What’s On Your Reading List?

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Our topic for the week: An unusual way you found books or authors that you would not have chosen.

It’s been a long time since I’ve spent time in a bookstore or library browsing titles and then selecting one. Since I started writing for publication, I’ve met so many other authors, and when I hear about their books I want to read them, partly to help support them, and partly because (like in any profession) it’s important to know what people are currently doing in the industry. There is absolutely no shortage of reading material in this house!

But to return to the original question, I’m not sure any of these are unusual, but I suppose I have a hierarchy of resources where I find my reading material. Here they are, in approximate order of frequency:

  1. Books written by authors I know and have met. I belong to two “in person” writing groups – The Mid-Michigan chapter of the Romance Writers of America, and the Grand Rapids Region Writers Group. Since I see these people face-to-face on a fairly regular basis, this is where I find the majority of my books, especially if they are genres I enjoy or if the subject or premise intrigues me.
  2. Books by those who share a publisher with me. I’m willing to help my fellow authors promote their books, but I always feel better if I’ve actually read them before recommending them.
  3. Books by people I’ve met only online and on Facebook. I’ve joined several online groups looking for (and receiving) marketing advice as well as opportunities to promote via their blogs and social media outlets, and when I return the favor I try to sample their writing as well.
  4. Free books. Every time I come home from a writers conference such as the Spring Fling in Chicago or the Retreat from Harsh Reality by my own RWA chapter, I have at least one large shopping bag full of books, because each speaker gives away at least one book to each attendee and there are often door prizes that include books. I’ve also won books at various online events. And some self-published authors have found that giving away books free encourages people to purchase their other books, so I’ve downloaded several of those.
  5. Books recommended to me by others.

You’ll notice I don’t mention finding books on best-seller lists or book clubs. I don’t imagine I’ll get to those unless one of my author friends really makes it big!

How do you select your reading material?


About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Kiyono/e/B0067PSM5C/
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9 Responses to What’s On Your Reading List?

  1. Free books are always great.

    I don’t even look at the best seller lists.

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  2. jeff7salter says:

    Well, all those “routes” to great books are terrific. And I’m in awe of how many you’re able to fit into your schedule… and greatly appreciate the support you’ve given MY novels and novellas.
    I confess I’ve not read nearly as many of my colleagues’ books — though I have purchased quite a few. They’re in my TBR pile — both the physical pile and the virtual pile in my Kindle queue.
    As for my own methods of “discovering” great stories to read — well, I’ll save those bombshells for Hound Day.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      I’m sure you’ll have some gems to share! Sometimes when I clean up and declutter, I’m sad about all the books I own but haven’t read, and then I promise myself I’ll read them. But I’d be reading 24/7 and still wouldn’t be able to finish them all!

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      • jeff7salter says:

        exactly. sometimes I wish I could just take off a month or two and drop ALL other activities and obligations and just READ READ READ
        The following month, I’d just watch DVDs DVDs DVDs
        I guess the third month, I’d have to Nap Nap Nap

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  3. My TBR list is sky high.I’ll have to live to be extremely old, have all my wits and not pick up any more, I think! (Like I’m not going to pick up any more!)
    My list will have many of the same as yours, plus more.
    I can’t imagine belonging to a book club.

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  4. Joselyn says:

    You seem to do well balancing writing and reading. I’m either one or the other most of the time.

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