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5 Places to Find Book Recommendations

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Like anyone who loves books, I am always looking for recommendations for new books to read or authors to look into. People's reading habits are deeply personal, so there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all book recommendation, but that doesn't mean recommendations aren't useful. When I'm feeling stuck and not sure what to read next, there are a few different places I look to find new books. I hope you find them useful too!

  • Book Riot
    I love Book Riot. If you are interested in books, you are probably already familiar with the site, but for those who are not, it is a resource for all things bookish. The website has different sections for different genres where you can find reviews, lists, and news on horror, mystery, romance, etc. However, I really love Book Riot's podcasts. In particular All The Books and Get Booked. The former is a weekly podcast all about the week's new releases, and the latter is a podcast of personalized book recommendations where the hosts answer listener requests for recommendations. If you are looking for something new to read, check out these podcasts and you are sure to find something great.
  • The New York Times Book Review - 
    If you are looking for books that trend more towards the highbrow and literary, check out the New York Times Book Review. They have book recommendations, the NY Times Bestseller List, reviews, articles about authors, and other bits of interest to bookish people. The website does limit the number of articles you can read without a subscription, but it is well worth a look, especially if you like literary fiction. 
  • Instagram
    In recent months, I have really come to love Instagram. There are so many great people out there in the bookstagram community and I highly encourage you all to check them out. I recently did a post listing 10 of my favorite Instagram accounts. Through these accounts, and others, I have found so many books I want to add to my TBR. I follow people who read a variety of genres and are interested in many different subjects, which allows me to get a window on how other people read and to try to expand my reading horizons. If you are looking for reviews and recommendations from other bookish people, I recommend you dig deeper into Instagram and make sure you read the captions!
  • Goodreads - 
    When I am really on the fence about what to read next, I turn to Goodreads. If I'm not sure about a book, reading a review or two can help me to weed out the books I know I won't like. However, where I think Goodreads really shine is in its lists. The community can vote on the top books of the year, which are compiled into the Goodreads Choice Awards. You can bet that these books are high quality, though they are also likely mainstream and popular. If you are looking to delve deeper, you can check out the lists built by community members on a variety of topics and genres. 
  • Various Book Prizes
    When I am looking for challenging reads, I check out the shortlists, finalists, and winners of different book prizes. Personally, I tend to look at the Pulitzer, the Man Booker Prize, the PEN/ Faulkner Award, and the National Book Award, along with genre prizes like the Hugo Award or the Bram Stoker Award. Of course, prizes aren't everything and there are plenty of great books out there that have not won any awards. However, I've found that these prizes make for excellent recommendations (see my top Pulitzer nominated/winning books here). 

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