Feature & Follow Friday: Before blogging, how would you find out about new books?

Feature & Follow Friday

Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly meme created by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read focused on helping bloggers connect with their readers (and other bloggers) and gain followers.


This week’s question is:

Before blogging, how would you find out about new books?


I honestly can barely remember! It certainly wasn’t as convenient as finding books through the recommendations of fellow book bloggers, though–that’s for sure.

I spent a lot of time browsing the bookshelves at my local library and every store I went to (and I was guilty of taking pictures of ones I was interested in on my phone and looking up reviews of them later), and while that’s a process, it’s one I still really enjoy. There was a lot of judging-books-by-their-covers going on, and there were a few books that I remember looking at and putting down that I’ve since read and enjoyed. I have book blogging to thank for that! I’ve read books that I probably would never have picked up in the library or at a bookstore, and that has completely changed my reading life.


  • Reply Alicia September 12, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    I read a greater variety of books thanks to blogging too. I used to snap photos of books as well and then check out what kind of rating it received before buying it.
    New follower via bloglovin
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    • Samantha Claire
      Reply Samantha Claire September 12, 2014 at 12:31 PM

      It’s a pretty good system! I still take pictures of books I spot “in the wild” if I haven’t heard of them and look them up later.

      Thanks for following, Alicia! :) Followed you!

  • Reply Brittany T September 12, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    Hi there! Welcome!! Happy FF!! I followed your bloglovin
    here is mine please
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    • Samantha Claire
      Reply Samantha Claire September 12, 2014 at 12:32 PM

      Hi Brittany! Thanks for following! I followed your blog, too. I love the theme! So cute! :)

  • Reply Tizzy Brown September 13, 2014 at 2:53 AM

    I used to judge books by their covers a lot too. I just used to buy on impulse from my local book store. It’s much better now I can browse around on Goodreads and read blogger reviews. I can make a much more informed purchase now.

    I’m a new Bloglovin’ follower.

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    • Samantha Claire
      Reply Samantha Claire September 13, 2014 at 10:37 AM

      Thanks for following, Tizzy! I love being able to make informed purchases now, but I have to admit–I still love impulse buys.

      Your blog is so cute! Following. :)

  • Reply Kate @ Midnight Book Girl September 14, 2014 at 7:31 AM

    Before I started book blogging 5 years ago, I didn’t even know sites like Goodreads existed, so I never thought to look up a book’s reviews and ratings. I would just grab a pile off the shelf, sit down in the Barnes and Noble or Hasting’s cafe and read a bit to see which book was coming home with me. I still occasionally do that.

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    • Samantha Claire
      Reply Samantha Claire September 14, 2014 at 8:02 AM

      I’m a researcher by nature, so I guess it just came naturally for me to look up reviews of books. I mean, I already looked up reviews of electronic devices and the like to make educated decisions, so why not books?

      Thanks for following, Kate! :)

  • Reply Rosa @ Bookish Findings September 16, 2014 at 6:25 AM

    Hi Samantha,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’m following on Bloglovin.
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