I got an email this morning from a friend that I was up on the AAR Blog about their recent reader poll and that I HAD TO GO LOOK. She knows me too well, I don’t visit review sites, so the caps were her way of saying, “Get your butt over there and look.” Yes, yes, Chris, I went and looked. Happy?
Well apparently they do reader’s polls, and they had adjusted my rankings. I have rankings? I never knew. Again, I am hopelessly out of the loop on review sites. I spend too much time on knitting blogs, or just yarn oogling and pattern stalking over on Ravelry (which for you muggles, is Facebook for knitters and crocheters) to then spend time reading reviews and get my work done. Priorities, you know? And a good merino is hard to resist. But I digress . . .
I’ve never been much for reviews of any kind, online or in print. I have an unholy disdain of spoilers, that and when a review is particularly scathing or just mean, I hear my Grandmother’s voice plain as day echoing in my head, “If you can’t say something nice . . . ” So then not only do I worry about the poor recipient of this wrath, but also the reviewer. Yes, the reviewer. Okay, more for me. I don’t want to be on the same bus with them when their dogma finally catches up with their karma, and the bus goes careening over an embankment in some sort of cosmic payback.
So I read the authors I know I like, take a chance on new books, movies and magazines when they catch my eye, share the ones I like and quietly ignore the ones I didn’t. I query friends about what they are reading and hunt down their favorites. Old school, I know, but it works for me and I think it works that way for most readers.
But for the sake of friendship, I clicked over to the blog–well, she also sent the link–and discovered that you all love Something About Emmaline above all the others. You know something, that’s one of my favorites as well. My thanks to all the readers who participated in the poll and to AAR for their work in putting this all together.
How do you find new books and authors?