The Power of Personal Recommendation

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I’m a member of the Australian Romance Readers Association, and at the start of every month, members list the books they’ve read during the month that’s just past and indicate which ones they most enjoyed.

Those email threads make for dangerous reading. I have in the last three days bought three books and ordered three from my library. It’s a sure fire way to increase the number of books on the to-be-read pile.

But what I like most is the discussions by members of why they liked a book, which more often than the star ratings they give it entices me to hunt for those books and see for myself.

I think the most valuable part of this is the honest environment in which the discussions occur. It’s a group of focused, dedicated readers who are simply keen to share their favourite books hang out. Like getting a recommendation from a good friend, who you know only wants to share the joy of a good book with you.

I am also a member of a great Facebook readers group called Try a New Genre where we share book recommendations, and I’ve found a number of books through the members there, too.

Who do you trust to give you great book recommendations?

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Michelle Diener writes historical fiction and fantasy. To find out more about her and her novels, you can visit her website.
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6 Responses to The Power of Personal Recommendation

  1. Mary Hughes says:

    Hi, Michelle,

    I love getting recommendations! My family.often shares favorites. The librarians have a special shelf where they place personal picks. I used to find books to try on Amazon and Goodreads lists. But my favorite is still browsing shelves, when I get the time 🙂

  2. Edie Ramer says:

    There are so many places. I’ve bought books that are recommended or showcases in Magical. I also get notices from Ereader News Today and a few other places that recommend books which are free or on sale. I also get newsletters from favorite authors, so I’ll be notified of new releases that I can buy right away. Plus, I got to the library. I think it’s clear that I’m a reading addict.

  3. I usually look at book blogs, newsletters, etc. for book recommendation, as well as my friends. And of course the ladies here at MM. 🙂

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