As I’ve mentioned in a few reviews, I often get a little fuzzy about exactly where I picked up the recommendation for a certain novel. It’s not that I don’t care, it’s just that I pick up so many recommendations on a weekly basis that it’s hard for me to keep up. (I should probably add a column to the List’s spreadsheet, which throws the rainbow motif off. Such is life!)
Every week, I read The New York Times Sunday Book Review, which usually gives me a few ideas, and Publishers Weekly, which always gives me a few ideas… that I need to wait for. I first ran across Boneshaker in an issue of Publishers Weekly, and it’s usually where I get my material for The Literary Horizon every Tuesday.
I also pick up plenty of recommendations by word of mouth, especially online. I’m a sucker for any good plot, especially fantasy and science fiction, so I often pick up recommendations via io9. This is how The Unwritten came to me. io9 recently wrapped up Book Vortex, a week long celebration of fantasy and science fiction books.
I don’t usually pick up a lot of book recommendations from my friends, as opposed to strange folk on the Internet. I usually fill that role in my social circle. For example, there’s my Neverwhere rule–if you haven’t read Neil Gaiman before, read Neverwhere first so you’re not comparing it unfavorably to his later works. I recently did up a care package for a friend, which contained American Gods and The Lovely Bones. I do occasionally get recommendations, but it’s rare–I’ve usually already read what they want to recommend!
In other news, I’m currently making my through The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, which I’m really enjoying. I do need to finish it quickly, as you can’t renew books requested from another library in DeKalb County, as I’ve learned. It’s due Tuesday. Dead Until Dark, Graceling, and City of Bones are all coming home with me for my short Thanksgiving break. Graceling is probably next, as I’m itching for some young adult. City of Bones ought to be an interesting read, as Cassandra Clare is an ascended fan of sorts–I remember reading her Lord of the Rings fanfiction when I was a wee lass.
Where do you pick up your book recommendations?