Thursday, June 18, 2009

I Can't Decide...Help!

So I had another idea this morning... Man! I've been on something lately...

Anyway, I can't seem to decide if this is something worth doing or not. I really like the idea of it, but I would hate for it to fall flat. So who better to ask than you, my readers?

This idea was inspired by a rather lengthy exchange between myself and one of my readers about a good book to take on a long summer trip. It was quite the challenge, and I had fun recommending books that would fit into the specifications she was looking for. So I thought, wouldn't this be fun to do on a regular basis.

Essentially, here's the gist of what would go on. After choosing some sort of theme/genre, I would have a "recommendation week" for that week's theme. The first post would be a list of books I recommend in that week's theme, and I would also ask for comments on your favorite recommendations. If I get my act together on reviews, I would also include at least one review throughout the week of one of my recommended readers. The week would end with a complied list of your recommendations.

So why would I want to do this? I love recommending books to people. I'm not sure why, but I always have. And although it's fun to do it through reviews, doing it in themes is fun too. Also, I think with a lot of blogs people tend to get caught up in the latest and greatest. And although I love recent buzz, I feel kinda sad that a lot of great older books get overlooked sometimes.

Anyway, that's the idea. What do you think?

12 comments:

Lori said...

I think that sounds like a great idea! I'm always looking for new books to read. Like I don't have enough on my plate :)

Melanie said...

That would be a great idea! I love hearing about different books, as well as giving my own opinion.

towerofbooks said...

I like this idea! I love giving recommendations and hearing about different books.

Janssen said...

I think that sounds awesome! I'd definitely be willing to recommend and I love the idea of having themed recommendations to use for my students.

Linna said...

I really need some recommendations for summer reads. I'm looking forward to this new activity. :D

Kate said...

I think this sounds like a great idea :)

Tina's Blog said...

Great idea! I love recommending books and finding a topic that lots of books fit into.

celi.a said...

I agree with everyone else: brilliant idea. When do you start?

:-)

Julie said...

I really like this idea, I'm always looking for great reccomendations and hearing about different books!

queen of entropy said...

One thing that I have noticed since I added a couple of book-review blogs to my list is that the same "buzz" books are at the top of everybody's list. Now don't get me wrong, I totally understand getting excited over new books - but there are TONS of great books out there. Just because it came out 5 years ago doesn't mean it's not worth somebody's time...

Anyway, all that was just to say that I really think this would be a great idea...and I'm excited to see what recommendations you come up with!

Kristen said...

Sounds like a great idea. I love adding books to my TBR list! And love recommending them too!

soundistheword3 said...

I think this sounds like a great idea! I'm always looking for recommendation, and this sounds better than doing search after search and sorting through pages on Amazon.

Kristin