I love word-of-mouth recommendations for books. There are books I never would have bought, checked out, or read, unless one of my friends or a familiar librarian recommended them to me:
I distinctly remember the librarian telling me this was not just a “book for girls”. And it wasn’t. This and her Children of the Star books were simply amazing.
And, to top it off, Ms. Engdahl is a very nice lady. I emailed her and thanked her for her books, and she emailed me back! We had a wonderful dialog, and I will never forget her kindness.
Later I learned this book was an ode to a proper education wrapped around a poke at Robert Heinlein.
It’s dry and academic. And perfect.
Judy Blume didn’t exist.
On Janet Reid’s blog I followed a link to the author's web site, and was hooked. Man, I just dig Courtney’s haunting, honest prose. When I grow up, I want to write dialog like Courtney.
Courtney is also a big sweetie-pie.
To the forgotten Libertarian Gun Nut™ who recommended this book, I salute you. This was the best book I read in 2008, easily. MHI is wrapped in bacon and coated in awesomesauce.
Thoughts on Seduction
Truth be told, I have read many books people have recommended to me, but really, there are only a select few I could honestly say, “no way would I have ever read that on my own.” I left the books I would come up on my own off this short list, which, of course, received edits for brevity.
Consequently, I recommend more than I receive. That is okay. I single handily made six people read Blackhawk Down before it was popular. Literally, I shoved the book in their face and said, “don’t talk to me unless you read this.”
“I said DON’T TALK TO ME!”
I depart with this little factoid. The rate of books I am reading by recommendation via word-of-mouth has increased dramatically. Reason? Social media. Blogs, Twitter, Facebook.
But we all know that.
What have you read by recommendation that you never would have noticed yourself?