I do understand! I sometimes go into bookshops and try to buy a book I’ve never heard of and it’s so difficult! Where do I start? How do I decide what to pick up? Should I stick with a ‘safe’ genre? Should I pick something on the ‘buy one get one half price’ tables? Do I just pick up all the pretty books? So I tend to stick with something I’ve heard of – and luckily I never run out of books -– but I get that regular readers or non-book bloggers, booksellers, librarians or publishers might not have that ‘luxury’, making picking a new book much more difficult!
Perhaps start with thinking about you’ve liked about the books you HAVE read and then go from there. Was it the characters? Romance? Mystery? Themes? Suspense? Action? Or was it the fact that it was non-fiction, a memoir or YA? Or think about your favourite TV shows or films, and about what it is you love about them. And then talk to people! Ask people on Tumblr, Goodreads, friends, a librarian or a bookseller – they’re bound to know what to suggest next. And the more you read, the more you’ll know what you like. But that doesn’t mean you won’t be surprised. I occasionally read a book or genre I never normally would have picked up because I came across it unexpectedly or because someone I trust recommended it.
I think Goodreads is a great place – aside from Tumblr book blogs of course! – to get recommendations. Add books you’ve read and you’ll get ‘similar books’ recommendations. Add friends and you’ll see what they’ve been reading. I mostly get my recommendations from fellow bloggers/friends by following them on Twitter/Tumblr/Goodreads. If a title or cover, or just a tweet about the book, sounds great I’ll look it up and add it to my wishlist on Goodreads (or buy it the next time I’m book shopping).
If you think you’ll be a picky reader, you definitely need a starting place, so have a go at that. If you’re not, just chat to people and ask what they’ve been reading recently. It’s all about conversation!
You never know, something might take your fancy here: http://prettybooks.tumblr.com/tagged/recommendation
What do you do when you’re looking for a new book to read, fellow Tumblrers?