Help fashion the new, improved Recommendations page


VBC wants to know...After my mad gush-fest on Kristen Painter’s Blood Rights yesterday, I’m encouraged to move forward with an overhaul to the VBC recommendations page. I know you guys use it quite a bit, and I try to make sure it only has the best of the best. If it’s on that page, I’ll personally vouch that it rules.

UNHOLY GHOSTS by Stacia Kane

Always a recommended read from VBC

But I’d like to be able to showcase more books via our recommendations page. Right now it’s mostly a starter kit, but what should you do after you’ve exhausted the list? (You’ve picked up Stacia Kane’s Downside Ghosts, Kim Harrison’s The Hollows, Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress, Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series…. well, you get the idea.) I want our recommendations page to be helpful to you. It will always be the books you should read, then hit me up on Twitter and gush about. (Really, I’m happy to talk books with you guys all day long.)

So, dear VBC readers, I need your help fashioning this new and improved recommendations page.

  • Would you like things separated out by adult vs YA?
  • Broken out by supernatural type (vampire books, shifters, demons, dystopian, steampunk, etc.)?
  • Should we split it into the starter kit vs. the latest and greatest?
  • Do you want printable lists?

Hit the comments and tell me how you use the recommendations page, and what you want out of it. I promise, I’ll be making the changes based on your feedback.

Also, in case you were wondering: Expect to see A Brush of Darkness by Allison Pang, Divergent by Veronica Roth, Hounded by Kevin Hearne, Feed by Mira Grant and, of course, Blood Rights added to the recommendations page.

11 Responses to “Help fashion the new, improved Recommendations page”

  1. Reanna says:

    I think it would help if you separated by genre and then marked the YA books, also it would be nice if you could number the books that are part of a series. If its not too much trouble maybe even color code things Red/Vampires, Blue/Demons, Green/Shifters and so on! Sorry this sounds really complicated and will probably be a lot of work but those are just some things that would help me!

  2. Sapphire says:

    I love the latest and greatest and starter kit idea. Also a printable list would be helpful. And mark YA books. 🙂

  3. Alex Spurgeon says:

    Separating or cross referencing it between YA and adult would be great. I recommended you to my 16 year old to get some book ideas and reviews

  4. Dianne says:

    I agree that separating the YA and adult is a must. I’d like you to go even further and mention which YA will appeal to adults and which are really only going to really appeal to teens. I also like to know which series follow the main characters through all (eg. sookie, cat/bones, chicagoland, etc.) and which have different focal characters (eg.BDB, immortals after dark). Also which are really just romances that happen to be paranormal and which are paranormal which just happen to include some romance between characters – if that makes sense.

    • That makes complete sense — if the romance is subplot vs. main plot. (Sometimes this shifts in a series. Cat and Bones’ relationship moves to the forefront after the first Night Huntress novel, for example.)

      Right now I note if they’re YA, but they aren’t broken out separately. I will say, there won’t be any YA on the list that doesn’t appeal to adult readers, too. While we do have teen readers here, for the most part, Vampire Book Club is a blog for adult readers.

  5. Karen Ullrich says:

    I would definitly seperate YA and Adult. Not everyone likes YA books or are looking for adult books. The first thing i look at is more the book cover then what the supernaturals are in the storyline; then i go to the synopis of the book. I usually use the recommendations page for getting a quick glance at series that i haven’t heard of before or to see if ive missed a new release of something im currently reading. I am always looking at it and on other websites to get new ideas for books to read. So a printable list would be awesome, makes it somewhat easier to keep track of ideas for new books. I like to keep track of what interests me becuase i cant buy all the books at once!:( and i can never remember that many new ones.

  6. Marina says:

    I think after reading the above posts that it’s really pretty complicated!
    But first things first I would definitely suggest two main categories 1) Adult and 2)YAdult and then 3) paranormal/ UF and then 4) romance.
    But I don’t think that the whole “kind of supernatural” will be helpful because most book are mixed e.g. Angels and Vamps, Vamps and ghosts.
    Last, I would use a specific mention in the sexual content, I mean Cat and Bones are hot but more or less than Rafael and Elena??
    Difficult job you have ahead of you Chelsea!

  7. Denise Z says:

    I like to mix it up, but definitely would like to know if it is a YA or an adult read. I enjoy both, but do not always want to read YA and sometimes need the sweetness of a YA 🙂 I do not know if a list is important to me. I just like to check out your opinion.

  8. LISA WHEELOCK says:

    Please, Please separate out the YA from the adult. Love the idea for printable list and starter kits. Breaking down the groups by supernatural type would be awesome!!! Everyone has listed some great ideas. Can’t wait to see what happens!!!!

  9. Marie says:

    I like most of the ideas. One of the things I’d most appreciate is to have the books divided into separate genres (for example PNR/UF/SF). Also, considering that I haven’t really been reading UF/PNR for that long, I’d really love the starter kit lists; a sort of basic list of “classic” UF or PNR that you should read. I’ve found out about some of them on Twitter, but it would be great to have a list! 🙂

  10. Amber says:

    Definitely would love it if you would separate YA from Adult. Starter kits and printable list would be great! Also separating it down into sub-genres would be a good idea.

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