Last time I talked about my “To Read” list, but I didn’t get to the gist of what I wanted to talk about, which is: How do you decide what goes on your reading list? How do you find books you want to read? How do you learn about new authors?
For myself, the books on my list have ended up there through any number of circuitous paths. The George R. R. Martin books, for instance, I’d been hearing good things about for years before I finally bought a copy of the first four at a used book store. I think I first heard about them on a forum I used to frequent at an RPG community site, where those books came up often in favorites lists. Brandon Sanderson, meanwhile, I became aware of when he was chosen to finish “The Wheel of Time” after Robert Jordan’s untimely passing. (Jordan’s books, on the other hand, entered my consciousness mainly because my parents bought them when I was younger).
Most of the books on my list, however, came to this list over the last couple years, and especially after I started this blog. I started collecting links to the websites and blogs of different authors. Continue reading