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How to Choose a Book to Read

Finding a book that you enjoy is the key to getting yourself to read more.

Finding a book that you enjoy is the key to getting yourself to read more.

Do you have trouble choosing a book to read? If you're not exactly a bookworm, and don't know right off the bat what you like to read, it might be hard for you to pick something that you'll enjoy. You may find yourself picking out a book, reading a few chapters, and realizing that you hate it. Or maybe you'll find your mind wandering because you just can't seem to get into the story. Here are a few tips that might help you select the right book for you.

Consider Your Interests

What are you interested in? Do you like learning about famous people and their stories? Maybe you should check out the biography of your favorite historical figure. Maybe you really enjoy stories like Harry Potter. In that case the fantasy section might interest you. If you're really into sports, try to find a story that is based around someone playing a sport you like.

When stories you read feature topics you know a lot about and have a significant interest in, it's much easier for you to get into the story and stay interested. But if you stray too far from the subjects you're interested in, you probably won't enjoy the book very much. Stick to what you know and what you like, at least at first.

Take a Hint from Your Favorite Movies

Do you love the movie, "The Notebook"? Did you know that there's a book version? If you're not a fan of this particular love story, don't worry. You can be sure that many of the movies you enjoy were based on a book, too. You just have to look for them. Type the title into the search engine on your local library's web site. Chances are you're going to find that at least a few of your favorite movies were based on a book. Don't wait to check them out! Typically, those who read the book and see the movie will agree that the book is the better version. You don't want to miss out, do you? Even some popular TV shows like Pretty Little Liars, The Secret Circle, and Supernatural were either based on a series of books or has had one written after the fact.

Check out the Internet

These days, the internet can help you with just about anything. Aside from turning to advice articles (like this one), there are web sites built specifically for finding books to read based on your likes and preferences. One of the largest (and my personal favorite) is Goodreads is much like Facebook, but for people who love to read. If you don't know what book you should read next, there is a wide variety of suggestions available for you. You can join up with your friends (and strangers, if you'd like) for online book clubs, book swaps, discussions, reading challenges, and many other fun activities. Sites like Goodreads will not only give you suggestions for what to read, but it will help to bring some fun into reading, too. Many people see a significant increase in their reading progress after joining one of these sites (myself included). I suggest giving it a try.

Ask Your Friends

If you and your friends share a lot of the same interests, chances are you will enjoy the same books, as well. Ask them to give you a list of some of their favorite books. I bet you'll enjoy them, too. If they own any of the books they've suggested to you, I'm sure they would be more than happy to lend you their copy.

Taking reading suggestions from your friends is also helpful because it's always more fun if you have someone to discuss the book with. Discussing events and characters and speculating on what might happen next can add a lot of fun to the experience!

Join a Book Club

Book clubs are a great way to get introduced to new titles and authors. They are also a great way to make good friends that you may share some interests with. Here's how book clubs work: all members of the group will read the same book at the same time. Every so-often (different book clubs have different lengths of time between meetings), everyone will meet up, often over coffee or dinner, to discuss the book. The schedule might look something like this:

Saturday, April 10- Meet at Starbucks to discuss chapters 1-5

Saturday, April 24- Meet at Starbucks to discuss chapters 6-10

Generally, you will need to have the specified chapters read by the meet date, so that you don't fall behind. I know it might sound a little bit like an assignment from your school days, but it's a huge help if you have trouble staying motivated to read. Check online or go down to your local library and ask the librarian if there are any book clubs you can join. Can't find any near you? Grab a few friends and create your own!

Just look around. If you do a little bit of research, you're bound to stumble upon a genre of books that you enjoy. Keep in mind that the more you read, the easier it will become. Soon you'll find yourself branching out and reading books you might never have even considered before. For now, start small, and work your way up. Let the reading begin!


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Nicole S Hanson from Minnesota on April 06, 2012:

I've always thought it'd be fun to join a book club. Very nice hub here, it was wonderful to read! I also like the site for ideas on what books to read based off what you have liked previously.

Kristen Haynie (author) from Scotia, CA on April 03, 2012:

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Thanks for visiting, and for the comment! I'm glad you enjoyed this hub, it's one of my favorites among those I've written. I'm very happy to hear that it got such good results on Google. This is great news!

Thanks, again!

Taleb AlDris on April 03, 2012:

Thanks for sharing these helpful tips, especially the site.

I voted Up & Useful.

By the way, I am very proud to see your hub in the first page while I was googling.

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on October 19, 2011:

Hi, Kristen! You are most welcome, my new friend. And I meant those words too. I find pleasure in encouraging people to jump into their chosen field with all of their hearts. And that makes me feel more useful as a human being. Keep up the great work, Kristen. You will go far. Just do not give up or give in to disappointment. Sincerely, Kenneth

Kristen Haynie (author) from Scotia, CA on October 19, 2011:


Thanks for commenting! I am extremely pleased that you enjoyed this Hub! Reading is very important in a number of ways, and I want to encourage others to read more. Your kind words are very encouraging, and I appreciate them!

Thank you, again!


Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on October 18, 2011:

Hello, Kristen, GREAT hub, my friend. INTENSE in text. Great lay out too. If "The Sting," were a book, I would have it right now, but my all-time favorite is "Catcher In The Rye," by my herok, J.D. Salinger and I love all the essays and stories by Hunter Thompson. For you, I voted UP, useful and intersting. You have a fantastic talent, Kristen. I am now a fan. And follower. If that is cool with you. Sincerely and Respectfully, Kenneth Avery, from a rural town (please dont judge me by that) Hamilton, in northwest Alabama, that reminds you of where Andy and Barney (of Andy Griffith Show) worked, Mayberry. Peace and Happiness be yours. Kenneth

Kristen Haynie (author) from Scotia, CA on August 19, 2011:


Thank you so much for your feedback! I believe that reading at a young age is extremely important in shaping the mind. I know plenty of kids, and adults too, who would like to read but don't know how to pick out the right book. I am very pleased that you find my hub inspiring! Thank you.

Binaya.Ghimire on August 18, 2011:

This is very inspiring hub especially for the juvenile readers. When we begin to nurture reading habit someone has to suggest what to read, you are a true mentor, your hub invokes interest on books

Kristen Haynie (author) from Scotia, CA on August 15, 2011:


That is great! Having suggestions from friends saves lots of work! You are very lucky to have friends that are such readers.

ferrix on August 13, 2011:

A lot of my friends are fanatic readers. So I have a list of books "I might like" as well as list of books "I must read" :)

Jennifer Kessner from Pennsylvania on August 11, 2011:

Haha nice! Awesome how many varieties of likes are out there. =) Good luck with your future reading!

Kristen Haynie (author) from Scotia, CA on August 11, 2011:


I am just the opposite! Haha. I really liked the books and hated the movies, although I did find the books to very juvenile, which was boring at times. I'm not much of a paranormal romance reader, though, so I don't have a whole lot to compare them to. You have a point of reference.

I would like to try out a few more books from the paranormal romance genre, and I will keep your favorite authors in mind the next time I head out to the bookstore!

Jennifer Kessner from Pennsylvania on August 11, 2011:

LOL no I didn't think they were written well. Whoever wrote the scripts for the movies did well changing it enough to make sense though! If I like anything about that series, I like the movies.

My favorite paranormal romance authors include Sherrilyn Kenyon and J.R. Ward. Christine Feehan and Gena Showalter. They're the best in the field, if you ask me!

Kristen Haynie (author) from Scotia, CA on August 11, 2011:


Thank you for commenting! I am glad you found my ideas good ones, and I appreciate your feedback.

Alexander Thandi Ubani from Lagos on August 11, 2011:

These re great ways to make a good choice. Joining a book club is a good idea. Great hub

Kristen Haynie (author) from Scotia, CA on August 10, 2011:


I'm very glad you've found your favorite genre! You wouldn't happen to be a Twilighter, would you?

Thank you for the feedback, and for the positive vote! :)

Jennifer Kessner from Pennsylvania on August 10, 2011:

Good advice! =) I prefer paranormal romance novels. Sometimes though, I can only get to my small town library (which I swear is completely against most romance anyway, so paranormal romance is a no-way), so I have to pick off the shelves.

I've gotten much better at choosing romance out of the many other books just labeled "novels." Not exactly sure how though? Anyway, I choose books by their covers, but only books! XD

Great hub, voted up. =)

Kristen Haynie (author) from Scotia, CA on August 10, 2011:


Thank you for commenting! I'm glad you enjoyed this hub, and I really appreciate the feedback! There are many more hubs to come.

FloraBreenRobison on August 10, 2011:

This is good advice. You should write more hubs.

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