How Do You Find Your Next Good Read?

reading stack by burningairlinesgiveyousomuchmore via flickrHow do you discover new books to read? We have some patrons who religiously place holds on titles appearing on the New York Times Best Sellers lists. Others track like-minded readers on social reading sites like Goodreads. Did you know your library has some pretty nifty tools – both high-tech and low – for finding your next great read?

  • The Books & More section of our digital branch is a portal of sorts for all kinds of book-finding tools. Browse the latest Literary Links article, a monthly piece that appears in the Columbia Daily Tribune and provides a book list on a timely topic. You’ll also find links to our latest book recommendation posts appearing on this blog, as well as those for Teens and Kids.
  • Get book recommendations in your inbox! Sign up for BookNews, monthly themed newsletters that highlight new titles in our catalog. You can choose our newsletters highlighting our book club picks, new nonfiction, mysteries and more.
  • Browse the staff picks book lists in our online catalog for hand-selected fiction and nonfiction titles.
  • Join us for an upcoming Facebook Friday reading recommendation program. Just watch for our Facebook post asking for the last few books you enjoyed, leave a comment, and a staff member will suggest your next great read.
  • Finally, just ask! Our staff members are expert recommenders, so next time you are in one of our buildings or on the bookmobile, you can let one of us know a book or author you liked, and we’ll suggest some titles for you to try.

Do you have a favorite tool for finding your next good read? Let us know in the comments.

About Lauren

Mama, book maven, geek. Now reading "The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt.
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