Picking New Fiction

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I like to read.

In fact, I like to read a lot, as anyone who’s spent time with me can tell you.  I have to admit, I read a lot of trash, but, still, at least I’m reading.  And, since getting my newest Nook HD+ back around Mother’s Day, I’ve been reading more than ever.  I cannot tell you how much I love this thing.  I suppose the Kindles are the same way, but since Barnes and Noble has upgraded their Nook HD series to access the Google Play store, I think the Nook is definitely the superior technology.  Because, now, I can download the Kindle app for my Nook and I’m not locked into either ebook store.  And, when you add to that my Dropbox and Pogoplug access combined with the Nook’s ability  to beautifully display Adobe PDF files, well, the sky, dear readers, is the limit!

But, it leaves me with a bit of a dilemma.  Choosing my next book to read.
Amazon has a fantastic suggestion engine that makes really good, interesting suggestions based on what other books you’ve bought, reviewed or put into your Wishlist on Amazon.  And, therein lies the rub.  If you bought a book somewhere else, or haven’t reviewed all your books on Amazon, well, it can’t factor that into a suggestion.  And, as much as I love Barnes and Noble, let’s face it, they are lagging behind Amazon in the suggestion arms race.  So, what to do?  Well, on my other blog, Diary of a Network Geek, I’ve reviewed Whichbook and, for the science-fiction geeks, I’ve reviewed BestSFBooks, which are both great, but, they may not be to everyone’s taste.  So, I was thrilled to see that Apartment Therapy of all sites had a list of book pickers and reviews of said book pickers!

Not only do they cover the previously mentioned Whichbook, but also WhatShouldIReadNext and the always popular Goodreads, as well as several others that I haven’t ever heard of before, but that I’ll be exploring in greater detail.  (Incidentally, I’m on Goodreads as JKHoffman, too, though I’m a little behind on listing and ranking books.)

So, you know, go ahead and give one of them a whirl.  Who knows?  You may just find a great, new book to read!