I could kick myself for what happened the other day. Have you ever been asked “What should I read next? I like to read everything.”? Typically it’s more of an “I like ‘such and such’ genre” and you pull out one of the old standby recommendations for the particular genre. But when someone says they’ll read anything and you actually have options….that’s exciting. However, I got overwhelmed…and then ended up recommending a book I hadn’t even read. In my defense it is on my TBR list. It was a book I had heard good things about from others and it had won awards so I figured it was “safe” choice. I guess I was afraid of recommending a beloved book and then have them not enjoy it. That’s the worst. It’s nothing personal, but it always stinks when you LOVE a book and the person you recommend it just…doesn’t. It’s hard not to take it personally.
Some of the books I wanted to recommend weren’t “in” the library at the time, but of course after the patron left I thought of a billion titles I could have told them about that I’d actually read. Ugh, lesson learned: Keep an arsenal of recommendations on hand in case a similar situation ever arises again.
Have you ever felt overwhelmed when someone asked you to recommend them a book? Or has someone ever despised a book you recommended them?