Sunday, May 19, 2013

4 QOTW: How do you find new books to read?

Hey everyone! It’s Clara Kensie, back with a new Question of the Week! Pretty much the only thing writers love as much as writing is talking about writing. So each week here at Adventures in YA Publishing, I post a question for you to answer. The questions cover all topics important to writers: craft, career, writers’ life, reading and books. Together we’ll become better writers by sharing tips and discussing our habits and practices.

Question of the Week
May 19, 2013
What Is Your Go-to Source for Finding New Books to Read?

For most of us, our love of writing grew from our love of reading. Reading also makes us better writers. How do you find new books to read? Do you read the latest buzzed-about best seller? Do you use the “Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought” feature on Amazon? Do you follow a fantastic book review blog? Does your favorite book club choose your next read? Or do you browse the bookshelves and pick up what looks interesting?

My answer: I find a ton of new books and authors to read through RT Book Reviews magazine, Young Adult Books Central, the YA Scavenger Hunt, and my Goodreads friends’ recommendations. I also find a lot of new books by simply browsing the Listopia book lists on Goodreads. And of course, every Friday, Adventures in YA Publishing previews the next week's new YA releases. However, my main source for finding new books and authors is word-of-mouth, whether it’s in person or via social media.

YOUR TURN: What is your go-to source for finding new books/authors to read? (psst… if you love a particular book review blog, go ahead and give it a shout-out!)


  1. My CP keeps telling me books I have to read (we have the same taste). This works for NA. I still have a huge pile of YA books to catch up on. Some from two years ago. :P

    1. I know, my TBR pile is taller than I am! And that's just my print books. The TBR list on my tablet is twice as long. I prefer reading on my tablet so I tend to read ebooks before print books. And I keep buying/borrowing more and more ebooks. At this rate I'll never get to my print books!

      I'll have to check out your Goodreads recs for NA, Stina. I want to start reading more in that genre.

  2. Goodreads and friend recommendations. I'm another who browses lists on Goodreads.

    1. It's so easy to click "To read" on those Goodreads lists, isn't it? Especially when you have a friend with the same tastes. Thanks for commenting, Donna!


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