BBAW: Two books I loved, but never would have heard of

This week (September 13-17, 2010) is Book Blogger Appreciation Week! BBAW is a week long festival celebrating the community of book bloggers and their contribution to preserving a culture of literacy through book reviews and recommendations, reading reflections, and general bookish chat.  Events include daily blogging topics, blogger interview swaps, special guest posts, and so much more!

Today’s blogging topic is “Unexpected Treasure”, and is explained like this:

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?

One of the books that I read this year, but never would have heard of if it hadn’t have been for reading book blogs, was Willow by Julia Hoban. (You can read my review by clicking the link.) I enjoyed it because I could very much relate my adolescence to the experiences of the main character – even if they weren’t exactly the same – and I could really see the relevance that this book could have to many of my students. It’s definitely a book that I would suggest to students if they’re looking for something impactful to read or that has a connection to self-harm or death in the family. I loved the grittiness of the story and the way that it wasn’t a fluffy YA book like so much of what I’ve read up until I started blogging and was introduced to great new books.

Another book that I only read this year because I learned about it through the blogging world was Folly by Marthe Jocelyn. I enjoy historical fiction but hadn’t read all that much of it in the months before I started book blogging, and I saw this book all over the blogs for months before I won a review copy and got to read it. It’s probably one of my favourite YA reads from this year so far, dealing with issues like teen pregnancy and adoption in a way that few YA books have been able to carry off in my experience so far.

It’s funny that both of these books are YA novels, but not all that unsurprising; before I started blogging, I didn’t really read much in the way of YA anymore, but I’m being introduced to all kinds of interesting teen literature through other bloggers.

Thanks to all of you book bloggers who have introduced me to so many wonderful books, not just these two!

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