Thursday, 27 February 2020

Where Do I Find the Books I Read?

A while back on one of the library book photo posts someone asked me where/how I found out about the books I request and read.

There are 5 places I track them down

1.  My Book of Books Read . It's old - as in  40+ years and  has a list of books I've read under authors - so I can flick through, find an author and check to see what else they have written.


Pages of "H" authors

Poor old tatty book



          










2.The Fantastic Fiction Website. A good place to find out the right order to read books if they are in a series and when new books are due out from my favourite authors

3. My Amazon account. Comes up with suggestions - frequently and repetitively!

4.The Library website. Has a brilliant feature where they list new books bought into stock

5. Blogs. If someone mentions reading something that sounds interesting I usually hop over to the library website to see if it's in stock and reserve it if it is and suggest it if it isn't.

I'm never short of something to read.

Back Tomorrow
Sue



25 comments:

  1. Brilliant. I can't imagine life without a book on hand, one way or another. I love the range of what you read.
    xx

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    1. Tends to be mostly crime fiction at the moment. A long time ago it was mostly historical family sagas - phases of life I guess

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  2. Interesting, I find my ideas from firstly book reviews that I read and then I check the Norwich Millennium Library catalogue on line to see if they have it and then secondly I browse the shelves of the library itself which I go to about once a fortnight. I don't pick much up on blogs. I read mostly biographies and whilst other people may read them, they don't get talked about on blogs.

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    1. I couldn't manage the serious stuff you read - Highbrow I aint!

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  3. I love your book of lists of books - something to treasure in itself.

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    1. It's got pages stuck in and very tatty and I actually bought a new A-Z bigger book to copy them into but as yet I haven't

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  4. Are there any in the list you can't remember. Very few I would guess.

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    1. In my book there are hundreds I haven't a clue what they were or why I read them, but if they were finished they must have been OK

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  5. Love your Book of Books Read! I read a lot and am terrible about remembering what I have read. More than once I've picked up a book, thought it sounded good, started to read and then realise I've already read it! I do keep track on Goodreads with a lot of my books now, but there are still some I miss putting in.

    I can't imagine a life without books. I get my love of books from my Mum. She's always reading - even now that she's over 80. She'll hold onto some that she thinks I'll like and I'll have lots to read when I come over to visit.

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    1. When I started work in the library all the other girls who had all been working several years all had these books so I had to have one too - so glad I did

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    2. We used to have one at school. It was called My Miscellany issued by our English teacher. We wrote down the books we read and were encouraged to write reviews as well.

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  6. My recent reads have been 'eleanor Oliphant' and 'Hendrik Groen' the latter is about an old man living in a care home, that sounds a bit grim but it was a lovely read and quite funny. He is like a geriatric Adrian Mole.
    Briony
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    1. I started but didn't like the Eleanor Oliphant. Haven't heard of the other one

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  7. Dear Sue, have you read Laurie.r.King The beekeepers apprentice? A mix of crime and history, a Sherlock Homes/ Mary Russell story (and there are lots more of them)! I am working my way through them and they are so good. Love your blog. Leigh.xx

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    1. Thank you - I've tried and gave up with that book - can't remember why

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  8. Your reading list never ceases to amaze me Sue.

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  9. I love your Book of Books … I wish I'd started one many years ago.

    I find ideas for books to read from all sorts of sources, but books other bloggers have read usually turn out to be just my cup of tea. I think it was you that recommended The Salt Path and that is a firm favourite now and is on my 'must read again' pile.

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    1. Yes, it's out at the end of April, I'll have to watch out for it.

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  10. Book club books which I wouldn't normally pick myself, have been a bonus for me. Book reviews in the newspaper or on blogs are another major source of new stuff.

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  11. A friend on another blog recently recc the Richard Jury mystery series, by Martha Grimes. At first I felt like I was back in high school reading a murder story set into a Georgette Heyer romance, but the characters and places grow on you and the series has become quite a fun read this winter. I mention to you bec you too like crime fics. Also, far grittier, Denise Mina's series and/ or stand alones.

    I wish I had stated a book-book when I read my first novel, age 7. [Little Women].

    lizzy

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  12. I do a similar thing, although I only started it about 15 years ago, so I’ve got hundreds not logged down. I’ve got a ring binder and each sheet is a different author. Fantastic fiction is a brilliant website and I’ve often got a book reservation from the library.

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  13. If you are an ebook geek, I suggest some of the largest online stores offering ebooks: Kindle store, Barnes & Noble Nook Book Store, Kobo Ebookstore and Project Gutenberg. My grandpa has great collections of books and he lends every time I pop into his home. Thank you, Sue !!! Appreciate your kindness.

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