Finding the Right Book
This post is happening because recently one of my friends asked me a question I had never really thought about before: “How do you find all of these books you enjoy?” And I thought about it for a minute and realized that over the years I had subconsciously just figured it out. Now, I’m here to share my recommendations to find that book if you’re struggling to find a good book to read.
My go-to if I don’t know where to go is to find authors I already love. In the case of you wanting to try something new out or you’ve expired that, follow the steps below!
1. Don’t get overwhelmed. This still happens when I go into a library/bookstore/whatever. These places are FILLED with books, and sometimes I literally just want to curl up and not look at them all because they’re everywhere. Please, please, please, do not do this though! Just take a deep breath, and if you don’t know where to start looking, just pick a random aisle and start scanning titles.
2. Only grab what stands out to you. I think the whole “Don’t judge a book by its cover” is totally malarkey. There’s too many books in the world to not pick up the ones that look interesting solely based on face value, because if we didn’t we’d be wandering around aimlessly for ages. I always shoot for titles that are interesting, or a cool font on a spine that draws my attention.
3. Read the synopsis. Very rarely do I read a book while having no idea what it’s about, and on those occasions its because a very trusted source (a blogger friend, usually) is forcing me to read the book. Otherwise, I always the read the synopsis, and if you aren’t engaged, put it back. Don’t think, “Oh, what if the synopsis is bad?” or any of that malarkey (I’m really liking this word). Just put it back if you don’t like it, or grab it if you do!
4. Check out the “Praise For” section. This is always a great way to find out what the “top dogs” thought! If an author you love enjoyed the book, it’s worth a shot, right? Or, if an author you despise (unfortunately, there are those for everyone), said they loved it, it might not be for you. Authors usually write what they read, FYI. (Or, most do.)
5. If you’re still torn, or want more, head to Twitter or a Book Blog! If you have an established book-loving twitter following, shoot out a tweet, or ask a friend. I do this all the time to my blogger friends! I also pull out my trusty iPhone and search the book title + review on Google and check out a blog I know and trust.
6. If it’s still in the pile, yay! Now move on. I always try to find more than one book, and it you can only get one, then you have choices. If not, more reading!
I hope this helped out some of you who are in that place of not knowing where to start. It’s a problem that never goes away, I’m afraid (it happens to me all the time) but you get in the hang of shoving it down after a while. Good luck, and let me know what you find, or if you have any tips to share! Go get some books!