How to Discover New Books to Read

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Written by Frankie Cameron

How do you discover new books to read? Maybe you have read every book on your bucket list or maybe you are looking at your pile of books, but nothing grabs your attention. Or maybe you have exhausted the book recommendation from your friends and family. Finding a new author or book to read can be a challenge. In this post, we will investigate alternative places to search for your next great read.

Before you look for new books, it is important to understand what you are searching for. Are you looking for a book that quickly pulls you into the story and doesn’t let go until you turn the last page? A book that will leave you wanting more. Maybe you are looking for a similar book to the one you just finished. Or an author who writes in a similar style.

The good news is that they published new books every day, so there is an endless supply of books to read.

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How to Discover New Books to Read

There are several ways you can discover new books worth reading.

1. Book Lists

There are tons of book lists on the Internet. You can Google ‘top 100 books of all time’ or
‘top romance books’ or ‘top science fiction books’ and multiple lists will pop up. Popular Websites include:

2. Online Websites

There are plenty of online platforms that will allow you to read book blurbs, see reviews and find similar books. Here are three of the best ones.

With a free Goodreads account, you can keep track of all the books you’ve read, the books you’re reading, and the books you want to read. You can also follow people to see what they’re reading, plus see reviews and comments written by other readers.

WhichBook uses a unique mood and emotion search to find great books that match what you’ve asked for.

Fantastic Fiction
Fantastic Fiction allows you to browse bestselling fiction authors, series, and books. Sign up to follow authors, keep track of your books, or discover new books.

3. The Library

Libraries can be a great place to find new books to read. Go to your local library and browse through the stack of books until something captures your attention. Or, better yet, talk to your librarian and have them point you in the right direction. If you can’t make it to your local library, you can scroll through online libraries. Here are a few.

4. Facebook Groups

Facebook has a book group for every genre under the sun. Post in the group exactly what you are looking for. For example: High Fantasy, with no romance, writes like George R.R. Martin. Book lovers love to talk about books and they are always generous in giving recommendations to help fellow readers. Just beware that some fandoms in Facebook Groups are toxic if you mention you don’t like an author or a certain book.

5. Podcasts

Just like there are Facebook groups for every genre, there are also podcasts. Podcasts for book reviews or book recommendations can be a great way to learn about new books. Here are a few good ones.

6. Reddit

Reddit is an online network where like-minded people can ask questions and receive answers. You can just browse the existing threads or you can use the subreddit dedicated to book suggestions to make a new thread. Tell them what you are looking for and add in past books and authors that you have enjoyed. Two big subreddits are

7. Book Clubs

Books clubs have been around for a long time and are pretty straightforward. They tell you which book to read, and then you discuss it as a group. The best part of a book group is getting book recommendations from other members who have similar tastes. If you can’t get to an in-person meeting, try an online book club. They have become more popular since the beginning of Covid.

Final Thoughts

These are some ways how I discover new books to add to my reading lists. How do you discover new books to read? Let me know in the comments.


Until next time

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