A book, a beach chair and a beautiful day. Is there a better place to read than outside in the sun? But what to read? Let's see how to build an excellent list of summer readings.
I read a lot; I read about 90 pounds last year, I managed to always have something ready, but it can be difficult. You are so invested in the book or series that you read that you really do not think about what you will do with your evenings when you turn the last page. Here's how I like to find books to read.
Find what's new from the authors you like
Writing a book can take a long time (just ask George R.R. Martin), and the publication process is far from fast. It often takes an author three or four years to write and publish a new book after the publication of his last book. It's normal that this book that you obsessed in 2015 escaped you.
But while you are busy with your life, this author is typing on his keyboard. The publishers have finished their edition and the printers their impression. A new book may be available this summer.
Guy Gavriel Kay takes a few years to write a new book.
If there is a book or author that you liked a few years ago, go to Google and see if they have released something new recently. You may be surprised by what has escaped you if you do not follow the news of the book. I know people who were shocked to find one of their favorite authors who published a trilogy that had escaped them.
If you have trouble finding an author, look in the shelves of your library (or your Kindle) to find inspiration. I'm sure something will fall on you.
Revisiting an old favorite
And while we're talking about browsing the shelves, another great way to find a book to read is to go back to the one you liked before. Even if you remember every beat, many books reward replay. The second time, you will discover all the subtle prefiguration, tips and clues impossible to spot if you do not know what will happen next.
Re-reading books is one of my greatest pleasures. Some characters are like old friends at this point. When I feel depressed, homesick or lonely, I often take a Terry Pratchett novel and dive for a few days. Problem solved!
I've actually read Guards! Guards! At least four times …
If you do not want to be bothered with the idea of learning a new set of characters (or world, magical system or mythology), catching a book you read before is the safest bet . Believe me; you will almost always like the book even more the second time.
Check the list of reviews on the sites you like
There are some critics and writers whose opinion seems to be close enough to mine. We do not agree on everything, but our tastes are similar enough that if they like a book, I will certainly love it, so when they recommend a book, I take note. Robin Hobb or Patrick Rothfuss giving a cover text is a sure way to get me on board.
It is not even necessary that it be a specific person. If a website you like that touches pop culture and publishes a summary of the books they liked or will soon be published, check it out. If you like what they write, there is a good chance that you like what they read. I always keep an eye on The Verge's publications on books.
As always, Google is your friend with these things. If you do not know if a site has published a list of recommendations, simply search for the site name and an associated term, such as "best book", "book list", or "book choice".
Check out the list of best sellers
Books can still become huge cultural discussion points. Gone Girl, Girl on a Train, the 50 Shades series, everything Dan Brown has written, and many other books have been on the top of bestseller lists for months and have attracted many fans.
Although there can only be one or two things on the New York Times list At a moment that interests you, it's always worth watching from time to time to see if something is sitting at the top, winning fans. It could be your new favorite book.
Ask someone in a bookstore (or librarian)
Nobody works in a bookstore for cold, hard money and a chance to fame. They do it because they love books and talk about books (and it's acceptable from a professional point of view when they do not serve customers or store shelves, to read). If you go to your local independent bookstore and ask the staff for some recommendations, I can guarantee you will get out of there with a heavy bag. Just tell them the kind of things you like and let them do the rest.
In addition, library workers are not the only ones who love books. Librarians are also an excellent source of suggestions. You can even get out of their building, teeming with books without spending a dime.
Ask a friend
It's not just people working with books who have a strong opinion about what you should read next; your friends, too, probably. If you have a companion who likes to read, especially one who has already made a good recommendation, hit him and ask him which book has sparked his enthusiasm recently. Boom! A new book on your reading list.
Choose a theme
One of the most fun ways to find new books to read is to choose a theme. Say, you're going on vacation to New Orleans at the end of the summer. Why not read a few books (maybe a fiction and a non-fiction?) In or around the city.
It's not even necessary to be in a place you visit. You can choose any theme that tempts you. A place that interests you, a particular historical event or period, books written only by a certain type of author or only books published in a given year. What's great is that by adding a little structure, it's easy to find your next book. You can not have New Orleans as a theme and not read A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole.
Books> Netflix. Do not tell me. Just read some this summer. You can even do it outside.