Finding good books

Last month I wrote about feeling a bit blah about all the books I had on my TBR pile. And about reading in general. I had a few awesome suggestions like reading short and reading a sequel.

But what I did first was binge-watched a heap of TV on Netflix. (Sigh – how much do I adore Jessica Jones).Then I decided I needed something new to read and it led me to thinking, with all the different social media channels – how do you find your next book? For me there are a few different ways:



INSTAGRAM – I am a SUCKER for a pretty picture. And I’m kind of easily convinced so if a book keeps coming up in my feed being all pretty and raved about…

FACEBOOK – here I see some longer reviews from friends who I know have opinions I can trust as a starting point.

BUZZ- sometimes I can’t even pick where I’ve heard about a book but it have… this can work against the book if it’s not all it’s cracked up to be…

ACTUAL PEOPLE – I know, this is totally strange but when my friends WILL NOT SHUT UP about a book they’re reading I know it’s probably great

AUTHORS I KNOW – I have to admit to some bias. If I know (IRL or online) the author I will almost always give it a chance because I like to support people I know.

What about you?




beck nicholas_ bec sampson


I always wanted to write. I’ve worked as a lab assistant, a pizza delivery driver and a high school teacher but I always pursued my first dream of creating stories. Now, I live with my family near Adelaide, halfway between the city and the sea, and am lucky to spend my days (and nights) writing young adult fiction.

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