BOOK TALK~ Readers Speak and Hidden Gems

Written By: Jackie Weger - Aug• 03•18

Good Books. Great Reads. Stories with Twists.

A favorite. Read this book and you will book a flight to Greece.

In a reader’s forum one day months past, guests were saying: “I can’t find a good book that keeps me entertained for hours.” Or: “I won’t pay full price for a book by an author I’ve never heard of.” And this: “Every book I look at says on the cover or in the book description, it’s a bestseller. I don’t know what bestseller means anymore. So, I skip it.”

One of my favs to write because the Ghost was even a surprise to me. Didn’t know she was there until Justine parked in front of the house.

Telling you right now I did not open my mouth in that forum. I stumbled into it by accident and lurked. I did learn ordinary readers are savvy. They’re skeptical of a new release with fifty or more five-star reviews. Some understood about ARC teams, others asked what’s an ARC team?  There were readers who loved short stories, thrillers, cozy mysteries, science-fiction, and romances. There were readers who wanted spicy reads and one who said, “Not me. As soon as he drops his drawers, I’m done. I lived that scene until I divorced him.” Thus, readers have all sorts of reasons why they love a book or don’t. It’s personal to them. Here’s an odd fact. Not a single reader mentioned typos, badly written or ill-formatted books. They did recommend books to one another. I almost fainted when I saw one of my titles suggested. I left like my hair was on fire and did not have the smarts to bookmark the page so I could go back and lurk.

My fav of the Misfit Series. IMO Plum hit her stride with this stand-alone book. Psychological Thriller.

The bottom line is that word-of-mouth is alive and well among readers. Up above that bottom line are us–the authors worrying about every word we type, character names, plots, covers, blurbs, reviews and every other element of producing a book. I wondered why we make it so hard on ourselves. Lo, after all of these years, I figured it out. We’ve been conditioned by agents, publishers, speakers at conferences, and critique partners to believe it is hard to please an agent, a publisher, a reader.  All of which makes us second-guess our story-telling ability.  Luckily, for those of us who are indie authors, we only have to write, publish, and help a reader find our books. So all over this page are a few books I enjoyed writing, and a few books that I’ve enjoyed reading, and a book or two I own, at the top of my TBR list. I was a long a reader before I became a writer so consider this page word-of-mouth.

The first of the 3 Board Walk Series. I loved it. HEA–but it’s a great read getting to it.

A book that took me 3 years to revise and publish, convinced it was the most boring book I’ve written. What do I know? Readers love it.

True story about Afghan Women and their daily lives by a Scottish woman who lived among them. Funny, heart-warming and a must read. I loved it. Read it Twice.

Here are three more books by authors who are a few of the all-time favorite reads in our house. 

My all-time favorite of Carl Hiaasen’s novels. Like Randy Wayne White, Hiaasen writes the Florida Cracker personality and small town Florida exactly as it is. You cannot outsmart a Florida Cracker.

We have NEVER walked passed a Jack Reacher novel without buying it. Next comes the argument who gets to read it first. This is Lee Child’s newest Reacher story. Who says a man with wanderlust in his heart can’t get by in life with only a toothbrush? Not us.

The Man Who Invented Florida is our all-time favorite Doc Ford Novel. We’ve read it so often, it’s tattered. Gonna have to buy it again. White describes the sly, old-time Florida Cracker personalities and lifestyles with perfection.

Would love it if you tagged one of my books on Bookbub. Many Thanks.

I’m Jackie Weger @2018. Thank you for visiting. I hope you find a book among these that will whet your reading appetite. All are fine tales that will entertain you for hours on end. 



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  1. AJ Lape says:

    Great Books and article!

    AJ Lape, author of the Darcy Walker Series

  2. I agree with you, Jackie. Second guessing oneself is a creativity killer.

  3. Mimi Barbour says:

    Thanks, Jackie (shared) 🙂

  4. I’ve read several of them – all worthwhile reads, and as an author myself I am picky 🙂 Bronwyn Elsmore, author of Every Five Minutes.

  5. Thanks for sharing. Ive read several of these fine authors and am looking to reading more! Tweeting ?

  6. What a lovely gesture, to recommend your favorite reads, and it’s an honor that you should include one of mine in this fine array of books. Your post made me think. I know readers pick a book more easily if it promises to make them feel a certain way. People seek to experience a feeling, so they choose the stories that resonate with them inside. It’s a very subjective process. As you say, if they love the book for the above reason they won’t care about the typos. It’s very liberating a thought for us authors, I agree totally.

    • Jackie Weger says:

      Thank you for commenting Frossie. I don’t mean to imply we should overlook typos, nor that we shouldn’t strive for the best product we can produce. Yet, I got the impression our avid readers are far more forgiving than some who review our books. Or, they over-read the same typos we do when a typo does not jar them from the story.

  7. Donna Fasano (@DonnaFaz) says:

    I am thrilled to see Following His Heart on your blog! I will check out the other books you suggest. Being a voracious reader, I am forever discussing books with friends and family. Word of mouth IS alive and well! Thanks, Jackie!

  8. Alexa Dare says:

    What a great collection of awesome reads! Adding to my TBR list! Thank you!

  9. susan3607 says:

    Some wonderful books here. And great deals, too. What are you waiting for?

  10. Jackie, thanks for sharing your “lurking” adventures. I think you’ve hit something we authors too often forget: readers read for the story. And in a pinch, (like if we’re stranded on a desert island, waiting in a hospital ER, or on a beach, we’ll read almost anything). I look forward to reading the titles on this list I’ve not read–b/c I definitely trust word of mouth. Thanks for including me.

  11. Mary Smith says:

    I’m so touched and delighted to see Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni on your list of recommendations 🙂 Thanks so much and I’m honoured to find it amongst some really great titles.

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