Monday, November 21, 2011

Musing Mondays: Who Influences My Choices?

 This week’s musing asks…
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!

More Musing Mondays at ShouldbeReading.wordpress.com.

9 comments:

Sandy Nawrot said...

I really admire that about you. You are your own woman!

Marce said...

I look for new authors in the mystery/thriller genre and if I like I read more by them. Other genres I usually get recommendations from bloggers with similar interest.

caite said...

I have to admit I lean toward my comfortable favorites.
But I also get recommendations from Library Thing and always check the new book section at the library.
Still fellow bloggers are probably my number one source of recommendations..like I need more books..lol

Zibilee said...

I like to read about strange subjects sometimes, so if I come across a book that fits my tastes, I will usually procure it. But most of my recommendations come from other bloggers who share their great reviews with me, and get me excited about new and old authors. I have to say that out of those bloggers whose opinions I trust, you are on the top of the list!

bermudaonion said...

I do get a lot of recommendations from blogs, but I also have a few trusted reading buddies who know my taste well enough to give me great suggestions.

Col (Col Reads) said...

I have found bloggers my best source of new books -- in fact I've read a few on your recommendation :) -- but I also love the Listopia section of goodreads.com

TheEccentricLady said...

I pick my own books also. I am a book cover girl. That catches my eye then the title. I read the discription and decide. If I'm on line I'll check reviews from readers too. I do enjoy reading books that are recommended on sites like yours!

readinginwinter said...

I'm jealous! I'm sure if I worked in a bookstore ALL of my money made would go towards books. :)

Kathleen said...

I think your independent choices end up leading you to some very interesting books!