Book Recommendations: Have you ever feared recommending your favorite book to someone? Why?
Of course! There are lots of reasons I am often times fearful of recommending my favorite book to someone I know. Take for instance, your co blogger. Now lets say you recommend your favorite series to her and she decides she not only does not like the first book, but that she no longer trusts your judgment and will not continue reading the series. (Read on Julie!!! I promise it is worth it!) Another instance in which I hesitate to recommend a book is directly correlated to the type of sexy time a book might contain. It is one thing to read these myself, but it seems entirely too personal to recommend a book like this to your mother or great aunt or co-worker. I mean, are they sitting there reading it and thinking that their daughter/great niece/co-worker is a freak? Omagosh such anxiety! I am getting over this now I think since I have started blogging. I do sometimes preface my recommendation with a “this one is a bit steamy” and let it up to them to decide if they wish to read it. On a very few occasions, I have been extremely worried about recommending a book I am particularly fond of to someone that I wish to continue to like. I mean, I could see a budding relationship/friendship taking a nose dive if the person did not love the book (or at least appreciate it for what it is, which is my favorite book). Luckily for Julie, we have solidified our friendship over Dean Holder.
Other than recommendations provided directly via this blog and in conversations with bookish people, I don’t know that I really recommend books very much. Maybe it is because I don’t know how my favorites will go over with people who don’t really read that genre, or read much at all. I can’t say that I’ve experienced such a traumatic event as Rose has, with her favorite co-blogger just hating on her favorite series. (Although, seriously, that was one messed up story, albeit extremely well written and narrated.) I guess we’re just all into what we’re into, and so I tend to only recommend something if I think the person will actually like it.