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Which book should you try next?

Oh, yeah, you will totally recognize most of these titles. A lot of them, anyway. But I was playing with this thing where you can make flowcharts and I made this one to try it out and see how it worked. It was pretty easy, really. I used this site called Creately, signed up for the free version to try it out, found a suitable template, and changed stuff around till it looked more or less like I wanted it to.

Check it out — you can click on the image to blow it up to full size:

There you go. I’m pretty pleased. Next time I want to make a flowchart, by golly, I will know how.

Also, if you haven’t already read all these titles, well, here they are: the answer to What You Should Read Next. Wide-ranging, with some published ages ago and some just out last year.

Not seeing anything new here and yet you still want an answer to the question of What You Should Read Next? Well, it turns out there are more internet quizzes for that than you might expect.

For example, this one at Pure Wow. Did it pick a title that appeals to me? Well, no.

How about this one at Just the Right Book? (Scroll down past the subscription panel and there is the quiz). Anyway, no.

This quiz is for YA fans. Did it do better? … Not really. This one in particular assumes I watch tv and know about celebrities. I kinda picked random answers for about a third of the questions.

Quizzes are fun, though. Maybe I’ll figure out how to do a quiz next, now that I’ve got flowcharts.

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6 Comments Which book should you try next?

  1. Pete Mack

    Goodreads and amazon do best, but they tend to underrepresent books that are getting missed. Find books you like, and compare likes of people with similar tastes. The only trouble is this tends to undercount otherwise unknown books. Goodreads is potentially better, because they don’t discount old books.
    For what it’s worth, this is called ‘Cluster Theory.’

  2. Rachel

    Yes, and one of the other problems with discovering new titles is that many bloggers tend to focus so much on new and upcoming titles — and on the *same* titles. I’m seeing tons of reviews of and comments about, say, Caraval by Stephanie Garber right now — and if every single blogger takes a look at that one because they’ve heard of it, then they’re not commenting about (or even hearing about) how many others? In essence book bloggers are tending to become another gatekeeper level, probably.

    I don’t know any way to avoid that, though.

  3. Pete Mack

    The actual answer is “whatever favorite author has a new book out”, so yesterday evening, it was easy.

  4. Rachel

    I’m definitely not looking at your coded spoiler just yet! Also, yes, yesterday was a very easy day to answer that question.

  5. Rachel

    The one I had in mind, and assumed Pete had in mind, was the 4th Penric novella — I linked to it in the next post because Amazon was oddly enough not showing it if you just searched for “Bujold”.

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