Tips on Choosing a Book

Kickoff Session

What’s up everybody, it’s your host, Ashlee! Back with another Readability episode! Before we move forward, I just wanted to mention that I made a few mistakes in the last episode. Of course, they’re not too significant, just somethings that aren’t correct. Names, for example, Frank and Hank, and possibly the pronunciation of the Calavista Motel. I hope you don’t mind.

Also, I just wanted to give a small shoutout to any new listeners! It doesn’t matter where you’re listening on; if it’s Spotify or Apple podcasts, or even Anchor itself, I am excited that you’re here! We have lots of fun on Readability, and speaking of that, let’s get onto this week’s episode!

We’ll Be Doing

This week I want to help out all kids who are having trouble picking out a good book. I know how it feels to be stuck in a position where you can’t find a good book! After doing my “research” on how to find a story that I’ll enjoy, I’m proud to say that these tips may help my fellow readers! I’ll provide as many tips as I can, so stay tuned!

Tip #1: Think of Things You Enjoy in Books!

If you’re a bookworm, like me, I’m assuming that you’ve read at least a handful of stories that you enjoyed. If not, you can still use this tip to your advantage. Think of the different aspects of the books that you enjoyed the most if that’s the genre, the style of writing, the plot, etc.!

It does matter what it is, keep it in mind. The next time you go to the library, use what you know about the books, you enjoy to pick out similar ones. For me, I enjoy a lot of mystery novels because of the plots and the exciting twists the author adds to the story, so, when I go to the library, I like to look for books that are in the mystery genre.

If you notice that you appreciate books by a specific author, keep an eye out for more novels by him/her! I use this tip on occasion, and it’s helped me find some great books!

Tip #2: Try Out Some New Stories!

If you’re not interested in the last tip, which is totally fine, feel free to explore new topics and genres of books you’d never thought you’d like! As many people say, you’ll never know until you try it!

As I’ve mentioned, I do enjoy mystery, but that doesn’t exactly mean that I can’t read some Fantasy! If you try out this tip and don’t enjoy it, then go ahead and try with another genre! Before I move on, remember, all of these tips don’t just have to be fiction, explore the nonfiction section if you must!

Nonfiction is a great way to learn more about celebrities, our earth, animals, space, history and more! Think of this tip as trying new foods if you’d like! Try this, and you may find your new favorite books!

Tip #3: Use Different Apps to Help Find Some New Books!

If you’re a bit confused about what I mean, I’ll quickly explain. Apps can really help you find different books that fit best for you! If you find the right app. The one I’ve only used, and the one I recommend the most is Goodreads!

This app is pretty popular amongst the reading community and has every book you could imagine on there! Thousands of reviews to help you find if a book is worth it or not! Another great thing about Goodreads is that you can list books you have already read, and they’ll list books that are similar and you may like it!

Of course, as a kid, you’ll see some books that are too advanced and you’re going to have to filter through the books you’ve already read before you check out some books. I love using Goodreads and I think all of my listeners will love it as much as I do! (P.S. this is not a sponsorship)

Tip #4: Get Some Ideas From Friends!

This tip is pretty self-explanatory. You can ask all of your friends what kinds of books they recommend to you! I may not know what kinds of books you enjoy, but your friends would! The more you tell people about the specific stories you’ve read, the easier it’ll be for them to recommend books to you! It’s that simple!

Thank You For Listening!

Those were some tips I recommend to my listeners to try out if they’re ever in a dilemma of books! As always, I’m not forcing you to use them, but they are a good starting point for finding great novels! Personally, I use tip 4 and 1 the most when looking for a good book.

Forgot to mention this, but joining a book club and extracurricular activities, like the battle of the books, is another great way to become exposed to new stories! I really hope you enjoyed this episode, and here is our official Readability ending!

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