Monday, October 3, 2011

Picking Books and a Review

I found Eyes Like Mine by Julie Wright (2009) a satisfying, heart-warming read that I would recommend. Liz King, a current teen with multiple struggles, doesn’t know what to do with Constance, a young pioneer woman with a family connection who appears to have traveled through time to help her. The more Constance tries to solve Liz’s problems so she can go back to find her husband and baby, the more she seems to do the wrong things. I enjoyed seeing their relationship develop, what would happen with the boy next door, a bit of pioneer history and genealogy thrown in the mix, and unexpected turns. No slumps. Just good, tight writing in an enjoyable feel-good story. Want to know what rating I gave this book? Was the review enough to entice? You can click on Renae’s Reads on the sidebar to take you to my Goodreads ratings and see what I’ve been reading. So, here’s my question on which to comment: How do you pick a book to read? Do you rely on word of mouth or reviews, reader ratings, best-seller lists, the book or author that everyone seems to be talking about or what is on the library shelves? I’ve used several of the above at various times. We may not always concur with the recommendations, but it’s a good place to start. Happy reading this month!


Stephanie Black said...

I really enjoyed Eyes LIke Mine. Julie Wright is a fantastic author.

I guess I'm influenced by a combination of factors when deciding which book to read. A lot of good reviews or buzz can influence me to pick up a book, but I've learned it's entirely possible for me to dislike a book that everyone else seems to love :) Recently, I bought a book that had gotten a good review in Meridian Magazine. Because I'd never tried the author before, I downloaded a sample on Kindle first, really liked it, and bought the book.

Renae W. Mackley said...

What a great idea about downloading or reading samples on a blog. I hadn't thought of that. Of course, it would help to have a Kindle. Christmas wish list. Thanks for your comment, Stephanie.