How to Find Your Next Read

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Finding your next read can be a battle unto itself. There are SO many options around every corner that it can be hard to pinpoint exactly what you want to read next. Mystery? Suspense? Romance? Thriller? Biography? Like I said… Too many choices. When I’m looking for a new book to add to my “Saturday Reads” list (which is so old that for the life of me, I can’t remember why I named it that), I rely on a handful of websites and newsletters to steer me in a direction that I know I’m going to like.* Check them out and see if they can help you find your new favorite masterpiece!

Purewow Books: Purewow is a lifestyle website that has a section dedicated to the latest and greatest titles. While they do have lists that contain some of the most recent best sellers, Purewow always spotlights a few lesser known titles that have unfortunately managed to fly under the radar. Some of the most interesting books I’ve read lately have come from Purewow’s spotlights. They also have a ton of lists, ranging from “40 Books to Read Before 40″ to “6 Essential Books for Graduates,” and I love all of them.

Book of the Month: As advertised, Book of the Month is a book subscription website that showcases five new books each month, selected by celebrity guest judges. The books range in genre from romance, to non-fiction to psychological thriller and you select one book each month to be mailed to you. Now I have to admit that while I love the idea of this service, I do not subscribe to it. I do, however, love all of the books they highlight and add at least three each month to my Saturday Reads list.

The Everygirl: The Everygirl, a Chicago-based culture and lifestyle website for women, is another one of my favorite places to find lists of books, short stories and internet reads. They always have different themed lists and I can always find something I want to read included in their roundups. They also do great recaps of some of the season’s hottest books that I love. I always find it so interesting to see how two people interpret the same story and The Everygirl’s recaps never disappoint.

#RWBookClub: While not a website and potentially a questionable selection tool, I find myself again and again engrossed in the books that Reese Witherspoon highlights with her #RWBookClub hashtag on Instagram. She recommends pop culture best sellers, but she also tends to stray a little darker with different psychological thriller novels which I am definitely all about.  I concede that #RWBookClub might be a bit of a skeptical selection, a good book is a good book and Reese knows how to pick ’em.

*I feel that it should be noted that while I am supportive of all genres of books, I tend to stay pretty mainstream with my selections, mainly so that I can engage in social media conversations about the latest “best seller” or “cultural phenom.” Thus, these lists showcase just those sorts of books and (the vast majority of the time), they do not disappoint. Happy reading!

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