As I’m sure you all can understand, books pretty much take up my life. I’ve also been thinking a lot about my career in library science.
One of the areas of library science that is high on my list is reader’s advisory. This has gotten me thinking about where I get my own reading recommendations. This was probably one of the easiest lists I ever made.
I joined Goodreads in high school, the Facebook for bookworms. To this day, it’s the only social media I can actually say I like. I’m constantly adding books to my TBR on that site. I read the lists people make as well as the recommendations Goodreads gives based on other books I added. I know Goodreads has gotten a bad rep over the years, but I can’t shake my loyalty. I would forget so many potentially great books if it were not for Goodreads.
Book of the Month and other subscription boxes I can’t afford
This one is kind of random, I’ll admit. I signed up on their website, though I technically have not subscribed to the service. Despite this, I look forward to the Book of the Month selections, as well as the Book of the Month YA selections, each month. Most times, they have books I probably would not have found on my own. And they cover a multitude of genres. I’ve gotten some interesting recommendations since I started following Book of the Month on their website. The same goes for services like Owlcrate, which I was subscribed to years ago but sadly had to cancel due to lack of funds.
Browsing bookstores, libraries, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble and Books a Million online
I have found some really good (and not so good) recommendations while casually browsing my local library. I spend my lunch breaks browsing the bookstores near my work (one of which has a great café, by the way). There are books that I found I’m really interested in reading, so much so I have had to refrain myself from buying them all at once. Particularly since I would have to carry them all on the train, then walking to the bus, and then walking home after getting off the bus.
I also spend a lot of time browsing on Amazon and the websites for Barnes & Noble and Books a Million. Amazon gives me recommendations based on books I have bought as well as books I added to my wish list. Barnes & Noble has a lot of backlist titles on sale and I keep up with new releases on there as well. Books a Million somehow finds all these new releases that no one else knows about, introducing me to cool books to add to my TBR.
Watching BookTube videos and reading book reviews on blogs
Nowadays, BookTube is where I get the bulk of my book recommendations. While browsing the library and bookstores in person as well as online introduce me to more hidden gems, BookTube keeps me up-to-date with the popular releases, as well as somehow manages to hype up books I might not have picked up otherwise. I even recommended BookTube as a source of finding book recommendations in my reference services class last fall.
The same can be said about book blogs. Many of you guys have a knack for finding those hidden gems. BookTube, as well as book blogs, have also introduced me to genres I thought I would read. Mainly, adult romance. Watching Smut-a-thon vlogs and reading romance reviews, listening to people rave about Christina Lauren and Tessa Dare and the Reluctant Royals series has convinced me to give the genre a chance. Enough that, the next time I’m at the bookstore, I might just stock up on those romance mass market paperbacks.