Before I buy/borrow/request/steal a book, I like to look it up on Goodreads and see what my friends thought of it. It’s a nice sounding-board. I have a few particular friends whose preferences are pretty similar to mine (my cyber buddies).
Note: I don’t actually steal books. Unless I steal them from Mime’s room and relocate them to mine.
But, if my Goodreads friends give a book 2-stars but I love the sound of the book, do I still get it?
Yes. Yes, I do.
There are a few other factors I think about (sometimes, when I’m feeling, you know, thoughtful):
a) Do I love the premise?
b) Who published it?
c) Is it a genre I love?
d) Is the cover cool?
Trust me, not all of those effect if I pick up a book or not. The main one is: is the premise cool? Everything else is usually a “she’ll be right, mate”.
I like advice. I like opinions. But at the end of the day, I want to make up my own mind about a book.
I got an ARC of Chasing The Valley. I looked at it and though, “This is going to be a meh book.” Not many of my friends had reviewed it. I hadn’t even heard of it prior to being offered it. So, to be strict with myself, I shouldn’t have read it.
But I loved it.
I also got an ARC of Since You Asked. A lot of my friends had given it 4 and 5 stars. But I didn’t enjoy it very much at all.
I do love my Goodreads’ friends opinions. (I reeeeally love Goodreads.) But, at the end of a bookish day, if I love the premise a lot, I will try the book. And how do you know what you’ll like if you don’t try it?
Last year I wasn’t reading romance, zombies, vampires, fairies, mythology, or horror. (What was I reading? Not much, apparently.) If I hadn’t have tried those genres, I wouldn’t know that I loved them. I wouldn’t know the awesomeness of Seaweed Brain! I wouldn’t know about November cakes! I wouldn’t know about pretend parents who sew buttons over your eye-sockets! I could have seriously missed out if I didn’t try new stuff.
I’m the only one who will know if I’ll like a book or not. The conclusion? Either:
a) Clone myself a twin and read ALL the books.
b) Pick and choose based off my friends’ recommendations and lots of fanciful whim.
So far, a) isn’t working out well, so I’ll stick with my attempts of b).
Cait spends more time on Goodreads then on Facebook. Books or people? It’s an easy choice. If you would like to friend her, do so. She won’t eat you. (Unless she gets hungry.) She likes to talk books. Books are awesome! Thank you, trees, for dying so we might have books. Currently, she’s reading THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Steifvater.