Since the choice of what we curl up with is often crucial for our solace and sanity, we need to learn how to nurture the talent of selection. Book browsing is a meditative art...Books are as essential as breathing. —Sarah Ban Breathnach
I mentioned in a previous post that we editors at SCBR do what we call “book sleuthing”—locating and requesting the best in new women’s literature for our team of reviewers. We have different resources we use—internet searches, publisher and publicist contacts, blogs, newsletters, social media contacts like Facebook and Twitter, and so forth. Each of us, I’m sure, has our own favorite way of sleuthing. I love it. It’s a bit like a treasure hunt, with the prize being a great new book!
How do YOU find your next read?
One of my favorite ways to find a new book for my personal pleasure?--the advice of a good friend. I value the opinion of another avid reader like myself. I love discussing books and authors—and a friend’s opinion of the same.
Here are a few more "clues" for your personal treasure hunting:
- The New York Times has a weekly book section on Sundays and sends out an email newsletter on Fridays—find this at NYTimes.com if you’re interested.
- If you do a lot of business with Amazon, they will begin to send you emails with predictions on new items that might match your interests. If, like me, you use their advanced search options often, they send out emails on new and upcoming books in the genres of interest. Other booksellers may do the same—I just happen to have been a loyal Amazon shopper almost since they first began selling online. Now there is the added incentive that our purchases from Amazon benefit SCN.
- On Thursdays, USA Today will send you a book newsletter via email, or you could follow them on Facebook.
- GoodReads newsletters contain info on many new releases.
- Oprah, who garners a lot of attention for her book club picks, sends out email book newsletters each week—current and upcoming books are featured.
- Libraries and bookstores often set up displays of new arrivals and often staff recommendations.
There are even sites online that might help you find new authors similar to those you’ve already read. One is what should I read next? . Plug in the title, author or ISBN number of something you’ve read, and you’ll be given a list of suggestions to consider. Some might seem obvious, some not, but it’s fun to see what comes up. You’ll have to judge how accurate they are.
In this day and age, there are so many ways to find books. The resources are unlimited. I know I could spend hours just looking and looking—if I had hours to spend. Alas, I don’t and I suspect the same is true for you.
Which brings me to this… When you’re looking for something new to read, we hope you’ll take advantage of the many (1000+) reviews at SCBR. You’ll find enough suggestions to suit any mood or any genre preference. (We don’t feature blockbusters from authors who already have mass followings, or a lot of cozies, romances or what is known as chick lit. These certainly have their place, but they don’t need more press, so we concentrate on what does.) In addition to some bestsellers in fiction and nonfiction, we’ll always feature some new and perhaps lesser known women authors who may publish with smaller presses--we want you to know they’re out there, and to support their efforts.
The next time you need a book idea for yourself or for a gift, give us a try. After all, what’s better than the recommendation of a friend?