Day Three's challenge is to talk about books that you've read due to other bloggers talking about them. There are plenty I could refer to here - over the last decade I have found many, many new titles to explore, some of which have found a place in my all-time favourites now.
But today I want to talk about a whole genre: graphic novels. I would not have started reading graphic novels with such enjoyment - or maybe not really at all - if not for bloggers who were so enthusiastic about this format early on. I'm thinking of people like Andi at Estella's Revenge, Nymeth at Things Mean a Lot, Kailana at The Written World, or Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings -- sharing all the excitement about new graphic novels like Fables or Lumberjanes or Nimona.
I started out picking up Fables and thought they were really interesting -- but graphic novels as a whole didn't catch me until I discovered the many strong women who were writing them. I found Kate Beaton, Noelle Stevenson, Vera Brosgol, Fanny Britt, and more. I read Anya's Ghost, thanks to Carl; I read Nimona and Lumberjanes thanks to the many bloggers who raved about them (and were right); I came across Jane, The Fox & Me and Girl in Dior in my library collection; I discovered others by interesting men, like Harvey by Hervé Bouchard or Seconds by Bryan Lee O'Malley.
I have to say that I still don't read a large percentage of graphic novels on balance within my overall reading, but I have been enjoying them much more than I ever thought I would, and it is all down to enthusiasm from my book blogging friends who got me started.
I'm so glad to have been led to this very enjoyable new reading habit. If you have a favourite graphic novel, please do leave me some tips in the comments! Thanks!