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 have looked at the recommendations feature on LibraryThing, but I’ve never went by it. And the anti-recommender is the anti-Christ when it comes to telling my what I won’t like… I wrote a post about that a few weeks back called Does A Christian Have a Brain?
if read more on that. The special sauce is interesting but, again, I don’t use it.
Actually, the three ways I find out about the books I’d like to read is:
1. BookMooch Recommendations
-though I’m not entirely sure if it just throws out a bunch of books or if it’s really guessing at what I’d like. The thing suggests books I’ve mooched and posted, so I don’t know if it has a brain. At least LT’s algorithm sorta-kinda makes some sense.
2. ARC sources
such as Shelf Awareness
, publishers’ and authors’ emails offering me books, and other “free” book places. Hey, of course I’m gonna take free books!
3. From my fellow LT’ers and bloggers. I take your recommendations over an automated guesser any day! At least you have a soul. At least you have emotions. At least you have some sense of aesthetics. What’s the bot going to tell me? Because I have Nietzche I won’t like The Purpose Driven Life… which I actually do have in my library? Yeah…. whatever. (that goes back to the unsuggester is the anti-Christ.)
5. My momma.
Though, lately her taster is running on the off-side for me. Lately she’s been reading about some retired old ladies running a B&B and solving crimes or something… I don’t know, maybe they are killing the guests. I forget. Maybe I watch too much Law & Order
and read too much Stephen King
6. Then, of course, there’s just little me, touching-feeling-looking at the actual book on the shelf and reading the back cover. However, with Mt. TBR and Mt. TBarc at capacity, I can’t even go to the mall for fear I’ll be drawn into Waldens and won’t be able to resist the lovely books… they want to come home with me…. they jump on the counter and make me buy them….
Okay, that’s enough silliness.
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