For my first post of 2019, I’m doing a bit of asking rather than telling. I want to know all about where you, as readers, discover books.
I’ve been thinking about this quite a bit lately. I remember, I was taking this night class my last semester of undergraduate school (you know, back in the Pleistocene Era.) A Brit lit class. On the last night, as we were turning in our final papers, one of my classmates asked our prof, “So…where do you go to know about books?” She’d studied lit for four years. And she wanted to keep reading. She wanted to read good fiction. Quality fiction. But after four years of study, had no idea where to find good quality contemporary fiction. The prof didn’t really have much of an answer, either.
And it’s a question I still bump into online quite a bit: where do you find your next read? There is no single, clear answer. This seems to frustrate a lot of people.
The thing is, I think for avid readers, the hunt for the next good read really can be every bit as interesting as the next good read itself. I think the dig is fun. (It’s almost like antiquing, in a way.)
It’s funny–we’re all so focused on results, we forget the process and the search is supposed to be enjoyable, too.
I find my own books through a hundred different ways: trade reviews, online chatter, awards, direct recommendations from booksellers and fellow authors, BookBub-style newsletters, etc., etc., etc. I enjoy looking at books–the covers, the presentation, the finish on dust jackets. I like the smell of bookstores. I like talking about books. And I love hunting for my next favorite author.
I’d love to know how you hunt for your authors, too.
If you’ve got a sec, shoot me a message here. If that form doesn’t work, feel free to email me: hollyschindlerbooks (at) gmail (dot) com.
I can’t wait to chat more…