Musing Mondays

In response to the question asked by MizB at Should Be Reading.

MizB asks:

Where is your favorite place to find new books to read? Blogs? The library? Newspapers? Magazines? In the backs of other books? Suggestions from friends/family? Online bookstores? On the shelves of the local bookstores? (I don’t necessarily mean, ‘where do you find books to buy’ — I mean, ‘where do you discover new titles that you add to your to-be-read lists’?).

I have a two-part response. First, I use a great many of these resources to figure out what books to buy for the library where I work. I’m looking for any and all bestsellers, with an emphasis on fiction, but also some emphasis on political nonfiction (so oft requested) and with a special interest in anything cancer-related (since my library is located in a cancer hospital). Blogs, other libraries, bestsellers lists from NYT, Amazon, and B&N, the backs of other books, patrons’ requests and discussions with patrons. I really like a website called NoveList, too – it’s subscription only but your local public library may very well have a subscription for you to use with your library card. It’s a reader’s advisory site that lets you look up books and authors you like and figure out, from there, what else you might enjoy.

For what I want to read, I guess it’s a similar answer. Really, I find new books I want to read while shopping for books for the library. I find books I want to read by talking with other people, and often, from other reading blogs. I also have a long list (ever-growing) that comes from what I read: I see references to other literature, or decide I need to read biographies of authors, things like that. I’d like to be forever self-educating as a literary scholar.

2 Responses

  1. it’s other bloggers for me.
    if you have similar tastes and they love a book, and it sounds so interesting, how can you say no…lol

  2. probably ALWAYS more sources of good tips than there is time to read them, yes? I’ve definitely gotten some good ideas from bloggers.

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