From time to time I will get a comment on Instagram where someone will say that they don’t read much but they really want to start. The problem with starting anything new these days though is that there is so much information out there to help make the first step, which can become overwhelming if you have no idea what it is you are really looking for in the first place. I enjoy getting people motivated to read more because over the last few years it felt like everyone was too busy and had no time to pick up a book. This inspired me to write this post and give some tips to quickly find your next read so that you don’t need to waste any time finding a new book to read…
START WITH WHAT YOU KNOW YOU LIKE
Whenever non-bookish-folk would ask me for a recommendation I will ask them what it is they enjoy. Do they typically enjoy a romantic comedy or the latest sci-fi movie blowing up the box office? Do they enjoy drama or crime investigation series; or watching a documentary on the discovery channel? The answer to those questions will normally give you an idea of what books you will find interesting; and it is a great place to start exploring.
TALK TO PEOPLE WITH SIMILAR INTERESTS AS YOU
Once you have a better idea of what you find fascinating, a good way to narrow down the search is to talk to people you know who have similar interests as you. It is also preferable to talk to avid readers who can give you good recommendations in the genre you will be reading from. There is nothing worse than starting something new and exciting, only to have a bad first experience – it can cause you to crash and burn before you even gave it a fair chance.
CHECK OUT THE REVIEWS ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Before I start reading a new book I will go onto Goodreads to read some reviews from trusted book bloggers, to see what their opinions were. I will read what they have to say about the writing style, the plot of the story and what their thoughts were about the characters in the book. Sometimes an over all rating of a book does not necessarily mean that I won’t enjoy it, so I like to have a more detailed idea about what was lacking in the story as a whole. Another social media platform that I’ve been using more for book recommendations lately is Instagram. I’ve found some lovely books through the bookstagram community that I don’t think I would have read otherwise, but I try to go into these books without any sort of expectations. Sometimes when a book is over-hyped, I end up disappointed by it because of the ideas I built up in my head.
READ THE BLURB TO GET A BETTER IDEA
Once you have a few books you’d like to try out, read the blurb so that you have a better understanding of what the story is about and whether or not you will be interested in it. You can also try to read an excerpt so that you can get a feel of the writing style and the tone of the book – both of which plays a vital role in your reaction to a story.
GO IN BLINDLY
Beyond all the methods of choosing your next read, there is always an option to go in head first without overthinking it. Sometimes you need to try things blindly, without having any preconceived ideas that may harm your experience. Pick up a book at random and start reading. If you don’t like it after a couple of chapters then put it aside and choose something else! The point is to enjoy reading! There are so many books out there to choose from, there is no doubt in my mind that you’ll find something interesting and delightful.
How do you choose your next read?