To read Part 1, click here.
Sometimes in magazines I’ll see an ad for a book. At the very least, I might search it in Goodreads and see for myself if it sounds like something I’d like.
2- Shelving Carts
I work in a library, so I always am one of the first people to see books that arrive. However, you don’t have to work in a library to look at the shelving carts. I’ve seen many libraries that keep them at the ends of the aisles. Why look at them? They are the books that have recently gone out and been returned; therefore someone liked them and thought they’d give them a try.
3- Local Authors
Sometimes our local venues will have an author signing but I’ve never heard of the author. So, I’ll look up their books and give them a whirl before going to the program. Recently, I went to a writing workshop with an author and when she asked if anyone was familiar with her books, I was.
4- Talking to random people
I added Delirium to my TBR tonight because a woman who is new to my church was conversing with me and asking if I liked Divergent. I said yes, and she asked if I’d read the Delirium series. She told me what it’s about and I thought it sounded interesting. You never know who can recommend you good books.
5- WordPress tags
You can follow certain tags on WordPress. I follow “YA” and “Books”, which gives me mainly book review posts and TBR lists.
6- Award Winner Lists
In the case of YA fiction, try browsing winners of the Printz award. For the younger set/middle grade, Newberry Awards are your best bet. ( Caldecotts are awarded only for illustrations.) NPR & the New York Times put out bestseller and recommendation lists.
How do you find books to read? Let me know in the comments below!
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