Musing Mondays

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about books on your top book lists…

This past week, Borders re-released it’s 100 Favourite Books of All Times. Do you vote in these kinds of polls when they arise? Do you look through the list, or seek out books featured?

During my pre-blogging days, I read (or buy) books based on my own liking. Though there are times I do check out the lists from other sources (be it a brief review on magazines/papers, or some top books lists from various bookstores) but they are merely suggestions for my future reading/acquisitions; I do not really seek out all the titles listed on these bestselling lists because I know I cannot possibly like all the books listed there. I rarely vote in polls but I am always interested to know what other readers are reading. I have to say I rely more on fellow bookbloggers' recommendations nowadays as compared to other sources, for these simple reasons that these bookbloggers have become my friends and on top of that we know what books to recommend to each other based on our preferences and to me this is the best list I have and not to mention is my very own personal one.

What about you?

17 Responses
  1. I get most of my recommendations these days from other bloggers too. I do enjoy looking at book lists, comparing titles I've read. I'm always curious to see what others are reading. I don't actively seek out lists like the Borders one though. I just never think of it. If I come across a link on a blog or such, then I'll take a peek.

  2. Alice Says:

    Hi Melody, guess what? If I have answered this question, I'd answer it the same you did, but maybe in different wordings. LOL!

  3. Julia Says:

    Nah I never get recommendation from the link like Borders or B&N..etc. Most of my recommendation came from friends, bookblogger, and words of the mouths. I know every now and than, if there something I'm curious about than I take a peek and read it too :)

  4. Melody Says:

    Wendy - I share the same sentiments, Wendy. :)

    Alice - LOL. Still, I'm interested to read what you'd answer despite we share the same thoughts.

    Julia - I rarely check reviews from bookstores and even if I do out of curiosity, they rarely influence my reading choice.

  5. Violet Says:

    So True, I agree with you, I don't vote on lists too and honestly I don't give a lot of weightage to "the best of" lists.

  6. Sandy Nawrot Says:

    Pre-blogging, I paid some attention to the reviews in EW, as well as recommendations from friends. Most lists don't mean a whole lot to me.

  7. Nise' Says:

    I don't have time to check out all the "lists" out there... I'm too busy getting recommendations from other bloggers!

  8. Sherrie Says:

    I agree with you. I get most of my reading list from other bloggers. They usually have an honest opinion of whether or not they liked the book. Have a great day!


  9. Anonymous Says:

    If I come across a list, I'll check it out, but most of my choices are because of bloggers reviews.

  10. The Bookworm Says:

    I like to take a peek at the lists too, however some of those books I read and didnt enjoy. Love in the Time of Cholera is on there, which made me cringe while reading it.
    I also prefer fellow bookbloggers recommendations.

  11. Iliana Says:

    I love looking at these types of lists and always have this crazy notion that one day I'll go through the Modern Library's Top 100 books or something like that but like you, I prefer to read books that come from recommendations from my bloggy friends :)

  12. Heidenkind Says:

    I like these lists, but I'm not going to seek out a book from them. There are just too many books to read in one lifetime--I know the books are good, but you have to draw the line somewhere, you know?

  13. Veens Says:

    I would love to see your list ;)

    I share your sentiments on this topic :)

  14. Melody Says:

    Violet - That's exactly how I feel.

    Sandy - EW has good taste in books as far as I know! ;)

    Nise' - LOL. Me too.

    Sherrie - You're so right! That's the thing I like about bookbloggers. :D

    Vicki - I'm glad most of us share the same views!

    Naida - I've Love in the Time of Cholera in my pile! I haven't read it due to my reading mood, hehe.

    Iliana - There're too many of those lists and I'd rather get recommendations from my dear bloggy friends. :D

    Tasha - Exactly!

  15. Melody Says:

    Veens - My list is too long to share here, LOL!

  16. Although I LOVE looking at these lists and comparing with my own lists, I don't really seek books out from them either. Like you, it's all about the blogger recommendation these days. I'd rather pick up a book that you all loved rather than risk it on a book I haven't heard much about!

  17. Melody Says:

    Trish - Yes! I'm glad we share the same sentiments! :D

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