Walk into a book store and you’re bombarded by thousands upon thousands of books. With Amazon, while convenient, there’s even more variety to choose from. And though having options is great, sometimes too many choices make decisions tougher.
For someone who isn’t a big reader, it can be pretty intimidating to choose a great book to read. I even have trouble myself choosing at times.
To make the right choice, ask yourself this question:
Why are You Reading?
You have to ask what you’re looking to get out of the book. Here at Masculine Books the goal of reading is to enrich and to enlighten through the power of the written word. Reading a book from a variety of categories like philosophy, finance and history is good for the mind and the soul.
But maybe these topics aren’t for you. If you’re not interested in reading long philosophical treatises, that’s just fine.
One issue with reading books you don’t want to read is that you don’t read them closely. Rather, you just skim over the pages hoping to finish as soon as possible. This is silly and is just reading for the sake of reading. Pick up a book you want to read and you will get so much more out of it.
Pick Your Favorites
A pretty reliable method to finding a new book is to choose a book that you really loved reading. If you want to read more in this genre go to Amazon, pull up the book’s page and check out the similar titles associated with this book.
You can also do this the old school way. You do this by going to the back of the book and finding the Bibliography, Notes, Works Cited etc. Here you will find a list of books that this author used or found helpful in formulating their book. It’s bound to full of literary gold.
If you’re not a big reader, check to see if your favorite bloggers have their own books. For instance, Aaron Clarey (aka Captain Capitalism) and Vox Day have a number of entertaining and insightful books that reflect their writings on their blog. If you enjoy reading someone’s blog every week, you’ll most definitely enjoy their book.
If you’re more interested in reading classic works of thought and literature, there are a number of lists out there. One is the list of ‘Great books’ compiling the most influential books of Western Civilization (See: Wiki, LATech).
It certainly looks daunting, huh? However, scroll through and see if you recognize any titles and give it a read.
I have quite a long list of books to read. I have even more lists bookmarked in my web browser, so I thought I’d share them:
- 100 Must-Read Books: The Essential Man’s Library (Art of Manliness)
- List of Top 100 Novels and Works of Non-Fiction (Modern Library)
- Charisma on Command: Self Improvement Books for Men: 7 Must Reads
- The AskHistorians Master Book List (Reddit)
- 20 Amazing and Essential Non-fiction Books to Enrich Your Library
- The Top 5 Books On Everything (Anatoly Karlin)
- What Books To Base Your Life On (Ryan Holiday)
How to Spot Fake Reviews on Amazon
Because of the advent of self-publishing, any Joe or Jill can publish a book. This is a good and bad thing.
The upside is that anybody with a message can get their books into the hands of others.
The downside is that it also allows people to put out a lot of junk. And not only do people put out junk, but they peddle it using fraudulent means.
There are a few easy ways to spot these fakers:
- Many reviews without a ‘Verified Purchase’. On all Amazon reviews it will show whether or not a person actually purchased the product with that account by showing a ‘Verified Purchase’ in red font next to the review. On products that are being fraudulently promoted you will notice that a lot of these 5 star reviews are not verified. This is especially a problem with books that are only available on Kindle and have not been released very long. The reason for this is that authors can hire people to write fake reviews—I’ve even done a bit of this as a freelance writer. Guilty!
- Reviews that are short. Not everyone wants to spend a ton of time writing a review, I get it. But when there are a ton of reviews that are 2-3 sentences, without a verified purchase, using generic phrases to say how awesome the book is…you’ve got a fake.
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