Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Trying Random Books

In my previous post, I mentioned that I picked up a library card to my local library. I'm excited to be heading to a library again because some of my reading felt stale. I know that sounds weird, but it mainly came down to a collection of stuff that I had picked up over the years for my Amazon Kindle. A lot of it was stuff that was either offered for free at one point in time or given to me for free.

I know this may upset some of you, but the books on Amazon that are offered for free aren't always the best quality. The stories aren't bad, and I've enjoyed many of them, but there is a big difference between books that are self-published digitally on Amazon and those that have to go through a more traditional publisher. This made some of my reading seem repetitive because there are a lot of books that follow the same type of plots.

With going to a library again, I can read some of the books I would normally pass on because I didn't have the cash to buy them. It also gives me a chance to try a random book from time to time and see if I can pick up a new author to enjoy. One of the methods I decided to employ recently involves the Goodreads recommendations. I tried it today for my first trip to the library after a couple of years. I knew there were two books I wanted to read, and I wanted to pick up random third book. I went to the recommendations page on Goodreads and narrowed it down by a genre that might be fun to read. I then went and started searching to see what book ended up at my library. As soon as I found one that was at my local library, I chose to pick that one up.

What book won the random book game this time around? The Hourglass Door by Lisa Mangum. I thought reading a paranormal book would be fun. This one will be a bit of a gamble because it looks like it is a paranormal romance. If you have been following me for awhile, you will know that I'm not a fan of romance novels. There have been a few exceptions to this, and they have always been in the paranormal genre, so I'm willing to give it a chance.

In case you were wondering, it took me five books on the recommendations list until I found one that was actually at my local library. Not that bad for the first time around. I was a little worried that I may struggle to find something because Goodreads is part of Amazon now, so I can see them pushing the recommendations towards books that are primarily found on Amazon.

I'm going to enjoy one of the other books that I picked up before reading The Hourglass Door, but I will post what I thought of the book when I do finish reading it.