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    Default Choosing books to read

    I was going to put this in an existing thread but realized I was asking a pretty broad question so I'm starting a new thread

    Ive got a question for you all- how do you decide what you want to read? Do you 'research' a book before you read it? I had a guy come into the library today asking what review sites were best to find books that he would like, and I was a bit stumped because he was sort of coming at it from a position of 'I want to make absolutely sure I'll like something before I read it' whereas I never read reviews of books before I read the book so it doesn't bias my reading. I'll delve into most things and if I'm not enjoying it I'll turf it fairly quickly.
    But then I realized I'm not much different as I tend to stick to authors I know, or pick books that have a lot of 'buzz' about them when published, or are shortlisted for awards.
    So what about you?
    Do you pick a book by its cover? Does the storyline have to really grab you?
    Do you stick to one genre?
    Do you only read books that have been personally recommended?

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    Good Reads is one site that you could recommend.
    https://www.goodreads.com/

    I tend to be similar to you - I'll read through an author that I like, a series. I then go to find something that comes recommended or best seller. I'm not a big fantasy, romance, western, sci-fi or paranormal fan. Most others I don't mind.
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    I read reviews & I do listen to the people who I know like the same sort of books as me.
    But then there's been times I've just picked a book by the grab on the back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Ted View Post
    Good Reads is one site that you could recommend.
    https://www.goodreads.com/

    I tend to be similar to you - I'll read through an author that I like, a series. I then go to find something that comes recommended or best seller. I'm not a big fantasy, romance, western, sci-fi or paranormal fan. Most others I don't mind.
    He didn't like good reads, because he said that most of the reviews are either 1 star or 5 stars. He was essentially asking for a site that would recommend him books that he was guaranteed to like.

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    I do a bit of everything. I keep an ear and eye out for buzz, good reviews and personal recommendations. I do follow up authors that I like and I also just pick up books that I like the look of. I'm quite happy to give most genres a go.

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    if he is in a library .... just borrow the damn book and try it


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    Quote Originally Posted by BH-KatiesMum View Post
    if he is in a library .... just borrow the damn book and try it

    Or...borrow ten! Go all out

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    Quote Originally Posted by FearlessLeader View Post
    He didn't like good reads, because he said that most of the reviews are either 1 star or 5 stars. He was essentially asking for a site that would recommend him books that he was guaranteed to like.
    Fair enough - there are plenty of other Australian review sites he could try.

    Did he help you narrow it down at all in terms of genre?

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    I'd probably recommend some of the more popular books/authors/series in a couple of genres and send him home with 3-4 books to try.

    Perhaps 1 fantasy, 1 mystery, 1 regular fiction

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    I go to the library often and a lot of the time I'll use the database computer to type in my favourite author or a general word to narrow down books for me. I also generally stick to the same genre. When I walk into my library I'll browse the new release shelves and also "recently returned". I love a good biography or real life story, also true crime and anything a bit left field- If I pick up a book and read it's about relationships/lovey dove stuff it goes back on the shelf. I just read the blurbs and choose.


 

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