The bookstore I am working at is closing in May. We haven't gotten new releases since the closing sale started. So I not on top of the new releases and bestsellers and it feels a bit weird. I know when this is all over, I will probably be even less informed about what's coming out. I'll be dare I say it just a reader. I must admit that scares some.
I will never turn into the customer who ask for the new James Patterson (please don't do this. booksellers HATE this question)but I know I'll miss finding new authors by accident. Also its not helping that I don't have much faith in finding many books by authors of color reviewed in mainstream media.
I do like the reviews in People magazine. They are usually on point. I also enjoy publishers weekly reviews. I find the NYT Review of Books is too dry for me. Half the time I feel like I need cliff notes. All of the time I am left wondering how the reviewer felt about the book. And the reviews are the length of a novelette.
I know there are great reviews in Vogue and O magazine. Though unless someone tells me about them I won't read them. It takes forever to find the reviews. With People magazine, simply start from the back to find books reviews quickly.
Since, I will be returning to just reader status very soon, any suggestions for where I should look for book recommendations. Please include any blogs you love.