As many of you probably know, I adopted a new method for selecting books this year. I’m choosing books that have already been read and recommended by trusted recommendation sources rather than from publishers’ catalogs or various “Most Anticipated” book lists. The key to success is the “already read” part because it provides an opinion beyond “does the premise sound good on paper?” and that of independent of publishers’ marketing machines.
Each quarter, I’ll share how this is going…my Go-To and No-Go recommendation sources and whether the quality of my reading has improved or not.
My Q1 2018 Reading Quality
|% Successful Books Attempted (includes DNFs)||54%|
|% Successful Books Finished (does not include DNFs)||81%|
My Successful Books Attempted increased almost 26% over last year (43%). My goal is to keep this success rate above 50% all year long, so I’m pleased with this so far!
The second number gives me an extra incentive to DNF books that aren’t working for me.
My Go-To Book Recommendation Sources for Q1 2018
|Annie Jones from From the Front Porch podcast|| 5
(Heating & Cooling, Sunburn, Bachelor Nation, Tangerine, The Female Persuasion)
| Trusted Authors
(Ann Patchett, Kelly Corrigan, Meg Wolitzer, Sloane Crosley)
(What Now?, Glitter & Glue, The Female Persuasion, Look Alive Out There)
|Read It Forward’s Best Books of the Month Lists|| 4
(An American Marriage, Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties, Laura & Emma, Brass)
|Tyler Goodson, Manager at Avid Bookshop in Athens, GA|| 3
(Sunburn, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, Laura & Emma)
2 Big Lessons Learned from Tracking my Recommendation Sources
- If you want to find people who have already read new releases way (like months) before their publication dates, look to the booksellers/bookstore owners! They seem to read months ahead of bloggers and this group has really climbed the charts of my top recommendation sources. Annie Jones, Tyler Goodson, and Kelly Massry (who didn’t make my top four, but has given me some great recommendations this year) are all booksellers.
- Ask your Go-To Recommendation Sources who their Go-To Sources are! Annie Jones has been one of my Go-To Recommendation Sources for awhile now. She did an episode of From the Front Porch podcast where she took questions from listeners and I asked if she could share some of her go-to recommendation sources. She shared an awesome list of her sources and their Instagram handles. I immediately followed them all. Tyler Goodson came from this list.
My No-Go Book Recommendation Sources for Q1 2018
(Melanie Benjamin, Chris Bohjalian, Anna Quindlen)
(The Girls in the Picture, The Flight Attendant, Alternate Side)
|Book of the Month|| 2
(The Wife Between Us, Not That I Could Tell)
|Modern Mrs. Darcy|| 2
(Castle of Water, The Almost Sisters)
This category is especially hard for me. Every single one of these sources has been a Go-To Source for me in the past. Trusted Authors topped my Go-To list this month as well. Book of the Month has put a number of phenomenal books on my radar…and they’re usually books I hadn’t even heard of before Book of the Month chose them as monthly selections. And, Modern Mrs. Darcy‘s Best Books of 2017 list was one of the ones I agreed most with.
I guess the lesson here is not every single recommendation from your Go-To Sources will always pan out. And, that’s OK.
How I Keep Track of My Reading Quality and Go-To/No-Go Recommendation Sources…and You Can Too!
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