How to find good books to read?

  • twelveways 4 Jun 2015 13:03:06 7,131 posts
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    I'm not a big reader but I do like to read, especially when I am travelling. My problem is that I never know which books to read. If I was in the UK I would browse in Waterstones or Borders but I'm not, so I am restricted to buying online and there are just too many books :(

    Any good book recommendation blogs/sites that you could recommend? I am not really into fantasy or sci-fi.

    Cheers
  • twelveways 4 Jun 2015 13:25:37 7,131 posts
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    Looks good. Cheers!
  • Fab4 4 Jun 2015 13:25:50 8,924 posts
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    You could try Amazon. Search for books you have liked and see what others have bought as well as it.
  • RockyMotion 11 Jun 2015 09:58:15 11,754 posts
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    The /r/books subreddit is a good place to start. Every day the sub's banner updates with a new list of books that have been mentioned in the weekly recommendations thread.
  • spindle9988 11 Jun 2015 10:01:07 5,157 posts
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    There is a good thread on here (rate the last book you read) which I have found loads of good reads on
  • Dougs 11 Jun 2015 10:03:30 95,487 posts
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    There used to be a reference book I used in the library "who else writes like..." where you could look up a favourite author and they would suggest some similar authors. Found loads like that. Must be an online resource now..
  • MrFlay 11 Jun 2015 11:00:55 4,558 posts
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    http://www.literature-map.com/
  • Dougs 11 Jun 2015 11:04:45 95,487 posts
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    Nice, ta.
  • JoelStinty 11 Jun 2015 11:48:06 8,982 posts
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    Yeah i found rate the last book thread rather good too.

    Also, just talking about books with other people should end up with some recommendations.

    Stuff you are interested in. For a while i was really into exploration books and pushing the human body and mind - but i think that started with jack kerouac/hunter s thompson. but that led me on to books like che guevara diaries/into the wild which led on to books about a multi continent escape from gulags (The long walk) or famous expeditions such as Captain scott, and the 1953 everest expedition. All a massive range of different types of books, but similar in some regard.

    Also reading books that your favourite authors are influenced by or name drop on social media/interviews etc.

    Also classics. Well worth reading and searching for best of lists.
  • UncleLou Moderator 11 Jun 2015 11:54:10 40,158 posts
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    Every time I read or hear (newspapers, colleagues, friends, Eurogamer, whatever) something about a book that sounds interesting, I download a kindle sample. I have about 150 now on the Kindle/mobile. Never been in a situation where I don't know what to read ever since.

    So,my recommendation is: keep a list for everything you can't read immediately.

    And a specific recommendation: Butcher's Crossing, by John Williams (not the composer).
  • MrFlay 11 Jun 2015 12:27:29 4,558 posts
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    Amazon's recommendation algorithm is pretty good. Also they have daily and monthly sales where you can pick up interesting books for 99p. They often have stuff I wouldn't think of buying at full price but I can't refuse for 99p.
  • Armoured_Bear 11 Jun 2015 12:53:38 29,029 posts
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    MrFlay wrote:
    http://www.literature-map.com/
    That's cool, I typed in Murakami and I've read and liked half the authors on the map, very helpful.
    Thanks!
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