Back in the jurassic era, I started looking for book blogs because I wanted to find book recommendations, plain and simple. The only blog I followed back then was The Book Smugglers. Their weekly feature, On the Smugglers’ Radar, made me TBR shelf grow insanely. All these books I’d never heard of! I was so excited to add to my reading list every week, even if I didn’t actually read many of them.
When I decided to give blogging a shot, I started following other blogs, and my reading piles grew even more. Everything was all new and shiny and it was amazing to have so many different sources to draw from when I wanted a recommendation for what to read next.
It’s only been recently that I’ve noticed a trend amongst the bloggers I follow: everyone recommends the same books. Whether it’s in Twitter convos or in book reviews, I feel like everyone is talking about the same books and authors. I’m never surprised anymore by what I see on TTT posts or what reviews I read.
And I’m doing it too. I rarely read something that I haven’t heard things about from ten other bloggers. I choose bestsellers or the ones the publishers are pimping out and I don’t even think twice about it. Part of joining the blogging community is being in a community. If you don’t read what the others are reading, then you have no idea what’s going on when people are spewing their feels all over the interwebs.
Don’t get me wrong…being part of the blogging community is fun! I love freaking out about the most anticipated releases and swooning over the newest book boyfriend of the week. I love reading something and knowing that I’ll be connected with tons of other people who are reading the exact same thing.
But here’s the thing…I want something new. I want to read something that I’ve never heard of before. A hidden gem. A diamond in the rough, if you will. I want to be surprised by what someone recommends.
So I’m coming to you, dear readers. What is your least talked about but personal favorite book recommendation? What hidden gems have you discovered? Help me out by dropping some recommendations in the comments!