After the most recent Filipino Book Bloggers meet up, the few of us who were left decided to grab dinner before going home. Before we headed off to get food, I asked if we could stop by the local bookstore because I needed to buy a book that I reserved – The City in the Lake by Rachel Neumeier. I told the others that both Ana and Thea of The Book Smugglers loved it and gave it a rating of 9 in their joint review. Aaron asked, “so you’re going to buy a copy right away because of their review?” Um, yes? I do that all of the time with other favorite bloggers like Angie, Holly, Michelle, Janice and Nomes. There are times when I feel the urge to buy the books that they feature based on what they say on their reviews. If I don’t get the chance to grab a copy of the book, I add it to my wishlist.
When I’m with other Filipino book bloggers, it’s enough of an explanation when I say that *insert name of favorite blogger here* recommended a book because they’re familiar with the blogs that I follow. Just the other day, Celina and I were saying that we hoard more books now that we follow other blogs because we’re more aware of what’s out there. When I’m with my other friends, I just say that a fellow book blogger liked the book and that’s why I’m interested in it. Like I’ve said before, we don’t have nice public libraries here in the Philippines and I don’t get a lot of review copies so I buy most of the books that I read. Because I spend my own money, I’d like to make sure that I spend it on books that are worth buying. I remember a friend was surprised to discover that I get most of my recommendations from the blogosphere and I don’t buy a book based on just the cover, the title, the publisher or the blurb. Maybe because I used to do that and I’ve ended up disappointed with some choices so I’d rather go with recommendations nowadays. Although there are still authors that are included in my auto-buy list regardless of what’s said about them.
Anyway, I wanted to ask the rest of you – how do you decide what you read next (whether you buy a copy or you borrow it from the library)? Do you go with book blogger recommendations or are you willing to try whatever looks interesting? Also, I wonder if a follower of my blog ever says to his or her friend, “oh hey, Chachic gave *insert book title here* such a glowing review so I want to get a copy of it”? I’d be thrilled if that kind of thing actually happens. 😀