Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Do You Give Book Recommendations?
I always thought that once I started blogging, and therefore really started analyzing my book choices, whenever book discussions would start up among friends and acquaintances I would jump at the chance to start recommending my latest and best read. However, I have noticed that hasn't been the case and I am wondering if I am not alone.
This is not to say that I don't love to talk about books with my friends just like I used to because I do. I definitely do! I think it may actually be a factor of me becoming more aware of the fact that reading is such a personal choice. Since I've started blogging, I've really honed my tastes and discovered just exactly what I like and don't like, having my percentages of positive book rankings increase with each year. Before blogging, I used to just read authors I knew and whatever would entice me on the bookstore tables. Now, I analyze book blogger reviews, have publishers telling me the newest and latest books they recommend, and I have to really think about whether they would be a good fit. In doing so, I have come to realize that if I put so much effort and know that not every book is a perfect for me, how am I to assume that just because this was the best book ever for me, it may not be for you! And gawd forbid it's not and you turn around and tell me so!
So basically, when book discussions come up with my friends, I keep my mouth shut, listening to what they are reading and nodding along but I rarely chime in with 'you have to read this!'. Naturally, if someone straight up asks me, I will gladly recommend books that I think they will like, no questions asked! But I gotta know, am I the only one?