What do you think of author recommendations? I can’t remember why I wondered this, whether it was an article I saw or a thought that leapt into my addled brain after reading the latest Goodreads authors newsletter. There may have been something encouraging people to recommend books to other people, as if your standing on Goodreads depended on it. Not that I’m aware of any particular ‘standing’ that Goodreads imposes on us. Or maybe it was from turning over books in Waterstones and reading the recommendations when I was really looking for blurbs?
But it made me wonder whether reading other authors’ recommendations was in any way a recommendation to you. I can understand, of course, that reading what I say about books I’ve read may lead you to pick (or avoid) because you know you always agree with me. Or disagree with me. Knowing whether your tastes are diametrically opposite can be as important as whether you agree with each other. But… Stephen King recommends… do you go for it or not? Elly Griffiths loves….? Agatha Christie had this on her bookshelf (well-thumbed)…?
After setting the poll below, I went in search of some pictures for the post, and of course found it hard to find books with author recommendations on the back… save for my newest paperbacks acquired at Noirwich. Is this a new trend? Has someone decided we trust other authors more than newspaper reviewers? Or maybe that one-worders from The Times or the New York Times might not hold much influence these days on non-newspaper readers?
So, a little quiz for you… two questions on your response to recommendations, and one on your response to authors who have recommended something you’ve read (and liked).
Feel free to comment on your answers!