Besides being a bookworm, I am an inveterate recommender of books and authors I love – as you may have guessed from my periodic book reviews. I’m constantly saying to my friends and husband, “Have you read…?” and pushing books into their hands.
Since I read more (and faster) than most people I know, I search out most of my book recommendations on the Internet these days, particularly from the brilliant e-newsletter Shelf Awareness, Book Club Girl’s blog and the frequent reviews at She Is Too Fond of Books. (And I pay attention to what my favorite bloggers are reading, when they mention it.) I still hear about books from friends, of course, and I keep up with events at the Booksmith and the Harvard Book Store, as well as browsing the shelves at the Brattle.
I hadn’t realized how much information about books I was taking in until recently, when Abi and I were browsing the 3-for-2 table at Borders in Dedham. I kept pointing to books, saying, “Oh, that one was good,” or “I bought this one – loved it,” or “I read the reviews of that one – not sure I’d like it.” Abi went home and told her husband (and later me), “I knew Katie read a lot, but I never realized just how much she read.”
Even with all this information (and the well-stocked shelves at my library and favorite bookshops), I was recently in a dry spell, book-wise. (Does this happen to anyone else?) Wondering what to read next and wishing for someone who could take inventory of my tastes and preferences and deliver a perfect recommendation, I commented to Abi, “I wish there was such a thing as a book dating service.”
“You’re my book dating service,” she replied. “I always know I’ll like the books you lend and recommend.”
Her comment made me curious – so I wonder, dear readers, who is your book dating service? How do you get information about books? Do you have someone who knows your taste and recommends books to you, or are you at the mercy of the New York Times bestseller list?
As a reader, a reviewer and a lover of sharing all good things, I’m all ears.