Booksellers are magic. My old boss genuinely could find that one orange book that the customer was looking for. I’ve not reached that level of bookseller mastery, but I live in hope.
Saying that, since I’ve moved to the UK, I haven’t actually asked for book recommendations from booksellers. Half of this is because I don’t have an independent bookshop where I live – even though I know the employees at Waterstones are very knowledgeable, I never to think to ask them.
The other reason is, I think, that I’ve been looking for increasingly diverse books. My taste has become more specific. If you’ve been reading for the last couple days/weeks, you’ll know that I want to focus on debuts, translations, and texts with greater diversity in race, sexuality, etc. I’m find it increasingly difficult to browse casually in bookshops. The same goes with asking friends – although their recommendations sound great, they don’t necessarily jive with what I am trying to read.
So, to the Internet I go.
I still have conflicting feelings about using websites such as goodreads – on the whole I do agree with their ratings (although a whole different post could be made about how silly a five star rating system is) but…it still feels so cold in comparison to directly talking to a bookseller.
What are your thoughts? What are your favourite ways to find books?