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8 Ways to Find Books to Read

Happy New Year everyone! Let’s start the year right by having a ton of books on our to-read shelves. Here are 8 ways to find your next good read.
1. Goodreads. This is the best social media website for book lovers. People all over the world write reviews about the books they’ve read. I find the reviews written on Goodreads often seem more sincere than the reviews written on Amazon. If you don’t have an account, then make one now and explore  friends’ bookshelves, listopia (for lists of best books in any category), groups (forums) and reader reviews.

2. Book Blogs. I get notified of new releases mostly through the book blogging community. Book bloggers usually give the most informative book reviews and updates on book deals.

3. Amazon. One of my favorite ways to find books is through Amazon’s “Customers who bought this item also bought” section. I just go to the amazon pages of my favorite books and look at what other books people are buying too.

4. Mobilism. Yes, I know it’s one the biggest websites for downloading ebooks illegally. But it’s also a good way to find out what’s hot. You can see which books have the most downloads for the day, week or month, and just find out what people are reading in general. Take note though, that most authors are not bazillionaires, and they would totally appreciate it if you buy their books.

5. Your local bookstore. Browsing bestseller lists from my local bookstore is usually a good way to find books too. Mostly, these lists can convince me to try books that I’ve heard of but am not too keen on reading. There’s something tempting about holding a hardback with a lush book cover.

6. Instagram. There’s a whole community of people who love sharing pictures of books that they love in an artsy fartsy way. Looking at bookstagrams make me positively envious of the hardbacks and book collections that others have. Not to mention the mad photography skills.

7. Buzzfeed books. They sometimes come up with lists like The 24 Best Literary Debuts of 2015

8. Twitter. Stalk your favorite authors. Randomly ask anyone for a rec. You’ll find that most people are usually eager to talk about books that they love. I’ve discovered a few books this way myself.

Wishing you a good year of reading this 2016!


10 Book Gifts that will make you look Savvy

It is a truth not universally acknowledged that our book gifts are an accurate reflection of our intellect. Because we don’t want to gift the latest Romance Erotica novel, and then have that person think that our heads are just full of smut, even if they are. (I hate being judged that way, but it happens.) It really depends on who you are gifting to, but sometimes it’s also wise to play it safe.

Here are some less-risky book gift ideas, for the book people that you don’t really know well. These are for the people you want to impress because more than anything, you care about what they would think of you.

  1. This Game of Thrones Box Set that is not just any box set. Because this one’s in Hardcover and published with beautiful smooth white paper. It tells the recipient that you have taste, and that you are one of the cool guys. 51ewhymzlil-_sy440_bo1204203200_
  2. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen, because strong female character with no love triangle = “feminism.” The respect is instantaneous. 18712886
  3. The Shadow and Bone (Grisha Trilogy) by Leigh Bardugo because these books are not as mainstream as the YA superstars, Twilight, Harry Potter, and Hunger Games. So it’s got that secret recommendation feel to it. Plus there’s nothing negative to say about these books.27280362
  4. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern because it’s a work of art in an excellently descriptive way. I didn’t even understand what happened in the end but I still ended up liking it. The words are entrancing.13611052
  5.  A  Hardcover Box set of Austen’s works, or Dickens’ works. Classic hardcover books printed on quality paper are gorgeous. You can never go wrong with the Classics.51iyqjgqhyl-_sx456_bo1204203200_51twyvhr2el-_sx413_bo1204203200_
  6. This nice new Lost Ocean Coloring Book by Johanna Basford. Because coloring books are the latest trend and you have to keep up. lost-ocean-johanna-basford
  7. Travel Book because it’s always nice (and free) to dream of visiting faraway places. Plus travelling gives you that worldly feel. IMG_9407
  8. This super funny non-fiction by Jenny Lawson, Furiously Happy. It’s weirdly smart and a guaranteed good laugh.23848559
  9. My forever auto-gift, The Princess Bride by William Goldman. This is  the first book that I gift to people all the time. It has never failed me.
  10. If all else fails, anything from this list will do. Because nothing beats “real and serious” literature that nobody would ever dare to judge you for. Your gift may not always be read with supreme intensity, but the respect shall live forever. High five!

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