I hope your 2018 is off to a great start!
Today I’m sharing how I find books to read. It’s no secret that I read a lot, which means I try to stay aware of interesting books so I always have something great to read next. I tend to draw book selections from a few trusted sources that include podcasts, book bloggers, online communities about books and reading, and word of mouth. With the start of a new year, I thought I’d share these resources with you in the hopes that they help you find some great new books for 2018!
LeVar Burton Reads is a relatively new to me podcast. With each episode, LeVar Burton, well, reads to you! His luxurious and emotive voice makes for easy listening. Burton’s passion for reading easily comes through with every word he speaks. He reads from a variety of stories, ensuring that recommendations come from everywhere. I especially recommend this for fans of his show The Reading Rainbow. Although, is there anyone alive who didn’t like that show?
Read or Dead is a podcast from Book Riot, more on them later, that focuses on mysteries and thrillers. Hosts Katie and Rincey do a fantastic job of recommending both new releases and backlist books and often do theme episodes to share multiple books surrounding one author or topic. They also share mystery/thriller book news, which keeps the listener informed of upcoming new releases and even film/tv adaptations.
Reading Glasses, hosted by Brea Grant and Mallory O’Meara, is another new to me podcast. This one covers all sorts of topics, from book gifting guidelines to reviews of reading lights to how to read on your electronic device in the bathtub. The two hosts have great chemistry and it feels like listening to your two best friends talk about the one thing they love most. I would say Reading Glasses is slightly less focused on new releases and instead favors sharing backlist books, which I always think is a good idea.
Reading Women, hosted by Autumn and Kendra, is one of my favorites. They conduct author interviews, recommend fantastic books that you probably haven’t heard of, and even have their own literary prize! This podcast only features books by and/or about women, which is a great way to, as they put it, “reclaim half the bookshelf.”
Crime by the Book is a fantastic book blog. As you’ve probably guessed, she reviews mysteries and thrillers. She takes great photos and works in the publishing industry, which means she often shares upcoming books on which she’s working. Also, she’s had this blog for a little while now, and has an extensive backlog of book recommendations. I would highly recommend this book if you enjoy reading mysteries and thrillers.
Simone and Her Books is one of my favorite Instagrammers. She takes great photos, reads fantastic books, and has super cozy socks! Check out her Instagram and you’ll see what I mean. I love that she reads a variety of books and never hesitates to talk about the importance of diversity in reading and books.
Book Riot is probably my go to source for all things bookish. They share articles, videos, lists, quizzes, giveaways, and more! I especially love their newsletters, which are dedicated to specific categories. They have several genre specific ones, including romance, YA, kids’ lit, and mystery. They also have ones about book news and new releases. Book Riot is a fantastic resource if you’re looking for a book to read, giveaway to enter, or a bookish activity to complete!
Hello Sunshine is the new and soon to be launched media company by Reese Witherspoon! If you haven’t followed it or even Witherspoon herself on Instagram, do so immediately. Witherspoon is a voracious reader and has fantastic book recommendations. Remember how much I loved The Alice Network? That came recommended from Witherspoon herself! I’m anxious to see how this community develops but I know it will be full of great reads!
That’s it for today! Where do you find books to read?