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How to Find Books You Will Love Every Single Time

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How to Find Books You Will Love Every Single Time
How to Find Books You Will Love Every Single Time
How to Find Books You Will Love Every Single Time
How to Find Books You Will Love Every Single Time
How to Find Books You Will Love Every Single Time
How to Find Books You Will Love Every Single Time
How to Find Books You Will Love Every Single Time
How to Find Books You Will Love Every Single Time

Disclosure: This page contains affiliate links. In the event of a sale, I will be awarded a small commission (at no extra cost to you or the featured book’s author). All opinions are 100% mine and every book, unless otherwise noted, is handpicked by me to be featured on the site.

If you are like me, you don’t have the time or the money to waste on books you just don’t like. And, the books your best friend loves may not be the books you love.

While reviews on the internet have helped many readers understand more about a book than just the back cover reveals, sometimes those aren’t really helpful either.

It all comes down to personal taste.

So, let me share with you some of the tips and tricks that I’ve found useful when I’m looking for my next great read. Let’s get started learning how to find books you will love every single time!

Find a Community of Other Readers

One of the most common ways readers learn about good books is through community. Maybe that means conversations and repertoire with your local library staff. Maybe that means suggestions from other book club members, if you’re part of a book club. And maybe that means social media and web-based communities.

Like I said, not everyone will have the same taste as you, but the larger the group of voices, the more likely that you’ll find someone with similar tastes!

The first two resources (librarians and book club members) are great ways to find out about many good books, but the internet has its own treasure trove of resources.

I detailed many of these in a separate post about online communities here, but here’s a quick list of the top three:

  • Goodreads – You’ve heard of it. Maybe you’ve been a member for a while and use the site to look up reviews and ratings of a book you want to read, but have you utilized the groups feature? You can find like-minded readers in groups that read and recommend books from your favorite genre or topic. Learn how to search Goodreads groups to find what you like here!
  • LibraryThing – The lesser known cousin to Goodreads, LibraryThing actually predated the Goodreads site. With many of the same features as Goodreads, LibraryThing also provides groups where you can get suggestions from readers who love the same kind of books as you do!
  • Bookstagram – If you have an Instagram account, be sure to follow the #bookstagram hashtag and other book lover hashtags (check out this list!). I have discovered so many new and wonderful reads from Instagram. It really is a fantastic resource for readers, plus who doesn’t love pretty pictures of books?

Find Similar Books

Remember that book you loved and couldn’t stop thinking about? You really love reading all types of book, but THAT book…if you could just find something similar…

It’s a lofty request and, despite the world wide web, your search has come up short.

Here are two resources to help with you find that elusive next book.

Amazon’s Algorithm

If it’s been a while since you heard the word algorithm, don’t worry. All you need to know is that Amazon collects data on everything you buy and through that data, Amazon begins to understand you. Slightly frightening, but also kinda amazing because that means Amazon can guess, based on any previous books you’ve bought from them, exactly what you might like to read next.

Even if you don’t like to use Amazon to BUY your books, Amazon can use your browsing history to help you find books you like. It’s not detrimental to your favorite Indie book store if you use Amazon to learn more about a book and read reviews! In fact I would recommend it, because, as noted, Amazon will start learning your style and begin recommending books to you that you’ll probably love!

If you already use Amazon consistently, you may have scrolled past the lists of recommendations I’m talking about. At the time of this writing, there are SEVEN different lists of related books that come up when I search for a book I recently liked.

Here’s just three lists that were listed near the top of the page when I searched for Kristin Hannah’s book, The Four Winds!

Amazon Book Recommendations
Amazon Book Recommendations

So, go search for your favorite recent read and see what Amazon recommends for you! I bet it will be something you’ll love.

Book Browse

Have you heard of Book Browse? If not, I hate to say it, but please go check it out now.

This website is a book lover’s dream.

I’m not sure why, but Book Browse is a little hard to find online and discovering it felt like uncovering buried treasure.

My favorite feature? The Read-Alike recommendations.

Book Read Alikes
Book Read Alikes

Search for your favorite book and find two or more other books that are similar! For example, if you loved The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline, you can find two other similar books in their recommendations!

I will say the only draw back is that the site leans towards literary fiction, which I love, but I also love many other types of books.

Conquer the Search Engine

Still not finding what you like? Here’s one more trick to search Amazon like a pro, even if you want to buy from somewhere else!

Let’s look at Kristin Hannah’s book, The Four Winds again.

If you search for the book on Amazon, click on the page, and scroll down. Keep scrolling. STOP. Right there, just above the reviews is a little section that looks like this:

Amazon Product Details
Amazon Product Details

It’s called Product details and every book on Amazon has this section.

This section constantly changes as Amazon watches customers buy and rate books. BUT, it’s always there.

And, if you loved The Four Winds, then check out this trick. See that list in the photo, just below Best Sellers Rank? It says #3 in Mothers & Children Fiction, #5 in Women’s Domestic Life Fiction, and #6 in Historical Fiction.

Did you know you can click on those blue links and it will take you to a tiny subcategory of books just on that topic?!

That’s right, there is an Amazon list of books just under the Mothers & Children Fiction subtopic. Currently, it looks like this:

Amazon Subcategory Books
Amazon Subcategory Books

So, go search for your favorite book, scroll down to the Product details and check out the subcategories listed! You’re sure to find a similar book you will love!

And that wraps up How to Find Books You Will Love Every Single Time. I hope that you enjoyed reading all of the options available and that these tips will help you on your reading journey!

Let me know in the comments below if you’ve found any other wonderful tips and tricks to finding books you love!

Until next time, Happy Reading!

Disclosure: This page contains affiliate links. In the event of a sale, I will be awarded a small commission (at no extra cost to you or the featured book’s author). All opinions are 100% mine and every book, unless otherwise noted, is handpicked by me to be featured on the site.

Mallory
 

I’m Mallory Barnes, a fiction writer living in West Texas. My hope here is to encourage reading and discussion. In the digital age, we often live together so separately. Community and intellectual discussion are harder and harder to come by. I hope that Book Club Bites can help alleviate that by encouraging the birth and growth of book clubs.

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