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In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2012 10:48:51 PM PDT
Tui Allen says:
Thanks for the link Robin, but no, not what I thought it might be at all.

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2012 1:44:43 PM PDT
"Tell me more about this Baby Shark you keep mentioning. Is it actually about a shark?"

Pool shark. :) Here's the link: Baby Shark

Posted on May 24, 2012 5:07:43 PM PDT
Mine was actually a Kindle freebie. The cover was awesome and the story was creative. A few errors, but heck who can complain about free!

Posted on May 24, 2012 3:57:34 PM PDT
Tui Allen says:
The advantage if Indie books is they're usually cheap. The disadvantage is they're usually (but not always) badly written and below standard. How to find the good ones without hours of researching reviews and excerpts?

One way is to visit websites that have done the work for you like "IndieBrag and "Awesome indies"
These sites just list the good indies for you and link you through to Amazon to purchase them - no extra charge - it's all free.

Check them out:
http://www.bragmedallion.com/
http://awesomeindies.wordpress.com/

Posted on May 24, 2012 12:05:30 PM PDT
J. Boyd says:
Hmmm - so many books!

Most recent find: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel - New York Times book review

A couple earlier finds: On the Edge (The Edge series, Book 1) by Ilona Andrews and Wither by Lauren DeStefano - Amazon suggestions based on my browsing history

Most surprising find: Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy) by Robin Hobb - Amazon's list of top 100 free books

Posted on May 24, 2012 11:32:52 AM PDT
KF1 says:
A friend of mine posted a link to this book Reflections by Kathi Laurino...at the time it was free,but by the time i got around to it,it was free no more,but i bought it anyway.The link was on Facebook..that was the last book i purchased..others i went to top 100 when i had nothing specific in mind.

Posted on May 24, 2012 7:55:00 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 24, 2012 7:55:40 AM PDT
Coach D says:
Good question. To answer this I just went back and looked at my reviews. I'll just list about 3 "really good books":

A Touch of Greed (A Nick Bracco Thriller) by Gary Ponzo. I found this GOOD book by following the author. Back in Oct or so of 2011 I was surfing thru Amazon and came across my 1st Gary Ponzo book: A Touch of Deceit (Nick Bracco Series #1). Wow! A VERY good book and now I get the "A Touch of" books the day they come out and immediately put them in my currently reading collection.

Yesterday's Gone: Season One by Sean Platt & David Wright. Well, I first got hooked on this series by reading the first two episodes which were offered free. Then I got hooked on the storyline and decided to buy the entire season and I am still loving it. End of the world storyline similiar to Stephen King.

I got hooked on Double Barrel: Season 1 (Zombie Thriller Series) by Grey West the same way. The first two episodes were bundled together and offered free. Of course the writing has to keep you interested and I am very much into this western/zombie series.

Posted on May 23, 2012 9:47:54 AM PDT
It should be Robert Bloch's This Crowded Earth.

In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2012 9:25:48 AM PDT
Andie says:
There about a million Charlenes on there. What's the last book you reviewed on GR - I"ll try to find you that way.

Posted on May 23, 2012 7:23:48 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 23, 2012 8:15:26 AM PDT
Hi Andie! *waving*
That was such a good book! I will never, ever forget it!
I'm going to try to find you at GR, Andie. : )

Edited to add: I couldn't find you, Andie! If you look for me, I'm under Charlene and I use the same pic. If not, that's cool too. : )

Posted on May 23, 2012 6:50:04 AM PDT
Andie says:
The most recent really good book I read was We Need to Talk About Kevin tie-in: A Novel (P.S.), which I learned about here on the fora (I'm looking at you, Charlene!).

Otherwise I hear about books from friends, mainly when they "share" they've finished a book on their kindles so I see what my friends are reading on facebook & twitter. Found a lot of good books that way. Oh, and of course Goodreads.

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2012 4:20:33 PM PDT
As much as I love my kindle, it can't do it all. I'm a big fan of paperbooks so we'll always have too many books piled into too few bookcases and my kindle will travel everywhere with me ;) I also got the full colour book, Dinotopia, from book depository *swoon* now there's no way kindle could do that! Even on the kindle fire (not that those work here in NZ *sigh*).

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2012 4:17:00 PM PDT
Miss M says:
I totally get that - even though I'm not usually into collecting books as objects, I saw a blog about the special design for the UK first edition of 'The Night Circus' so I special-ordered it. And it's quite lovely. :)

Just haven't figured out how to read it yet - either kindle or library, most likely. ;)

Posted on May 22, 2012 4:10:28 PM PDT
A really pretty cover :) I was in the airport and SO wanted to buy it but got it on Kindle instead. And then enjoyed it that much I bought the paperback from book depository *lol* So pretty! And now I never have to bend the spine or fold the pages cause I have the kindle version... yeah, I'm a little precious about my pretties *grin*
And for those curious it was Queen of Kings but not with the cover that shows on this link, with a much, much prettier cover ;p It's a Cleopatra/Queen of the Dead, style mashup. I loved it ;D

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 3:11:04 AM PDT
Tui Allen says:
Tell me more about this Baby Shark you keep mentioning. Is it actually about a shark?

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 2:28:52 AM PDT
David Morris says:
i also find my books this way. Due to past experience I pay attention to the low reviews and if I think I can get past the ideas they leave, I will take a chance

Posted on May 21, 2012 1:40:07 AM PDT
Kribu says:
Recs/mentions by people I know. I've come across plenty of enjoyable books also on my own (i.e. random browsing or Amazon's recs / "people who bought this also bought that"), but the ones I've ended up *loving* (and there are very few of those) I've found via word of mouth.

Posted on May 20, 2012 1:23:41 PM PDT
Quinton Blue says:
When possible, I like to read books by people I personally know. The expectations are different, but sometimes the book is quite good. Years ago, I had a lit prof whose novel was published in 1947 and was out of print. I finally quit procrastinating and found a used copy online. The book, "Darkling" by Elaine Gottlieb was wonderful, even though it got a bad review from Saturday Review. I wanted to send a letter to her and tell her how much I enjoyed it. But I waited too long. She died six or seven years ago.

Posted on May 20, 2012 9:51:03 AM PDT
It depends how many years back you want to go! I remember a book from my teens that I really loved. I found it again in a 2nd hand book store. My friend said, "I bet you can't read it." She was right. My tastes must have changed. I rarely read books a second time, except for Monica Dickens. I just love her 'The Fancy' for her brilliant characterisation. I've got two copies. The old battered one I use to underline the phrases I find particularly good as I can refer to them when I want to get my brain in the right/write gear ;).

Posted on May 20, 2012 9:08:30 AM PDT
Splinker says:
I find myself going more and more back to rereads of books I enjoyed years ago.

Posted on May 19, 2012 10:56:58 AM PDT
Patsy says:
ereaderiq.com (free book site) has lead me to many excellent books, just can't believe that I can find so many really good books that are free! Of course they are only free for a very short period of time (usually 24 hours), so I start my day with a cup of coffee and their website. My latest favorite from that site is Dead Is the New Black (Fashion Avenue Mysteries), not free now - but worth the current price. I also check out the "What are you reading now" discussion in the Kindle Forum and that has lead me to many an enjoyable read as well.

Posted on May 19, 2012 10:40:52 AM PDT
I've found new authors by serendipity while working in a charity bookshop. It was my job to clean the donated books (eventually upgraded to pricing them) so every book had to pass through my hands, and it was about 500 per day. My best find was Cat Who Came in from the Cold, the by Deric Longden. Loved it so much that I wrote to the author who kindly replied on a postcard that was the cover of the book. He said my letter had made his day.

Posted on May 19, 2012 9:46:52 AM PDT
mappam says:
I always look at the brief description then the reviews. Both of these give me an idea on IF I will Probably like it. I DO also follow some authors.

I then (usually) add it to my Wish List and when I need a new book to read I re-review the book(s) - then buy.

Posted on May 19, 2012 7:44:18 AM PDT
Limelite says:
Can't go wrong when I search for prize winning authors, their books, and the classics. Nobel, Man Booker, Pulitzer Prize winners have provided me with the best reads in contemporary fiction that I've enjoyed recently. From Hilary Mantel's "Wolf Hall" to "Housekeeping" by Marilynne Robinson, from Michael Ondaatje's latest, "The Cat's Table" to Peter Carey's newest, "The Chemistry of Tears," I've never been steered wrong.

Another good source for finding good reads and new or undiscovered-by-me authors is Lendle (http://lendle.me), a loaning site for e-books. There I discovered "In the Company of Angels" by Thomas E. Kennedy, "A Question of Upbringing" by Anthony Powell (first volume of a 12-volume series that I'm now reading), "Two Rivers" by T. Greenwood, "The Moviegoer" by Walker Percy, and a new writer of steam punk fantasy named Lindsay Buroker whose fun first book, "The Emperor's Edge" is bested by her second, "Dark Currents."

I've had mixed success with Amazon Prime selections, and think Amazon could do all readers a favor by making major prize-winning books Prime selections.

In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2012 12:07:58 PM PDT
Lyn says:
New books by authors I like.
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