Any Book Recommendations?

On one of my reading groups, this question was asked – “Any book recommendations?” I’ve been pondering it. That’s such a big question. It’s also very vague for a book group. Between all of the members, we cover almost every genre. What exactly are you looking to read?

What is the age of the person you are recommending to? You don’t want to give an early reader book to someone who is clearly no longer a child. Conversely, you don’t want to give a sweaty romance to a pre-teen or child. Know your audience.

What does this person normally read? Genre counts. Don’t give a horror book to someone who has nightmares easily. Don’t give a mystery to someone who has a short attention span or lack of memory. Try to stick within the person’s usual genre, unless they specifically ask for something different.

Stay within what you know. Also, admit you don’t know much about certain authors or genres. It’s better to admit no knowledge than have someone stuck with a book they hate.

When asking for a recommendation, be more specific. “What have you read lately?” is a much better question, especially with the follow up question “Did you like it?”

What else did you do this year?

Yesterday, January 2, one of the women in an online book group posted a conversation she had with her husband. He asked her how many books she’s read this year, already knowing because he followed her Goodreads feed. The answer was 9.

The conversation continued. He asked if she’d gotten anything other than reading done in the past two days. She told him that yes, she’d also bought a hat on Amazon.

The book group wanted to know details about the hat.