29 December 2008

Musing Mondays: Recommendations?

Here's this week's Musing Mondays. As always, please visit Rebecca at Just One More Page to see the full meme and to click through to all the other answers.

How often do you recommend books to others, and who do you recommend them to? Do you only recommend books to your “reading friends” or to anyone you think might find the book interesting? What does it take for a book to make it to your ‘recommendation’ list?

Recommendations: I often recommend books to others, usually as part of a discussion about books or current reads. Generally I make (and receive) recommendations from reading friends and from my family because those are the people whose reading tastes I know. But sometimes I recommend a book to a friend or acquaintance if I think I've found a good match.

What does it take? The last question is difficult to answer and depends on the person to whom I'm making the recommendation. Rather than suggest books I like, I try to mention books that I think the other person would like. For example, I suggest books that were beautifully written to people who appreciate the craft, I recommend good mysteries to fellow mystery lovers, and so on. Friends whose reading tastes are similar to mine are forced privileged to learn about almost every book I enjoyed.

When I read a book (fiction or nonfiction) that I think is important or wonderful or that truly excites me, I may recommend it to everyone I see!


Meghan 12/29/08, 7:47 AM  

I agree, I always take the person's taste into consideration and try to recommend something I think they'll like. If I love a book, though, it gets a recommendation to everyone I know!

Lisa 12/29/08, 8:37 AM  

I wish I had more people in my life who appreciated a great book. I'd love to recommend books all the time!

Sandy Nawrot 12/29/08, 8:38 AM  

Like Meghan, I do give thought to the personality and tastes of my friends. I rarely push books on my non-reading friends, but if the book is good enough, I share the love with everyone!

Bluestocking 12/29/08, 11:34 AM  

Thanks for stopping by. Your answer is different!

mattviews 12/29/08, 2:00 PM  

I recommend only if the person would take it seriously. I'm always happy to recommend if people ask me.

Recommendation is tricky. I wouldn't recommend Russian literature to most people unless they show some interest and ask for it.

Melody 12/29/08, 8:05 PM  

Sadly, most of my friends are non-readers. They do ask me for recommendations occasionally and I'm more than happy to help!

Beth F 12/30/08, 7:27 AM  

I am lucky to be surrounded by book people, but maybe that's one of the characteristics that solidify my relationships.

For those who participated in the meme, I enjoyed reading your answers too.

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