I have two questions. First: What was the last great book you read? Second: How did you hear about it?
I don’t know what the answer to the first question is, there are so many amazing books out in the world. But, I’m willing to bet that the answer to the second question is: someone recommended it to you.
I discovered Philip Pullman at 10 because of a friend’s recommendation.
The book I foisted on anyone who would listen. (I love John Bellairs, if you haven’t already READ HIM!)
A book recommended to me, and one I recommended to others.
This is especially true for child-readers. I can vividly remember pushing my favorite books on my friends and gleefully borrowing theirs. Rushing home after school to read what all the fuss was about. Kids don’t care what the current bestseller is, they care what their friends are enjoying. (Although, I imagine sometimes these things go hand in hand.)
When I don’t have any recommendations from friends and reading buddies though, a heartfelt review, is the next best thing. A good review has often tipped me over the edge into buying a book, and if I love it, I go on to recommend it to all my friends as well. If you like a book and want to support the author, leave a review (on amazon, goodreads, your blog) or recommend it to your friends. It makes all the difference in the world!
(psssst…in case I was too subtle….please go on amazon and review my books…thank you)