Guest Blogger, Kristen Weber, Freelance Editor and Co-Founder of Shelf Pleasure
To listen to Kristen’s interview on the show: http://wp.me/p1KmwD-69n
We all know this scenario, we’re completely absorbed in a great book, we rush through it to find out the ending…and then what? So begins the search for our next read. It’s a problem even the most religious readers come across. In this age of rushing from one activity to the next, while also dealing with media overload, it’s difficult to keep track of what our few favorite authors are up to, let alone find time to discover all those great new writers out there. We’re guaranteed to miss something! With so many books and authors vying for attention—and space on our shelves—it can be hard to figure out what will appeal to our own personal tastes.
We’ve tried to solve this dilemma by looking in newspapers and magazines but good review coverage is scarce these days. And sadly, you can’t always trust the online reviews. Often, the reviewer hasn’t even read the book or will give a poor review because they were bothered by the font size on their Kindle or the price was too high. Many times they will give a rave review because they have some connection to the author.
So where can you go for trustworthy recommendations? Bookstores and librarians are amazing resources, and it’s such a treat when you have the time to go in and leisurely browse the aisles. If that’s too time consuming (and for many of us, it is!) online sites can be a great option. We created Shelf Pleasure for people like us who are always on the go but like to have a good read at our fingertips. You can find new releases every week that you might otherwise not know about, new authors worth exploring, and features on established authors that you might not have had the chance to read. It’s a big world outside of the bestseller lists! Perhaps the most important thing we try to do at Shelf Pleasure is to let readers share the great titles they love. After all, one of the best ways to learn about a new book is from a trusted friend—and that’s what we’re aiming to become for our readers.
Online sites like Shelf Pleasure help book lovers get down to the more important thing…like actually reading.