Finding good books to read can at times appear to be a troublesome prospect. However, in this age of global Internet communities and online sharing, you’re never far away from an incredible find. Courtesy of the Internet, and traditional means, here is a list of ways to find yourself an incredible new author. Outstanding? Indeed, sir/madam.
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2. Head for Nobel Prize Winners
Anyone who’s won a Nobel Prize in Literature knows what they’re doing. Think Jean-Paul Sartre (pictured above with Simone de Beauvoir and Che Guevara in 1960), Albert Camus, Pearl S. Buck, Alexander Solzhenitsyn and many other luminaries.
3. Take a Look at Best Books Ever Lists
There are plenty of them, but this Top 100 Books of all Time list was voted for by writers from around the world.
4. Avoid Best Sellers
This may sound like odd advice, but the books you see at the top of the charts may not exactly be riveting reads. Books can succeed merely on an authors name, or through a massive advertising campaign. If you really want to read a bestseller, check out a few reliable reviews beforehand (from critics and readers); otherwise, give lesser known authors a try.
5. Check Amazon reviews and ratings.
Dependent on the number of books that you are looking to read, whittle this list down to 50% of that number. This can be done by identifying books that multiple people recommend. You want to have a look at Amazon ratings and reviews. Especially look at reviews that are over 3 years old as they are less likely to be manufactured.
6. Go to Book Fairs
There are plenty of them in local areas, as well as national events. You can go along to these literary conventions and meet authors and talk to them directly about their book(s). Head straight to the source to see if you’d like to read a new book. The Publishers Association book fair list is a good place to start, but there will be more localized events if you do a community search.