It’s interesting how, as bloggers, we influence one another in our offline lives.
I’ve noticed that my online and offline worlds are blending, more and more. I find myself quoting to my friends and family what other bloggers have said in their posts, teaching others the insights I’ve gained from reading social media bloggers and making the dishes that food bloggers have displayed in their posts. I’ve even e-mailed links to funny videos or photos that pop up in other blogs to the people I know.
The influence of other bloggers is especially noteworthy in my recent book selections, since these bloggers mentioned them as good reads. Here are some of the enjoyable books I’ve read in the past two weeks:
1) The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom. My Irish buddy Liam of The Life of A Thinker recommended this one. It’s the story of Dor, the Father of Time, and how he saves a teenage girl and a wealthy businessman. Albom tells the stories separately and weaves them together later, which I thought was a particularly creative storytelling technique.
2) Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. Jaclyn of the blog Covered In Flour contributed this book. The main character of Attachments is a lonely IT man, Lincoln O’Neill. Lincoln takes a job as an Internet security officer whose main job is to read others’ e-mail that is flagged for using the wrong words. He reads the e-mail conversations between two of his female coworkers and ends up falling in love with one of them, even though he becomes uneasy at invading their privacy. It was a pleasure watching Lincoln progress throughout the book; Jaclyn and I had some fun discussing on Twitter who should play Lincoln if they ever made a movie from this book. (We agreed that Chris Pratt would be a good choice, since he resembles the description of Lincoln in the book.)
And Rainbow Rowell got included in the conversation, since she has her own Twitter account. (One of the pleasures of Twitter: being able to send messages directly to book authors.)
3) Curse of the Narrows: The Halifax Disaster of 1917 by Laura M. MacDonald. Blogger friend J.G. Burdette and I bonded a long time ago over Titanic books, since we both love history. Her blog Map of Time: A Trip Into The Past is always an interesting read if you’re into history.
The Halifax disaster concerned two ships, the Imo and the Mont Blanc, which collided in Halifax’s harbor in December 1917. The Mont Blanc caught on fire and created a massive explosion due to its hazardous cargo, destroying hundreds of buildings and injuring/killing thousands of people. Prior to Hiroshima, it was the world’s largest man-made explosion. MacDonald’s book is a comprehensive look at what happened, why it happened and its aftermath.
4) Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. I’ve talked about the different books of the Brontë family with several other bloggers and finally got around to reading this one. I know that Heathcliff and Catherine are supposed to be one of the most famous literary couples, but frankly…I thought Heathcliff was a jerk and Catherine was a brat. Edward Rochester and Jane Eyre beat ’em, every time.
Maybe I’ll like Heathcliff and Catherine better if I see one of the Wuthering Heights movies. Anybody got any recommendations for the best version to see?