If you've been a blogger for any length of time, you've probably noticed the general decline in not just blog reading but also in blog commenting. I still spend a sizable chunk of time doing both, but no one has ever accused me of keeping up with trends! Megan over at Leafing Through Life is also sad that commenting has gone out of fashion. In order to bring back the blog commenting love, she launched a little thing she calls Choose Your Own Comment Adventure. To have an "adventure," you choose a book blog, read the most recent post, make a thoughtful comment, then click on the first commenter's link and head over to their blog. Repeat the process until you've visited ten (or more) blogs. I love this idea! I've been meaning to go on an adventure of my own ever since Megan posted about her first one. Now that she's provided a linky to join in the fun, I'm totally going for it! Here's the journey I took around the book blogosphere today:
1. Back to Books: The first blog that showed up in my Bloglovin' list was this one, written by a Canadian book lover. I've been visiting Nicola's blog off and on for years and have discovered lots of great books because of it. Unfortunately, the book she most recently reviewed—Crazy Dead by Suzanne F. Kingsmill—doesn't sound like my cup of tea. Nicola wasn't wild about it either. She said the plot was a mess and the characters behaved in ways that just weren't believable. Hate that! I'll pass on this book, but I'll definitely return to Back to Books.
2. Mystica/Musings from Sri Lanka: Mystica was the first commenter on Nicola's post, so I headed over to her blog next. She reviewed a book that sounds like the exact sort of read I would enjoy. Still Mine by Amy Stuart is a mystery about a missing girl and an outsider who refuses to give up on finding her. She says the book is descriptive, atmospheric, and twisty. I added it to my Goodreads TBR list. Can't wait to see what I think of it.
3. Bermuda Onion: This blogger has been around for a long time and is well known for her generous commenting. It's no surprise that her blog came up. I was intrigued by her Wondrous Wednesday post, highlighting words I'd never heard of. I learned the definition of "ruminants" (gross!) and "coelacanth" (interesting!).
4. The Book Sage: The first comment on that post led me to a new-to-me blog. Lloyd's most recent post was a recap of an author event he had attended. Yaa Gyasi, author of Homegoing—which has been getting excellent reviews—is a local author. Gyasi, who's originally from Ghana, sounds like a fascinating person. Her book has been on my Goodreads TBR list for many weeks.
The first comment on this post was from Bermuda Onion, so I went back to my Bloglovin' list and started over, which led me to:
5. Bart's Bookshelf: This is another blog that I've been reading for years. Darren reviews a lot of sci fi/fantasy and dystopian books and has provided me with some excellent reading recommendations in the past. His newest review is lovely. He talks about The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Milwood Hargrave, which, he says, is worth the buy just for its gorgeous writing. However, he insists readers should get themselves a paper copy because the book itself is so beautiful. Verdict? Sold.
6. The Written Word: The first commenter on that post was Kailana, another Canadian book blogger. Her most recent post was a "week in review" summary. Her loved ones have been sick, so it's been a bit of a rough one for her. On the bright side, she's reading two books that I enjoyed: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes and The Cutting Season by Attica Locke. She also posted some gorgeous scenic shots that she took. Very impressive.
7. I Wish I Lived in a Library: Kailana's first commenter was Katherine P, whose blog I visit frequently. Her most recent post is a review of An Address to Die For by Mary Feliz. The book revolves around a professional organizer who is moving into a new house. When she drives up, she's shocked to see that the home is in terrible disrepair. Even more disconcerting is the dead body in the basement. The plot sounds similar to The Dead Cat Bounce by Sarah Graves. I enjoyed that one and am quite sure I'll dig this one as well.
8. Quinn's Book Nook: That post led me to Quinn's review of P.S. I Like You, a new YA romance by Kasie West. Quinn said it took her a little while to warm up to the characters in the book, but that she enjoyed it overall. Like West's other books, it's a light, cute romance. I enjoy West as well, so I'll check this one out soon.
9. Nick and Nereyda's Infinite Booklist: Quinn's commenter led me to another new-to-me blog. The most recent post by N&N is a fun guide to their "Favorite Friends to More Romances." I've only read 1 1/2 of the books on the list, so I got a lot of great recommendations on what to try next.
10. Lekeisha the Book Nerd: The last stop on my adventure was another new discovery for me. Lekeisha's Waiting on Wednesday post featured The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis. Like me, she's a fan of McGinnis' writing. Even when she doesn't like one of the characters or plot devices in one of the author's books, Lekeisha said McGinnis' prose is always "on point." I agree wholeheartedly.
Phew! So, there you have it. I had a fun commenting adventure, which led me to new blogs and back to old favorites that I hadn't visited in awhile. Thanks for the inspiration, Megan! If you'd like to join in the commenting fun, head over to Leafing Through Life and sign up. I'd love to hear about the blogs you discover on your own journey. Until then, happy commenting!
My mountain of review books grows daily. To see a list of those currently in my possession (physical copies only—e-copies are not listed), click here.
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Black Souls by Nicole Castroman
The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff
Baby Steps to Understanding
Bookin' Around the States
- California (1)
- Connecticut (1)
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York (3)
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Oklahoma (1)
- Pennsylvania (2)
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- Texas (1)
- West Virginia
- *Washington, D.C.
2017 Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge
1. A book you choose for the cover—The Secret Ingredient of Wishes by Susan Bishop Crispell 2. A book with a reputation for being un-put-down-able—The Missing Hours by Emma Kavanagh 3. A book set somewhere you've never been, but would like to visit - The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny 4. A book you've already read—Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling 5. A juicy memoir—My Story by Elizabeth Smart 6. A book about books or reading—The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan 7. A book in a genre you usually avoid—Maus by Art Spiegelman 8. A book you don't want to admit you're dying to read—Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham 9. A book you were excited to buy or borrow but haven't read yet—The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan 10. A book about a topic or subject you already love—Trials of the Earth by Mary Mann Hamilton
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2017 Dystopia Reading Challenge
1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline 2. Wool by Hugh Howey 3. The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood 4. Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden 5. One Second After by William R. Forstchen 6. Across the Universe by Beth Revis 7. Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky 8. Born by Tara Brown 9. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir 10. Red Rising by Pierce Brown 11. Consider by Kristy Acevedo 12. Bluescreen by Dan Wells 13. Starflight by Melissa Landers 14. Frost by M.P. Kozlowsky 15. Vicarious by Paula Stokes 16. Replica by Lauren Oliver