When I look at the list of books I've read this month 6 of the 13 are word of mouth recommendations. Books I might not have picked up or noticed without someone somewhere commenting on how good they were. And all 6 of these books I rated "good" or better--not bad.
Now I realize not everything lives up to word of mouth recommendations. I can think of a few that I've almost thrown at a wall or two, but I've learned along the way there are people who have similar tastes to mine and other's who are polar opposites, the trick is to remember this when I'm buying books, and not to buy a book in the heat of a warm and fuzzy review, especially ones by those who have different reading tastes
I finished Kathleen O'Reilly's Beyond Breathless this morning, though I didn't like it as much as the Ja(y)ne's I did like it enough to look for the next in the series, Beyond Daring which is due out in March. How many people picked up Beyond Breathless because of Jayn'es review? I know I wasn't the only person who picked it up.
I'm searching out Beverly Jenkin's backlist thanks to Rosario's thoughts about Sexy/Dangerous.
As of right now I can probably come up with a decent sized list of books I'll be looking for simply from word of mouth of other bloggers. I can also think of several I'll completely avoid also because of word of mouth--some because other bloggers hated them, some because a polar opposite liked them. I'm sure I could come up with a few that fall under the "Can it really be that bad" category, but I've posted about those before.
My TBR pile is filled with books I've discovered through word of mouth. How many of the books on your TBR pile are curtesy of word of mouth?
Have a good one and happy reading.