Hey guys, me again with another discussion!
The other day I was writing a recommendations post, when it sort of hit me, the books I was talking about were books I hadn’t read in years. I mean, as a blogger I really enjoy being able to recommend books to people and share my feelings and point of view on certain books. But should we be recommending books when we haven’t read them in years? Should we be recommending books when we barely even remember the plot or the main character’s name?
Anna Dressed in Blood, The Rig, Beauty Queens
BOOKS I RECOMMEND ALL THE TIME
Above are some books I tend to recommend pretty regularly. Now, don’t get me wrong, I know that I enjoyed these books when I read them. But, that was maybe 3 or 4 years ago and I know that, in that time I have changed as a reader. I’ve gotten older and my reading tastes have changed. I read high fantasy now and enjoy non-fiction novels, whereas when I read these books I had never read either genre before. So basically, what I want to talk about today is this. Should we, as bloggers and as part of the reading community, recommend and discuss books that we haven’t read in a while?
I’m going to narrow it down to books we haven’t read in over 4 years. Because as we all know, a lot can change in that time.
Eating Animals, Caraval, The Hidden Oracle
RECENT BOOKS I’VE READ THAT I RECOMMEND
It shows a lack of originality, and makes it seem as though I haven’t been reading.
How do I know if the book is still as good as I remember, after all I read Anna when I was 12, so how do I know if I would still enjoy it today? I don’t, because I haven’t read it in over 5 years, therefore, by default how can I properly recommend it to you guys?
WHY DO WE TEND TO RECOMMEND THE SAME BOOKS?
Another thing I wanted to discuss with you guys is this: why do we not recommend new books?
Is it because we just get so used to talking about the same books that we barely even need to think about what we’re typing?
Do you recommend the same books? How do you break the habit?
What books do you recommend more often than not?