How do you find your next READ?

You’re nearing the end of a really great book and it is not a series.  You start to read slower; but you can’t.  You’re finished before you know it.  Now what?

spongebob_waiting for a new book


What do you do? Browse Amazon for your favorite genre?  Troll GoodReads lists to see what others are harping about?  Dig through an actual brick ‘n mortar to see what’s hot?  Slide your finger down the New York Times best-seller list?  What’s your plan of attack to find a new read?

Me?  Sometimes I do all of the above.  And, at other times, I just go back to my TBR list on GoodReads, or my Wish List from Amazon.  I tend to tuck things in there that grab my interest as I’m online but not actively seeking a new book to read.

I also like to Google (or, any browser you choose) “great reads in xyz genre for (year)” and see what pops up to the top.  When I did that for commercial fiction for 2015, The Queen of the Tearling was at the top of the pile, along with The Water Knife.  At least, these were the ones that caught my interest at that moment.

The Queen of the Tearling_cover


The Water Knife_cover

A very cool website that you can try is Opening the Book.  Then go to the, “Which book” page.  You will see a number of factors with a sliding scale you can adjust so you can pinpoint what you are in the mood to read.  Based on what you put in, you will get a list of good and fair matches.

How do you find your next read?  Do you have a trusted system of friends who refer books to you?  Do you follow a book club, or group’s monthly suggestions?  How do you ensure that your mind is well-fed with new literary exploits day-to-day, week-to-week and throughout the year?

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    • January 27, 2016

      Thanks Mark! I was recently at a loss for what to read next and decided to share. How do you find your next book?

  1. January 27, 2016

    Yep, I can relate. I get the shakes when I near the end of a book and there’s nothing on the horizon. I enjoyed tooling around Opening the Book; thanks for bringing it to my attention. In fact, I just ordered a book after finding it on that site–Broken Glass Park. Sounds intriguing, but we’ll see!

    • January 27, 2016

      Hi Deb! That’s great! I enjoyed sliding the various factors this way, and that, to see how much it changed my options. Let us know what you thought of “Broken Glass Park” when you finish it!

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