When on the hunt for your next read, in a bookshop or a library, how do you hunt?
Do you go straight for a preferred genre or author, or do you meander and see what you find? I’m assuming, of course, that you aren’t in a rush. You shouldn’t hunt books in a hurry.
For myself, I like to meander, even if there is a specific book I’m after. I like to add to my wishlist, which grows quite a bit each week – oh the trials of working for a book-supplier!
Sometimes I think it would be more fun if bookshops and libraries didn’t bother with organising the books – either alphabetically or by genre – and just jumbled them all up, kind of like in charity shops or on book -stalls, so you have to look through them all to find the one you really want. I think there can be too much temptation otherwise just to stick with the authors you already know and love and not branch out.
And, actually, the whole genre-thing annoys me. Children’s fiction is simply that – with no sub-divisions of fantasy/crime/romance/what-have-you (or does it get labelled these days?) – but Adults apparently need to be told (warned, perhaps) of what to expect. I normally say I’m not much of a fantasy reader, but that’s not really true – I just don’t read the Epic Quests or the million-book series of Reluctant Hero (longlost heir/ess) Overthrowing Evil Overlord (wicked relative). (And, no, I’m not reading A Song of Ice and Fire.)
But that’s a whole other post – Looking for New Worlds. I’m a spend-all-afternoon in the bookshop kind of a person, and I hate browsing for books online. I just can’t really get a proper feel for the book if I can’t pick it up and flick through all the pages. It’s probably why I don’t get along with my Kindle very well, although I am currently wading through George Eliot’s The Mill on the Floss on it.
How do you search for new worlds?