Someone asked me how I figure out what books to read and I felt myself look like this:
I mean, the answer to that question is beyond complex. So here I am, days later, mulling it over and I realized that I don’t purposely do anything to seek new book recommendations but they come from a variety of places. With that being said, I will share some of the ways I find new books to read and hopefully some of you will drop a line and tell me where you get your recommendations.
My daily commute to work and household chore time are full of podcasts. The two book related ones that I listen to most are the What Should I read Next podcast and the All the Books Podcast. Of the two, the What Should I read Next podcast is my favorite. Anne Bogel, the host of What Should I read next is a joy to listen to.
2: Staff Picks
I love staff picks at the bookstore. I love how there are always a variety of selections from different staff members so there is usually someone with similar reading tastes to mine.
3: Cover Browsing
It’s time consuming but such a pleasant way to spend an hour… or two (don’t judge me) at the bookstore. I do tend to pick up books with pretty covers, but I will pick up any book if the title is intriguing.
4: Other Bloggers
It’s one of the reasons we’re all here isn’t it? We share book reviews and rave about books we couldn’t get enough so naturally I pick up book recommendations here and there.
The “You might like this” feature on amazon sometimes has a nice gem tucked away and I’ll usually make a note of any that sound interesting.
6. Other books
This is one of my favorite ways to get book recommendations. I love when I’m reading a book and the characters mention another book by different author. It’s almost like book inception. A book within a book. Mind blown. Another way I can get book recs from other books is when I read a retelling or a spinoff of another book. (ie. when I read the Historian I had to go read Dracula)
There are many ways that I get book recommendations. Divine intervention, being in the right place at the right time, having someone hand me a stack of books they’re getting rid of. You name it. But these were some of the most common ways I figure out what to read.
What are some ways you get new book recommendations?