Placing Blame

BooksSometimes the blogging world is a funny place, because (in general) most of us are book bloggers (at least those of us participating in #BBAW), we tend to all have  a pretty good idea of what’s new and what’s good. But as it is impossible to read them all, we have to trust others to point us to the ones we will like.

Here are a few of my most trusted sources and all around bloggers that can usually tell if I’ll like something or not. This is CERTAINLY not an exhaustive list.

Kate at Books Are My Favourite and Best. Pretty much anything she says is a must, I’ll pick up. We have similar reading tastes, so in the same vein, if she says to give it a miss, I will.

Bonnie at For the Love of Words. Bonnie shares my love of dark fiction, as well as Joe Hill, and Karina Halle. Her most recent successful recommendation? Sweetgirl by Travis Mulhauser.

Sarah at Sarah’s Book Shelves. I can usually tell based on her reviews whether or not a book will work for me. And based on her recommendation of Gates of Evangeline, I bought it and loved it. It broke me out of my blogging and reading funk.

Shannon at River City Reading. Shannon shares my love of quirky fiction and dark fiction, as well as shares my love for Donald Ray Pollock. One of my favorite books was recommended by her – The Son by Philipp Meyer.

Carolyn at Rosemary and Reading Glasses. Carolyn shares my love for one of my favorite contemporary authors, Richard Russo, as well as writes some of the most intelligent, thoughtful reviews. My favorite recommendation she has given me – The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac by Sharma Shields.

Maria Helena at Marelden. She shares my love for music, books, and mysteries and I can count on her for a shared appreciation for Scandinavian detectives.

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  • Carolyn O

    You just totally made my day, Rory! Thank you!

    • Rory O’Connor

      Aww, you’re welcome!

  • Bonnie

    Aw, thank you, Rory! I’m so glad to have successful recommendations since I love so many you’ve recommended to me. 🙂

    • Rory O’Connor

      You’re welcome! I actually miss the EIT series, and it was great having someone to share the love with. Her romances haven’t been quite as successful for me. Apparently I like a little horror with my love stories.

      • Bonnie

        I miss it so much too. I have actually managed to purchase just about every single one of her romances yet I haven’t read any of them. haha But yes, I was just wondering the other day if she was ever going to get back to doing horror. I sure hope so.

  • Jenny @ Reading the End

    Busily adding blogs to my feedly! Thanks for these recommendations!!

    • Rory O’Connor

      I hope you find some you enjoy!

  • Kate

    That was a lovely thing to wake up to. Thank you. K xx

    • Rory O’Connor

      You’re welcome! You’re probably my most trusted source.

  • Shannon @ River City Reading

    Thank you, doll! I’m SO READY to nerd out over the new DRP with you.

    • Rory O’Connor

      Is it July yet?!

  • Kathy

    I love how you call this “Placing Blame.” lol I get some of my best recommendations from Shannon and Sarah (and you…don’t forget you!). Shannon and Sarah are both helping me get over my aversion to non-fiction, a feat no one has been able to accomplish, in the past.

    • Rory O’Connor

      Aww, thanks! And those two make non-fiction sounds great, though I’m still not over my aversion (I read a lot of non-fiction for work and that is plenty for me).

  • Christy

    As Jenny said, you’ve introduced me to a few bloggers I hadn’t heard of! Thanks!

    • Rory O’Connor

      You’re welcome!

  • Sarah (Sarah’s Book Shelves)

    Awh – thanks for the shout-out and I’m so glad you loved The Gates of Evangeline!

    • Rory O’Connor

      It helped me out of one of the most epic slumps I’ve ever had, so thank you!

  • Kerry M

    I totally agree on those on this list that I know… which means I’m off to investigate those that I don’t!

    • Rory O’Connor


  • mariahelena

    Thank you Rory! I’m still very grateful for you introducing me to Paradox and getting me out of an awful reading slump. I’m even considering giving Stephen King another chance because of you…

    • Rory O’Connor

      You’re welcome. I promise, he’s not so bad.

      • mariahelena

        For some reason, he scares me. Any suggestions which one to tackle next? I did enjoy Under the Dome and The Colorado Kid, but Misery and Hearts in Atlantis were both a big no (although it was over 10 years since I read those so maybe I’d like them if I read them today?)

  • Kay

    You listed some great bloggers here who have given me much food for thought. Nice job!

    • Rory O’Connor

      I hope you find some you enjoy.

  • Julianne – Outlandish Lit

    Wow, I haven’t heard of a lot of these bloggers! Just Sarah and Shannon, which I obviously agree with. I defs have to check out Carolyn rn because I loooved Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac!

    • Rory O’Connor

      She’s great, she also has great poetry posts, which get me outside my typical comfort zone. I love it.

  • Katie McD @ Bookish Tendencies

    Ooooh some new to me bloggers to check out!

    • Rory O’Connor

      Yay! Enjoy!

  • Kailana

    I have discovered so many new bloggers through BBAW!

  • Catherine

    I don’t know what I’d do without Sarah- she’s my reading twin! Of course, I’ve found some great reads in your reviews as well!

    Are you excited for Russo’s new book this spring?

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