How I find good books to read

Abenezer Belachew

Abenezer Belachew ยท October 07, 2023

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I wouldn't call myself a book connoisseur by any stretch of the imagination. I've only managed to read about 75-80% of the books on my bookshelf. As for the others, they're either on my to-read list or were unceremoniously dropped mid-sentence, typically when they started feeling like a chore.

Not all books are fun to read

That being said, I've read enough books to know what I like and what I don't like. I've also read enough books to know that there are a lot of bad books out there. Finding good books, at least for me, is a bit of a challenge so I've resorted to a few strategies to help me find good books. Here are some of them:

  1. Intel from friends - This is probably the best way to find books. If you have friends that you think have good taste, ask them what they're reading. If you're proud to ask, wait for them to start reading in front of you and just peep the cover to try to get a glimpse of the title. Or take a photo of their bookshelf when they're not looking. If that doesn't help, consider creating a Shazam for books ๐ŸŽ‡.

  2. Recommendations from people you admire - This is the second best way I've found books. If you admire someone, chances are you'll like the books they like too. Obviously this isn't always the case, but it's not a bad place to look into. Kevin Crooke has a bunch of books recommended by mostly well-known tech-industry people. While most of the recommended books are by tech-industry figures, most of the books are of a general nature and not necessarily tech-related. Also beware that some of the books are simply marketing ploys or endorsements from the original referrers. I've seen a bunch of books being hyped by people on Twitter, only to find out that the book was written by the person's friend or someone they know. So don't be fooled by the hype -- be a bit internet saavy.

  3. Twitter - Surprisingly, I have found Twitter to be a great place to find books too. But like I said earlier, just be a bit internet saavy so you don't fall victim to devious marketing ploys. Here's one book I enjoyed reading after it was recommended on Twitter from someone I follow on my alt account.

  4. Judge a book by its cover

Not all books are fun to read

Yes, judge away! I've found that if a book has a good cover, it's usually a good book. A good combo of colours, visuals and fonts is always welcome in my world (and on my bookshelf) ๐ŸŽจ. I mean, if you're going to spend months or years writing a book, might as well spend a few extra days making the cover look good.

Umm, yep. There's probably more ways to find good books, but these are the ones I've used the most.