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This Brunch, my guests are: Amanda-Lee, who blogs at StoryWings, Jenny at Let Them Read Books, Tiffany from About to Read, and Brenda from Reading Fairy Tales.
Our discussion question is: How do you discover new books? Do you look for recommendations on book blogs, ask your friends, go to the library? All of the above? None of the above? Have you ever received a book recommendation from a completely unexpected source?
First up is Tiffany, who said:
I discover new books from other bloggers, publisher catalogs, and Goodreads. Bloggers typically get me really excited for a title--especially if a lot of people are raving about it. I also get recommendations from friends, and will read a book they suggest if they loved it themselves or think it is something I would enjoy.
I have a few close friends who love to read, and whenever we find a book that is to-die-for, we share it with each other. While we were in college, it was a bit like an informal book club (miss those days!).
Jenny added her thoughts:
Hey ya'll! Thanks for having me today! This morning I'm sipping on my hazelnut coffee with Almond Joy creamer . . . mmmm!
I discover new books just about every day! I find most of them on blogs and on Goodreads, but I also find them at the library and *gasp!* at the bookstore! I follow many bloggers who have the same tastes in reading as myself. Last week I added my 1000th book on Goodreads and I've created a series of shelves to help me keep track of how I find books to read. So far, "Saw it on a blog" has the most books with 96. I know book bloggers work hard and I believe they are instrumental in helping books find an audience, and I wanted to prove it by keeping track of the books I add to my reading list because of a blog. Goodreads comes in a close second. I love the daily emails that tell me what my friends are reading and I end up adding many books to my list and also striking up great book conversations. My Goodreads friends recommend books to me all the time, and I have three fantastic reading gal pals in real life who also share their favorite books with me.
I find new books from other online sources, too, like NetGalley, Shelf Awareness, Amazon Vine, and publisher newsletters. My library sends out an email every week with all of the new titles they've acquired, and mostly I find books I already wanted to read and add them to my check-out list, but occasionally I find a new one to add to the list. And lastly, I don't visit physical bookstores very often, but when I do I usually walk out with twice as many books as I'd intended to buy going in. I'm usually shopping the sale tables, and though I'm looking for books from my wishlist, I usually pick out one book that's new to me. I don't know that I've gotten a recommendation from an unexpected source, but I have been amazed at how wonderful Twitter is for readers, writers, and publishers. I put off signing up for ages, and in the four months I've been tweeting I continue to marvel at what a fantastic networking tool it is. And yes, I do have a "Saw it on Twitter" shelf! Thirteen books and counting . . .
Amanda Lee, sipping on a skim mint hot chocolate, had this to say:
Most of my new books come from other bloggers. Whether I just happen to be checking out what they're doing and see a cover I like or if it's a reviewer I regularly read giving a rave review on a certain book. It all depends if I like the cover though, I never read a book that I don't like the cover of.
That's why I like going into book stores, because if any covers jump out at me, I will pick the book up to see if it interests me. I haven't actually discovered many "new to me" books recently, I am currently trying to catch up on all of my series books and working through my Shelfari wish list. I also regularly check my favourite author websites - particularly those that write stand alone novels such as Jennifer Echols - to see what they are currently doing.
I don't have any friends who read, so I don't get any new books from that kind of source. Probably the most surprising book rec I got was from a publisher I am on good terms with, they sent me their current release (Embrace by Jessica Shirvington) for review. I had never heard of it but I thought the cover was nice. When I picked it up...I couldn't put it down, it's become one of my top series.
And me? Well, I get almost all of my books from the library, with a smaller number of them coming from publishers or authors who ask for a review. Since I'm a librarian, I'm always ordering new books for the collection, and I'm always reading reviews (professional journals, newspapers, online sources, book blogs) ---- and it's easy for me to place holds on things that are coming in to the library. I'm also surrounded by reading material, both old and new, so I never run out of books to take home with me. There's no way I could buy all the books I read, or have room in my house for them -- and I probably wouldn't want to buy everything I read, anyway. Getting books from the library lets me try before I buy. And if my library doesn't have something? No problem --- I look for it through interlibrary loan.
The blogging community has been both a wonderful thing and a bad thing, as far as alerting me to new books. It's wonderful, because I learn about books from other bloggers, read reviews, and see beautiful cover art. The bad thing is .... my tbr list is out of control. Seriously -- it's like that demon plant, Audrey, from Little Shop of Horrors. However, is that such a bad thing?
A HUGE thank you to all of my guests!!! And, I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's comments, as well!!
And now, we have the details on the giveaway, courtesy of Sasha Soren!
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About the book: Edith Wharton's novel is a masterful portrait of desire and betrayal set during the sumptuous Gilded Age of Old New York, a time when society dreaded scandal more than death. This is Newland Archer's milieu as he prepares to marry conventional socialite May Welland. But when the mysterious Countess Ellen Olenska returns to New York, Archer falls deeply in love with her. Torn between duty and passion, Archer struggles to make a decision that will either courageously define his life - or mercilessly destroy it. (Publisher desc.)
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Details: To win this charming book-and-DVD set, please leave email info and thoughtful or interesting comment below. A winner will be picked at random. If host and guests agree that a specific visitor comment is substantial, outstanding, or in some other way has particular merit, they can override random.org pick at their discretion. Please note - open internationally, but DVD manufactured for Region 1 only. Check your region . Through December 31, 2011, 12 midnight EDT.
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