I DON'T KNOW HOW TO FIND GOOD BOOKS!

I DON'T KNOW HOW TO FIND GOOD BOOKS!

Everywhere I look recommends some generic gay shit about "powerful" and "mind bending" stories.

How do I find good books IQfy? Judging movies is easy, but just a synopsis is not enough for me to judge a book's quality.

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Just chill out and read some Agatha Christie. You'll have a good time. Start with The Mysterious Affair at Styles and go from there.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      i read murder on the orient express
      but i didnt really like the ending tbh

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Once you read enough you can find them on your own easily. If you like a book, read another book by the same author, look up who influenced the writer or book you liked, or what writers used the read book as an influence. Rinse and repeat. If you only take suggestions from IQfy you’ll just read the same few dozen IQfycore books

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      But I want to leave my comfort zone.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Then read random nyrb's

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        The Turner Diaries

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Look up writers that some writers you like like. Read up on ones you aren’t familiar with and pick one that sounds interesting. At a certain point you’ll get most of your recs from writers themselves

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          this is the best reply
          Just pick a book you like and look up who the author of that book was influenced by and liked to read

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        find a genre you don't normally read and start there. I didn't consider sci-fi something I enjoyed and then I read some novels within the genre and ended up liking it a lot more than I expected & it opened a new sub genre for me as well. Worth trying I think!

        Step 1: get an ereader.
        Step 2: download a shit ton of books.
        Step 3: drop any books that are shit.
        Step 4: read the good books.
        Step 5: buy the ones you really liked for your library.

        also a very good method

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Well, what do you want to read about? Pick a topic and then look for books about it.

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Don’t listen to these morons. Read Woolf, Nabokov, Kafka, and Shakespeare. You can trust me, anon. I am a highly respected literary authority and connoisseur of fine prose.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Sticky, Archive, Lurk

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It depends entirely on what you value. Do you value wisdom? Then the classics and philosophy are what you need. Do you value entertainment? HBO shows and niche video games would serve you better. If you want information then youtube tutorials and interactive textbooks are more useful.

    If you want to read books simply due to some deep psychological need, akin to a fetishization for the format, then you can't go wrong with the Western canon. If you want more spice, then try world religions and their texts if you want. Tho that's basically just reading random philosophy.

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >but just a synopsis is not enough for me to judge a book's quality.
    So then read the book?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      You can't just read every single book in a bookstore, that would take years. You have to try and pick out books that look interesting, thought that is harder than it seems.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >You can't just read every single book in a bookstore
        I never said you had to.
        >You have to try and pick out books that look interesting, thought that is harder than it seems.
        It really isn't.

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Reading is probably not for you, then.

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    just reread good boks you've alread read, bruh

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    motherfricker. Another one of these threads. When will wienersuckers like you just pick up a book and read? Do you need guidance and approval for everything you do? b***h.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >You can't just read every single book in a bookstore
      I never said you had to.
      >You have to try and pick out books that look interesting, thought that is harder than it seems.
      It really isn't.

      Okay, but how do I pick a book when there are so fricking many?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >Read the blurb.
        >Hey, this sounds interesting.
        >Read it.

        >Read the blurb.
        >Meh, this doesn't sound that interesting to me.
        >Don't read it.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Just pick a fricking book and read it, you'll develop a sense to pick good books over time

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      There's just too many books. I can't fricking choose.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Alright you little shit.
        Sit down and order crime and Punishment to start with. It's babby's first classic Russian novel.
        David McDuff's translation is good.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Ok. But I think I'm gonna read e-girlta before that. I think I like good prose because that evokes a certain tingle sense compared to the way that Dostoevsky writes. Not that he's bad but he comes off as rambling.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Start with your home. Who are authors from your region or country? Then you can work your way into ancient past of those people. Then read more about other influences in your life. You can stay focused on a core reading set, but do branch out a little every year.

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    start with some classics

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Start with the top 100 and see what authors and philosophies you like to dive deep with their works. That’s all there is to it.

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Step 1: get an ereader.
    Step 2: download a shit ton of books.
    Step 3: drop any books that are shit.
    Step 4: read the good books.
    Step 5: buy the ones you really liked for your library.

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Check the wiki

  15. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    lit charts have never failed me

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      IQfy archives from when IQfy was good.

      Following a chart is probably fine as a sort of general guide to canonically good literature. Someone who just follows these charts and doesn't really pick their own way through the literary landscape is going to have a way more generic and less interesting view on literature as a whole than someone who has just read organically without the need for guidance by imageboard autists.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >without the need for guidance by imageboard autists.
        I don't know why people think these books are spearheaded by the board, they're timeless and have been considered great for much longer than this site has been around. But yeah you're a special snowflake

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          They are, but it doesn't make your experience less cookie cutter, that's all.

  16. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    IQfy archives from when IQfy was good.

  17. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Read all the books in chronological order, it doesn't matter if you don't finish, just get started.

  18. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Read Burroughs, The early pulp writers had more impact in culture and society than a lot of the classics, but Burroughs specifically changed the course of human history and literature with A Princess of Mars onwards. Fricker was almost certainly an influence on Tolkien, invented multiple genres, and can claim indirect responsibility for most of the great authors who came after him and us *walking on the moon* since most of the people who put us there grew up reading his work or reading/learning from people who did. Carl Sagan even had a map of Barsoom outside of his office until the day he fricking died.

  19. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Second hand bookstores, anon. Just wandering around, picking up books that look somewhat interesting has led me to some pretty good reads. No filters and you're getting a mix of new books and books that have sat in somebody's granny's house for the last 50 years until she popped the clogs and they donated them all. It's cheaper and unironically far better for finding quality books. I've walked out of my local one with 10 decent books and only 12 euro spent.

  20. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Start with the Greeks.

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