Even if you are the person who really like to read novels, I think there are novels that fit your taste and don’t.

However, probably everyone wants to read a novel that suits them, if possible?

Here are some ways to find a novel that suits you.

If you are thinking of reading a book from now, or if you are wondering what to read next, please refer to this column.


Basic method to do first

Paperback same series

“Writer Reading” to Meet by a Writer

The first way to meet a novel that suits you is to read another work of the author who wrote your favorite work. This is called “writer reading”.

If you are fascinated by the writer’s atmosphere and world view, you can meet your favorite works this way. However, this is not the case if you are interested in the work alone rather than the writer.

For example, if your favorite work is a mystery novel and you are attracted to the trick for that work. In such a case, it is unlikely that the same trick will appear in other works, so even if you read a same writer’s work, you may not always find the trick you like.

So before starting to do the “writer reading”, it might be a good idea to understand what you are attracted to by that work of that writer.


“Genre Reading” to meet by the genre

Reading Harry potter

Next is how to search by genre. The story is simple.

First of all, pick the work that you liked among the works you read in the past. Then next you see the genre of the work.
And you will look for the work to read next from that genre. If the genre of your favorite work is mystery, then look for the book from mystery genre, and SF then SF, and this is the way to look for the book, “Genre Reading”.

If you are attracted to the style and atmosphere of the work, or the author’s philosophy, etc., better be doing “Writer Reading”.
“Genre reading” if you are attracted to the composition and settings of the story.

When I look for a work to read, I think that the probability of encountering a favorite work will increase greatly by just being aware of this.

These methods may be a way that many people are doing without ever being told, but as the basics to find a work that suits you, these are the first ones to keep in your mind.


Method to which apply “Writer Reading”

Reading Book

Let’s meet by the writer by whom your favorite writer was affected

There is a limit to the number of works that an author writes. So, if you continue reading, you will soon have no work to read from that author. Therefore, the next method to take is the work of the writer who influenced your favorite writer.

Many writers have proclaimed “the writer who influenced me”. Therefore, let’s refer to that and select the work of “the writer by whom your favorite writer has been influenced”. There is an increase in the probability of encountering a better work than just searching for a writer or a work at random.

And if you find more favorite writers, then do the same thing again. Next time you can look for another writers’ works who influenced those favorite writers ….

It goes on and on like that. It will expand your area of your interest on reading and the probability of meeting with your favorite books is increased.


Let’s meet by a literary award won by a favorite writer

Novelists are often the winners of some literary awards. The reason is that there are many cases in which many writers acquire newcomer award for their debut.

If you find a favorite writer, let’s find out what kind of newcomer award the writer is from and what kind of literature award he/she has won.

These can be found by searching on the internet, but in many cases it may be better to open the book to see the list of award in the author introduction page.

If you know the award won by your favorite writer, let’s check that award next time. And let’s choose a work from the past award winning works.

The winning works of the same literary award tend to be similar in genre, which makes it easier to meet works that suit you.


Here are two points.

Read the writer by whom your favorite writer was affected.
Look at the literary awards. Find your favorite literary award if you can.

If you do these two, you will be more likely to meet with the work that suits you.


A little special way “Label Reading”

Japanese Books

Finally, I will introduce something special method. It’s a way of finding works which suits you by the publisher label.

Recently, publisher labels are increasing, so finding works by labels is one way.

Taking “Kodansha” (Publisher) as an example, Kodansha has labels such as Kodansha Novels, Kodansha Taiga, Kodansha Ranobe Bunko, and Kodansha Bunko.

There are characteristics of each label. “Kodansha Taiga” is a light literary art, “Kodansha Ranobe” is a light novel, and “Kodansha Novels” has a strong tendency of publishing a mystery.

“Label Reading” is a way to see such a tendency and find a novel that suits you by the labels. If you find a publisher label that suits you, you will have a lot more opportunities to meet your favorite works.



If you find your favorite writer, literary award, or label, you will have more opportunities to meet your favorite work.

You will be able to meet efficiently if you find and analyze some of the products by the methods described above.

If you have trouble choosing a novel, please try these.


This content is originally created by BOOKOFF ONLINE in Japan.

Book heart

There are so many books in the world.

When you think that you want to read something interesting, general way of searching is to search by genre and author name.

But in fact, it is still difficult to find what you really want to read and which books you are interested in.

This time I will share with you how I find and meet my new favorite books.

What am I interested in?

Looking for Book

When I just wanted to read something vaguely interesting, no purpose, no specific idea in my head, I first visit a secondhand bookstore.

 There the shelves are roughly classified and divided into categories; domestic fiction, foreign writers, non fiction (business, self-help etc), art books and more.

 Take a random glance to the titles and if something catches my eyes, I pick them up and check the cover, back cover, index, synopsis and go through couple of pages.

Picking up itself is intuitive but these titles are the keywords that help me to clarify what is my interest for the moment.

If you feel like it’s not as interesting as you thought, just put them back to the shelves.

(You can follow your intuition😉)

After having keywords of my interest

Flower on the Book

It’s great if I buy all the titles that attracted me, but my budget and time are kind of limited.

So, I choose the most interesting ones for now and buy them. For the rest, I take a memo of the titles, authors and keywords (or just remember them) and I google them later. Then I can find even more related books or another keywords that specifies more my interest.

 On the web, you can find more detailed synopsis and reviews (even spoilers), so that you can get ready for new encounter with new favorite books.

 I’m not sure if this works best to find out my best of the best books, but I think this is a repeating process to sharpen my sense to choose good books for me.

Explore your book journey😉

Have a good reading day!!


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women holding books

Around 200 new books are being published everyday, not only a few times you find yourself in the situation of discovering a new book and saying “Oh, this kind of book was here” at the section other than new-released books.

Nowadays, it has become a convenient world where you can easily collect information on the Internet, but where do you get the information on books?

So, this time, I took the survey of where people getting that information by giving as many options of that route as possible.

Oh, even there are some people who say “nothing”.


You find the book you (on the spot)?

at the books store

If you look at the result of survey, you can see there are a lot of answers of “POPs (advertisement fliers) and flat loading products at bookstores” which indicates many books you want to buy can be found at bookstores!. After all it looks like people feel easy and comfortable to buy books with their own eyes on the spot.

I am also one of the “groups finding the books in bookstores”, and if I see a book placed flat on a shelf of my favorite genre in a bookstore or a corner created by a clerk, I will see at a glance. As there are a huge amount of books, it’s also quite difficult to find the book I want to read (it’s fun to look for, though), so I think it’s easy to look for if there is a particular corner in place.


Power of TV, newspaper

news paper

We can not underestimate the power by television and newspaper for getting the information. In terms of “TV programs,” there are cases where the information spreads like wildfire because of “popular entertainers introducing”, etc., or like when a comedian, Mr. Matayoshi, received the Akutagawa Prize (one of the most valuable prize for authors) for his book “sparks”, it was taken up actively on the news.

Of course, there may be more opportunities of information to be found in commercials and so on, and there may be people who read through the book review section of the newspaper. Depending on the bookstore, there may be a corner of “Books whose reviews have been published in ○ ○ Newspapers.”

I also have an experience of working at bookstore, and there were many cases that customers who had newspaper clippings of particular books often asked for those inventory confirmation, and it seems that there are not a few cases where a book review etc. finds a book to be read.


Effective use of SNS is also effective

Using Smartphone

Among the results, there are 7.0% of popular social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, and it seems that many people use it effectively. Facebook may be used mostly for socializing with friends, but on Twitter with strong anonymity you can relatively easily follow an account that you are interested in. You can follow the account of a bookstore clerk or editor of a magazine you are interested in, and get information of such as recommended books.

Also, it seems that more and more people are using reading records in the image type SNS / Instagram. If you add images and a comment on the book you read and add a hash tag such as “#Reading”, you will receive comments from other users, or recommendation like “If you like that book, read this”. You can meet books in this way as well.


Interleaved adverts will also be helpful

Ads sandwiched in a book. I look through those quite often. I do not check carefully, but I just briefly go through. As it is about a book by the author of the book that I bought before, or a new issue from the same publisher, it will be an opportunity to search for a new book.

Recently, there are cases where advertisements are in the form of reductions of the first 10 to 20 pages of that comic. Being able to read part of the actual work is helpful when choosing.

By the way, I have heard that Obi (strip on the dust cover which often shows some phrases of quick review of the book) is created by the editor in charge of the book. There are many books that make the contents of the book easy to understand and concise, but there are also some Obi of books that have an interesting catch copy which amazes us like “It’s a great idea!” You may often look at it without any attention, but if you look at it consciously, you may be able to meet a book that has not been encountered before.


What is the flat loading corner of an online bookstore?

By the way, I have mainly written in the image of a real bookstore so far, but what happens if this is applied to an online bookstore? Since we do not have books in our hands online, we can not look at obi and clip ads, but there is an equivalent of the flat loading corner or the POP ads. That is a corner of “Product recommended for you” and a corner of “○○ special feature” on the site.

You can see both in the BOOKOFF online ↓↓

Recommended products

Special feature list

There are various genres and perspectives, so please search for your favorite one! We will continue to add more in the future.


In search of information on interesting books

How was that? There is no doubt that it’s easy to choose the one you like  if you are at the storefront, because you can get the book itself directly, but there are many other opportunities for us to find the information about the book.

The masterpiece for me could be a work that I have never seen before. It is fun to discover new sources and to check various sources from time to time.

We refuse the diversion only of questionnaire result of article publication.


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Do you have any experience like this?

When you entered a bookstore thinking “I want to read something new for me” but ended up with buying books from the same shelves as usual? Yes, I’ve done the same thing so many times!

So, I tried the followings this time to meet a new book!

Close your eyes then choose a book!

What I tried first is choosing a book while I close my eyes.

My go-to genre is mystery though, I was looking for exploring new genre and authors.

So I went to BOOKOFF store!

Avoiding historical novels (as they don’t go well with me), I stopped in front of the fiction book section, and then tightly closed my eyes.

 closed my eyes.

Any genre is acceptable if it is not a thick book ……. I hoped so.

Sliding my index finger close to book spines (not touching as not to feel the thickness of these books) then,

I decided on you !!

I decided on you !!”(shouting in my head)

 Pointing at a book and I opened my eyes.

I was just relieved as it was not a thick book at all.



Tips for choosing a book by pointing with eye closed

“Tips?? The only trick is to just point the book with my finger, right?”

Some of you may think that. However, there are some points in this method.

Let me share it.


★Point 1

Don’t go to the shelves that you really do not like


This is important.

Even it’s new for you, still it is difficult to keep reading if you chose from the genre that you really don’t like.

Take a glance of all the shelves and pick a shelf which contains authors’ work that you have never read, or a genre which is neutral, but you have not read. Or try by all means!


★Point 2

Check only the title and author, not the contents

Book Shelf

After confirming the title and author, go directly to the cashier without seeing any contents!  If you read a synopsis or text even a little, you get caught by the feeling like “should I buy or not?”

 It’s Carpe Diem, have fun with what you chose.


★Point 3

people who are concerned about the surroundings are two people than one


Some of you will be worried about this method may seem little bit strange to people around you. You can avoid awkwardness and have some fun time if you bring your friends or family member.

Just be careful not to bother other customers 😉


Keep these points and try it!

Enjoy your new encounter with new books!!

(My personal recommendation is trying this method at children book section!!)

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