Day three of BBAW is asking us to share a book or genre you tried due to the influence of another blogger. Well I can think of loads of books and different genres I have read because of the influence of other bloggers. But do you think I can remember the books or the blogger from where I got them from? Er nope.
So I will talk about challenges. I have to admit that when I first saw all these challenges popping up on other blogs I was quite cynical and couldn't work out why people would sign up to so many of them. Until of course I found a few that really appealed to me and I found myself becoming very quickly hooked.
The first one I ever signed up to was The 1930s challenge hosted over on thingsmeanalot. I read Tender is the Night for this one and quickly followed it with The Great Gatsby. F Scott.Fitzgerald is now one of my favourite authors ever and although I may have gotten around to reading these books eventually, I'm very glad the challenge inspired me to read it so quickly.
Next was the Daphne Du Maurier challenge hosted at book-a-rama (which is still running till April 2011) For this one I only had to read 3 Du Maurier books, an author which was new to me. So far I have read four and have no plans for stopping.
The fourth Japanese Literature Challenge hosted over at Dolce Bellezza inspired me to pick up Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro who again had become a firm favourite author of mine. At the moment I am being traumised by reading In The Miso Soup for this one.
Of course the Read the book, watch the movie challenge hosted over at Ready when you are, C.B is a very popular one and I have really enjoyed reading the other participants posts on this. So far we have contributed ten of our own.
So what have I learnt from participating in the above (aside from not to be so cynical). Well I have read an author I might not have picked up otherwise and read books which I have always thought 'I'd get around to one day' alot quicker. But I have also enoyed reading other bloggers post their entries and its nice to be part of that and to be able to comment on it. I also have to say that I'm grateful to the bloggers that host these things, it looks like alot of work.Who knows, maybe one day I'll be inspired to host my own ;)
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