Some ways I find books to read
On Goodreads you can sign up for the annual reading challenge and create your personal goal. Last year I didn’t read as much as I would have liked so this year I set my goal low, 20 books. So far I’ve read five! That’s awesome if you ask me. 😀 Now I have to admit two of those I started at the end of 2018 and finished in 2019, so they count but they’re right on the line. At this rate I’m going to kick butt. I just finished “Semiosis” by Sue Burke, great book, I gave it 5/5 stars. I do recommend it. Book two is expected out this year so we’ll see.
At present I’m reading three books. One non-fiction, “My Age of Anxiety”, a steampunk novel, “Everfair”, and “The Five Times I Met Myself”, just started it yesterday. I have a page for my 2019 TBR, CLICK HERE. The list is and will be subject to change, that I can promise you. I’m excited to see where they take me, non-fiction and fiction alike. I’m excited what this reading will do for my writing, for me, heck for you and the blog.
Where do you find your books? Podcasts, websites, magazines, newspapers, friends, family, the bookstore? How do you pick them? How do you prefer to read, physical or electronic? Or perhaps both? Who are your favorites? Why? What kind of books are you looking for? What are you willing to give a shot to? Wondering about fantasy? Want some science-fiction? What tickles your fancy?
I find my books ALL OVER THE PLACE. For real, everywhere. I like to visit Barnes & Noble as well as independent shops. I love books, the way they feel, look, and smell. Some of my most fond memories from school involve books, namely the bookfair. OH MY GOD I loved book fair. They bring their shelves on wheels in to school and fill up the library with loads and loads of new books. Just looking at them I got excited. I knew then that reading and books were an unstoppable love. Stories are infinite. The variety astounded me. I was especially fascinated seeing series. A whole load of books following the same theme and colors, a little family. How could I ever get through them all? I don’t hold a grudge against anyone who doesn’t read, in fact most of the people closest to me either don’t read books or at least don’t read fiction. That’s fine. Everyone has their thing. So it’s okay, go on back to the lonely world of non-bookish! Lol.
Of course book stores were even better than bookfair, well that’s a tough call because bookfair was an event, like Christmas. But bookstores are all the time. Places where all the world can go and take their pick. Such an obvious place to find books, but how do you pick them? Do you go to the bookstore only when you have a specific book in mind, or particular author? Or are you like me and you’ll go just to find something? I mean of course I go in search of a target book or author, but I think I’ve gone more and found something like what I wanted at random. I’ve definitely picked books from their titles and/or covers. Then you read the blurb or back matter and make your selection. That leads to pulling out books around the other ones you’ve found. Or turning to the shelf behind you. Do you ever smell books in the store? Yup. (Hand raised.)
Rather archaic, finding books at bookstores but still awesome. I don’t feel I need to discuss finding books through other people. But if you would ike to share, please do. Perhaps you have a certain person who’s always giving recommendations? I like to exchange ideas with people, make some notes wherever I can from their suggestions, and hope I’ll find them later. A funny thing about recommendations is that these days there are SO MANY books I find it near impossible to even take book suggestions. Perhaps if you don’t actively seek books out like I do it’s easier for you to take them. I always find something interesting so I don’t always like getting books that are widely popular. Now that doesn’t mean I won’t or don’t read them; I’m a fan of Jodi Picoult and she’s a widely read author, so naturally I keep my eyes open for her new works, like her most current “A Spark of Light”, sadly not one of my favorites. Maybe if you read in the same circles you always take suggestions from your friends? I don’t know, tell me about it, how do you do it? Now see, I went ahead and talked about talking to people about books, a little bit. Are you a book club person? Never been myself but still sounds like fun!
My newest method of finding books, at least over the last year or so, is through podcasts and even BookTube. The latter I’m not mad about but I follow some interesting BookTubers and have found a number of books and authors through them. I really need to get better at making note when where and how I find books. I’ll do my best to tell you what I discovered where or through whom. I’ll devote some other posts to these individual sources and be sure to link you to them. The podcasts I follow are all writing and/or reading related, always trying to keep writing on my mind. “Life Inside My Mind”, a collection of personal essays by 31 authors, I heard of through the podcast “Writing Excuses”. BookTube is kind of controversial to me, although not necessarily those I follow, because I’ve learned there’s a lot of drama behind the scenes and a lot of people getting paid to read and review books. What with YouTube being what it is no one should be surprised to hear that people made videos about the books they’ve read in hopes they’ll get loads of followers and then maybe make some money off their page. And some people do, but how honest then does it leave the community? Eh, another day… but wait! I almost forgot how thanks to a BookTuber I found Book Outlet. Great source for bargain books. (Follow this link to the left and I’ll get some points for referring people. Thank you! And no that’s not WHY I’m referring you there, I really do like shopping at Book Outlet, I just got a new shipment!) I’m all for buying local but you can’t buy all your books local if you don’t want to go broke but still get loads of books. So, my strategy? Find what books you can on Book Outlet (people, I got 9 books for $42 shipped!) and the rest you get from book stores. ;D
Podcasts are a great source because almost all the ones I listen to are centered around some kind of interview with an author, which I love and would like to do myself (interview others for now, but one day I’ll be the one interviewed). It’s great to hear the author in their own words (lol, as if their writing isn’t their own!) their background, the background of their story and their writing career, their thoughts on writing, their process, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. More on podcasts later.
Of course there’s Goodreads, a great big community of readers. There are innumerable ways to connect with other readers, authors, and books on there. You could participate alone, just posting books on your shelves, leaving ratings and reviews, browsing the recommendations. Or you could find like-minded people and chat it up with them, follow authors, ask them questions. And then there’s groups, oh Lord there are groups! I’m not a big group person though I’ve joined some. This year I’ve found some great reading challenges that I wholly intend to partake in. Should be fun. Groups are an interesting place to see just how much we do or do not have in common. I’ve not explored a whole lot but so far I’ve not found too many in the group I’m in reading the books I am. One more testament to just how many books there are out there.
And to think I’ve not even mentioned the free books I’ve gotten through Amazon. They used to offer you one free a month, granted from four pre-selected books. Now they offer two I think it is of early reader copies, again from pre-selected books. I’ve only read a couple of the free ones I’ve chosen and I have to be honest, I don’t know who selects them or how but they need a new job…enough said, though I may elaborate at a later time.
I won’t go on about this anymore in this post. I think you’ve had enough for one day. Be sure to come back soon though so I can share some of my odd or off reviews. Don’t forget to check out my TBR list, let me know if you’re planning to read any of them or maybe something from one of the same authors? If I remember I’ll share how I came across these books. But for now happy writing, reading, and exploring. And should you be so lucky to be in the frigid cold, stay warm and safe. Protect those you love.