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Hello! I love to read but find myself often with little time to read all the books I want. So, I'm wondering how to narrow down my reading list. Is it a good idea to look at the NY Times lists to see what's popular among readers? Is it better to look at the Kindle top 100? Both? Any other suggestions?

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Best seller lists driiven by the general public don't interest me.  Recommendations from people known to me are sometimes useful. I'll look at Amazon reviews with care, and new work by favorite authors zooms to the top of my list.
 

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I do look at the books on the list.  Of course I don't like everything on it, but there have been some great books I would have missed if I hadn't checked it out.  I guess I should qualify that by saying that I don't read newspapers or anything that might alert me to good books people are reading....except Kindleboards, of course.
 

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So I have never actually looked at the NY times best seller list. Ever. I just googled and found it. I guess I assumed you had to subscribe or something. I have seen the line on books before of course.

So I looked and I don't read what others read apparently.  :D

But that is ok.  :p
 

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I never look at best seller lists. I just check out the books Amazon recommends for customers who've bought or viewed things similar to my last purchases. They're usually very close to my tastes and I've had better results from those than word of mouth from my friends. No offence to my friends, who are all great people, but even if they read the same genres as me, our preferences are usually extremely different. For one thing, they all love books with strong romantic tones, whereas I'll read books with no romance at all. I'll also read a lot of nonfiction historical stuff they'd find dry as dust.

The only books I've read that (as far as I know) have been NYT bestsellers are the Hunger Games books and the Wheel of Time series. And I only know that because they have the info stamped on the covers.  :p
 
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