This week BTT asks a question suggested by Bookish Sarah: "If someone asked you for a book recommendation, what is the FIRST book you’d think to recommend (without extra thought)?"
I'm always very hesitant when it comes to recommending books, no matter how much thought I'm allowed to give the process. I do it, of course -- but it makes me nervous. I have fairly idiosyncratic taste in reading matter, so I know that what I love isn't always what others will enjoy. I think the last book I whole-heartedly recommended to other readers (and just about everyone I met) was probably The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows -- and I was actually a little surprised to discover that not everyone loved the book as much as I did.
Even in my reviews and reading reports, I'm a bit reluctant about recommending books -- even the ones I've loved. Of course, a glowing review is in itself sort of a recommendation, I suppose. But that's about as far as I generally like to go.