1. Search “If you Like” in your computer's search engine. There are thousands of libraries, book clubs, & avid readers who have put out lists of similar authors. Simply type “If you like__________(name of favorite author)” into any search engine and you should get many lists to peruse. These will often have many great suggestions and ideas to try. Remember that these lists are people's opinions and you may or may not agree with them. There also often include obscure authors that may be hard to find. We are happy to help you with a search and to give our opinion. This is a great place to start getting some ideas. Just pick up something by a new author, read the synopsis on the back of the book and see if it sounds interesting!
2. Read about a theme. What books have you read lately that have sparked your interest? Did they include something that you would like to read about further? Maybe an interesting location? A certain type of animal? A time period? A hobby? These are all fun ways to find new books & authors. Read books all set in China or Egypt. (Super fun if you're going to be visiting there soon or have recently) Read all of the books that came out last year about elephants. Which ones did you like? Read more by those authors. Do you love knitting/gardening/dogs/cats/national parks/travel? There are so many fiction books written around a theme. It is a great way to read about something that you are interested in while finding a new author to love!
3. Read Anthologies! Short stories are not my first choice but I have found that they can be a great source for finding new authors. I often try to get an anthology that includes an author that I am already familiar with. This gives me at least one story that I should enjoy. Anthologies typically feature authors with compatible writing styles, subjects or common themes. If you don't like a story, don't worry, it will be over soon! If you do, great, try out some of that author's complete novels! In our store, anthologies are located at the end of each genre section. ie: Mysteries are at the end of the Mystery & Adventure section, Literature collections are at the end of the Fiction section. I have found a couple of my favorites this way!
Let us know if you'd like guidance with any of these strategies—we're happy to help!