I'm wondering how other book lovers pick the next book to read. Where do you look for great books? Any kind of great new book - new romance, dystopian, post-apocalyptic, horror, suspense... I have my patterns of finding new books to read, but I can't help but wonder if I'm missing some great way, some secret, to discovering new and thrilling reads.
I read bestsellers. I'll buy pretty much anything by Elizabeth Hoyt, Dean Koontz, Lisa Kleypas, Jayne Ann Krentz. But I really love to discover new, emerging authors. The best places I've found for this are sites like ReadFree.ly, which sends daily / weekly digest email with great promotions (like free!) by indie authors. It includes a summary, the price, and the cover. I usually load up my Kindle when I have a chance to open and read these digest emails with the great book deals.
I love Goodreads. It has so many ways to connect and interact with readers and authors. However, there is a little bit of a disconnect for me between putting a book on my shelf and actually buying. For some reason, that extra step is a barrier. And I find it more difficult to take a chance on a new author when the book is a little more pricey.
I love browsing at books stores, big brands like Barnes and Noble and independent books stores (although these are becoming more difficult to find).
LifeHack posted 17 Ways to Find Good Books, and some I agree with, others I want to try (like Book Seer or WhichBook).
How do you find your next favorite books? Do you have a website you use, or do you depend on friends' recommendations? Please share your tips and thoughts in the comments.