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How do we find the books we read?

That's become a pretty serious question to me.
I know that my personal method is quite chaotic, and that I'm likely missing many titles that I just have to hope I encounter later.

I read quite a number of author's blogs, and so I often know months in advance when a new book of theirs is coming out. But that's still a tiny portion of the authors I might like to read.

I listen to my friend's post about what they're reading, and what they're looking forward to, and that helps a lot especially with the new authors.

I'm sad to say I haven't found the Amazon recommendations worthwhile at all. Besides the slightly annoying tendency for half the group to be books I already own (more than a few bought through Amazon, so you'd think they should know better), it's almost rare for one of the others to be something attractive. And all too often it looks like a title is only in there because they paid to be. I don't know if that's actually what happens or not, whatever the algorithm is it sin't finding good matches for what I might buy.

So let me ask the vast readership here: what sources do you use to choose your new reading material?


Dec. 25th, 2013 02:31 am (UTC)
This stayed in the back of my head for a while. I'd like to say that I get all my recommendations from the New York Times book review (which I do read), but it's not true. Most of the books I buy in recent years are by writers I know, either because they've taught at Clarion West or because they've been students at Clarion West. Recommendations from writers I know is a good source.

I used to follow the Tiptree shortlist more closely than I do now, but it's been a good source of recommendations, too.

I read less than I did in my youth, so I don't need as many recommendations as I used to need.


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Alice Bentley

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