Whenever I ask you guys what you want to read on the blog, you ask about new book content. That’s great. Because, a) do I love reading, and b) do I love talking about books. So for todays post, I thought I’d share my favourite ways to discover new books plus give you an insight into my latest book findings and current reads.
How I discover new books to read
There are a couple of ways to discover new books – most of which involve some kind of social media platform for me. Sure, there’s the good ol’ recommendation from friends and family, or books you need to read for university. However, most of the time I get my book recommendations from one of the following networks:
GOODREADS: I already said it a couple of times and I will probably say it a million times more: I absolutely love Goodreads. It’s one of my all-time favourite social media sites and has helped me heaps with reading more, and discovering new books. On there you can follow your favourite reviewers, friends, and authors, rate books you’ve read, set a reading challenge and get book recommendations. If you want to see what I’m reading, you can follow me on Goodreads, where I always update my reading process and review the books I’m reading.
BOOKSTAGRAM: Another great way to discover new books is Bookstagram, aka the book lover community on Instagram. Some of my favourite accounts are @lottelikesbooks, @bookbaristas, @orionvanessa and @crimeofrhyme. However, simply exploring the #currentlyreading or #bookstagram hashtags might work wonders too in order to get you inspired.
Currently, I am racing through the sequel to Six of Crows, one of my favourite reads from 2016. I utterly adore the steampunky setting of the story and think that Bardugo is a master of creating worlds that let you forget everything around you and immerse in. Crooked Kingdom follows the journey of six master criminals in the Grisha universe. If you’re a fan of fantasy, sci-fi, and incredible world-building, you might want to have a look at that.
THE EYRE AFFAIR by Jasper Fforde: This is one of the books that I have to read for my Uni course that deals with the celebration of books. I honestly found it rather hard to connect to the story of Thursday Next, even though the idea behind the book and story itself is absolutely fascinating and carried out in a rather lovely way. This book tells the story of an alternate universe, where criminal gangs have moved into the lucrative literary market and kidnap characters from books. A fun read if you are familiar with the literary canon.
SMALL GREAT THINGS by Jodi Picoult: I think Small Great Things is one of those books that you just cannot shake even after you’ve finished them. It deals with racism and discrimination in the US and follows the journey of an African American nurse, accused of murdering the newborn child of a white supremacist and the legal battle following after.
DIE UNENDLICHE GESCHICHTE by Michael Ende: I think most of us are familiar with this book, with it being a staple of children’s literature. However, I haven’t read the book before we discussed it at university. After my first read through the novel I found it a fun read but after our discussion, I utterly fell in love. The world Ende has created and the message of books and our imagination being of incomparable value for society is incredibly important. Definitely a book everything should read at least once in their life.
THE CHEMIST by Stephanie Meyer: My brother got me this book for Christmas because he liked the cover art. I dived into this knowing virtually nothing about its contents and so enjoyed the story. It’s quite different from what I usually read, it being an adult spy thriller, but I immensely enjoyed the tension, action, and uniquely crafted plot.
What are you currently reading? And how do you discover new books?
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