Tag: Social Media

What social media sites do you use to find books to read?

Bookish Question #120 | What social media sites do you use to find books to read?

I’m a reviewer, so I mostly find books to read from NetGalley (which is hardly a social media site), or from other reviewers (e.g. through the weekly First Line Friday posts).

But I do occasionally find books to read through social media—although those posts are often links back to a review blog.

My favourite social media site for personal use is Facebook, but I rarely find books to read there in my general feed. That’s partly a function of the people I follow. I use Facebook to connect with real-life friends and writing friends.

However, I often see great recommendations in the Avid Readers of Christian Fiction Facebook group. If you’re on Facebook and looking for Christian novels to read, then Avid Readers is the place to go. You can post a request for what seems like an oddball book and dozens of recommendations. (I don’t post requests because there are too many books and too little time.

More often, I find books on Instagram (as I tend to follow readers and reviewers there), or on Goodreads. I guess that’s not surprising: that I’d find books to read on a social network dedicated to booklovers. I’m also a member of Litsy, but follow a combination of people there (i.e. not just Christian fiction readers). That means they’re often recommending books I’m not interested in.

So, overall, I’d have to say I mostly use Goodreads or the Avid Readers of Christian Fiction Facebook group to find books to read.

What about you? What social media sites do you use to find books to read?

Do you share book recommendations on social media?

Bookish Question #74 | Do you Share Book Recommendations on Social Media?

Yes!

As you all know, I review books. I publish a new book review on this website every Monday, and a #ThrowbackThursday review every (wait for it!) Thursday. I also participate in the First Line Friday blog meme, although I haven’t always read the books I share.

I share all my blog posts on social media: Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter (I use an app called Buffer to help: I set up a single post, and Buffer shares it to all the social networks for me. Click here to read a blog post I wrote introducing Buffer).

I also share my reviews on sites such as Amazon, BookBub, Goodreads, and RiffleBooks. I reshare reviews and my favourite book quotes on Twitter using an app called SocialJukebox. I add links to the relevant jukebox, and the app shares random quotes on a predefined schedule. (Click here to read a blog post I wrote introducing SocialJukebox).

What about you? Do you share book recommendations on social media? On which sites? What’s your favourite site for finding book recommendations?

Leave a comment and let me know!