Today’s prompt via Book Blogger Appreciation Week:
Book bloggers can be some of the most influential people around! Today 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?
Prior to book blogging, you could not get me to touch a romance novel with a ten foot pole. I’d always felt there were better books to spend my time reading. I mean for serious, why would I read a book with Fabio on the cover when I could instead read a book with a gorgeous cover? My mind slowly began to change as I started reading Smart Bitches, Trashy Books. I think I read either on their page or in the comments about how romance readers face a lot of discrimination or disdain or whatever among more serious readers. They then wrote about how the romance industry is actually very financially empowering to women, and how romance is one of the highly grossing genres. I won’t lie here, I do think a lot of the time the masses are asses. However, this put romance on my radar. What really kicked it off though, was when Gail of Ticket To Anywhere and Alea of Pop Culture Junkie were tweeting back and forth about some romance books. Then Gail was tweeting very excitedly about The Stud Club Trilogy by Tessa Dare. SO of course I was like, Gail and Alea are good, honest bloggers, I trust what they have to say. I then went out and bought a whole pile of romance books based upon their recommendation of Tessa Dare AND Sarah McLean, the rest were based on how pretty the dress on the cover was. I throughly enjoyed One Dance With A Duke by Tessa Dare. Then I went on to start Nine Rules To Break When Romancing A Rake by Sarah McLean, although I never did finish it — I am still working on it, got a bit caught up with review books and YA books. I am glad I gave the romance genre a chance, because it’s actually pretty fun and enjoyable, for the most part.