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How Did You Find Your Last Really Good Book?


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Posted on May 1, 2012 7:55:17 PM PDT
Stant Litore says:
The seraphim in the seventh heaven were arguing over who would get to read it next, and one of the six-winged Glories dropped the book, and because it was a heavy novel, it clocked me on the head, knocked me out, and then, well after that I had to at least open it once I regained consciousness and read the first sentence. And then the second. And then the third...

But in all truth, despite being a Kindle lover, I found my last truly great read browsing at a local bookstore. I do find many good reads though through Amazon's recommendations when I visit a book I like. My other main source is recommendations from good friends. Word of mouth is mainly how books arrive on my device.

Stant Litore

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2012 9:57:03 PM PDT
Ooo, nice to hear someone else read Baby Shark! It was mentioned quite a bit on the Kindle forum in 2009 when I got my Kindle and I loved it. It's always struck me as odd that I never hear about it anymore.

My most recent really good read was Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey. I'm a big urban fantasy fan and I've seen her name mentioned a lot, but hadn't yet gotten around to trying any of her books. Someone in the Price Drop/Discounted thread in the Kindle forum posted that Santa Olivia was on sale in March for $2.99 so I snapped it up. It's a near future dystopian novel (another genre I like), not urban fantasy.

In general, since getting my Kindle, I find the best books because I'm already familiar with the author or because other readers on these forums recommend them. Oh, and also sometimes from taking chances on a book that's temporarily on sale, even if no one else specifically recommends it.

Posted on May 1, 2012 11:08:31 PM PDT
Studio Su says:
I found my last really good book on Amazon's Top 100 Free Bestsellers List. It's a great mystery by a new author and as of right now, it's still free, The Good Lawyer.

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2012 11:31:11 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 1, 2012 11:44:33 PM PDT
Cphe says:
Hi Robin, I loved, loved loved Baby Shark.
Was really skeptical of all the good reviews (Oh cynical me)
I have the other two in the series - just waiting for some quiet time to get stuck into them.

Another excellent book that, like Zen I found on the MOA was,
A Pallid Waste (Things Dead and Dying)
Was a bit slow at first but once I got into it it just rolled along - a thriller/ horror with plenty of twists and turns.
I was surprised how very much I enjoyed it.

Posted on May 2, 2012 1:35:39 AM PDT
DaveW says:
It's interesting that with so many ways to find books in the "age of information" (digital age?), the world's oldest form of advertising still seems to be one of the best.

Word of Mouth...
(lol)

Posted on May 2, 2012 3:15:16 AM PDT
Hunsen says:
http://book.douban.com/

Posted on May 2, 2012 6:42:17 AM PDT
Sires says:
Total accident. I saw it referenced in some blog post-- actually the author and a reviewer were arguing but not in a nasty manner-- so I checked it out on Amazon and bought it.

Posted on May 2, 2012 9:35:09 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 22, 2012 8:55:42 PM PDT
the last really good book I read, I found it because I was looking for it.
it was Left Neglected and I wanted it because I had
just read Still Alice and I loved the authors writing style.
I found Still Alice while browsing in the library. the title and cover caught my interest.
but the book summary on the back is the reason I checked it out.
Only since Christmas have I been reading ebooks, and I have not read a really good one yet.
But I've only read about 4 so far. 2 were OK, and 2 were terrible. (2 were free, 1 was full price at $14 and one was $2. the OK ones were the full price one and one of the free ones.)

In reply to an earlier post on May 3, 2012 12:10:51 AM PDT
"Hi Robin, I loved, loved loved Baby Shark.
Was really skeptical of all the good reviews (Oh cynical me)
I have the other two in the series - just waiting for some quiet time to get stuck into them."

It's odd to me that I still haven't bought and read the others after loving the first one so much. I think it's that it read perfectly as a stand-alone novel, and I was afraid of being let down by trying to stretch things out. So you'll have to let me know what you think of them once you read them. :)

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

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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

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

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?

Posted on May 22, 2012 4:10:28 PM PDT
Reader says:
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 22, 2012 4:17:00 PM PDT
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. ;)

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2012 4:20:33 PM PDT
Reader says:
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*).

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.

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. : )
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