How to Find Great Books

Committing to reading a book, especially if you’re something other than an unemployable wretch, is a time-consuming process. How does one find the time to read in this day and age?

Plenty of people will have excuses: “Oh, I have a baby to care for”, “Oh, I’m hungover”, or “I just don’t have the time, okay?” Well, make the time. I do most of my reading whilst commuting, but even if you can only fit in 20 minutes a day, do so. Split it into two 10 minute segments if you want – at the start of the day and then at the end.

Do this and you’ll read a novella in a week, potentially. A novel in two months. This, over time, will provide you with all manner of intellectual stimulation and interesting stuff to mouth off about. But… how do you find great books to read? By heck… here’s a new section to find out how!

 How to Find Great Books to Read

I’ve always been drawn towards canonical literature rather than the bestsellers list. This is partly because I’m a snob, but also as you’re more likely to be guaranteed a seminal work if you pick a novel which has been critically lauded over the decades or centuries.

Madame Bovary, for instance, is far more likely to appeal to you than 50 Shades of Grey. Why? Well, the former was written by a genius and his novel is recognised as a classic. The latter is a tawdry pile of crap which was written by an imbecile. Ignore the fact it’s sold so well – Madame Bovary is the one for you.

How do you go about discerning such information? Head to excellent sources! You really can’t go wrong with Penguin Classics. There you’ll find all manner of amazing literature – read through the synopsis of a few and take your pick.

Penguin Books, of course, features modern literature which may tempt you. However, we’re particularly fond of Alma Books as they’re independent publishers and choose unique titles to promote to serious readers.

You can also rely on a site such as Goodreads to get a decent understanding of how literature fans rate certain books. From there, you’ll be able to comprehend whether or not you want to commit to purchasing and reading a title which interests you.

There’s also, no doubt, a local library near you. So get in there and register – you’ll be flying high before you know it. It’s one of the great forgotten modern luxuries. All that knowledge available to you, right there!

Where to Buy Books

We tend to go to Waterstones to buy our books, but this situation will no doubt be a great deal different if you’re from a country other than the UK.

Wherever you are, however, just head to a reputable bookstore to buy what you want. Or just order off Amazon or eBay. Take your pick!