From Marie at The Boston Bibliophile:
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?
I don’t really use LT’s recommendations feature very much. It either shows me books that are related to old books I have, in which I have no interest, or books I already know that I want. In that respect, I suppose it works, I’m just faster at getting ideas. When I put in new books, usually then the “new” recommendations are the ones I want, because those ignore my high school collection of romance novels.
I like looking at the Unsuggester – like many others’, it’s mostly full of Christian works with a little mystery and suspense. I don’t like any of these and it’s occasionally entertaining to see what it comes up with. Of course, when a book I’ve heard about is on there, it actually makes me more interested to read it because I wonder if my tastes thwart LT’s view of me. I think they do, based on the Early Reviewer books I have and haven’t received, but that’s not the question here. Actually, several books I own also show up on the Unsuggester, so I guess I’m already thwarting LT. Apparently people can’t like both fantasy and Tudor history.
I usually find out about books I’d like elsewhere. On LT, I usually read a lot of the Talk forums and as I have a good idea of what I like, I glean lots of recommendations from what other people are reading. If a book has several mentions, I’ll check out its reviews and ratings and add it to my wish list, either mental or physical. I try to find books that are similar to those I already have, as well. I also have a google reader full of book blogs, which are both wonderful and disastrous for my TBR list. I love reading them, though. And of course, I get books through ARC requests and offers, and if I don’t get them then I’m looking out for them when they come out. I rarely just pick up a book and decide I’d like it, unless it’s very cheap.