5 Tips for Choosing a Good Book

a stack of books to choose from

This guest post is by Johnny Glayson from Guest Post U.

Whether you read a lot or just every now and then, it might be hard to find a good book to read. Even the avid book reader can only read a tiny portion of the many books that are published. At any time, book stores probably contain more books than a person could read in a lifetime. So, how do you choose the one to read? Below are five great tips to help you out. 

1. Ask Your Friends

Ask your friends, family and others you know for good book recommendations. Your friends probably have a lot of similarities to you and will know what kind of books you might enjoy. Asking friends can help build your relationships as well because your friends will know it was a compliment that you asked for their opinion.

2. Authors You Like

Try to think about the books you’ve read in the past. Think of which ones were your favorites, and find your next book by that same author.

3. Bestseller List

Most newspapers and online websites publish the current best-selling book list. If you can’t find it in the newspaper, check online or ask a book store clerk at a local book store. They will have the most up-to-date best-selling list. 

4. Joining Book Clubs

Book clubs are places where a group of people get together and discuss the books they read. In most cases, book clubs read about one book per month. They are usually free, but members might put some money in the pot for food and drinks. Usually, members try to take turns hosting a monthly book club meeting. You can usually find a local book club online or by visiting your public library.

5. Amazon

If you visit Amazon.com, you can find ratings on books that other users have read and rated. They also have several customer reviews on books they’ve read. When you look at the book, it also suggests other books you might enjoy if you liked that book. By first finding some of your favorite books, you can then find more by the suggestions that they offer.

If you go to a bookstore looking for a book to buy but you’re not sure which book to get, turn the book over and read the review, the contents of the book and the details about the author. This will give you a good idea about the book. Most bookstores arrange their books by topic, so you have a lot to choose from.

There are probably a lot of other ways you can choose some good books to read. If you want to try a book you don’t feel sure about, you can save yourself from losing money by borrowing the book from your local library. If you don’t enjoy it, you can stop reading it, return it and pick up something else.

Whatever way you choose, you should be able to find a few good books by using some of the tips above.
Johnny Glayson is a high school English teacher who writes all about literature, reading and education. His recent work is on the Top 10 Special Education Degree Programs.

All the best,

 “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis
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