How do you decide to read a book by an author you haven’t read before? What sort of recommendations count most highly in making that decision?A lot of the time, I just trust my own instincts- which is not to say I'm always right! I'm a very self-directed reader but when I take recommendations it'll be from book blogger pals or people who read a lot in the book's genre and know my taste. I read new-to-me authors all the time, probably more often than I re-read favorites, and most of the time I just pick something up at a bookstore and decide it looks interesting.
And now that I'm working in a bookstore (sorry, broken record) I've been slowly buying up lots of wishlisted books and outside-the-box reads I've had my eye on for ages. I'm sure you'll be seeing lots of those show up in my reviews!
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