We’ve all seen it. We finish a book we love and we eagerly go to to goodreads or another social media platform because we NEED to talk about this book we loved and in the midst of all the other glowing reviews or book discussions there’s 20 comments from people who absolutely HATED it. Not just simple “I didn’t like this book because insert reason here” comments, but scathing, insulting “you must be stupid, your father was a hamster and your mother smelled of elderberries and you are basically the worst if you like this book” or insulting comments towards the author. In a day and age where cyber bullying is widely recognized as a legitimate thing, the book community is the last place I expect to see this kind of thing, but there it is. Over the last few weeks I’ve seen quite a few nasty encounters while scrolling through goodreads and it absolutely boggles my mind. Since when did it become ok to insult others because they like something you don’t? And how dare people insult an author because a book was not for them. What’s worse is that these nasty comments are no longer confined to their own posts, often these types of things get posted in response to someone who writes a positive review. So today I just have a few of things to say. If you are being harassed by one of these losers, paper cut that B. If you are an author who spent countless hours working on a book from your heart, thank you for your hard work and for giving readers one more book to choose from. If you are one of those losers who thinks it’s ok to insult people whether they created something you don’t like or they like something you don’t, cut that shit out. And if you choose to bless me with some insults on social media because I like a book, I will not hesitate to paper cut you.
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?
I love reading other bloggers’ responses to book habits tags and I came across this tag over at Another Book in the Wall and thought it would be fun to put in my two cents.
Bad Book Habit 1: Spending too much money on books
I am THE WORST at controlling myself when I go to the bookstore. I walk in and all those glossy covers and new book perfume assault me and I start picking up all the things. Oooh look, the sequel to that book I read last year. OOOOOHHHHH look, it’s the special edition hardback of that one book I love! OH how cute, Bella will like this one. And so on and so forth until my trip to the bookstore for one book, turns into a full out haul. I need help. If there is a support group for people like me, please share in the comments because at some point, we will be unable to sit in my living room because the books have already spilled off the shelves and into a stack on my living room floor.
Bad Book Habit 2: Trying to Read too many books at once
I can manage pretty well with this one, but I am usually reading 2-3 books at a time. One is usually digital and gets read at work when I have a few minutes here and there and the others are usually divided into a heavier read and something more page turning. I guess this isn’t necessarily a bad habit, but I included it anyway.
Bad Book Habit 3: Hoarding Books
While I buy a lot of digital books and download others for free, the majority of my books are physical copies and I have a very hard time letting go. When one of my dogs was teething a few years ago, he used the bottom shelf of my book case as a teething ring and so a lot of the tall books I had down there have damaged spines. They are now on the floor in the aforementioned stack but I just can’t bring myself to get rid of them. I know the spines are probably too damaged for any used bookstore or library to take them and I absolutely cannot bring myself to throw them out. There are also some beautiful copies of books I wasn’t too crazy about sitting on my shelves that I just find so difficult to get rid of.
Bad Book Habit 4: Not utilizing my library enough
There is no valid excuse for this one. It’s not like I never go to the library. I mean, my daughter is enrolled in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program there so we go to check in whenever she reaches a milestone and I have gone a couple times to pick up my holds books… but… I’m still buying books.
Bad Book Habit 5: Tuning out the world
When I read, I really like to be left alone. Preferably in a comfortable spot and with a tasty beverage. However, I am a wife and mom of two who works a much more than regular full time job. This leads to issues in that I always sneak away from things to get in a few extra minutes of reading. In fact, I sometimes take way too long making dinner because my book always accompanies me into the kitchen and I will start reading while waiting for water to boil or something similar and ten minutes later I still haven’t put the noodles into the water. *covers face in shame* I mean do these people really need to eat right now?
So there you have it. I am a terrible person sometimes. Don’t judge.