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Booking Through Thursday: Book Reviews

June 2, 2011

An apt question this week from Booking Through Thursday:

Do you read book reviews? Whose do you trust? Do they affect your reading habits? Your buying habits?

Great question, coming off a week at the Book Expo, after meeting so many new and interesting authors and book bloggers!

I do read book reviews, both in traditional news outlets, and on book blogs. Because I’ve had a busy and productive week meeting new book bloggers and learning about all their review styles, I’m still building a list of bloggers who will be my favorite resources for book recommendations. Come back in 2-3 weeks and I’ll have a better handle on it.

I like the Star-Ledger’s book page because my fellow reviewers write clearly, and in a way that really tells me what to expect from a book, whether I’ll like it or not. And I’m a huge fan of the Baltimore Sun’s Read Street because I enjoy the way they combine books with riffs on the reading and literary life. It’s what I aspire to with this blog. Sometimes I read the NY Times Review of Books, but it’s more because I feel I ought to.

Book bloggers:

Sassymonkey is always a good resource. We tend to like the same kinds of books. I’ve found some goodies through her: My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger, The Kitchen Daughter, by Jael McHenry, Spitfire Women of World War II by Giles Whittell

She Is Too Fond of Books is fun to read. So is Bookshelves of Doom.

Forever Young Adult just cracks me up.

At this point, I sometimes can’t even remember who’s recommending books as I browse the book blogs, with my library hold list window open. That’s the thing- it hasn’t changed my buying habits particularly. But my library experience is much richer, for having all these book recommendations available on the Internet.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. June 2, 2011 6:49 am

    I think you’ve nailed it…we do tend to gravitate to those whose opinions we trust. I’m going to have to check out some of your links. Just the title alone (of Sassy Monkey) makes me want to go there.


  2. June 2, 2011 10:29 am

    It’s definitely great to have someone you trust recommending books especially when there are sooooo many book blogs ^.^

  3. Sally permalink
    June 2, 2011 12:30 pm

    I love Bookshelves of Doom I never know what I’m going to find when I visit. And you mentioned one of my favourite books My Most Excellent Year – love it.

  4. June 2, 2011 3:03 pm

    I read 15-20 book reviews per day. Not only do I enjoy the recommendations, I enjoy the writing and the thoughtfulness. Reading a book consumes a huge amount of time; writing thoughtfully about a book requires considerable effort, and many eviewers are excellent writers in their own right.

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