chatted with many others.  There are just too many to mention.  I feel privileged each and every time I receive a comment from one of you or talk with you on twitter.  If you see me on there and want to say ‘hi’, go ahead.  I love it when you do.  I am flattered beyond words that you all come to visit the blog when you do and I really hope you enjoy your visit.  I do this for me, but I also do it for you.

I have to give a shout out to the authors I have interviewed and chatted with on Twitter.  Actually, to all authors everywhere.  You guys are the reason I have books to read and a blog to write.  I don’t ever forget that essentially, all this is because of you.  The people I have met and the friendships I have created are thanks to the talent you share though the books that you write.  Thank you thank you thank you, each and every one of you.

Back in September, I wrote a little something to celebrate my 150th post.  I re-read it before sitting down to write this one and found that it all still holds true – even now that I’m at my 445th post.  This part of that post is what I really am trying to say with all this sappy crap.  So I just thought I would post it again here.

I learned why I’ve been getting emotional while chatting with fellow bloggers or when receiving a compliment from a blogger I admire.  Since I work from home and since I am the mother of younger children, I am in my house all the time!  I’m lucky if I get out of the house to go somewhere other than the grocery store. When I worked away from home, I was surrounded by wonderful friends and co-workers every day.  I was part of something…I was part of a team.  Since I’ve left the workforce and become self-employed, I’ve been pretty much just me.  I still interact with a team every day, but my new team can’t use the toilet on their own yet, let alone string along words that are more complicated than “No, that’s mine!” and “Dooie, I did a poo!”  I have quite a few friends, but none of them live close by and all of them have their own family and busy lives.  And none of them read the books I read so I never really had anyone to talk to about my newest passion.  Jason does his best, but his limit is about the same as mine is when he speaks about his video games.  But since finding book blogs and blogging myself, I feel like I’m part of a team again.  Like I belong to something again.  I feel connected again.  And it’s all because of the people I’ve met.  The romance book blogging community is fun and funny and smart and sassy…and I am honored to be able to say that I am a part of it.

I may not feel as though I have much wisdom to share, but I did learn one thing that I was not quite expecting:  Book Bloggers have some influence over what readers buy.  I know some authors and critics say we don’t, but we do!  I regularly get emails from readers who have read something I suggested and who enjoyed it.  (Those emails make my week!)  Okay, I may have only influenced 5 people, but just think, if every book blog out there influences 5 people, how many books would that sell?  And I’ve been influenced by other bloggers many times!  In fact, some of my most favorite reads this year and last year I found thanks to book bloggers!  And that is the basis for my Question this week.

What books have you discovered thanks to reading book blogs?

As part of my blogoversary, I am planning on hosting a giveaway that relates to my post of the day, every weekday this week.  Today, I am giving away two books that I probably wouldn’t have discovered on my own but I did, thanks to book bloggers.  And thanks to them, these books ended up being two of my most favorite books of 2010.  I am talking about Mind Games and Double Cross by the awesome Carolyn Crane.  One lucky commenter will receive both of these books.  (Book three, the final book in the trilogy, will be coming out in eBook format December 6th 2011)

To enter, simply answer my question!  I would love for you to answer even if you are not entering – just say so in your comment.  This giveaway is open to anywhere The Book Depository ships and is on until June 1st 2011 11:59pm EST.

These are wonderful and amazing Urban Fantasy books and if you have yet to read them, you have to enter.  You won’t regret it!  Good luck!

  1. Not entering since I got them 🙂

    Still gonna answer the question..too many to write about! Lol, most books I read these days I would never have heard about.

    Like the whole genre of UF and PNR

  2. Julieeeee!
    ♪ ♫ Happy Blogoversary to you ♪ ♫ Happy Blogoversary to you ♪ ♫ Happy Blogoversary tooooo youuuuu ♪ ♫
    I have many things to tell you but I think I can encompassed them all just saying THANK YOU.
    Thank you for you amazing blog, thank you for your great posts that always make my day a better one. Thank you for all your support and cheering when I have needed it. Thank for being my friend.
    I wish you many more years of blogging and amazing books.

    To answer your question, almost all the books I’ve read lately I have discovered them thanks to blogs. As an example, I have read almost every book you have recommended. And loved them all. 😉

    Please do not include me in the giveaway.

  3. Happy blogoversary! Usually I troll blogs looking for the newest book covers just to make sure I’m not missing any books. Recently I’ve added The First Days: As the World Dies by Rhiannon Frater to my investigate further list.

  4. Happy anniversary! I blame blogs for creating a monster book pile that wants to eat me. It watches and waits for the right moment when it can attack me.

  5. *wipes tear* Julie, you are an amazing friend, mother, fellow blogger and I’m lucky to know you… And have your tight schedule to aspire to 😉

    I’m so touched by your sweet comments, I’m not sure what to say.

    I love your blog, and your book recs … Especially the smutty ones I wouldn’t normally try.

    I <3 U!

    ….now get your liver ready for AAD 2012!!

  6. Vicki Casso says:

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!! I found Julie James, JR Ward, and Allison Pang through your blog. Thanks so much for being here!

  7. Whoohoooo! Party!!!! Happy blogoversary, Julie!!! What a fabulous post….so fun…and you are right about being a part of a team…I adore the romance book community…you girls are awesome!! At this point, it would be easier to list the books that I pick out by myself than the ones recommended by the book blogs…I find ALL the good books through the blogs/reviews now!!! Although, how did I miss these?? I have never read Carolyn Crane…off to go add more to my amazon wish list. ;o) Love you girly and am blessed to have found you in this little community!! smiles…

  8. blodeuedd – UF and PNR are two genres I’m glad you found! I’m still going to pick your brain about Historicals…one day. Really. 😉

    BookaholicCat – You are awesome Marcela! I blame you for a few of my more recent book finds. But they were good, so it’s all good. lol

    Scooper – I’ll have to check into First Days. Thanks!

    Katie – “I blame blogs for creating a monster book pile that wants to eat me.” LMAO! You are always there for a chuckle Katie. Thank you for your awesome blog and for recommending ALL those books to the masses. 🙂

    Jess – I meant every word…and would have said more but that was enough sap for me. 😉 And, um… I’m not much of a drinker so you have to take it easy on me. Really. lol

    Vicki – I am so glad you liked those books! They deserve all the love they get!

    Christi – You’re so right. Almost all of the books or series I read are thanks to bloggers. And you, and the amount you read, will be the death of my tbr pile, I just know it. 😉

  9. Congrats on hitting your 1 year anniversary! 445 posts! Wow! I can only imagine! Here’s to another year of great blog posts!

    In response to your question I would like to give credit to you and your book blog for me discovering the Fever series. Even though it was at times painful; overall, I am happy that you convinced me to read it. 🙂


  10. Pick away 😉

  11. Happy Blogoversary!

    I would say that I discover most of the books I read through blogs in some way. For years before I read blogs regularly I liked reading but didn’t do it much because I never knew what I would like to read. Now with blogs I find out about all kinds of different books and have encouraged myself to go outside my old comfort zones with reading and enjoyed it. If people think that blogs aren’t influential in what people read they are sadly mistaken.

  12. Happy blogoversary! I’ve picked up so many new authors due to bloggin – Jenny Schwartz, Eve Langlais, JA Saare, and more!

  13. Happy 1 year! It’s been such an interesting year on your blog and I’m looking forward to what else you’ll bring for the next year 🙂

    Thank you for your ‘kind’ words lovely lady! I think your a modern day supermum and your truly a treasure and lots of fun too!

    Enter me, I’ve heard quite a bit about this series but not managed to bring myself to read them as there UF and I’m more of PNR fan.
    I think since 2011 I’ve definitely been buying more books that other bloggers have recommended the most recent one has to be Dragon Bound but so far this year there’s been quite a few, Deadly Fear, Edge of Sight, Deadly Intent, The Fever series! the In Death series rec by you! and possibly a dozen or so more!

  14. I would not have discovered Moira Rogers, Ann Aguirre, Vivan Arend, or Larissa Ione without book blogs. It is a shame too, because these are fabulous authors!

    P.S. Happy Birthday to youuuuu!!!

  15. Congrats, Julie on your One Year Blogoversary!! And thank you for your funny, sweet self who continually entertains us.

    I was turned into an obsessive reader by the book blog community. Three years ago I didn’t know there was a Paranormal Romance genre. I hadn’t read a Historical Romance since the 80’s and we know how much THEY have changed! I was introduced to UF and SiFi all because of book bloggers. So-o-o there is not just one book or two, there are many books and genres that have given me hours of pleasure and got me to turn off the TV.

  16. Happy Anniversary! I’ve only just discovered you, but I’m subscribing as soon as I finish here.

  17. Jennifer E says:

    Congrats Julie on your blogoversary! I want to say that 99% of the books I pick up today come from blog reviews. Ilona Andrews, Clay and Susan Griffith’s The Greyfriar are all stories I can now treasure because of someone’s blog. Keep it up girl!

  18. Don’t enter me, just wanted to stop by and say Happy Blogaversary!

  19. Yay! Congratulations on 1 year! I am halfway there and it seems like it will take forever to make to 1 year! I know how much work it takes and I love your blog! I also love that you discovered Carolyn Cranes books!! I read them on Kindle and I am DYING to get my hands on the last one! I have discovered the entire YA genre thanks to bloggers! I had only read Twilight and Harry Potter. Now some of my favorite books are YA. I am slowly but surely getting back to more UF which I love too though. (not an entry because I have read them and want others to read them too!) Congratulations again!!!

  20. a MAJOR congrats to you on the success of your blog! You are a kick ass chick, fo sho!

  21. Carmel – Best. Series. Ever. 😉 (Well, one of them…lol)

    Vanessa – GREAT answer!

    Escape by Fiction – You named an author I’m not aware of. I must go check her out!

    Ally – Thanks hun. And for sure you’re entered. These are wonderful books!

    Meagan – I’m planning on reading Moira Rogers for the first time this year…thanks to all the buzz I see in blogland! 🙂

    Dot – You have a blog now! About time! *runs to check it out*

    Stephany – Thanks! I hope you have fun here. 🙂

    Jennifer – I LOVE Ilona Andrews!

    tori – Aw, thanks Tori! You are one of the good things that has happened to me thanks to blogging. You are a hoot. And your encyclopedia brain is very handy. 😉

    Shannon – Keep up the great work on your blog. You’re doing fantastic!

    Smash Attack – I’m a kick ass chick?! I love that! Thanks Ash!

  22. Haha, thanks a lot Julie! I would agree, if it weren’t for blogging I wouldn’t have met awesome people like you, Ally, Jen D, Jess, and so many more! I’m happy I can help put a smile on your face! 🙂

    As for books I wouldn’t have found out about without the book blog I’d say Catch a Mate by Gena Showalter (thanks to you), Hounded by Kevin Hearne, Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler, and so many more! There are some books and series I’ve learned about from friends but I never would have heard about the majority of the books I’ve been reading lately without all my friends and their wonderful reviews. 😀

  23. Happy Blogoversary! I found Ilona Andrews & Stacia Kane through book blogs, two authors I absolutely love now, and Allison Pang and Olivia Cuning through your blog. Thanks so much, your blog is great!


    Thank you for the kind words Julie but, it’s ME who should be thanking YOU. Thank you for all the hard work you do around here, for always being silly and making me laugh, for being the reason I found some awesome bloggy friends (Deanna, Jess – I’m lookin’ at you), for always being willing to offer a helping hand and gosh darn it just for being you. Because you’re pretty damn awesome.

    To answer your question, most of the books I’ve purchased in the last year have been books suggested by book bloggers. Please don’t enter me in the contest. I already have these two sitting on my shelf giving me the evil eye.

    On a side note….Jess is going to AAD 2012?!?! Holy crap…this is going to be trouble with a capital T. Woohoo!

  25. Happy blogiversary babe; tonight you can tell “me” what to do. The safe word is taco.

  26. Deanna – I am going to read Nicole Peeler soon too! Really I will. 🙂

    Kiley – All great authors!

    Jen – I told Deanna she has to come too next year! Woot!

    Stanley – o_O. What does that even mean…lol

    Jen – Don’t encourage him. 😉

  27. LMAO!!! Girl, sounds like we need to recommend you some BDSM titles… ;o)

  28. I was so totally going to sing to you but BookaholicCat beat me to it! lol (That was actually kinda creepy, but still cool!)

    It’s funny but I think some of the coolest and my very favorite people that I know have been book bloggers; people that I’ve never even met in person. We all connect on a different level because we share a common passion – books!! Blogging is most definitely a labor of love, but one I do gladly because of people like you – fellow bloggers who make it fun and interesting!!! Man, are we mushy or what?! *sniffle*

    To answer your question, I would say that 95% of the books I read in 2010 and so far in 2011 have been recommended via the blogosphere! Seriously, my reading pool would be reallyyyyy shallow without my book peeps! But now, I’m drowning in my TBR (thanks assholes =P – just kidding! I love it that way!) Without you guys, I would never have met Barrons, Bones, or the yummalicious Lords of the Underworld!

    So HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY!!my awesome bloggy friend!! I wish you many, many more successful posts!!

    Book Soulmates

    PS: Don’t worry about entering me in the contest – I have one of those on my TBR already!

    PSS: “Asshole” is term of endearment in my book – LOL!!! It means that I love ya enough to call you that without fear of retaliation!

  29. Congrats, Julie! I always love your fun posts.

    (Don’t enter me in the contest as I’m already a big fan of all things Justine and Packard. Heh.)

    Some of my favorite books have been suggested by bloggers: Downside Ghosts series by Stacia Kane, Demonica series by Larissa Ione and on the YA side The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.

  30. AWWWWWWWWWW Congratulations, Julie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    you are awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    <3 xoxoxoxoxoxox

  31. Happy 1 year anniversay Julie! You are your own kick-ass chick and I enjoy your blog. You don’t need to enter me since I have both books, but I wanted to comment about books I’ve read since blogging (and/or twitter). So many but the main series that comes to mind is the Fever series by KMM. I sometimes think I have more new-2-me authros now than my auto-buys. But I wouldn’t trade finding new authors to read and enjoy for anything. Keep uo the great work and I look forward to many more of your blog posts!

  32. Christi – Yeah…about that… 😉

    Isalys – “Thanks assholes” made me laugh crazy loud. Very nice…and very you. 😉

    Chelsea – I too discovered Downside Ghosts thanks to bloggers. Another amazing series!

    Pamela – You are super awesome too! 🙂

    Judi – I’ve heard many readers blame bloggers for discovering the Fever books. Thank goodness everyone did. There were more people to suffer with after the fourth book that way! lol

  33. I do not remember how I found your blog but, I sure am glad it did. I four blogs that I read daily and I actually find myself always checking yours first because I have had such good luck with choosing good reads from your reviews. I have read A Brush of Darkness by Allison Pang and loved it. I got some titles by Ilona Andrews to add to my to be read pile because you raved about her work. Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison was my last book read just because I seen your this week next week vlog about the up coming review. So you now have proof of a reader who has purchased at least five books this month alone from reading your blog. Happy Blogoversary!!!

  34. Barbara Elness says:

    Happy Blogoversary!
    I’ve discovered a whole slew of fantastic authors and books from reading book blogs, including Jaye Wells and her Sabina Kane series, Nicole Peeler and her Jane True series, Jennifer Estep and her Elemental Assassin series, and just recently, Kevin Hearne and his The Iron Druid Series.

  35. elaing8 says:

    Happy Blogiversary Julie.
    I have discovered a lot of books through blogs.
    A few are
    Keri Arthur’s Riley Jensen Series
    Joey W Hill’s Vampire Queen novels
    Jeaniene Frost Night Huntress series

  36. Adriana Cabrera says:

    Happy Blogoversary!

    I have discovered Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward and now I´m a big fan.
    The Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. I like it a lot!
    Night Huntress by Jeaniene Frost.

    Thanks for the giveaway and congrats!

  37. Vanessa says:

    Happy Anniversary Julie!

    I have been an avid reader since I was a little girl reading Nancy Drew mysteries. However, I had almost stopped reading after getting married & having 2 kids… I had less time & was having a really hard time finding books that I liked.

    And then I discovered blogs by fellow readers. Thanks to you & other bloggers & have not only discovered new authors & genres (I now love UF) but I basically rediscovered my love of reading 🙂

  38. Catassa – It really is great when you find a blogger with similar tastes to your own! It’s makes choosing books a little easier. 🙂

    Barbara – Of those you mentioned, if I haven’t already read them I have them on my to-read list because of bloggers too!

    elaing8 – I have yet to try the Keri Arthur books but have heard that they are wonderful!

    Adriana – All excellent finds!

    Vanessa – Oh, I love your comment! Yay for rediscovering your love of reading!

  39. Congrats!!! I totally agree with you Julie, book blogs have a huge influence out there, and thanks for all your hard work! I read the FEVER SERIES because of you, and OMG, there is no need for words here… THANK YOU!!!!

    I would love to read Mind Games and Double Cross!

    Enjoy ur blogoversary!

  40. Happy Blogoversary Julie! I enjoy checking in with your blog and reading your mix of reviews and absurdities.

    I am not usually keen on YA but blogs have been responsible for me trying them and finding some real gems like Graceling and Shiver.

    Anyway congrats again – I already have Carolyn Cranes great books so don’t enter me for the contest.

    Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

  41. Congrats to you! How fun and exciting!
    I am a newbie to your blog, and I am liking very much what I am finding here, thank you!
    Believe it or not, lol, when I first started blogging, one of my now dear friends was raving about Twilight! and I just laughed it off because it was YA… well, she convinced me, and I’ve been hooked on YA since then! Shiver, Graceling, Fallen… I could go on and on! Loving it all 🙂
    Thanks for the chance!
    hugs, margie

  42. whitewolfreads says:

    This is a hard question to answer just because there are so many books i wouldn’t even known they existed if i hadn’t read any book blogs. A recent one would be The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross.

    Happy Blogoversary!

  43. Thali – I am SO stoked that you loved the Fever books. They really are wonderful reads! And Barrons… *sigh* Need I say more? 😉

    Shelleyrae – I really enjoyed Graceling! I have heard that on many occasions – that people would not have discovered certain genres if it were not for bloggers. You see, we do rock! LOL

    margie – Thanks for coming by! I was reluctant about Twilight too. And even though I don’t think they are the best stories ever written, they did get me hooked on books. 🙂

    whitewolfreads – I’ve seen The Girl in the Steel Corset around. It’s got a beautiful cover! 🙂

  44. What books have I discovered from reading blogs?

    Oh my gosh, my answer would be lots and lots.

    One I’m waiting anxiously to read is Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini.

    One that I loved would be Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  45. Happy Blogoversary!! What a great hubs you got, picking up your smut reads 🙂

  46. Congrats on your blogversary!! I’m your GFC friend Karla Vollkopf.
    If it weren’t for book blogs I’d never know what ‘dystopian’ means and how interesting those books can be, especially Divergent and Wither!! 😉
    kah_cherub at hotmail dot com

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