Most of you reading this are probably big readers. Your TBR is probably teetering already, but if you're anything like me, that doesn't stop you from seeking out new book recommendations. In fact, I hope you find some here with my Friday Reads feature and the tastemaker choices in the Read & Watch Challenge 2017. I always find it interesting to trace how I found out about a book and why I decided to read that particular book at that particular time. I have hundreds of books in my TBR and on wish lists so why THIS book?
This will vary for each person, but for me, there are a few sources that more strongly compel me to read a book than others.
1. Someone who has similar taste in books says that I MUST read this. - There's nothing like finding a book twin who you know lines up with your tastes. So when they say read it, you know there's a high likelihood you're going to like it. Strangely enough, I don't have a book twin among my friends. My friends tend to read different genres and subgenres than I do. But I do have a few trusted blogs that I know usually line up with my tastes.
2. Book of the Month Club - I've been a member for a while now and I have yet to be disappointed with the books I've read from the club. They are usually outside my normal reading zone but wonderfully written. Dark Matter, The Sun Is Also a Star, All the Ugly and Wonderful Things were all BOTM picks. (If you want to check out a subscription, click here.)
3. Podcasts - I've been getting into podcast listening lately (see some of my faves here). I find it soothing and interesting. But what I didn't expect is how many books I'd want to buy based on the podcasts. There are book-centric podcasts like Modern Mrs. Darcy's What Should I Read Next? (general fiction and literary picks) and Smart Podcast, Trashy Books (romance picks), but even non-book-related podcasts have gotten me reading. I picked up The Dorito Effect, which I'll blog about tomorrow, based on a podcast. (Maybe it's something about the voice of a person saying THIS IS A MUST READ that's more compelling than simply reading it on twitter or something.
4. Buzz - I'm not always trusting of buzz, but when I see the same book raved about from multiple trusted sources, I usually can't resist. This is why I picked up Amanda Bouchet's A Promise of Fire.
5. Blogs - I mentioned this in the first category. But besides the certain book bloggers whose tastes line up with mine, I also can be swayed by a review by someone I don't know. If they give a thoughtful review that doesn't just say "loved the book" but gives me compelling reasons why they enjoyed it and who it would be right for, it can work on me.
6. Best of Lists - I'm a sucker for a good book list. At the end of the year, I can't resist clicking on all those Best of lists. And if I see the same book popping up regularly, I'll probably at least check it out.
So those are my main sources. I'm curious to hear yours? Where do you go for trusted book recommendations? What makes you pick up one book over another?