I think everyone has a different method for discovering new books they want to read.
Not every method will be right for everyone.
Thankfully we live in a day and age where there are lots of different ways to find new books. Once upon a time it was solely through the newspaper and word of mouth.
But thanks to the internet, we have a lot of other ways now.
I think it’s important to have a wide variety of sources so that we don’t get stuck in a rut but also to have sources we trust.
Here are some methods for discovering books:
- Book Riot
- New York Times Best Seller List
- The literary sections of newspapers
- Friends and Family
- Book subscription boxes
- Social media
- Book reviewers
- Authors on social media
- The local library
- Barnes and Noble
That is not an exhaustive method for finding books, but I think gives us a pretty decent list to work with. I named specifically some of my favorite sources and left other ones vague.
I would say Goodreads is my primary source for finding new books to read. I am a big fan of either clicking on “related books” to books I already like, finding other books from my favorite authors, or browsing the book lists.
I don’t really pay a lot of attention to my homepage although sometimes I’ll look at the giveaways and discussions.
Since I’ve been trying to do a monthly review of the free magazine, BookPage, I’ve been learning about a lot of new books through there.
I really enjoy picking up a copy of BookPage and learning about books I otherwise wouldn’t have looked at.
I’ve always been a fan of reading book blogs and reviews. Although lately I’ve been trying either wait to read them after I’ve read a book or skim them to get a general impression.
But I really appreciate the effort that goes into book blogs and try to find a book balance of reviewers so what I find is fresh and current.
I call out Twitter because although I follow a lot of book bloggers on Instagram (and not nearly enough on YouTube) that’s where I follow the most authors and book blogs and book related content.
Twitter has always been a really great way for me to discover new books and see what’s popular or find small Indie authors I wouldn’t have otherwise.
Pre pandemic browsing the shelves of the library was one of my favorite ways to discover books I wouldn’t have otherwise.
I think the library has a lot of good selections of popular books and less popular books. So there is usually a good mix to find.
Plus it’s a bit more exciting to me when I find a book I’m interested in and I can get it then without having to risk buying it in case I don’t like it.
I also really enjoy the book sales they have. I love being able to get books for under $5 dollars when I can.
They also usually have a great selection of new books to pick out and their book displays are always interesting. The librarians do a great job at curating collections.
Pre pandemic this was another way I found a lot of books into my collection. Mostly non fiction because those are easily I think to put money on than fiction sometimes.
Every year the city I live in hosts a giant book sale from one of the charities in town and they have a book festival.
A couple of my friends have started different books clubs in the past couple of years and my university has a book club alumni group every month. Although I’m not usually a fan of the books they select.
My local library however has a couple of really great book clubs. I love the “silent book club” where you bring whatever book you want and for an hour you just sit there and read. They also have a great YA for Adults themed book club that has some wonderful people in it.
I have the second generation version of the kindle with the physical keyboard and navigation. It still works really good although I would like to upgrade eventually. However, I have an IPad on which I’ve just downloaded the kindle app so maybe that defeats the purpose of a new kindle?
My kindle has always been a really good way for me to find new books. Books are generally cheaper as ebooks and I like finding the .99-$5 deals to discover books I otherwise wouldn’t have looked at.
I really enjoy Book Riot and their many book related podcasts. I think they do a good job at featuring new books and talking about book related subjects in otherwise wouldn’t know about. Some of their articles though seem a little unoriginal though.
I’ll still have to look it up now but I used to subscribe to a weekly book newsletter that would introduce me to new books I might like and give me publishing updates.
I recently begin subscribing to a lot of bookstagrams and have been really enjoying their content so far. Pictures of books and libraries have always been wonderful to me and I love that people share mini book review blogs on it now.
I’ve been thinking maybe I should start doing that on my Instagram but I’m always really bad about using Instagram.