How I Find Good Books

I frequently get asked about how I find all the books I read and how I know what’s coming out soon. It’s honestly a surprisingly few number of sources, so here’s a quick roundup!

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For Books Out Now: All The Books!

This is my absolute favorite and most reliable place for book recomendations. It comes out every Tuesday with books that are being released that day. One of the hosts changes each week, but Liberty Hardy is a consistent host, and her enthusiasm gets me every time. I’ve recently made some purchases from the show, and I’ve loved every one that she’s gushed over! My tips for listening to this podcast:

  1. Be Patient. I don’t find recommendations every week – some weeks none and some weeks I write down 3-4 recommendations!
  2. Listen with Goodreads open! I frequently look up books as they’re talking to add to my “to read” list on Goodreads – or even request from the library. If you listen away from your computer, not to worry they list all of their recommendations in order on their Show Notes on the website. If I miss the title but get hooked by the description, I usually look it up in the Show Notes
  3. Feel free to fast forward! If a book description has me hooked, I normally hit the + 30 seconds button a few times until its clear they’ve moved on. The hosts are great about not including spoilers but I’m super anti spoilers so I normally jump ahead!

Recent Finds: Ranger Games by Ben Blum, The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai, Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, The Hearts Invisible Furies by John Boyne

 

For Books Coming Out Soon: NetGalley

Netgalley is such a great resource for finding books coming out soon. You are required to make an account to use the site, but it’s free and you can use it to interact with publishers as much or as little as you want. I use the site primarily in three ways:

  1. By Genre – I usually flip through the Recently Added lists for “Literary Fiction” and “History” every few weeks — but they have any genre you may be interested in!
  2. By Publisher – This is my favorite way to search since I do have a few publishers that produce reliably good books. I typically search for Riverhead Books, Viking Books, Crown Publishing and a few more. This way does prevent me from seeing books from indie publishers, but thats what #3 is for..
  3. Newsletters and Emails – Netgalley does a great job at recommending books via email without being too overbearing. Once a week I get an email with either a preview of an upcoming month or books coming out soon in one of my “preferred” genres. These are super helpful for me to find books from smaller presses that I may not otherwise hear about!

Recent Finds: Spying on Whales by Nick Pyenson, Boomtown by Sam Anderson, The Distance Home by Paula Saunders

 

For Backlist Titles: FRIENDS!

Friends are the best for borrowing and recommending books. I have a few friends I text regularly about what they’re reading and love getting recommendations from them. I made it a goal in 2017 to read more titles recommended by friends and have not been let down! One of my best friends in San Diego and I have been doing bookswaps recently and I’ve been enjoying those too.

Recent Finds: Ghosted by Rosie Walsh, Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker, The Female Persuasion by Meg Wollitzer, Beartown by Fredrik Backman

 

For Extra Credibility: Blogs, Book of the Month, and Newspaper Reviews

I also have to give credit where credit is due to my fellow book bloggers and bookstagrammers. The visibility of certain titles does a lot to give me confidence in picking the book up – and I particularly love to follow accounts who post thoughtful reviews. A few of my favorites are Simone and her Books, Hannah and her Books, and NYC Book Girl. In addition to blogs, I like to read book reviews in the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal – their book reviewers cover some amazing books with great insights.

And finally – Book of the Month. I’m almost done with the second 12-month subscription of Book of the Month, which means I’ve received 23 books from them! While they used to feature more literary fiction than they do now, I’ve still been loving my books from them.

Recent Finds: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

 

And that’s it! Let me know where you like to find good books ❤

 

6 thoughts on “How I Find Good Books

  1. Thank you so much for mentioning me! I feel so honored; you’re one of my favorite bloggers! 🙂 When it comes to finding out about new books, I love perusing Netgalley and The Millions, and for older books, I rely on heavily on blogger recommendations!

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