With only a little over two weeks left until Labor Day, I thought today would be a good time to talk about how to find books you will like. I will preface this post by saying that for me the problem isn’t finding books I want to read, the problem is finding time to read all the books on my to-read list! But I do know that it can be a difficult thing so let’s talk about it.
I think the first and most important thing is to decide what you enjoy reading. Romance? Murder mysteries? Literary fiction? Memoirs? There are so many different genres and I really believe there is something for everyone. (In other words, I don’t believe people who say they don’t like to read, I just think they haven’t found the right book for them.)
Identify what type(s) of genre you enjoy but also identify what elements of a book you enjoy. Is it beautiful writing? Intricate plot details? A setting that feels real? Characters who come alive on the page? Those factors, coupled with the genre, should really help you to identify books that you will enjoy.
Once you’ve identified what you’re looking for in a book, then comes the really fun part . . . finding a book to read! Ask around and see what your friends are reading. Check out GoodReads. Head to the library and peruse the shelves, ask the librarian what’s hot right now, or (even better) ask what was hot in the past as it’s more likely to be on the shelf and available. Check out ebooks on Libby and hoopla. Visit a local book store. I guarantee you that if you ask someone who reads a lot to make a recommendation they are going to do so with incredible enthusiasm! Spoiler alert: people who love to read also love to talk about (and recommend) books!
Finally, make a list of all those recommendations. Personally, I like GoodReads for tracking what I want to read but you should use whatever works for you, whether it’s online or making notes on your phone or using pen and paper. However you decide to keep track, just make sure you do because the more books you list, the more likely you are to find something that you want to read. In other words, if you have a rich list to choose from then you’ll find a book to read no matter what you’re in the mood for and no matter what’s currently available to you. Believe me when I tell you, there are times when it’s the right book but the wrong time (and those titles should go back on your list for another shot) just as there are times when you’re in the mood for a big juicy novel or a light cozy mystery. A list with lots of options will make for a list that you can turn to over and over again.
I hope you’ve found this helpful and I’d love to hear about how you choose what to read next in the comments. (Don’t forget . . . there are prizes for leaving comments on these posts!)