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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30-04-2015 19:21 #1
Choosing books to read
30-04-2015 19:31 #2
Good Reads is one site that you could recommend.
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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30-04-2015 19:33 #3Senior Member
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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.
30-04-2015 19:41 #4
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30-04-2015 19:45 #5Senior Member
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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.
30-04-2015 19:45 #6
if he is in a library .... just borrow the damn book and try it
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30-04-2015 19:59 #7
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30-04-2015 20:05 #8
30-04-2015 20:11 #9
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
30-04-2015 20:20 #10
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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