Q3 2020: My Best Book Recommendation Sources

Q3 2020 best recommendation sources


As many of you probably know, I started tracking my recommendation sources a couple years ago and using that information to pick better books. As often as possible, 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 my reading quality and my best recommendation sources. 

My Q3 2020 Reading Quality

  •  % Successful Books ATTEMPTED (includes DNFs) = 66%
  •  % Successful Books FINISHED (does not include DNFs) = 85%

My Successful Books Attempted fell slightly from 68% in Q2 2020 to 66%. 

My Successful Books Finished increased slightly from 84% to 85%.

Holding steady for the year…and slightly lower than last year’s totals.

How I Calculate My Best Book Recommendation Sources

  • Each quarter, I’ll share my best recommendation sources for the entire year to date, rather than just that quarter. That way, I can see who’s moving up and down as the year progresses. Plus, it might be fun for y’all to watch!
  • I picked the top 5 recommendation sources by # of successful recommendations.
  • Then, I sorted them by % of total recommendations that are successful, which factors in unsuccessful recommendations.

The reason I don’t want to use % successful recommendations as my only metric is it could cause sources with 1 successful recommendation (100%) to beat out sources with, for example, 4 successful and 1 unsuccessful recommendation (75%).

My Best Book Recommendation Sources for Q3 2020

  • TBR, etc. (89%)
    8 Successful Recommendations
    1 Unsuccessful Recommendations
  • Happiest When Reading (88%)
    7 Successful Recommendations
    1 Unsuccessful Recommendations
  • Gilmore Guide to Books (72%)
    8 Successful Recommendations
    3 Unsuccessful Recommendations
  • Novel Visits (72%)
    13 Successful Recommendations
    5 Unsuccessful Recommendations
  • Read it Forward (65%)
    15 Successful Recommendations
    8 Unsuccessful Recommendations
  • Book of the Month (67%)
    10 Successful Recommendations
    5 Unsuccessful Recommendations

Key Takeaways

  • My top recommendation sources through Q3 are fairly similar to earlier this year…except my top sources are racking up some unsuccessful recommendations. Not enough to knock them out of the top 6 yet, but more than they did earlier this year. We’ll see whether they can hold on through the end of 2020.
  • I also have a couple rising stars who are close to cracking the top 6…
  • New Additions to my Top 6 (compared to Q2 2020): Happiest When Reading, Gilmore Guide to Books
  • Sources that fell out of my Top 6 from Q2 2020: Jordys.Book.Club, Annie Jones.

Who have been your best and worst recommendation sources lately?

How I Keep Track of My Reading Quality and Best Recommendation Sources…and You Can Too!

Are you thinking it takes me hours to calculate my reading quality and keep track of my Best and Worst 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.

If you’re interested in tracking your own reading quality and recommendation sources, you can purchase my tracker for $14.99! Go here for more details or purchase below! 

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  1. Tina wrote:

    This makes me irrationally happy

    Posted 10.8.20 Reply
  2. I’m with Tina!

    Posted 10.8.20 Reply

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