Musing About Things: It’s Hard Recommending Books


Hi guys, welcome to Book Munchies’ Musing about Things: A Discussion (Post). Inspired by memes such as Should Be Reading‘s Musing Monday & Caffeinated Book Reviewer‘s Caffeinated Confessions (etc.), this is a Book Munchies discussion post, where I’ll be rambling about (mostly) book-related things and hopefully you guys will join in on the fun too (:


As you guys probably know by now I love books. It’s not a secret that I love them more than movies and sometimes Hollywood gets them wrong or deletes a scene that was a critical part in the book and it gets me frustrated. However, I am not talking about books to movie adaptation in this week’s Musing About Things. That’s another topic for next time. The point is I love books. And then there is the fact that people who knows me knows I love books and sometimes they come to me to ask me for book recommendations. Let’s face it, I suck at recommending books to other people who doesn’t read YA. It’s a pretty awkward conversation. My mind goes completely blank. The conversation usually goes somewhat like this:

Them: Hey, you like books right?
Me: Definitely.
Them: What kind of books do you like to read?
Me: Uhh, I read YA – young adult. They’re mostly have romance in it though.
Them: That’s cool. So, can you recommend me something? I’ve been wanting to read a book for some time, but I don’t know what’s good out.
Me: What genre do you like?
Them: I’m not sure, but recommend me something good.
Me: …
Me: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is one of my favorites.
Them: I’ll check it out.

I recommend The Fault in Our Stars to a lot of people simply because I can just put it as “it’s like a Nicholas Sparks novel” and people can’t say no to Nicholas Sparks (except maybe for me because Nicholas Sparks is too depressing for my taste), but anywho…I’m a bit hesitant when it comes to recommending books because I get worried about them hating the book that I recommend (or that they didn’t find the book funny as I had) and two, most of young adult novels consist of romance and sometimes that person might not seem to be the type that likes to read teenage romance. I mean it’s not like I’m constantly recommending people to read 50 Shades of Grey which I haven’t read it and won’t recommend. It’s hard recommending something without romance when 90% of the books I read consist of romance, but often times it’s hard recommending something that’s excellent and touching that doesn’t have romance. I’m not embarrass to blurt out a title or two or tell someone that my favorite favorite novel is actually The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg, but sometimes I do get embarrassed. I also don’t tell because I don’t like anyone else liking my things too. Anyways, for the most part it’s usually me saying the author’s name wrong that gets me embarrassed. The Fault in Our Stars is my default book recommendation to people because it’s safe and super popular especially with the movie coming out in a couple of days, but because of the latter I probably have to reconsider my default book recommendation.

Recommending is not my forte, but I like to think that whenever I’m reading during my commute to work that I’m recommending the book I’m reading to the other riders, who may or may not be interested. It’s definitely easier if you have a physical copy because you don’t have to think of a title of a book on the spot.

Author: Jackie

0 Replies to “Musing About Things: It’s Hard Recommending Books”

  1. Well, I recommend books that I haven’t read yet but I know people like. I usually don’t mind recommending books and in cases where it’s a book I really really like, I practically beg the person to read it! Okay, so no getting on my hands and knees but I do tell them they MUST READ it! Yep, Game of Thrones people! Game of Thrones! Okay, so I understand a lot of YA readers won’t like it because it lacks romance and love for other human beings or anything that is living for that matter. And no, it is nothing like Throne of Glass even though Throne of Glass has been marketed to be the female version of Game of Thrones.

    1. LOL I’ve been meaning to read Game of Thrones, but it’s just not my thing. That’s interesting. I didn’t know that Throne of Glass was marketed as the female version of Game of Thrones. But, I totally understand where you’re coming from. A person probably won’t read it unless you keep being annoying about it or literally give it to them in their hands. I try not to recommend books I haven’t read yet because if I don’t have any knowledge on the book it’s awkward to try and tell people about what’s it about.

  2. I know what you mean, I get worried if I recommend a book and that person doesn’t like it or it really isn’t there thing, but TFIOS is a pretty safe bet. I always end up recommend The Book Thief, Vampire Academy, TFIOS, Divergent, THG and some other books generically but if they usually have a genre preference then something tailored to their type.

    1. That’s a good idea. I usually forget a lot of the books I enjoy when a person asks me to recommend something to them except for TFIOS for some reason. But, after talking to them I remember and kick myself for not recommending something like Harry Potter because I liked the series more than TFIOS.

  3. I have a really eclectic reading taste, so usually recommending something when someone asks, isn’t a problem. But, it does get a bit tricky because in my ‘real life’ world, most everyone I know is really conservative, and even a few swear words in a book would send them into a tizzy. That rules out John Green right there oiy!

  4. I get nervous about recommendations, unless I really know the person. Everyone has such varied tastes, and reading is all about relating to real-life experiences. For YA I recommend Seraphina. I absolutely loved that book, and the writing is wonderful so no one can judge.

  5. I get what you mean. But working in a bookstore means I had to get a few titles per genre I would recommend even if I hadn’t necessarily read the books. Though, it’s always easiest when they’re asking for YA of course. 😀

Leave a Reply