Tuesday Thingers ~ Recommendations

July 22, 2008 at 7:04 am | Posted in LIfe, My Life with Books, Reading | 11 Comments
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Today’s topic: Recommendations. Do you use LT’s recommendations feature? Have you found any good books by using it? Do you use the anti-recommendations, or the “special sauce” recommendations? How do you find out about books you want to read?

LibraryThing Recommendations are a wonderful thing and that was one of the first features I played with when I joined LibraryThing.  I’m not sure what “special sauce” recommendations are, but I’m going to have to find out!  The most fun I had with the Recommendations feature was using the Unsuggester.  What I find when I go there is 1) my library is very ungodly (90% of books on the first few pages are Christian in nature) and 2) that I really need to look into Neil Gaimon.

Despite the glories of LibraryThing Recommendations, the best place to get turned on to some great reads is through other book blogs.  When people comment on add them to my Google Reader and I get a wealth of new reading ideas every week.

I haven’t really been able to act upon any of the ideas I’ve come across with the Recommendations tool because of my ever increasing ARC pile.  I started out the month of July determined not to reply to any new ARC offers so that I could read “what I want, when I want.”  Well, my resolve lasted about a week.  I have been offered some really wonderful books and I couldn’t say no.  The truth is that I am still reading “what I want, when I want,” it’s just not from the books already on my crowded bookshelves.  A reading life is a wonderful life. 🙂

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