Friday, October 8, 2010
How do you find books?
In grad school I have found a lot of new things, partly because I've read for Puerto del Sol, partly because of blogs like HTMLGiant, partly because I am Facebook friends with interesting writers who are also interesting readers. I don't read many reviews because I disagree strongly with how most people do it. I'm not sure what I disagree with so strongly; maybe it's more that, like a bad piece of cheese, they disagree with me. I don't believe most of what they say, in part because knowing some of the writers makes me aware of how many of them know each other, and while I tell myself this does not matter when I am writing my iron-jawed laser-precise dissections (wink wink) of books for various review sections, I have trouble believing it doesn't matter while reading the mealy-mouthed, unpersuasive back-patting prose of others. (Which is another way of saying: I am a hypocrite.) I am offered a review copy of something I was interested in anyway, and hey, it's free, and hey, reviews look good on CV's, and so I read it.
Amazon does sometimes guess what I would like to be reading but I resent its sales algorithms for their accuracy and so I do not buy those books.
How do you find your books?