Last week I began listening to Looking for Alaska, the John Green YA novel that I’d never read — nor had an overwhelming interest in reading — until I saw the video (via Confessions of a Bibliovore) of Green’s reaction to his book’s being challenged in Buffalo. So, score one for blogs leading this reader to that title.
Meanwhile, this weekend I read Jeff Kinney‘s Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules as, er, research for one of my nonfiction projects. Seriously. I haven’t read the first title in the series, but that’s just because the waitlists for it — in both library systems that I use — are longer than the book itself. Anyway, I was intrigued to see Kinney mention a certain blogger in the acknowledgments:
Thanks to Betsy Bird (Fuse #8) for wielding her considerable influence to spread the word about Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
That’s the first time I’ve seen the kidlitosphere credited in this way. It makes me wonder how many casual readers will in turn wonder, “What’s a Fuse #8?” Anyway, score another one for the blogs, but also for Kinney for helping lead readers back to our way.