Booking Through Thursday

Are your book choices influenced by friends and family? Do their recommendations carry weight for you? Or do you choose your books solely by what you want to read?

Most of my influences come from emailing lists and blogs of people who are interested in similar books. Sometimes I even check out books in the Amazon recommendations. I choose books that sound interesting and read some reviews about them before I choose to get them. I tend to read reviews from different sources and not just one or two places. When I read Amazon reviews, I tend to read both the one star and five star reviews because sometimes a well written one star review can tell more than a couple of glowing lines in a five star review. Also, people have different tastes.

Obviously, availability is also a factor for English language books. I don’t live in US, so when a book is out of print, the postage could cost far more than the book itself. Sometimes they can be available through BookMooch, though.