8 Ways to Choose Your Next Book

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8 Ways to Choose Your Next Book

Do you love to read but are never sure what to read next? I know I do, particularly if I have just read something great. So how do you choose your next book?
 
If you want to break away from a particular series or a favourite author, try the following suggestions. They will give you insight into new authors, series, and genres based on what you already enjoy.
 
To start, think about what you actually like to read. Write down your thoughts and use them with the suggestions below.
   What is your favourite genre? Adventure, mystery, crime, sci-fi, non-fiction, etc.
   Who are your favourite authors?
   What are your interests?
 
Also, ask the people around you for book suggestions. They will more than likely lend you the book as well which is an added, cheaper bonus!

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Goodreads & LibraryThing

Goodreads and LibraryThing are two of the largest sites to get book suggestions. You can add your own books, get recommendations and connect with communities.
 
Goodreads is the largest database of books. You can add books to your Goodreads shelf and categorise them as you have read, are reading or going to read. You can post reviews and give book ratings.
 
LibraryThing lets you add books you have already read and those you want to read. You can add tags to these books through which you can then search for similar books.
 
You should explore Goodreads and LibraryThing if you haven’t already.
 
Rather than describing all the options on these comprehensive sites, I will highlight different options for finding the next perfect book.

What Should I Read Next?

Start by typing in the name of an author or book title to get new suggestions. You can explore further by clicking on the author and associated keywords in your list of recommendations.
 
The database is made up of readers favourite books so there are some limitations. When searching for children’s authors I found many missing titles, for example, searching “Emily Gravett’ The Rabbit Problem was the only suggestion. This would be more useful searching for adult fiction and non-fiction.
What Should I Read next

Example of results

YourNextRead

YourNextRead was developed to help you find your next book or discover new authors.
 
On the homepage, you can submit a book title, author and genre. Or you can browse books in collated lists, such as IBW Book Prize Shortlist or 10 of the best Children’s books. There is also a separate section for children’s books.
 
When you click on a book cover or search for a book, you will get a map of new suggestions. Clicking on one of these recommended books gives even more options. You could play around all day! Other options include adding your own suggestions and filtering your results.
 
YourNextRead has affiliate links to Amazon and it also connects with your Goodreads account.
Your Next Read homepage
Home Page
Your Next Read Results page
Results Page Example

WhichBook

Which Book Logo
Unique to Whichbook is the ability to search for books based on mood, emotion, plot shape, type of main character and setting.
 
After clicking on a category you can adjust the slider to indicate the type of book you are interested in. You can do the same for character, setting and plot.
 
Though not immediately obvious Whichbook has an authors list. Click on a authors name and choose a book to search for recommendations. They have their own lists for you to browse and you can create your own lists.
 
As with other similar sites you can buy through Amazon. But what I particularly loved was you can search the database of your local library to see if they have a copy.
Example of Sliders and Results

The Bookseer

Bookseer is a simple interface that greets you with one of three statements, including “Salutations. I’ve just finished reading ____ by ____. What should I read next?”
 
Simply fill in the blanks with an author and book title and you will get new suggestions. There are options to purchase the books through Amazon US affiliate links, which will not cost you anything extra.

Gnooks

Gnooks is a simple design. You submit three authors and you will get new author suggestions based on these choices. Under each new author, there are three options – I like it; I don’t like it; I don’t know As you click these options Gnooks recalculates to provide new author suggestions.

Gnooks suggestion
Gnooks Suggestion Example

BookBub

If you love a good book deal than BookBub maybe the site for you. BookBub sends daily emails with recommendations and great discounts on your favourite book genres and authors.
 
After registering you choose from a range of categories to narrow down the recommendations you receive. The recommendations provide a book summary, cost (highlighting the discount) and options to purchase the book for Kindle, Nook and iBooks.
 
You can also follow your favourite authors and receive notifications about discounts, new releases and preorders.
Book Riot has a quiz style list of questions to provide you with new recommendations. As you click through the questions you will be asked: “What sounds good?” (Stand alone or series, length, country, etc.)
 
At the end of the quiz, they will give you one main suggestion and a list of related books. What is interesting about the quiz is some of the options. They may make you think about other types of books you may want to try.
Book Riot Quiz
Example of Questions
Hopefully these suggestions will give you ideas on how to choose your next book. Have a play around and see which works best.
 
Let me know what you think of them in the comments! Do you have any other suggestions on how to pick your next book?

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