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I need more book recommendations about as much as I need a pet skunk or a metabolism slower, but nonetheless, just out of curiosity...Where's your favorite place to read about new books?
#1 - October 04, 2011, 07:43 PM

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Here! :D

Also, when a book I've critiqued sells.

And Scholastic book orders. And recommendations from people whose taste I share.
#2 - October 04, 2011, 07:46 PM

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I, too, find book recs here. And on Twitter. I also look to see what my friends recommend and if there are any getting good buzz and reviews.
#3 - October 04, 2011, 08:26 PM

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I love the Allen County Library Mock Awards lists and blog. My favorite of their lists is the Mock Sibert Awards because I tend to hear more about the fiction and picture books in my writing circles so this fills the non-fiction need. :)

http://www.acpl.lib.in.us/children/ACPLMockAwardBlogs.html
#4 - October 04, 2011, 11:13 PM

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I find out about new books on Goodreads, Twitter or through online friends.
#5 - October 05, 2011, 05:37 AM
Author of SNOW DOG, SAND DOG, THE SEER, DEAD GIRL, CURIOUS CAT SPY CLUB & in 2016: CA$H KAT
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I don't go by booklists. I just go to the library and browse. There's really not a reason I don't use booklists --- I just forget they are out there.
#6 - October 05, 2011, 07:39 AM
Making metaphors out of molehills for over thirty years.

Blogs. I subscribe to a couple that post a lot of book reviews. Ashley's Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing is great, and so is Stacked.

http://basicallyamazing.blogspot.com/

http://www.stackedbooks.org/

#7 - October 05, 2011, 09:07 AM
Stained Glass Summer, Musa Publishing
Weaving Magic, YA Romance
Finders Keepers--MeeGenius Publishing
www.mindyhardwick.com

Reader, reader, reader...
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Like Lill, I just browse the library and bookstores.  Of course, I also attend ALA periodically...
#8 - October 05, 2011, 09:09 AM
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Unspun: A Collection of Tattered Fairy Tales: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BSR6CPJ/
Website: www.robinprehn3r.com

Here, the new books tables at B&N and my local indie bookstore, agent recs on Twitter and blogs, and then the recommendations on Amazon when I'm browsing books. :) I also like the newsletter B&N puts out.
#9 - October 05, 2011, 12:16 PM
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Betsy Bird, who blogs for School Library Journal as Fuse 8.

But I also check reviews in Horn Book, Booklist, SLJ, PW, Kirkus via email newsletters, their websites, or Twitter.
#10 - October 05, 2011, 06:59 PM
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The Purple Crayon, a children's book editor's site: http://www.underdown.org/
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I basically do the same as Lillian and andracill, but with a slight twist. I pick a few books that I really like the cover (shallow I know), a few that the cover leaves me with little to no interest and a few that just sound great from the synopsis. It's sort of an odd method, but I find that it varies what I read.
#11 - October 05, 2011, 07:08 PM

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