Thursday, June 30, 2011

With a Little Help From my Friends

Yesterday I wrote about the A-Z reading Challenge that I'm doing at the moment. As part of that I'm choosing books which have been on my TBR pile for a long time, sometimes over 2 years.  I thought it would be fun to put a little bit in my A-Z Challenge reviews about why I bought the books.  This hasn't been as easy as I thought it would be because sometimes it's difficult to remember what made you click that 'add to basket' button.  However, after much wracking of brains I could pretty much come up with what drew me to that book in the first place.

Now there have been various reasons why I bought these books.  Sometimes it's been because I read an author interview, or met the author; sometimes it's been because I just saw the blurb and thought it sounded great; sometimes it's been because the book was free in a give-away or publisher promotion.  However, the single biggest reason for me buying one of these books seems to be because it was recommended by another blogger, either in a review, or a post like this one, or in general discussion in comments, or at Good Reads or on Twitter.

It made me realise how much I depend on my blogging friends who run review sites or comment on blogs for my book recommendations.  What would I do without you guys, huh?  Well, apart from having fewer books and a lighter purse!  If it wasn't for my friends who share my love of m/m romance I would be floundering in the dark when it came to book buying.

So today I just want to give you all a big hug and thank you for being such great enablers!  For reading books, sharing your views and providing me with great recommendations. I feel all teary-eyed just thinking about you all.  Sometimes I feel that reviewers are a bit of an under-appreciated bunch of people, unless of course we're giving out 5 stars :), but I appreciate the work that you do and the time spent doing it.  After all, the 300+ books on my TBR pile says you must be doing something right!


Tam said...

Yep. I often buy something because "Jen, or Lily, said that was good". Of course I have to also like the concept, as I've learned not to just blindly buy, but many books I might have slid on by I've stopped at because someone somewhere said it was good or recommended it.

So thanks to you too Jen, for being one of those people who helps us spend our money. :-D

Jenre said...

Thanks, Tam :)

Yes, I've found a number of new authors or read books I probably wouldn't have even noticed because blogger friends have recommended them, especially from the smaller presses.

Chris said...

Always glad to return the favor, Jen, since Well Read was the very first m/m romance review blog I found and I scoured your archives religiously. Thank YOU. :)

Jenre said...

Aw, thanks, Chris :).

Today I bought a book based on your recommendation so we're all enablers here :).

Aurian said...

I agree, I get way too many new autors on my wish list because of all the blogs I am reading. But sometimes those books are jewels, when I finally get around to the actual reading.

Josephine Myles said...

Heh, I've had to try and put a lid on buying books recommended to me - I add them to my "to read" pages on Goodreads, and then splurge every now and again when the ereader starts feeling empty.

Your reviews are always an enticement to buy though, Jen, as we seem to look for the same kinds of things in the writing. I've just bought a Jet Mykles novel because you rave about her so much :)

Jenre said...

sometimes those books are jewels

Yes! Thanks exactly why we keep buying so we can find those jewels!

Josephine: Thanks :). Hope you enjoy that Jet Mykles book. I'm such a huge fan of hers.

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