Nathan Bransford, Author


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Where Did You Hear About the Book You're Reading?

Last week we all shared what we're reading at the moment.

Marketers and publicists and literary agents and everyone else interested in sales wants to know: how did you hear about it?

Also: where did you buy/borrow/acquire/steal it from?






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Anonymous said...

Reading The Strain. Heard about it from Colleen Lindsay on Twitter.

Liana Brooks said...

Just finished Trouble with Demons. Won it from a blog promoting the release.

joelle said...

I used to do a lot of library browsing, but now I have a friend who is a MG/YA sales rep for Penguin Canada and she gives me about 35-40 ARCs every few months. My library use now is pretty much requests based on what I read about on blogs or personal recommendations from friends.

Annette Lyon said...

My parents. They have good taste. They're out of the country on an assignment, and I got to raid Mom's bookshelves to "store" some of her books while they're gone.

I'm reading Michener's The Source from that box right now.

Up next will likely be my good friend Janette Rallison's My Fair Godmother.

Anonymous said...

I am reading "Whisper in the Dark" by Robert Gregory Browne from the public library.
I heard about him since following him on twitter.com @RGregoryBrowne
Great storyteller.

P.S. I love your blog the best of all of blogs I've seen! So much great and useful information for me...Thank you

Chatty Kelly said...

Just read The Noticer which is marketed everywhere, but I got it free from Thomas Nelson's blogger review program. Now I'm reading Surrender All, which another marketer sent me for free to review on my blog. Loving some free books in exchange for my opinion...(which I'd happily give for free!)

Tomara Armstrong said...

I just got Paris Pan Takes the Dare by Cynthea Liu (UPS this morning). I ordered it earlier this week after reading her post on Twitter :-)

~2
P.S. I have been ordering/reading a lot of Twitter suggestions.

Lisa Katzenberger said...

Reading Between, Georgia by Joshilyn Jackson. Found her via her blog, Faster Than Kudzu, which some other blogger linked to. Her blog is hysterical and her writing is beautiful.

Anthony said...

Reading Silver Phoenix.

Heard about it via a blog post.

Heh, I blogged about this topic this morning. Here's a fiscal year's worth of "where I heard about the books I bought".

Bryce said...

I am reading The Monsters of Templeton, which I picked up while browsing my local bookstore, Powell's in Portland, Ore.

Jessie17 said...

I peruse "Good Reads" comments and I also look at recommendations Amazon makes for me based on what I have purchased in the past. I read almost everything on Kindle now, which has been limiting some of the YA I can purchase.

Melissa Klug/@permanentpaper said...

Reading CUTTING FOR STONE by Verghese, which I had heard about when it launched via media sources but also was endorsed heartily by Ann Kingman of Books on the Nightstand podcast/blog; also reading FIVE FINGER FICTION by Brooks Sigler, whom I met on Twitter. Most of the books I've read this year have come from Twitter chatter (incl TINKERS, EPICURE'S LAMENT, A RELIABLE WIFE, MISTER PIP, SAG HARBOR, etc.)

MeganRebekah said...

Lastest books I've read I've heard about through blogs.

Before I started blogging I found books by browsing at B&N, seeing the movie first (hooked me on Harry Potter and Twilight), or a recommendation from Amazon.

R.N. Drum said...

The book I just finihsed and the book I am reading now came directly out of my Twitter connections. The former was being promoted heavily via tweets by the author and other fans, and the latter was the result of winning a contest by a Twittering publisher.

That being said, I usually hear about books through blogs or word of mouth from friends and family.

JohnO said...

Reading The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, a recommendation from my aunt.

Still reading Night Work: The Sawchuck Poems, which I found on the Canadian Fiction book table when I was visiting Toronto.

Word verification/good name for a land in a fantasy novel: Eurnrook.

Lori A. May said...

I’ve just started reading Emily Ate the Wind by Peter Conners (Marick Press). I picked it up, full price/new, a few weeks back at a literary festival/book fair.

Gorgeous cover. It’s an odd read, but I mean that in a good way. Complex. Textured. Intermixing sketch stories that present Conners as a very visual writer.

Erika Robuck said...

I just finished The Time Travelers Wife. I heard about it through several blogs and personal recommendations. I bought if from (shh....) Amazon. (I had a deal for free shipping, and I have three children, which makes store buying tricky.)

Anonymous said...

I'm reading "The People of Sparks", the second book in the Ember series by Jeanne DuPrau. I picked up "The City of Ember" after I saw Tim Robbins on the Daily Show promoting the movie. I never got around to seeing the movie, but the books are fabulous and I'm so glad I heard about them.

SB said...

I'm reading a historical romance (moderately trashy, but it could be much worse). It was recommended to me on Amazon based on another book I enjoyed, and I bought it for Kindle for iPhone.

It was a total impulse buy (one click shopping from the iPhone after reading the first chapter for free -- dangerous!) and after reading this article, I'm not sure I'll buy many other Kindle books, although I'm a total ebook addict.

One Woman Revolution said...

Walked past it on the shelf in the library 2 days ago. Now reading Scarpetta, by Patricia Cornwell.

Sara said...

Reading Jodi Picoult's My Sister's Keeper. I've meant to pick up a Picoult novel for a while now and with all the hype about the movie around I was reminded to do it.

Bought it at Chapters (Canadian version of Barnes & Noble).

Kristi said...

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - BTW, I just started this book and have fallen in love with it which only happens to me a few times a year. I heard about it from my friend who chose it as our book club pick of the month (we take turns picking which book everyone else will read). I later heard about it again from my mom who is in a book club in Florida and she said everyone loved it.

Mostly, I hear about books from the women in my book club (I think I read a lot, but some of the women in it put me to shame. They read 10-20 books a month, so they're always giving me suggestions about what they think I'll like.) Also, I've read several books based on the lovely folks who comment on this blog.

Overall, word of mouth is the way I find my books. I don't pick based on those Amazon suggestions that say "People who bought this book also liked..." That just ticks me off because they don't know me. Hope that helps.

C.L. Coons said...

Reading Sex as a Second Language by Kwitney... and it was recommended to me by a fellow romance writer, as we're attempting to read our genre more.

Bryce said...

Good point, Lori May. In addition to my comment above, I should add that what initially made me pick up The Monsters of Templeton was it fantastic cover, which was facing out from its position on the bookshelves.

My decision to purchase the book was cemented when I read the intriguing jacket copy.

Anonymous said...

Glass Bead Game came from my Amazon Wish List. I searched Amazon for Hesse because Siddhartha was good, then added it to my list. My Amazon Wish List is linked on my Facebook page and most presents I get come from it, because my family/friends are awesome.

Q: What are "book trailers" worth? Why does Galleycat constantly post about book trailers? I buy tons of books (strictly by dead people, though) & never would even think to look at something presented as a "book trailer." I am interested in books only when they're not obviously being sold to me. Am I alone? Should I as an author w/ first book in the pipeline be thinking of such a crazy thing as a trailer?

Livia said...

Reading "How to Write Science Fiction" by Orson Scott Card. I first saw it on the syllabus of a Writer's Digest workshop.

©DGreer said...

Story Circle Network Book Reviews site http://www.storycirclebookreviews.com and also my library's e-letters. Beyond that, author blogs, blog book tours, and Twitter. There are way too many good books out there, and not nearly enough time. LOL.

Dani
http://twitter.com/blogbooktours

Beth said...

Reading two books at the moment:

A Princess of Roumania by Paul Parks. This was sent to me as part of a gift bag of books from a World Fantasy Convention I registered for but was unable to attend. Sat on my shelf for a long time, but kept hearing good reviews of it, so I finally decided to try it.

Jewels: A Secrey History by Victoria Finlay. Reading this one because I'm fascinated by gems and because I read and loved another of her books, Color: A Natural History of the Palette. That one I discovered because someone mentioned it on a blog.

So in both cases, I'm reading my current books because of some form of word of mouth.

Natalie N. said...

I puruse the books at Walmart. I saw Fablehaven (book 1) and liked the look and the blurb and made my husband buy it for me. When I found out there was a book 2, we went to Walmart and picked it up too. Most of the books I read I see while purusing the shelves in Walmart or Borders.

Twilight I heard about on the radio though. The DJ said his wife read it and went crazy for it. I had to find out what the hype was about.

TamiJean said...

I'm reading Stray by Rachel Vincent now, but I get most of my book recommendations from various blogs. The last two successes for me were from the Deadline Dames blog, specifically. I'm more likely to trust a recommendation given by someone that I respect, and I love the Deadline Dames blog enough to take what they say seriously.

...you know, even if the author is one of the bloggers and thus has a vested interest. *winks*

I will also sometimes traverse the "Customers who bought this also bought" list on Amazon, but I'm finding it less enjoyable to surf their site lately, so I only do that when my deep well of books on reserve at the library goes bone dry.

I will almost always borrow a book from Inter Library Loan first. If it's good enough to read again, I'll buy it, typically in paperback. If it's REALLY good, I'll go ahead and buy all of the books in the series without waiting for the library method.

I await with tender anticipation the date when ebooks become financially viable. I can skip the library altogether if I can afford an electronic copy of the book, and still buy hard copies of the "keepers".

Pat Lafferty said...

Moby Dick - high school English class. Fables TPBs - given to me by my brother. Brass Verdict - given to me by a friend.

lauramanivong said...

Reading RIVER SECRETS, by Shannon Hale (from library).

Learned of Hale through word-of-mouth from fantasy author Elizabeth C. Bunce.

©DGreer said...

Oh, and I did read "Olive Kitteridge" after the Pulitzer reviews came out. It was very good. I don't usually seek out the bestseller lists though.

Dani

stephanie said...

Reading The Planets by Dava Sobel. Didn't so much "hear about" as looked for once I finished Galileo's Daughter.

Also reading Blue Boy, which I purchased after hearing about it here.

Sara J. Henry said...

SEA OF POPPIES by Amitav Ghosh. Borrowed from library, but like it so much will buy a copy. Found it because it was repped by my agent.

Mira said...

I find books lots of ways.

Friends and family recommend books. We exchange books often.

Sometimes I'll browse Amazon and look at reviews, or recommendations. That's fun. I can spend hours doing that.

Occasionally I'll wander the aisles at Barnes and Noble or Borders and see what's around. Those are fun days, where I'll take a big pile back to a comfy chair and look through them.

Lately, I've been checking out agent sidebars. I'm here, let's take a look. If I like the agent, maybe I'd like the books they represent, too.

I would have heard about books through advertisements on T.V., or in newspapers, magazines or billboards. Oh yeah. Except there aren't any.

Mrs. Myers @ Eat Move Write said...

Reading The General's Daughter by DeMille.

I heard about it when it was assigned in my book club. (Really don't like it - not my writing style at all.)

Bought it at Borders. I always try to buy at the bookstore. I know that helps authors out.

SJDuvall said...

I like to go to my area bookstores (Borders, Barnes & Noble, Daedalus Books) and just explore the sections for new books. That's the most exciting thing for me. (Because mostly, I go to the bookstores with a book already in my head that I want). If I already know I want it, it's from a friend who has read it, a recommendation from an author I already love, or a review from PW.

serenity said...

The Eyre Affair. I heard it from a friend first and then from lots of buzz online - many people on twitter or in blog posts saying they had just read or were planning to read it.

Caty said...

I'm in the middle of several books, but today I've been making progress on two: Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope, which was a birthday present, and Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin, which I found out about on the LibraryThing website and ordered from Amazon.

Matilda McCloud said...

I'm picky--not too highbrow, not too lowbrow, so I have to go to the bookstore and look at the book and read the back cover copy and a bit inside. I guess my books are "preselected"--the ones that end up on the new trade paper table in B&N. I circle the table until I find something that intrigues me--I have to say these days it's usually narrative nonfiction. One of the best books I found this way recently was The Red Leather Diary: Reclaiming a Life through the Pages of a Lost Diary by Lily Koppel. I reject books that sound too depressing or intellectual, too chick lit-ish, ie Southern debutante lit(though I do love some chick lit), or is another novel about a horrific death in the family that has lasting ramifications blah blah.

Kristi said...

Nathan - I thought of one other thing that might be helpful which is how people find their book club picks. Several women belong to some of those reading circle websites and get free books for registering with them. On several occasions, they loved these free books enough to pick it for book club. The last two I picked for book club were The Alchemist and The Life of Pi, but they had just been on my "to read" list for so long that I knew I'd get to them if I was hosting the book.

Eva Ulian said...

My last book was a present for Christmas from my niece across the Channel with the following handwritten note:
"It is what everyone is reading in England... But I am sure you can do better than this..." "It" is a huge best seller and and movie office breaker- still haven't read it.
PS I can scan you the note if you don't believe me.

Melanie Avila said...

I'm about to start ANNA KARENINA. Couldn't tell you where I first heard of it, but I swiped it from my mom. :)

Kelly said...

I am finally reading The Graveyard Book. I read so many great reviews on others' blogs about it!

Mira said...

Oh whoops.

Typo in my last post. I left out a character. I posted:

"I would have heard about books through advertisements on T.V., or in newspapers, magazines or billboards. Oh yeah. Except there aren't any."

I forgot something important. The exclamation points, as in: there aren't any!!!!!!!!

Toni McGee Causey said...

The Scent of Shadows by Vicki Pettersson

Heard about it from a blog and Janet Reid

Chaff said...

Right now I'm reading "The Secret Life of Bees" and "American Gods" by Neil Gaiman. The first one was passed on to me by a critique partner. I picked up the second while scoping out B&N and bought it due to a combination of name recognition and an interesting blurb.

WindyA said...

Reading The Girl She Used to Be by David Cristofano

Won it on an agency blog contest

(Really good so far, btw.)

Dara said...

Heard about mine from the various book review blogs I read; that's generally how I find what to read next. I also find a lot of interesting books by being on Goodreads.

Also, another aspect comes from browsing bookstore shelves and making notes about titles of interest. Then I go home and search for reviews on it to see if it'll make my ever-growing to-read list.

When I decide what to read, I get it from the library first, unless it's an author I love or a book that I'm really waiting to read.

Of course I may have to start spending a lot more time in the bookstore especially if our state goes ahead with their planned library cuts, which will make acquititions low and will close many library branches. But I'm hoping that it doesn't come to that--I don't know what I'd do without my local library branch--I'm there at least twice a week.

That Girl said...

Currently reading In Ashes Lie by Marie Brennan; I knew the release date because I read her blog, but I knew about the book because I read the first in the series Midnight Never Come [recommended by a friend]. Also reading Ratio by Michael Ruhlman, which I heard about on a cooking blog.

M Carleton said...

I'm reading "Blood Rites" by Jim Butcher (recommended by a friend), On the Road by Jack Kerouac (recommended by Visual Bookshelf application on Facebook).

Most of my recommendations these days come through the Visual Bookshelf application itself, or from seeing what my friends are reading when they post reviews on that application.

Oh, and being the poor graduate student that I am, I almost never purchase books unless they are reference material. I go through the library for everything else.

D. G. Hudson said...

I learned about the novel, 'To Have and to Have Not' when visiting Key West, Florida and touring the Hemingway House. At the time, I was researching the period of his life when he was living and writing in Florida. My intrigue started from reading a current release at that time - 'A Moveable Feast' - a story of Hemingway's early Paris years.

Much of the writing information that I found online afterwards, was from the Hemingway House website.

The Mary Higgins Clark book I'm also reading I heard about from a couple of mystery websites that I visit.

Blogs and author websites are great resources where I learn about books of interest.

Great post idea. There will be a broad spectrum of responses to this type of question.

The next question could be 'what made you decide to buy it, borrow it, etc? Was it the cover, the story blurb, or reviews you've read?'

Stay healthy.

Dawn said...

I heard about ON WRITING from a writer's section on a fansite I belong to AND here, of course! I purchased it from Amazon.com. :)

Model1911a1 said...

Hollywood Crows by Joseph Wambugh. Heard about the book at the Fraternal Order of Police bar in Washington DC. Bought audiobook at Barnes & Noble, Tysons Corner Mall.

Casey said...

I just finished reading Evermore by Alyson Noel. I actually first heard of it and picked it up because of her Publisher's Marketplace page and all the fabulous blurbs she has on there.

That was a first for me. I normally buy books because of word of mouth in the online YA community.

Anonymous said...

I'm currently reading "Don't Judge a Girl By Her Cover." My little sister recommended the series a few years ago. Most of the books I read come from recommendations from friends or family members, but I have found a few on blogs lately.

Travis Erwin said...

I'm reading Freudian Slip by blog world pal Erica Orloff and I heard about it on her blog.

A Paperback Writer said...

Obviously, I'm reading other things than what I was reading last week.
Voyageurs by Margaret Elphinstone. I bought this in Scotland a couple of years ago and forgot I had it. It's now available in the US, but it wasn't when I first got it. I remembered I had it after I got the Edinburgh International Book Festival catalogue last week and found that Elphinstone is releasing and new book, which, of course, isn't available in the US yet. That's why I found the one of hers I had.
I "discovered" Elphinstone back in 2002 or 03 when I heard her do a reading for Hy Brasil (fabulous book!). I've purchased most of her stuff (either in Scotland or through amazon.co.uk) ever since. I can't wait to get the new one.
Sorry this is long.

JuLo said...

I heard about Outlander from a blog post. I learned there were sequels from goodreads.com. Probably 50% of the books on my to-read list are just from perusing goodreads and blogs. Another 25% is direct recommendations from people I know. And the other 25% is well-known, word of mouth books that I've been meaning to check out just to see what all the fuss is about. For example, the Da Vinci code. No, I still haven't read it.

dunciso said...

Linked from someone's blog.

Last couple of books: borrowed from sister, was fan of author before her debut, bought at yard sale.

Marsha Sigman said...

The current book I am reading is Skin Trade #17 in a series by Laurel K Hamilton, the Anita Blake series. By now I feel like I know Anita almost as well as I know myself.ha I like to think she is who I would be if vampires were legal and werewolves were my next door neighbors.
I heard about the series from a friend who was addicted and it only took reading the first one to hook me. Word of mouth is how I hear about a lot of good reads. Quite a few of my friends read and we like the same kind of books, anything that takes us completely away from our own reality.

ericanaone said...

For the books I mentioned last week: Ari Juels' Tetraktys was an ARC I received from the author (an acquaintance through my day job); I bought Carol Emshwiller's Carmen Dog from a warehouse sale held by the publisher, Small Beer Press. I know I like the books SBP puts out, so I just went crazy on the warehouse sale and bought indiscriminately. I heard about Tania Hershman's White Road and Other Stories through the network of blogs I read--her publisher, Salt Publishing, had been getting some publicity because the press was in dire straits. I decided to try one of their titles, and most of the blogs mentioning Salt had linked to Hershman's blog, so I bought her book. I bought it online from Powell's. The Harry Potter books my husband was reading are from our home library. They were all bought on opening day from various bookstores, depending on where we were living at the time. For bonus points, I'm now reading the Traveller RPG core rulebook, put out by Mongoose, which I bought from a local SF/fantasy indie bookstore. I picked up a preview for it last year at free RPG day, and that finally filtered through my brain and turned into a purchase.

Joanne McGonagle said...

I am reading;
The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards- heard about from a friend

Second Chance by Jane Green via Twitter

True At First Light by Hemingway-via I am not certain. Had it for awhile

In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan via a friend in the food industry

Eric said...

The cover leapt out at me from the bookstore shelf. As most often is the case.

Jeanie W said...

I vaguely remember reading about The London Eye Mystery on a couple of blogs about a year ago. When I saw it for sale in paperback at Barnes and Noble, I snapped up a copy.

Marsha Sigman said...

I forgot to mention I bought it online, Barnes and Noble. Free shipping and 20% off sale. You can't beat that with a stick.

A Paperback Writer said...

I just read through 50 or so comments and found I seem to be the only person who's reading a book because she met the author. Wow. I actually have read at least 25 books because of meeting authors BEFORE I'D HEARD OF THEIR BOOKS. This author list would include Neil Gaiman, Ian Rankin, Stephenie Meyer (yeah, I've actually read them -- and I have issues with them), Margaret Elphinstone, Doris Lessing (yes, really -- but I can't stand her stuff), Aprilynne Pike, Debi Gliori, and Stuart Hill. I LOVE going to readings and book festivals.

However, I often get my reads off of sites that recommend YA fiction, such as Bookshelves of Doom.

Xiexie said...

I just finished The Forest of Hands and Teeth which I heard about on another blog -- don't remember which. I love zombies ^_^

I'm finishing The Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho which was recommended to me by a friend and the cover is odd which engaged me.

Horserider said...

Halfway through Ender's Game. Um...I can't remember exactly where I heard about it. But I found it in the library. :)

Rebecca @ The Book Lady's Blog said...

I'm reading JANE EYRE, which I heard of, well, everywhere, but I'm reading it right now because I wanted to have a classic to read alongside Jack Murnighan's BEOWFUL ON THE BEACH. I heard about that one at Books on the Nightstand.

Alexa said...

I'm reading Wings by Aprilynne Pike. I read about it on several blogs, which is where I find most recommendations these days.

I got it from the library, I'm trying to cut back on my book buying.

Kimber An said...

The Fantasy Debut book review blog.

fantasydebut.blogspot.com

I also review, so I emailed the author and she promptly sent me the book.

Jolie said...

I almost always end up reading books (new and old) that I've heard about online. Not necessarily reviews, although I do read a lot of those if someone links to them. But more often I hear about a book because blogs and Twitter allow me to listen in on people's musings and conversations about the books they like. I can also say with certainty that I've turned other people on to my favorite books by blabbing about them online.

I've also got a book on my TBR list because it's written by my former college workshop instructor, but I wouldn't have spent my money on it if I hadn't seen positive comments about it online (Amazon, Goodreads, etc).

writeidea said...

I'm reading Madame Bovary by Gustaf Flaubert and The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. I heard about The Name of the Wind via Tor's blog and kept popping up as a title to read after that.

Yunaleska said...

Just finished 'The Last Book of Salem' by Katherine Howe. Due out 25th June. At the moment I'm fortunate in getting review copies of books (as long as I keep reviewing, it should hopefully continue for a while). It's great to see what's on the market, and read them fresh off the press.

Although the more I follow book review blogs, the more I'm making note of what sounds good and adding them to my TBR list.

Vacuum Queen said...

I noticed a bag of paperbacks in my mom's garage...it was the bag to take to the used book store. She was trading in her recent reads, so I dug through and grabbed 3 or 4 with the most interesting covers. She remarked that the Kate Atkinson one was the best of the bunch and so I started that one first.

I got my last year's faves that way too - hand me downs/intersting covers.

Dominique said...

Dead Until Dark
A sale of $1 books at University of Nebraska at Lincoln bookstore/student center.

Bonnie said...

I'm reading "The Indifferent Stars Above," about the Donner Party. I saw it in the Book of the Month Club flyer.

Beth said...

I'm still working on Highway 99: A Literary Journey through California's Great Central Valley. It's a collection of essays, stories, and poems on my home region. As I've lived far away from there for almost ten years, nostalgia increases and I read (and write) more about the San Joaquin Valley. I found and bought this book by searching on Amazon, though I've also visited the publisher's website, Great Valley/Heyday Books. I own a number of their titles and love supporting a small publisher that specializes in "my home."

I find out about most books through 50bookchallenge on LiveJournal or agent and author blogs. This one is an exception.

Aimee K. Maher said...

I'm reading Peter and the Starcatchers, and I have Peter and the Sword Thieves for when I'm finished. (I write and read MG). The blue foil stars caught my eye of all things, when I was at the book store. I ran to the library and put them on hold.

Rick Daley said...

On my list: NEXT, by Michael Crichton. I was familiar with it because I read the jacket copy at a bookstore, but this particular copy came into my possession by wining a critique contest on a friend's blog (Thanks PC!).

Last Read: THE STORY OF EDGAR SAWTELLE, by David Wroblewski. A friend loaned it to me.

My wife is reading: THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY, Karleen Koen. A relative loaned it to her.

My wife last read: The entire TWILIGHT series by...I forget, does anyone happen to know? She bought them all, first heard about it from a co-worker. I know at least one person that bought and read the entire series based on my wife's recommendation. (I read TWILIGHT but not the others).

Myra said...

Just finished an ARC of SHIVER by Maggie Stiefvater. Stellar, amazing YA. I found her when I reviewed LAMENT for YABC.

http://yabookscentral.blogspot.com/

I receive a lot of ARC's to review, and so far the true test is whether I ask for more by specific authors. I'll beg for the sequels to both of these books.

Jen P said...

Night Train to Lisbon - Pascal Mercier. Our Book Club fiction reading list, designated for this month, I believe picked by the group after browsing online Book Club reading lists and recommendations.

Liberation: The Bitter Road to Freedom, Europe 1944-1945 - William I. Hitchcock - first in my amazon recommended list based on what else I purchased, then followed up with reading reviews in major UK newspapers before decided to purchase.

Both bought new in 2009, but amazon purchases (I'm afraid to say).

ryan field said...

On Facebook. A year ago I never would have imagined I'd be reading something I noticed on facebook, but there you are.

ryan field said...

I bought it from allromanceebooks.com...something else I never thought I'd be doing.

Anne said...

Heard about it on a blog & requested my local library purchase it. My library is great like that. If you don't mind waiting, book purchases are not required. I borrow 95% of the books I read from there.

TKA said...

I heard about the Children of the Promise series from my daughter-in-law. I borrowed it from her grandmother.

I have since reread The Outsiders. I heard about that from a school teacher.I have had my copy so long that I have no recollection of how I got it.


word verification: ablycali - The abililty to conviningly fake being a native Californian.

Novice Writer Anonymous said...

Currently I'm reading Eragon. I don't remember how I first heard about it, but I likely bought it at Barnes and Noble. The last book I read, A Countess Below Stairs, by Eva Ibbotson was a face-out in the teen fiction section at B&N which is how I came upon it.

Cathryn said...

A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick, read the review in the New York Times, bought it at Amazon.

Dory Adams said...

I discovered WALKER EVANS (a biography of the photographer written by James R. Mellow) shelved at Taylor Books in Charleston, West Virginia, which is one of my all time favorite book stores. We make a point of stopping in to browse there whenever we are in the area. I bought the book as a gift for my husband, knowing I would get to read it when he was finished with it.

Lisa Lawmaster Hess said...

Getting ready to start Comfort Food, which I'm reading because I just finished the author's Friday Night Knitting Club. I nearly picked up FNKC numerous times at Target, but eventually borrowed it from the library only after a friend told me it was good.

Laurel said...

I like browsing bookstores but live smack in the middle of nowhere and there isn't one. When I get the chance, though, I'm completely sucked in by product placement: endcaps, tables in the aisle. Peruse the back covers, read the first page, and pull the trigger if I'm intrigued.

I also do a lot of "Customers who bought this item also bought..." on Amazon.

Lisa said...

Reading Stephanie Meyer's Twilight Saga. Where didn't I hear about it is a better question.

Dawn Herring said...

Just finished Get Known Before the Book Deal by Christina Katz who advertised it in her e-zine that I read every month. Got it at the library.

Also, Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass due to a review I read in the Writer Magazine; also a library find.

I'm now reading Between the Lines by Jessica Morrell after reading a review in The Writer magazine. Bought it at a book store.

I'm working on Parched by Heather King which comes before Redeemed by the same author. I sought it out from a tweet recommend by literary agent Rachelle Gardner. A library find.

CKHB said...

Most recent reads were discovered through a favorite podcast, and a favorite blog.

Thermocline said...

The American Library Association's Best Books lists have helped me find some great YA novels.

KAK said...

Found "The Club" by Sharon Page when she (the author) was a guest blogger on Silk & Shadows.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

My recent trail of books:
"feed" because I read the first line in a bookstore and wanted it.
"Skin Hunger" because I was attracted to it in a bookstore and then devoured it.
"Graceling" from a blog review.
"The Hunger Games" from my daughter.
"Wake" an agent at a conference.
"Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian" borrowed from critique partner.

Margaret Yang said...

Recommendation from my best friend.

Dana said...

I'm reading Yasmine Galenorn's Embracing the Moon: A Witch's Guide to Ritual Spellcraft and Shadow Work. I actually started reading her blog and following her on Twitter before I started reading her books. I started reading her books specifically because she's so personable on the internet. I'm flat broke, so I order the books through the library and encourage our local library to carry them. If I particularly like one (as I am this one) I'll put it on my list of books to buy when I do have money.

pjthompson said...

I've dug down deep in the TBR pile for the book I'm currently reading: Winter Rose by Patricia A. McKillip which I bought years ago. I believe I bought it because I'd heard a lot of interesting stuff in Locus and elsewhere about McKillip, and because I was drawn to the beautiful cover art of Kinoku Y. Craft. I bought it at the local Barnes and Noble. Also purchased there recently: The Whispering Room by Amanda Stevens because the blurb made it sound interesting and the writing on the first page held up; Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs because I'm a diehard fan. I was originally drawn to that series, I believe, though it's been a while through another combination of blurb, sample reading, and cover art. Also because the main character has the last name of Thompson--which isn't too helpful for marketing purposes. :-/ Also, The Physick Book of Deliverence Dane by Katherine Howe. Attracted by the mysterious cover, then by the blurb, then by the writing. I'm pretty boring that way, marketing-wise. Sometimes Locus gets me to buy things, or people I trust blogging/reviewing books, sometimes even Amazon reviews.

Lauren said...

I'm reading HOUSE OF DANCE, by Beth Kephart. I first read about the author on the wonderful litblog Chasing Ray (chasingray.com) and filed her name away on my mental to-read list.

Most YA novels I find out about through the various kidlit blogs and forums, usually months before they come out. So when a given book finally DOES hit the shelf, I've probably read several reviews of it, interviews with the author, etc., and have a pretty good idea of whether I want to read it or not.

Most adult fantasy and SF books I find because of my husband and his brother.

New lit fic books I find out about either through litblogs, the NYT Book Review, or my mom.

Joy D. Wilson said...

I am reading the Harry Potter series. I am alive, so I have heard of it. I bought the first two books at a yard sale. I got books 3 and 4 at a half price book store. Haven't bought the last 3 yet.

Kristin Laughtin said...

I'm reading THE YEARS OF RICE AND SALT. Discovered it while link-hopping in Amazon. ("Customers who bought X also enjoyed Y!")

Lynn Irwin Stewart said...

I'm reading THE WOLF HUNT by Gillian Bradshaw. I first saw it in my "favorite genres" on Paperbackswap.com -- I read the reviews, then visited the author's website. Everything I read was very appealing to me so I requested the book.

Mira said...

Oh, I do want to add one thing. I make a point of buying new books every month. I'm lucky enough to have room in my budget, and I want to support my fellow authors.

Figure it's good karma, too.

Glynn said...

Leif Enger's "So Brave, Young and Handsome" -- in a blog review of Enger's "Peace Like a River."

Laura D said...

Word of mouth is still the most efficient marketing-it doesn't cost a thing and boy it works! I always read what's recommended by someone I share similar tastes with.

Kate said...

In light of yesterday's discussion, I have to admit that I am currently "reading" one book, and "listening" to another.

I am "reading" THE LAST OLYMPIAN by Rick Riordan. I heard Riordan speak last fall about the first four books in his series. I read the first four books, and liked them. So when this book came out I went to Barns and Noble and bought it. I heard about Riordan's reading from my mother, who read about it in the paper.

I am also "listening" to PERSUATION by Jane Austin. I checked this audio book out of the public library. I didn't hear about it from anyone in particular, I just saw it on the library shelf and realized the last time I listened to it I was 12, so hearing it again might not be a bad idea.

Lorrie T. said...

I finished Dean Koontz's Relentless. I first heard about the novel from the author's site, when it was forthcoming.

Sandra G. said...

I'm currently reading two books.

The first is ANY KNOWN BLOOD by Lawrence Hill, which I picked up at Costco after reading and loving another of the author's novels (which in turn had been recommended to me by a friend's book club).

The second is NO ANGEL by Jay Dobyns and Nils Johnson-Shelton. I was sent a reader's copy by the publisher with the understanding I'll review it on my blog, which is in a related field (law enforcement).

Lisa said...

Marketing source: email teaser from Amazon

Acquisition: I hit the buy button on my Kindle and it magically appeared.

Cole Gibsen said...

I'm reading SWOON by Nina Malkin. I like to got to www.yalit.com and see what's coming out, and when I find something interesting I either buy from B & N or reserve at my local library.

StellaStar said...

The second Charlaine Harris (sp?) vampire book. I read about the series in an email I got from Borders, and then looked at reviews on Amazon.com

My fiance sweetly bought it for me.

I am also reading In The Wood...my fiance's random pick from Borders.

rachel said...

I read my boyfriend's copy of Never Let Me Go. It had been sitting on our shelf for at least a year. The cover is so intriguing, but I just hadn't had time until then to actually read it.

Scott said...

Return of the King - Tolkien

Normally - I browse the new fiction releases at Borders or on Amazon. I've also been known to stroll aisle by aisle and grab books with neat looking covers. I also read books given to me by friends.

So, even in the electronic age, my Kindle always close at hand, I still browse the book stores.

S

T. Anne said...

I had read Another of Francine Rivers novels last year and the Amazon results for the one I purchased were great. A friend of mine gave me the original book and begged me to read it up until that point I read neither Christian fiction nor romances turned out the author was just too engaging to put down. A VOICE IN THE WIND is the first in the Mark of the Lion trilogy.

BTW, using the Kindle app for my ipod touch and am totally addicted.

Michael Pickett said...

It's hard for me to pinpoint where I first heard of something because I'm always browsing through book stores, listening to books podcasts, and reading newsletters and the like, but I do know how I got them. The Gods Themselves--found a cheap paperback in a used bookstore. Feeding the Monster--it was in the bargain books section at Borders. Unaccustomed Earth--convinced my dad to buy it for my mom for Christmas and am reading it while I'm home for the summer.
Boy, that really makes me sound cheap. I buy books at full price. Really, I do. It just so happens that I didn't pay full price for any of the books I'm reading right now.

R. Chazz Chute said...

Heard about The Strain through a terrific interview with Guillermo Del Toro on CBC Radio's Q.

The book was okay...socks are still on. The director is a very compelling guy. I especially like his Man Cave which he said was made up of 7 libraries.

He said he was not a
writer for procedurals, which, after reading the book, you have to wonder if his co-writer Chuck Hogan wrote 96% of it and Guillermo provided the story board and publicity. Hm.

Crystal said...

I found what i'm currently reading by searching for some sort of fantasy book on iTunes. I don't even remember what I typed in, something about dragons or something, and the series I'm reading came up. How I find most my books actually.

I got my books, and all of my books from Audible.com. No stealing here! I swear!

Katy Longshore said...

I just finished reading Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book. My husband heard him on NPR and told me about it back in March. I finally found it at the library and loved it!

Scott Parker said...

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - From childhood.

mkcbunny said...

Just finished a short story by Stephen Millhauser. That book was loaned to me by a friend who recommended it. I have several other recommendations piled up.

Audiobooking The Graveyard Book, which I found myself just prowling around for Gaiman's latest. (He has the best reading voice, and I think I actually prefer to hear him read his own work vs. reading it in book form.)

I heard about the current book I'm reading from the author, who is a friend.

Most books I find through friends or reading about new releases.

mkcbunny said...

Sorry, that's Steven Millhauser, with a "v." I even looked it up but forgot to change it before posting!

abc said...

I read about Gillian Flynn in an issue of O (which I read at the library). I can't remember where I heard about In the Woods. Somehow its existence as a must-read became part of my understanding. I guess advertising works!

Meg Spencer said...

I just finished rereading Sandman. I first read a set lent to me by a friend who (rightly) insisted I'd love it, and later bought my own set. Which is really one of my biggest issues with ebooks, because when I finish a great book the first thing I want to do is loan it to my friends!

Icy Roses said...

Reading The Smile by Donna Jo Napoli. I trust this author's work to be good and actively seek out new releases.

Marie Devers said...

I read twitter, book blogs, and agent blogs and make note of people's recommendations. I am currently reading Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins. I borrowed it from my local library.

Lunatic said...

Found Lady Killer by Lisa Scottoline on Amazon.com. Used the "search inside this book" feature, and it hooked me in the first couple pages. I actually ended up buying it at Borders, because I didn't want anyone at work to hear me giving the credit card number...you know, to give away that I wasn't working like I was supposed to be doing.

Fred

Precie said...

Just finished Lahiri's UNACCUSTOMED EARTH. Heard about it from anon. editor Moonrat a while back...then heard lots more critical acclaim.

About to read Diamond's COLLAPSE, also based on trusted friends' recommendations.

Most of my buys are based on trusted friend recommendations or blog relationships. I'll admit, though, that pretty/eyecatching covers and flap copy help push me over the edge.

Anonymous said...

Reading "On Writing" my Stephen King. Excellent book. Don't remember where I first heard about it!

Cheryl Barker said...

Right now I'm reading the Mitford books (I know I'm way behind the times!)

The thing that convinced me to read them was a glowing recommendation from a writer friend through a comment on my blog. My daughter then recommended them, too.

I've checked them out from our church library as well as the public library.

Thomas Burchfield said...

I'm reading "Death in Holy Orders" by P.D. James; was led to it by the BBC/Mystery movie based on that novel.

Don't know if I'll post about it, but I did post on "the Wire over at my Red Room site. Finished watching that a couple weeks ago.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Nathan, as you know, I have my Over Coffee Blog where I feature 2 authors aweek. The current book I'm reading is Lucky Charm, Carly Phillips, I saw it on Facebook. I also do research on each blog guest author, I run across lots of books on their websites or author blogs, I haven't read and want to.

I find quite a few on other blogs, twitter, Goodreads, many on Facebook. I also belong to Crimespace so I find many there too.

I'm a bit different, I think, because I keep an eye out for interesting books and if I like them, I will invite the author Over Coffee, or I watch PW and see what's being released and when, plus I'm sent ARC copies from several publicist to read.

Before I started my blog, I found good books through my large writing group, from other friends, from newsletters, and family.

Hope that helps. :-)

Annalee said...

I bought my current read at Borders, after meeting the author at a Science Fiction convention and finding him a witty and engaging panelist. The book is absolutely excellent.

The Generalissimo said...

In-N-Out Burger - A behind the Scenes Look at the Fast-food Chain That Breaks All the rules by Stacy Perman.

A vegetarian friend who knows of my obsession sent it to me. It'll have to tide me over until I'm down south again...

Alexis Grant said...

Three Cups of Tea -- Saw it on the NYT list. Got it from the library.

Lisa Schroeder said...

Currently reading OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon which many friends have recommended. Have a few books in my TBR pile that I've heard great things about on blogs. I must say blogs are one of the biggest ways I learn about books!

Mim said...

I attended a workshop at a conference that the author taught about writing. The next book I'm reading is from a friend's recommendation.

Anonymous said...

A Reliable Wife. Heard about it from Indie Bound, Apple App. I'd heard bits about it here, there as well. Bought it at B&N, I think.

Jane Steen said...

Reading Anathem, heard about it either on Amazon or on a blog, I'm not entirely sure. Got it from the library, as I do with most fiction unless from a favorite author. It's actually overdue and unrenewable right now, so I will be paying towards some of the purchase price. The library should give extra time for books over 500 pages long!!

Mister Fweem said...

Of the books I read, 99 percent of them I pick up from thrift stores. Right now I'm reading "The Wolfling," by Sterling North. Never heard of the book before, but thoroughly enjoyed North's "Rascal" as a kid, so I'm reading it due to familiarity with the author.

sex scenes at starbucks said...

I'm reading The Change Series. Found it on an endcap at Borders.

God that's so boring of me.

Buffra said...

I hear about a lot of books from BookCrossing.com and from reader-friends I have made there.

I also read the occasional magazine, like Bookmarks, will peruse Amazon suggestions, and browse bookstores with no real goal in mind. (I also keep a list of books that sound interesting.)

One friend comments that I just pick the most impossible-to-pronounce author names and that I've not read any "dead white guy" books since grad school, but that's an exaggeration. It has to be an impossible-to-pronounce author name with a good story!

I've just returned from the library, where I picked up Sebastian Faulks' Engleby, The Monsters of Templeton, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, and several others.

(I normally tend to buy and hoard books, but I'm trying to show some restraint at the moment!)

Piglet de' Erin said...

Poison Study by Maria Snyder, I found out about it from GoodReads...my favorite way of finding new books. I like how they catogorize them together so I can read books similar to ones that I like.

When I am done reading a great book, I tell all my friends about it, and I post about them on my blog if they are really really good.

Mariana said...

These are the books I'm reading:

Evolve Your Brain, by Joe Dispenza, D.C. -> I liked the author's ideas on the movie "What the bleep do we know?", but it was my sister that actually bought the book and enticed me to read it. So, this one is borrowed.

The Color of Magic, by the fabulous and hilarious Terry Pratchett. -> I bought it. If someone doesn't know why, should read it. It's just amazing! (Yes, I know everybody knows Terry Pratchett, at least fantasy books readers. Anyway, this one is not just for fun, but for study purposes.)

Anonymous said...

I just bought $70.00 worth of books from the YA section of Barnes and Noble Booksellers after hearing about them from comments on your recent blog post.

I bought $100.00 previous to that, from Amazon.com -also titles gleamed from the comments of an earlier blog post here.

Recommendations *here* seem to carry the most weight for me currently.

(I also buy books for my 20-something year old daughter and borrow them from her too.)

Other Lisa said...

Lessee...reading "The Slaughter Pavilion" which is a mystery by a British journalist set in modern Beijing. I found it because I found her blog and this is a particular interest of mine. I've also got "Prisoner of the State" - Zhao Ziyang's autobiography - and I can't even remember where I read about that first. Probably a blog or a news article in one of the big papers (it was a pretty newsworthy event as this was smuggled out of China and written by the former Premier who was purged after Tiananmen). I bought one of these online (it was only published in the UK) and the other in a bricks-and-mortar store.

So for me, blogs and online sources definitely work for certain types of books.

Oh, and I have "The Taking of Pelham 123" on my "to read" shelf...

lotusgirl said...

The book I'm reading right now is one that I bought for my daughter in a book buying spree at Target (not my standard place for buying books, but I do look through the book section sometimes when I'm in the store). We had gone in for something else, and I wanted to stop by the books and see what they had. We ended up walking out with about 8 books. I hadn't heard about this particular book anywhere, but I'd read tons of other books by her and felt pretty confident that I would like it. So far so good.

Typically, I buy at the local Barnes and Noble, but I often buy books from Amazon when I can't find what I want in the store. It's weird, but I don't generally like to order from the store. I don't know why exactly.

For those marketers and publicists, etc. interested in sales, I always include a "why I bought it" section in the weekly book reviews on my blog (on Wednesdays). That's something that fascinates me so I think others might like it.

:)Ash said...

Library browsing.

Wanda B. Ontheshelves said...

I was at a party (garden) the other day, and my friend handed me the book as she told me about it. THE MADONNAS OF LENINGRAD. She had written a fan email to the author and recieved a response back.

Leningrad, which has resumed being called Saint Petersburg.

dan radke said...

I'm reading I Drink For a Reason by David Cross. Obtained an advanced copy from my fiancee. She works at a bookstore :) Reason I'm reading it... David Cross is funny as hell.

dan radke said...

Heh, oh yeah, and to actually answer the post, I didn't hear about it, the woman just brought it home.

Lisa Katzenberger said...

Forgot to say that I get most of my books from the library lately! Unless I'm at a reading or book signing, or it's a tried and true favorite author, the library does the trick!

Sally Jo said...

My latest book came across my screen when I was at Amazon. I clicked the pic, read about it, read the comments. Bought it. A large portion of my reading material comes that way.

wonderer said...

Just finished CLARA CALLAN, which I got from a free book exchange in my apartment building's laundry room. I picked it up because it won both the Governor General Award and the Giller Prize (Canada's two biggest literary prizes) and I was curious to see why.

I also have two non-fiction books on the go, both gifts based on my interests rather than a wish list.

In general, I get fodder for my wish list from John Scalzi's Big Idea posts, my online writer's community, and the lists of SF/F award winners (Hugo and Nebula). Between these sources, I have no need for "cold" browsing anymore, which is kind of too bad, but there you are.

Shanti said...

Reading 'The Blue Girl' by Charles de Lint. Found it in the YA section of my local library.

Bethanne said...

Reading Vision in White.
Borrowed it from the library.
Heard about it through the author's newsletter that comes to my inbox. :)

Plan to buy Dodd's new series next. Heard about it through her newsletter and will spend the money because I LOVE her stuff. :)

My routine varies.

Mary said...

I just bought Prada & Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard
at B & N

I heard about it on Verla Kay's website.

Kim McDougall said...

I recently discovered a secret about my new Kindle. There are many books by great authors available for free on the Kindle! I realize it's a marketing ploy to get me to buy more books and it worked. I got Robin Hobb's "Assassin's Aprrentice" for free and then bought 4 more of her books. I'm currently on "Ship of Magic."

I've also downloaded 3 more free books waiting for me to read. Whoo hoo. Free books!

Anonymous said...

Secret History of Paris--by browsing the shelves at my wonderful independent bookstore. That's how I get most of my books.

lstaylor said...

I am probably going to hell for this, but I found one of the three books I listed last week (I won't say which one) on the Drastically Discounted Because It Didn't Sell table. I found another because Tamora Pierce mentioned it in her Livejournal. And I found the third one because the series had intrigued me for years on the regular bookstore shelf, and I finally found it at the library because I couldn't justify buying it without knowing it would bring satisfaction.

Pierce's recommendation was also a library book, but I tend to try to borrow the book and try it before I buy it.

As for the poor neglected book from the Didn't Sell At Full Price table, I should mention that I've had a lot of wonderful finds here, and it has almost always led me to buying the entire series or more works by the author, all because I got a discount on the first one or the latest one.

Tricia said...

I belong to a writing site, and a couple of my favourite fellow writers had 'The Handmaid's Tale' by Margaret Atwood as a favourite book.

I got it from a book-swapping site, so it cost me just the postage of the book I sent in return.

Winifred said...

Just finished The Island.

Hadn't heard about it anywhere. Just bought it from the Pound shop for holiday reading and to leave at the hotel for their library. Couldn't leave it! Enjoyed it too much!

Robena Grant said...

By Hook or by Crook, by Betty Hechtman. It's the third novel in her crotchet murder mystery series. Betty is a RWA chapter mate and we had a book signing earlier this month.

Janet said...

The book I was about to read last week is now read. I heard about it in book blogs and I bought it from a book club.

awwaggener said...

Reading Shock Doctrine, which I heard about from everyone, practically. Also reading Storm Thief, which was given to me by an editor, and City of Bones, which I've heard about online, though I only started it because a friend tacked it on to a big stack of books she was lending me.

If someone I know mentions a title they liked, I'll generally read it. I also look at my recommendations on Amazon and browse the library whenever I have a chance. If I go to a used bookstore, or if I have some idea of the type of book I'm looking for and am in Borders, I become an impulse buyer. This makes covers, pull quotes, and titles excessively important.

Susan Elizabeth Lyons said...

Black Man as it's called in Canada and the UK or Thirteen as it's called in the US, by Richard Morgan.

I heard about it on a discussion board of Morgan's, which I follow now and then and on Asimovs.com's discussion forum.

Heard about Morgan first through Gardner Dozois' Year's Best Science Fiction when Altered Carbon first came out. Have read every book he's written since.

Anonymous said...

Other people's bookshelves are my usual source of information. I found Out of the Silent Planet by searching on itunes for CS Lewis audio books. I found Tom White's book, Missiles Over Cuba at my job. He is the director of the US branch of Voice of the Martyrs.

I almost never look at bookstores.....sorry sales guys!

Toni said...

Like every book I read, my current book was passed along by one of my girlfriends.

Tricia said...

I always judge a book by its cover. I have better luck with that shallow approach than by recommendations.

Lucinda said...

Some of the books I buy are because of Reader's Digest. Either from a condensed story, or a quote by someone sparks my interest so I do a little research to locate more from an author. Then...sometimes an author makes a reference to another and I buy if I like it.

Where: Amazon, discout stores, and B&N when I do manage to get out that way.

ciao

Karen said...

IN THE SANCTUARY OF OUTCASTS, a memoir by Neil White, is my next purchase. I received an email with a link to the book's website. The excerpts are wonderful, and I noticed that the author has a book signing scheduled in Birmingham tomorrow night. I called my son at UAB and strongly hinted this would make a great birthday present.

Trisha Pearson said...

I hear about great books on writer's blogs or on Twitter. Then I buy them at Barnes and Noble or Borders. I gotta do my part to keep bookstores in business!

Katrina said...

The Noticer by Andy Andrews. Bought it from amazon.com. I read a review online.

JM Reinbold said...

I just finished The Somnambuist by Jonathan Barnes. It was recommended by a friend and the same friend lent me the book.

Anna said...

I heard about And the Band Played on ages ago, not long after it was published in 1987. I was an avid SF Chronicle reader even way back then, and had no idea Randy Shilts was one of the few reporters nationwide to investigate the AIDS epidemic.

I use to own a copy, but so many moves have seen that and several other beloved books fall by the wayside. This new version was a Mother's Day gift, and I'm nearly finished, up to February of 1984, right after the virus was discovered.

I realize that wasn't one of your queries, but just thought I'd throw it out there. A bonus query answered, if you will.

John Darrin said...

Reading David McCullough's The Great Bridge. Found it wandering aimlessly through Borders while my fiance scoured wedding periodicals and books. Who knew?

Katia Borin said...

The Hubby is a YA librarian at the city library. I asked him to bring me what his young patrons are reading - he brought me Paper Towns - which I an thoroughly enjoying.

Jen C said...

Most of the books I am reading are for uni, so that's a bust. But I'm reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombie which I first heard about on Good News Week, which is a fantabulous current affairs comedy TV show here in Australia (who said that TV doesn't sell books??). I bought it from Angus and Robertson.

Anonymous said...

I used to work near a big-chain bookstore and would sometimes walk over there after I finished my shift. At one point they were having a "buy two books, get the third one free" sale, and this book was one of the options.

However, that is the exception for me. I live by Vroman's Bookstore (recently voted one of the best independent bookstores in the country), and I love their employee recommendations section. And their author events - I cannot tell you how many of those events I've gone to over the years knowing nothing about an author and leaving with a book or two in hand.

Diana Byron said...

Reading Fool which I saw in a bookstore, but borrowed from a friend.

Recently read an ARC of Sleeping Naked is Green, given to me by a girlfriend who's a publisher.

Generally take advice from 3-4 friends who have steered me right in the past.

May said...

I didn't. They found me browsing at the local 2nd hand store, so at a quarter each, I said "Fine! Let's go." So we went home.

Good Omens (GOOD BOOK) and Wicked (the true story of the Wicked Witch of the West). Both were great reading. I just finished them.

I have an extensive library - books on many subjects - lots on natural history - that I promised myself in my old age I would read.

Next one is non-fiction on bears.

I'm cracking it open tonight.

Rebeca@alvahsbooks.com said...

I have a review site Alvah's Books and in my last post I listed the books that I recently requested to review. How do I hear about these books various sources, I look at the upcoming books that paublishers list on their websites, I get a lot of leads via Twitter, also via Publisher's Weekly, The New York Times book reviews, and other bloggers.

Currently I'm reading The Shadow of the Wind so I can follow it up with The Angel's Game both by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (and I heard about them via a Twitter conversation).

Jil said...

A friend gave me "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle" and I think I liked it better than she did.

Carol Piasente said...

Reading two books now:
1. Netherland, read a review on a writers' blog online - independent bookstore

2. Places of Safety, found it while doing WWII research for my novel - library

Usual places, in order:
1. Recommendations from friends
2. SF Chronicle book reviews
3. Browsing display tables at bookstores

Usually purchase from an independent bookstore

rockachoo said...

I'm reading Dead Until Dark, by Charlaine Harris. I was hearing all the hype over the premier of the 2nd season of True Blood, so I watched the whole first season online and loved it and then ordered the whole series of books.

thoughtful1 said...

I was reading something online. I don't remember what, but it referred to a little known massacre of Jews in the Ukraine during WWII. The story was of a ravine and Jews being killed and thrown in it by Germans and locals. I googled the Ukraine and followed the trail to the story of Babi Yar and The Harvest of Despair.

J Leigh said...

I heard about it on a podcast and ordered it through B&N.

jef said...

Recently finished THE GIVEN DAY by Dennis Lehane and ROAD DOGS by Elmore Leonard. Read reviews of each in Sunday NYT book supplement. Borrowed both from our public library.

Briony said...

I'm reading The Amber Spyglass by Phillip Pullman, which I borrowed from a friend at work after seeing the trilogy pop up everywhere on the internet.

Karen said...

I'm reading 1984. Who hasn't heard of it?

And I bought it at my favorite store: Barnes and Noble.

sputnitsa said...

The Amnesiac by Sam Taylor. It was on sale at B&N for $2.97 as it's been rather roughly treated. And I bought it because the blurb was interesting. The title was catchy too. Had never heard of the author, nor of the book.

Magic Street by Orson Scott Card. A friend recommended it based on what I was describing in my writing process. It was free. As I pretty much grabbed it out of her hands and pored over it. She'd tried to sell him to me before but I'd never latched on as it wasn't "my" genre.

I peruse in B&N a lot and used book store shelves. Titles and covers of new books. I browse less often in the genre-specific shelves. Regardless of the genre.

I'll pick up a book and read the blurb, skim it, and if I can't put it down, just CAN'T, then I'll buy it. Otherwise I look for reviews online before deciding to buy it used (or not to buy at all).

Wendy said...

I'm reading "Money" by Terry Pratchett and got it from the library yesterday. I've heard about it plenty of other places because I'm a massive Pratchett fan anyway.

Felicia (aka Mommy B) said...
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Felicia (aka Mommy B) said...

I'm a short-story lover so I find many authors via the Best American Short Story annuals. Just finished reading THE DEWBREAKER by Edwidge Danticat and "DRINKING COFFEE ELSEWHERE" by ZZ Packer. Both had stories featured in the 2003 edition.

I get everything from the local library.

Anonymous said...

I just finished reading Lost City of Z, and I read about it where I read all of my book reviews, the Onion AV Club. I also just finished Shutter Island, which I only read because the movie trailer just came out and I like Lehane.

Jenna said...

I'm reading a graphic novel called Preacher that my boyfriend lent to me.

I just downloaded a sample of a book called "Uncubicled" for my Kindle. I'll see if I like it. I found that through a Facebook ad.

I just read Water for Elephants, which was referenced in my novel-writing class, then mentioned in a blog I read about 3 weeks later.

Next up is The Jungle by Upton Sinclair. I just heard about it in Sociology class.

Most of the stuff I read is from dead people, and I reread a lot. Hopefully, the kindle will be able to help with that and I'll be able to afford more books. Fortunately, my boyfriend is also a librarian! :D

Jamie said...

I'm reading Pride and Prejudice for the first time. I don't remember when I first heard about it, but I was inspired to finally buy it after seeing the movie Becoming Jane a while back. Ordered it at Amazon.

It would be interesting to take this same poll in a sample of people who are just readers, and not in the writing community as well. I've learned about the majority of the books I read and want to read through networking with other writers.

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