When we find an author who’s books we’ve enjoyed we can often stick with them and end up reading their whole back catalogue rather than trying someone new.
It is like when I go to my favourite restaurant I will often order from the same small group of tried and tested dishes on the menu. Why do I do that? Because it is a lower risk option! How many times have you thought to yourself, why not be adventurous and try something new on the menu tonight, and then when your selection arrives you are sadly disappointed with the results of your risk-taking behaviour. :)
But since I do agree with the old saying, ‘variety is the spice of life’ or in my professional field, ‘diversification is key’, I think we should all try and branch out and expand the list of authors in our libraries.
Here’s a nifty little website I have found, Gnooks, that provides an interesting way to find new authors that you should have a better than average chance of enjoying.
Gnooks is a self-adapting community system based on the gnod engine.
(1) With Gnod’s Suggestions you can have it recommend an author you might like based on three other authors you provide.
For example, I entered authors Matthew Reilly, Elizabeth Peters and Tara Moss and it recommended the author Anne Perry.
And after a quick browse on Amazon, it sounds like Anne Perry’s novels would indeed be up my alley.
(2) You can choose one author and zoom in on a spot in the literature map.
For instance, I entered in the name Elizabeth Peters, and was provided with this literature map:
Click on the picture to enlarge so you can read the authors names!
While this tool does not necessarily ensure success, it is certainly worth having a play around with when you have some free time. I guess the more that people contribute feedback whether they did or did not like the recommendation they were given, the more this tool’s information set and hence recommendations will improve…
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At the very least it’s a fun way to discover some new authors you may not have heard of.