Finding New Books

My wife asked me another good question yesterday that I thought deserved answering on the blog, so that everyone can see the answer. How do you find new books to read?

Largehearted Boy is where I first heard of my favorite author Haruki Murakami. It’s a nice intersection of music and books, and an endless source of potential reading material (he does a “52 Books” feature, from which my 12 Books took its inspiration).

Newspaper reviews, award lists, year end lists. Just the other day, I put “Blasphemy” by Douglas Preston on my list based on a review I read in the Washington Post. I also make sure I check out the nominees for awards like the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Award. Sometimes I’m even ahead of the curve in discovering a book before it was nominated for an award (“Then We Came To The End” by Joshua Ferris). And a great source for reading material is the cacophony of year-end top 10 or whatever lists. In case you missed them this year, Fimoculous has you covered.

Recommendations from people like you! I read a lot of blogs, and I’m always interested in what other people are reading. I don’t get a lot of direct recommendations, but I’m always willing to take them, so feel free to send yours in.