The other day I talked about how I’m behind times in the perfume world and news reach me (if they reach me) months after everyone else has heard them. 🙂
These days, the only way I will hear about a good (new) book is if there is a movie being made out of it (and some of those aren’t really that good either).
I have a pool of authors I follow and read, whatever they publish, but adding to that pool is rather difficult. Even when I find a book blogger I share tastes with, some of those reviews just don’t sound that appealing to me.
I also sometimes wonder how many people are actually intrigued enough by my reviews to read a book I found great…?
In the haystack that is the book world, finding your needle is very difficult. And the blurbs don’t help. The only reason I wanted to read World War Z was because I really liked the movie and thought the book must be better. Then I read the blurbs for the book and wasn’t very sure about my choice. Luckily, this time around, I decided to ignore them.
The thing is, that book is one of the best new books I’ve read in quite a while and I wouldn’t even know it existed unless for the movie.
That’s why I’m a bit sad now. How many more books like that are passing me by because I don’t know where to look? Or who to trust?
Do you have a way of figuring out what books ought to be on your TBR pile? And how do you select from the pool of new authors those, whose books might be worth reading?
Or is it basically luck?