This week’s topic is a freebie, so I thought it would be fun to talk about book recommendations.
Specifically, do you seek out recommendations from others or do you only read the books that you want to read?
I generally get book recommendations from trusted family or friends, or from social media. I would say about a quarter of what I read comes from recommendations.
Family and Friends
I’ve mentioned before that my mom and I have very similar tastes in books. If she reads something and likes it, there’s a very good chance I’m also going to enjoy it. I always take her book recommendations, no matter the genre, because our tastes align so much.
I’ve discovered so many of my favorite books through recommendations from coworkers and friends. However, there have been instances where people have recommended books I ended up not liking. I’m not good at pretending to like something just for the sake of making someone happy, either, so I am careful about who I ask for recommendations.
I am very involved in the Bookstagram community on Instagram. I love to post about what I’m reading and to see what others are reading. However, with Bookstagram it’s so much more than just a pretty photo! A lot of readers will stage a beautiful photo with a book and then write a caption how much they didn’t like the book.
This feels odd to me, because I tend to only post about the books I enjoyed reading rather than those I didn’t like or had to DNF completely. Still, there are a lot of great reviewers who post regularly on Instagram and I think it’s worthwhile to browse photos and comments to get recommendations.
As always, I take recommendations with a grain of salt. I already have dozens of books I want to read so more often than not there is a slim chance I’m going out on a limb to read something someone recommended, unless I’m in a reading slump or am willing to take the risk.