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Where Can I Find Suggestions on Great Books to Read? Here Are Five Excellent Options…

Jorge Sette By Jorge Sette Published on May 31, 2016
This article was updated on August 23, 2017

We all know that finding lists of best-selling books on the internet is not very hard. Most search engines will direct you to thousands of options. Even if you limit yourself to the first page of Google results, you'll be given enough ideas. Best-selling books are all over the place.

But what should you do if you are looking for special recommendations, more literary books, rare texts, novels, or non-fiction that is less well-known to the general public?

Here are five options for where you can search for these books:

Booker Prize list: 

As I mentioned in a previous post, the list of past winners and shortlisted titles for this literary prize awarded to English language fiction books published in the UK is an unfailing source of great books. Just pick any title that may have won the prize and you will be guaranteed superior literature. 

You can find the Man Booker Prize page here.

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Pulitzer Prize winners: 

This is an American prize, created and funded by newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer in 1917, and administered by Columbia University in New York. It gives awards for achievements in 21 categories among which are journalism, online journalism, literature and musical composition. You're bound to find works that will interest you among the winners.

You can find a list of Pulitzer Prize winners here.

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BBC Radio Four Book Club: 

This is a compelling program hosted by James Naughtie, in which a group of readers interviews an author about one of their books. The author reads passages from the book during the program. The best thing about it is that, if you have not read the book, you will be told just enough to entice you, while spoilers will be avoided. Listening will introduce you to many provocative authors and their works. 

You can download previous episodes of the Radio Four Book Club here.

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The Economist: 

The Economist is a weekly English magazine that insists on calling itself a newspaper. While it focuses mainly on business and the economy, there is a fine section on Books and Arts, in which recently published books are reviewed. It covers both fiction and non-fiction. The choices are usually remarkably good and the discussion and analysis will help you decide if it is a book for you. 

You'll need a subscription to read the full magazine, but you can find their website http://www.economist.com/here.

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Bookwitty: 

Last but by no means least, you can use our own Bookwitty site. Bookwitty is a knowledge-sharing platform as well as a marketplace for bloggers, academics, industry professionals, book lovers, and anyone with a desire to learn. We offer a long tail for today's literary marketplace, which is made possible through collaborative e-commerce. Bookwitty offers many ways for you to discover unusual and stimulating books. 

The different kinds of content we produce will allow you to continue your research and take it a step further. By providing a range of articles with different perspectives on the same topic, follow-ups, lists, and links to other posts on the platform, or suggestions on related books you may wish to buy. There’s even a special section that may help you decide before you embark on your next reading adventure; it’s called What Should I Read Next.

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We hope the options listed above will be useful in your search for engaging books. Please leave a comment at the bottom of this post.

Happy reading.

Jorge Sette is Bookwitty's Regional Ambassador for South America. He represents the company, writing relevant content for the region, recruiting contributors, contacting partners and ... Show More

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