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Find Book Recommendations: How To Use Social Media, Libraries And More!

Madeleine Rose Jones, Writing & Lifestyle

Find Book Recommendations: How To Use Social Media, Libraries And More!

Madeleine Rose Jones, Writing & Lifestyle

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16 Lessons (31m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Class Project

    • 3. Best Practices

    • 4. Genre

    • 5. Blogs & Booktube

    • 6. Search Engines

    • 7. Amazon

    • 8. Goodreads

    • 9. Magazines & Newspapers

    • 10. Forums

    • 11. Awards & Prizes

    • 12. Libraries

    • 13. Bookstores

    • 14. Educational Resources

    • 15. My Secret

    • 16. Conclusion

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About This Class


Welcome to Madeleine's class on finding book recommendations. Whether you are new to reading or an established bookworm, this course offers valuable tips on how to use the internet, social media and bookstores to your advantage. Enjoy!

This course covers:

  • Where to find book recommendations
  • Great resources to use
  • Libraries: Why they are great, and how to use them to your advantage
  • Tips on discovering more books

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Note: Are you into creative writing? I hope you find this course useful, and I plan to make more in the future. 

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Madeleine Rose Jones

Writing & Lifestyle


Hello, I'm Madeleine. And I've been there. Looking up at the ceiling, strolling around the garden, gazing at the stars... with hope that I'm creating the next big thing. Yet I stopped looking... and started to write. I've written science fiction, historical dramas, and speculative thrillers that keep the reader guessing. Oh, and I've learned from the best. Studying creative writing at Macquarie University improved my writing, and I'm excited to share it with you. 

Since 2019, I've run the literature & history blog Snowy Fictions, where I post short stories, articles and listicles all about the magic existing in both fact and fiction. My blog posts are used as educational guides for high schools in the United States, Canada and Australia. I've also given talks on Ol... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Welcome to this module, which is all about finding book recommendations. You'll enjoy. My name is Madeline rise giants, and my aim in this course is to help you find book recommendations and you'll enjoy. Before we begin, I want you to think hard about what you are looking for. You're reading, and what you want to get out of it. Are you reading for enjoyment? Or are you looking to deepen your analytical thinking? There's no right or wrong reason to read books. But understanding why you were looking for recommendations will help you find more suitable books and get more out of this course. This module is made up of various videos of where you can find book recommendations. Not all of them will be suitable for you and your mates. There's a decent chance you may have a negative experience with one of them. After all. The key to finding book recommendations and multiple sources. By mixing it up, you are more likely to find what you're looking for. And I hope in this course that you do. At the end of this module, you will create a list of book recommendations for yourself or for someone on the right track. Good. Let's begin. 2. Class Project: Welcome back. For this course, you will complete a class project. Over the course of these videos, you will build your list of book recommendations. I open up a Word document or a Google Doc, or grab a piece of paper and pen. And as the videos precede, he's my tips to discover book recommendations. Remember, it doesn't have to be a specific length. You can include as many books as you'd like. I also recommend you pick on her. The list is full and ask her, do you want to give book recommendations to what do you think they'll get out of them? The list this for yourself or for a loved one. Think carefully about their tastes. And what I'm a book say enjoy reading. I hope this is a fun class project and make sure you share it. Let's continue. 3. Best Practices: Let's get straight into it. When you search for book recommendations. The first thing you'll see is a cover. In most cases, this raises a question, should you judge a book by its cover? Book covers or how publishes sell their books towards certain styles, imagery, colors, and things will not appeal to you. Yes, you can take a risk and not judge a book by its cover. But there should be another appealing factor. Perhaps the book has an unappealing cava, but it's recommended over again. Not every book will appeal to you, but it's worth knowing what appeals to you. This takes time, but don't give up. Look at books you already like, preferably new releases. And note what they all have in common. Maybe they have certain characters or themes or written in a certain way. This process will help you articulate what appeals to you. The factors may appear to shower at times. You must understand. Book Marketing. Like any other marketing, relies on psychology. As said, this takes time, but don't give up. You must accept that you want like or read every book. And there is no shame in that. But you can turn what you do read into a worthwhile reading experience. Here's an exercise. Next time you are in a bookstore or library, look at a variety of book covers. Night, what appeals to you and what doesn't. When you enter a bookstore, you will be drawn to a particular section. Why, and what is this section? I said earlier, this is for psychological reasons and previous experiences you've had. I suggest you don't put too much stress on yourself to find the perfect book for your rating. Stressful, make raiding and discovering books less enjoyable and enriching. 4. Genre: Ask yourself, what is genre? Genre is how books are categorized? Think science fiction, bereavement, fantasy, crime, horror, and children's literature. There are subgenres and categories. Also. For example, fantasy fiction has epic fantasy as a sub-genre. Note, there is crossover between different sub-genres. Books can also blend genres. A great example is Jonathan Strange and Mr. mineral by Susannah clock. The novel mixes alternative history, fantasy, and historical fiction. This makes the novel overall how to define notes that you will not like every genre you come across. There is some you may heavily dislike. And you know what, that k, it doesn't make you a snob, less cultured or out of the loop. It's just human nature. Do not put pressure on yourself to like something that you do not. Mice, fictional books published today, uh, categorized into groups. Literary and commercial fiction. Commercial fiction novels, which are associated with genre fiction. Novels meant for a large audience. Literary fiction, on the other hand, and it's for prestige and prizes. A good comparison of the movies from Hollywood, commercial fiction IS summer blockbusters. Whereas literary fiction of a novel set when the Oscars, of course, it goes without saying, this categorization is not perfect and has infuriated many writers and readers. Some books blend both commercial and literary fiction, as we can see with the books by David Mitchell. However, this is how the publishing industry works. And although you and I may not like it, we have to accept it while looking for book recommendations because of this. When you read an enjoyable book, find out what genre it is marketed as. You'll discover similar authors. Note that this is no guarantee you likable. However, the point of this exercise is to develop your rating Thyestes. 5. Blogs & Booktube: Welcome back. In this video, you will learn how to use book blogs to find book recommendations. A book, book or a YouTube channel dedicated to books are usually run by one person. In the case of YouTube, there is a whole genre of videos called Book cheap. When using book blogs and book tube, you will learn how other individuals approach reading book blocks and book cheapest are great for recommendations. You can also gain insight into how others discuss books and what matters the other raiders, remember, everyone has a unique tastes that may not match yours. What you can do is use a book recommendation to find more books. More than that in the next few videos, also remember that opinions on books are influenced by a variety of factors. Doesn't mean you can't relate to your favorite book blogger. Even if they defect, you take note of what other people say about certain books. A blogger may dislike a book because of slow pacing. But if you aren't published by that, perhaps your interpretation will differ outside a book box run by one person. There a book websites. But they appeal to very specific audiences and you may not be in it. That's okay. Possessive realia. Not everything will appeal to you. But if you are part of that audience, great. There are plenty of book recommendations for you to enjoy, but don't get too stuck up on a book list from website that doesn't appeal to you. If a book is recommended over and over again, it may be a sign of popularity or the books marketing power. That doesn't mean you will necessarily enjoy it. However, using book, blogs, and video for recommendations requires patients. There is only so much content one person can produce. And in most cases, they will recommend based on audience feedback and their own tastes. But don't be afraid to ask questions. A simple YouTube comment about why they enjoyed a certain book, or if they have read and who my kit can spark an interesting conversation. 6. Search Engines: Welcome back. In this video, you will learn how to use search engines to find more book recommendations. Will focus on Google search, but you can also use DuckDuckGo or Yahoo search. Search engines are fantastic for finding book, blogs, and websites, but they are hard for social media communications. And search engines will not directly help you navigate, say Instagram. My advice is that when you use search engines, search for keywords associated with books, you're already alike. For example, unlike Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall trilogy, typing in Twitter historical fiction may yield helpful answers. As opposed to books like Wolf Hall, search engines work best when you have a clear idea of what you were looking for. Just remember that the Internet isn't that old. And Google Search want to capture all the books you are looking for, at least on the first page, it's a great idea to take some time out to properly use search engines. I also suggest as a method to look for authors, not books. What's great about search engines? Discover books but without peer pressure or being hit by negative or positive reviews. When I discover books five, search. I have the confidence to make my mind up about books. They can also introduce you to various universities, raiding philosophies, writers, networks, and more. Although I have my problems with various search engines, it may be one of the most important resources to discovering new books. Search engines give you a fantastic range of content, which is something I appreciate. 7. Amazon: Welcome back. Amazon is a massive company and is the most well-known bookseller in the world. They also own book depository and good rates. Personally, Amazon is hit and miss for finding book recommendations, but it can be useful. Amazon has a lot of clutter on its book interface. But if you narrow down what books you are searching for by genre, style, and topic. What's great about Amazon in this case, is how it targets books down to basic functions, which makes them easier to discover. They do not just have categories for say, history non-fiction, but medieval British non-fiction. That is far more Asia and helpful to find specific books of what you were looking for. For Amazon, note how many reviews a book has. The more it has, the more encounters the book has with the general public. However, he don't want to dismiss a book because of a lack of reviews or necessarily a low score. Think about why this novel has the number of reviews it has wasn't released by small publisher or self-published. Did it deal with a controversial topic? 1d wasn't really Steyn. All of these factors contribute to the public rage and novel hats. Amazon may not be everything to book publishing, but it's certainly a tool you can use to discover new books. 8. Goodreads : What is good rates owned by Amazon? Good rates is a social catalog website helping readers discover books via lists. Book pages, Author Q and A's, and forums. Good rates is comprised of lists generated from uses. These can feature hundreds of books. And with a simple click, you can discover more about a book that interests you. Think thematically when searching for lists. Perhaps he loved the literary references in the Hobbit. So you search for books inspired by Norse Sagas. Good rates has a bookshelf feature. You can add whatever book interests you. And remember, it's never an obligation to read that book. You may want to solve books by what you want to read, what you are currently reading, and what you have already read. Every user on good rates. Hi, I'm style. But they distinguish between books have already read and books they want to rate. Good rate is fantastic for tracking your progress with rating. Now onto rating reviews from good rates, uses can add their own reviews as well as comment on a tour of this reviews. Look at good rates as an extended virtual discussion about books, other Raiders reviews matter. Remember that good rate, in my experience, favors certain genres over others. A book may have far more reviews and another, and you may not consider that fair. I suggest writing your own reviews because it's a fantastic way to figure out what books you like and to become more articulate good rates has many communities. And you can directly ask for book recommendations. Not temporary form will appeal to you and it may take time to find a suitable forum. Good rates can seem intimidating and tricky to figure out at first. But with time, you'll get the hang of it. 9. Magazines & Newspapers: Welcome back. Magazines are not dead and they are fantastic resources to find book recommendations. Some magazines you want to check out include the London book review and The New York Times Literary Supplement. I also like smaller literary magazines such as quadrant, which space in Australia, there are hundreds of literary magazines and nearly all contain essays about books. However, don't limit yourself to literary magazines to find book recommendations. More established and general magazines such as the Atlantic and the spectator have sections dedicated to books and the arts. It can take awhile to find a magazine that really speaks to you in your tastes. But remember, you aren't looking for someone who always agree with you. You were looking for a guide who will develop your literary tastes. Every writer has it developed sense of taste and strong opinions. And magazines run the risk of bias, political motivation, or poor reasoning. That's part of journalism. But don't worry about your tastes not aligning with a journalist. You don't need approval for your own opinions. Because of this. Even if the writer is more well-read thing you, that doesn't mean they are correct. Develop your own opinions because it's okay to have them. The more books you read, the easier it is to have developed opinions on books. Reading, after all, is not a competition. When reading magazines, don't limit yourself to book reviews. Instead, checkout magazine interviews with writers and other established personalities. Practice and academics will mention books that inspire them or made them think near the end of the year, magazines usually have a best books of 2021. Lease, for example. Although the list is subjective, It's a great way to discover book recommendations. Perhaps analysts will feature an author you already love, but if you want to know the critical buzz for a book, you can. I suggest the website bookmarks. It's a fantastic resource that compiles book reviews from the Anglosphere. It's easy to use. When using bookmarks. You should read the review word for word. Do not just look at the rating or highlighted comments. It's important you understand their critics are coming from and what their position is. You may not always agree with bookmarks. I know. I certainly don't, and I strongly urge you to not let it fall to your opinions. It's okay to disagree with most critics. Most English-speaking literary critics disliked the fiction by Michelle hula BEC. But I don't, I love his work. That doesn't make anyone in this situation inferior or less cultured. Please keep that in mind when you read magazine, literary content. 10. Forums: Welcome back. In this video, you will learn how to use online forums to find book recommendations. There are numerous literary forums around, such as on Reddit, the book subreddit. Some forums have special pages dedicated to books and dumped. A form needs to be a certain size for you to successfully find book recommendations. What's great about forums has the ability to demonstrate personality and have personalized suggestions. Paypal on forums. In my experience, a very perceptive and can pick up on monetary tells easily. View forums as an opportunity to have conversations with raiders worldwide. I suggest you ask questions on these forums. Forums thrive when there is input. If you are curious about a book or need more details, you should definitely ask questions about it. However, a warning, beware of bold claims and grape think the problem with forms is that to conform, you may believe you have to read the same books and have the same opinions as everyone else. This tends to be antagonized with a thumbs up or thumbs down feature. And remember, just because sentiment is popular, doesn't make it true. More importantly, have fun on forums and don't be afraid to show your personality. People will gravitate towards that and you'll get better book recommendations. 11. Awards & Prizes: Welcome back. Every year, various awards are given, two novels and authors. In this video, you will learn how to use a prize giving system to find book recommendations. Note, the price of warning system is huge, yet it's also very small. Every year, great book slipped through the cracks. This is why maybe you should try smaller, more niche awards to find books. Also remember that not every genre is well represented in Prize granting fiction alone. Critique of say, the Nobel and the Man Booker prize is how they trade authors of fantasy and science fiction. But if you want fantastic books that are both classic and modern, look through various lists of authors and novels that have won prizes well over five years ago. Once a few titles seek out, consider whether any appeal to you personally. There's a lot of whole lot of prizes. And our recommend looking specifically for books that are at least five years old, whether they still have modern stand. A great example of what I'm discussing is the 1990s novel by, AS Byatt's possession. It won the Man Booker prize in that year. I read it in 2018. And because the ANOVA positives that time, I knew I was reading a book that is classic, high-quality, and modern. 12. Libraries : Welcome back. Libraries are a great resource at discovering new books. And it's sadly underused by many. Raid is. What's great about libraries is how they collection of books goes back decades or in some cases, centuries. It's also not subject to dimensional trends like bookstores and library collections tend to have better categorization. With these tape, you should use the skills of a librarian. This is how you use the librarians expertise. They aren't just good at technology and sorting out books. A fantastic librarian will know the ins and outs of particular books and recommendations. You could awesome book so popular or what new releases are coming in? Otho, a librarian can't read your mind. They can stay you in the right direction. They love books, in my experience, are excited to help you out. Library books are usually sorted in alphabetical order and a segment by genre or topic. Some books have stickers on them, which may lead to discovering similar books. Libraries may also have special spaces dedicated to genres like young adult fiction and graphic novels. Libraries also have a new book section which contain your releases. For some libraries, you copper these books up for a long time and they may have a lot of demand. But check out the new books regardless. Because for me, you can observe publishing trends and develop a great grasp of what books appeal to you. Some libraries have communities such as book clubs and talks from authors. Consider joining some if they interest you. This can help you connect with other rate is and can lead to more recommendations. In conclusion, USU Libraries fail also. 13. Bookstores: Some say bookstores are dying, but I defer bookstores, a lively places where you can discover new books. Even if you don't plan to buy anything. A vast majority of bookstores carefully categorize books by genre or theme and have special sections for different categories. Although I like bookstores, I understand they are businesses who must sell books. This is important to remember because our weren't like every book I rate. I'm also cautious about books. So Windows, because I know publishes pay bookstores to promote certain books over others. However, if you are interested in and releases the bookstore window is a fantastic way to find how books and not the method of using bookstores is to search for staff recommendations on a bookshelf. Staff might put stickers on nights, but how great set of books saw, it sounds strange, letting a stranger guide you book recommendations and what your aid. But it's only a problem if you don't read why they recommending about bulk. Bookstores are great places for exploring outside of your comfort zone as they are easy to get around. They are also niche bookstores, for example, with China, they sell Christian books or literature from and political persuasion. They may interesting that niche bookstores can only attracts niche markets. As Sarah Leah, not everything will appeal to you as a radar, but you can certainly find to a place in a bookstore. 14. Educational Resources: Welcome back. In this video, we will discuss educational resources in discovering book recommendations. Fast. Why do school study particular books? Well, it's the better understand a theme or concept or historical period. Usually schools and universities select the most notable books from a particular subject area. What's awesome about this is that the lists are created by those who know literature very well. This doesn't mean they are available or perfect. But educational resources give a comprehensive overview of literature. In my experience, universities are great ways to discover books because they mix the well-known within a lesson I. So why can you find what books University study. I suggest unit gods from universities and studied resources. For example, the University of Edinburgh publishes course descriptions and list of recommended ratings. If stopped, you can always google a university name, their English, saponin and unit gods. This May take some time, but it is a very consistent way to find book recommendations that are relevant to your interests. Guides also have learning modules which explain how the novel is used in a certain context. May 1 study Pride and Prejudice in a class about regency England, or in a class about strong female characters, both of these approaches will yield different results. And because of this, my advice is to check that the learning modules, so you will understand how others perceive the text as fiscal Bowles. Book lists from schools and curriculums are also a good stopped. But if they are from primary or secondary education, you should note that books are also chosen by Sun. Appropriateness as either a good books, it may not satisfy everything you're looking for. 15. My Secret: Welcome back. In this video, you will learn my sacred to find book recommendations. This method will supercharge your reading and help you discover works of fiction that may have slipped through the cracks. Here it is. Find literary influences. Ask yourself, who influence your favorite author? You can find this answer to this question as far as other literary influences throw Wikipedia or by an old-fashioned Google search. Another method you can use is finding interviews with the author. I use journalism and media to discover books similar to the one I'm looking for. Books are always in conversation with each other. And it's as if all literary books are connected. One, to find the spiderweb, you'll discover new books. Keep in mind that books respond to each other. For example, the novel, hate, hate, hate, hate speech was a response to Jonathan littles, the kindling ones. Even though the author of the former novel disliked the novel by little, he was still inspired by it. The same could be said for his dog materials by Philip Pullman, which responded to the Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis. Okay. Hello. 16. Conclusion : Thank you for participating in this course. I hope he'll blank valuable tips on finding book recommendations by the full yourself or for someone else. Please night. Please remember the class projects below because I'd love for you to share your book recommendations after roll. Sometimes the best recommendations you find from places you didn't expect or from impersonal settings. Regardless, I heard this course was useful and it will help you in your literary journey. Thank you.