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Monday, March 23, 2009

A great friend

From time to time I come across a book review on one of your blogs and think "this isn't the book for me, but XXX would really enjoy this!" When that happens I email that particular friend and tell her about the book, and that is usually the end of it ... but not this time.

A while back I read this post by author Katherine Center. I had never heard of her, but her books sounded like perfect matches for several of my friends who are new moms. So I emailed them the titles and a bit about the books (EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL and THE BRIGHT SIDE OF DISASTER) and promptly forgot all about it.

Last week I got an email from my best friend, Stacy. We've been best friends since age 4, and even though we don't see each other as much as we'd like (just a few times a year) we still email/talk whenever possible. Her message was a quick one-liner: I just finished reading Everything is Beautiful and I loved it - thanks!

What?! I immediately emailed her back: Wow! You actually read it - that's great! I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

Her reply came quickly: As soon as you told me about it I requested it from the library. I always trust whatever you recommend.

*smile* Now THAT is a great friend. I can't believe that I never knew she took me so seriously. I'm feeling pretty good about myself right now.

There was a review of EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL posted recently at this site (and there's a chance to win a copy for yourself as well). Hop over and take a look at it, and be sure to watch the book trailer. I'd love to know what you think about it.

I also want to know ... do you recommend books to friends? What about books you haven't read? Do your friends ever read what you recommend? What have their responses been?


bermudaonion said...

I recommend books to one friend and my sister and mother. I've found we have similar tastes.

Lenore Appelhans said...

I recommend books all the time. I actually go the library with one of my friends and pick books off the shelf I think she will like. Sometimes they aren't books I've read, but I'll tell her I've heard great things about the book on a blog (or blogs) and I think it would up her alley. And 9 times out of 10, she'll love what I pick out. Sometimes I forget about incest being part of the plot, as in my recommendation of The Thirteenth Tale...

Amy said...

That's awesome Heather! Too bad you didn't read the book, though it's fantastic!

myza said...

I recommend books as well. I find it hard to go to bookstores with friends because I am always picking things up and saying "You sooooo need to read this!!!". One thing that is hard tho is recommending a book and then having them not like - I try not to take it personally but sometimes I can't help it and it does. Especially if it is something I really like.

Jenny Girl said...

Unfortunately a lot of my friends don't read that much. Crazy, I know. I'll recommend books to my mom, or lend her books and she ususally likes them. If not she just tells me.
I would not recommend books I haven't read, but I would say it was getting a lot of buzz, or that several of my on line frineds liked it or something.

Anonymous said...

That must be a great feeling. I totally get it.
I don't recommend books I haven't read unless they are really popular and I have friends who enjoy popular books. I did recommend a few books to my brother in law which he liked.

Serena said...

It's great when your friends pick up something you recommend and love it.

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