I wrote a little while ago about the value of spontaneous book browsing and found out that many of you already have a very specific to-read list in hand when you go to the bookstore or library.
But, where does that list come from? The ether? GoodReads recommendations? Amazon reviews? Friends? Blogs?
More specifically, how do you find new authors that you just can’t wait to read? Once you already love an author, it’s easy to traipse through back-list land. But, a new one? A good new one? That’s a rare thing indeed.
This has been on my mind because I realized that a lot of my new authors I read are found at literary events like the Tucson Festival of Books. Attending panels with a mix of different authors allows me to kind of get to know an author directly and can turn me onto his or her books without ever having read a review.
Otherwise, I get a lot of my recommendations through other book blogs and friends. I can also be swayed to read something if it will lend itself to a work assignment (i.e., food or nutrition) or if it’s recommended by multiple people. Bonus points if a new author recommended is also in the Wendig/Sykes/Bear/Hearne/Rothfuss author party happening over on Twitter, also known as the “Taco Guild”… maybe… (but, this is another reason why I have my sights on Scott Lynch).
What I also find interesting is that I rarely take up recommendations from Amazon or GoodReads. It’s just not a point on my radar.
Anyways, rambly and such. Where do YOU go to find new authors?