Since I started this blog, I have begun to rely on Goodreads less and less when it comes to determining what book to read next. I typically use the site to retrieve book information (e.g. synopsis) for my reviews and similarly bookish posts, but I no longer take the time to explore the site for new releases and hyped reads. I mean, at this point, I have all of you (my fellow bloggers and kindred spirits) for that.
Which brings me to the whole idea behind this feature I’m about to introduce to you.
A few weeks ago, I was watching FRIENDS.
What else is new? It was the episode wherein Chandler Bing admits he hasn’t cried since he was a child. Not even when Bambi’s mother died! The episode was appropriately entitled “The One Where Chandler Can’t Cry”.
Anyway, that episode got me thinking about the books that have succeeded in making me cry such as John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars (I know. What a basic, overrated choice for a tearjerker, Shealea.) and Julie Kagawa’s The Iron Queen. I eventually realized that oh my god, I want to experience more emotionally devastating novels that will make me bawl like a newborn. Or, you know, Chandler by the end of that episode. The problem was, I had no idea where to begin!!! I mean, it isn’t like I can type ‘books that will absolutely dissolve me into a bucket of heartbroken, soul-shattered tears’ into the Goodreads search bar, yes? And what if I’m looking for tear-inducing films instead?
Eventually, I started contemplating ways to easily get recommendations while interacting with the blogging community. Here is what I came up with!
DESCRIPTION: Rec’d & Wreck’d is essentially a means to put more things under your radar. What’s great about this feature is that it isn’t limited to book recommendations; rather, it talks about anything — books, films, bands/songs or TV series — you would encourage others to try (rec’d) and anything you would like to warn others of (wreck’d). It’s a fun and interactive way to collect honest opinions!
Is there an official banner for this feature?
Why yes, there is! I’ve taken the liberty of creating one for everyone’s convenience! Feel free to resize it in order to better suit the layout needs of your blog. Click on the photo below to download the header in its original size (825×330 pixels).
What is rec’d?
Rec’d is short for “recommended”. Basically, things you’ve loved and/or greatly enjoyed that you would like other people to try out as well! It can also apply to things you believe should warrant more hype and appreciation by the general public.
What is wreck’d?
Wreck’d is short for “wrecked” as in you’d want nothing more than to wreck it and burn it to the ground. Well, actually, it does not have to be something you vehemently hate. This could be things you would like to warn others of, things that have ultimately disappointed or frustrated you, things you did not enjoy/like or simply things that did not work for you.
What is a Rec’d & Wreck’d challenge?
This is basically the kind of feedback and/or type of recommendations you’d like to receive. Or maybe you’re just curious to see how people will respond. Regardless, a challenge should consist of the following:
– the type of things you’d like to see (e.g. books, films, series, songs)
– the genre(s) these things should be (e.g. New Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy)
– (optional) a prompt for the people you’re challenging (e.g. “a book that’s set in Europe”)
Is there anything else I should know, Shealea?
Hmm, let’s see. I would highly and greatly appreciate it if you would link back to this post for these reasons:
a) Knowing myself, I’d probably want to read and to comment on each and every single Rec’d & Wreck’d post.
b) I intend to include three (3) to six (6) posts in each of my succeeding monthly wrap-ups, so make sure I get to see yours!
c) I am always on the lookout for recommendations. So really, help me help you to help me.
* to be included in your Rec’d & Wreck’d post
 Download the Rec’d & Wreck’d header and include it in your post.
 Specify what you’re going to Rec’d & Wreck’d. If you were tagged to do a Rec’d & Wreck’d post, let us know and mention the person who tagged you.
 List three things you would recommend (rec’d). Rave until your heart’s content.
 List three things you would like to wreck (wreck’d). Rant until your heart’s content.
 State your challenge for the next Rec’d & Wreck’d post. Here’s an example:
Rec’d & Wreck’d challenge:
– Type: Books
– Genre: YA Contemporary
– Prompt: I’m looking for a book that can make me ugly cry
 You can open the challenge to all your blog readers, but you should nominate at least seven (7) people to do your challenge.
 Do not forget to link back to the original post on That Bookshelf Bitch! That way, more people can learn about the feature and join in on the fun!
And there you have it! A cute little addition to your regular posts (I hope). I will probably do my first Rec’d & Wreck’d post tomorrow! What about you? What do you think of this new feature? And will you participate in it? Let me know.