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 independent of publishers’ marketing machines.
Each quarter, I’M sharing how this is going…my Go-To and No-Go recommendation sources and whether the quality of my reading has improved or not.
My Q3 2018 Reading Quality
|% Successful Books ATTEMPTED (includes DNFs)||63%|
|% Successful Books FINISHED (does not include DNFs)||86%|
My Successful Books Attempted has increased almost 47% 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 Q3 2018
My No-Go Book Recommendation Sources for Q3 2018
- My reading quality has improved immensely (by 47%) over last year with one quarter to go in the year! I’m thrilled, since this was my main purpose in tracking my recommendation sources.
- My recommendation sources were really spread out this quarter. I had 26 different recommendations sources with one successful recommendation each. It appears I trusted lots of different people over the past few months and it panned out!
- I’m liking my mix of recommendation sources: a couple traditional media sources, a podcast host / bookstore owner, a couple bloggers, and the always dicey “”unsolicited from publisher.”
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!
Are you thinking it takes me hours to calculate my reading quality and keep track of my Go-To and No-Go recommendation sources every month? Well, it totally could, but it doesn’t. I use my “Rock Your Reading” Tracker, which automatically calculates my reading quality for me and helps me easily keep track of my recommendation sources.
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