One of the many things I enjoy about LitReactor is recommendations for books that I may not have heard about otherwise. And I thought I'd share a few, including the most recent one I just finished;
1. The House Upon the Dirt between the Lake and The Woods by Matt Bell
2. Beat the Reaper and 3. Wild Thing by Josh Bazell
4. The Booked Anthology
5. Night Film and 6. Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
I enjoyed all of these books (some more than others) and I couldn't say they would have have hit my radar if not for Lit Reactor!
What about you - what have you read?
I'm drawing a blank on specific books, but certainly a ton of short stories by our members through The Whoring Thread. The monthly book club is a great place to pick up recs, because the selections tend to balance buzz books with underserved ones.
And thanks for reading Booked!
I don't want to make a list that is gigantic. There are so many new things that I learned from this site that I will be forever indebted. I was relatively ignorant about literature when I got to this site and it has ensured my enlightenment.
Thank you to all who have influenced me.
Yeah, don't know about books. But I like the workshop because I am exposed to lots of genres and styles that are new to me. And the whoring thread is fun to read, because I get exposed to new markets too.
Praise of Motherhood by Phil Jourdan, I heard of that on here.
I think there are about 3 books on this shelf that I didn't discover either through this site or through people I met on this site, plus a couple not on this shelf, and a load on my e-reader. I'd say about 60-70% of my reading is within 2 degrees of LitReactor.
Gone Girl. That's all.
So much, but a recent biggie was Liminal States by Zack Parsons.
I love your shelf, Renee!
I'd agree that just about everything I've bought or read since becoming an active member has been because of a recommendation from a fellow LR. And y'all are very good at enabling my book addiction. I'll be living in a book fort before long.
I'd have to go with authors over specific books...
Bukoski (heard of him but never felt the urge to read him till LR)
Paul Tremblay (or is it Brian, I forget)
Jeff Van Dermeer (thank you, Utah)
prolly lots more...
Just think how glad you all will be that you will say how you knew the great JEFFREYGRANTBARR before the book deals, the blockbuster movies, the scandal with the cocaine and the starlet, the gerbil and the camo duct-tape...
So chalk that up in the W column too.