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 Q2 2018 Reading Quality
|% Successful Books ATTEMPTED (includes DNFs)||56%|
|% Successful Books FINISHED (does not include DNFs)||83%|
My Successful Books Attempted increased almost 30% 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 Q2 2018
My No-Go Book Recommendation Sources for Q2 2018
|Read It Forward’s Best Books of the Month Lists|| 5
(The High Season, That Kind of Mother, Florida, Only Child, A Place for Us)
|Annie Jones from From the Front Porch podcast|| 4
(Campaign Widows, That Kind of Mother, A Place for Us, Florida)
|Amazon Best Books of the Month|| 2
|Library Reads|| 2
(Circe, Baby Teeth)
|Trusted Authors (Paula McLain, Lauren Groff)|| 2
(Love and Ruin, Florida)
|Modern Mrs. Darcy|| 2
(A Place for Us, What We Were Promised)
- Read it Forward, Annie Jones, and Tyler Goodson made my top Go-To Sources list two quarters in a row. I’m thinking I should start a Hall of Fame?
- Some of my top Go-To Recommendation Sources are also my top No-Go Recommendation Sources. Wha?? I’m guessing this is based on sheer numbers…I go to these sources often and I’m not going to like every single book they recommend.
- Trusted authors have let me down two quarters in a row. Last quarter, trusted authors were my top No-Go Recommendation Source with 3 unsuccessful books. This is unexpected and disappointing. Maybe my reading taste is changing?
What have been your best and worst recommendation sources lately?
How I Keep Track of My Reading Quality and Go-To/No-Go Recommendation Sources…and You Can Too!
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