The Art of Book Sleuthing

One of the thing that I like to do on a regular basis is to find new books. It’s definitely not because I need more books or have a shortage of things to read. Some of it is curiosity of what is new, interesting, or simply finding those hidden gems that are available. Since I began wondering through the book listings on a regular basis I have yet to be disappointed in finding items to satisfy my craving for the new, interesting and the unusual books that are out there. My book sleuthing has yet to fail in finding something along those lines regularly.

In many cases I have found books that I wouldn’t have considered picking up, but the price point of free is usually a thing I have trouble passing up. In the past I wouldn’t have even considered books outside of my general comfort zone. Growing up I read mostly fantasy and spy thrillers. You really can’t go wrong with great writers such as Robert Jordan, Tom Clancy, Robert Ludlum, and J. R. R. Tolkien. I have loved their books for many years now. The trouble was while those two genres were reading staples and still are to a certain extent once I got my first Kindle so many more options became available with just a simple click of my mouse or tap of the touch screen. Since that fateful day my reading journey became so much more interesting and definitely more varied in more ways than I ever imagined.

Have my reading tastes changed? I don’t think they have changed as much as having more likely evolved. Especially over the past couple of years. With the rise of the e-book and the millions of options that companies like Amazon has opened up to avid readers like myself and others I’ve seen my genre comfort zone expand. I would guess that is probably true for most of us now. I have grown to enjoy a larger world within the fantasy, sci-fi, and thriller genres than ever before. Years ago I would probably have avoided many of the books that I now find through what I like to call book sleuthing. Many have led to finding more books or authors I wouldn’t have known about and have truly enjoyed their books. Some of these free or good deals have led me to read more books by them. In some instances buy some of the remaining books in a series that I’ve found.

I love the fact that there are so many books out there and many great deals to be had. The trouble comes know where to look or when to do it to get the best deal you can while finding books that truly trip your trigger. There are some great sites out there that can make this much easier and give you an idea of what is new. Many indie authors and some of the more entrenched ones still need to market their books. The internet has opened up an avenue for them to do just that. I’m not talking about Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, or other social platforms. Those are great, but don’t always help you find their books or others like them.

I have done some digging and found some great sites that market books in practically every genre out there. Out of the many out there I have selected my top three that seem to update their selection on a daily basis. My first choice is Bookbub who has a very nice selection and slick site that is easy to use. Coming in second place is a new one for me called Freebooksy that has a nice selection as well. My final choice Freebookshub even though their site isn’t as nice to look at or have book descriptions as easily viewable when compared to the other two. I did find books on all three sites that were worth picking up over the past two days or so. There is some overlap in books posted on each which I expected to some extent. It’s not uncommon for an author market through more than one site at the same time.

I hope that you may find something wonderful to read through the three sites that I mentioned above. More over, I genuinely hope that if you do find something that you enjoy the experience of reading the book(s). Book sleuthing can be fun and of course should offer the reader a good deal while doing it. Personally, I have bookmarked these site and will continue to look through their selections regularly. To my fellow readers good luck and happy hunting!

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