Saying ‘I love books’ would be an understatement. Probably. I mean, I really do love books. I’m on many bookish sites, including some ARC sites and, obviously, GoodReads.
On GoodReads, be it the app or the website, there’s a section which gives you recommendations based on what books you’ve already added (or sometimes they just come up on your timeline).
However, recommendations and I sometimes have disagreements. For example, as above my recommendation of ‘because you read Anna and the French Kiss…’ doesnt mean a) I loved it, nor b) I’ll like The Sky Is Everywhere. (I haven’t read it so I can’t compare.) The Genre recommendation seems more plausible, as it gives a lot (there were 50 in the genre section) and it also gives high ranking ones anyway.
But it’s as simple as this: just because I’m a vegetarian, doesn’t mean I automatically love all vegetables. It’s similar with books: just because I 5-starred one YA romance novel doesn’t mean I’ll love all of them. I do like some recommendations, but I tend to find them through similar-minded people on Instagram, or my friends and Goodreads occasionally (such as someone who started reading a book I found interesting, or ‘trending in…’) but I have so many books anyway, I find some recommendations not only annoying but unwanted! Especially if it’s similar to a book I loved… And then it’s nothing like it.
This post might’ve been a bit scatter-brained, but I am shattered, so sorry about that. But anyway: what is your opinion of book recommendations? Yay or nay? Do you like giving them (I didn’t write about this, but I do! A friend of mine recently read a book I recommended and loved it!)? Getting them? What do you think about automatically-generated recommendations, such as on Goodreads? Comment and tell me all!