How to Easily Find the Novels You Always Wanted to Read

You may have a free evening or weekend ahead of you or be planning a family-friendly vacation rental this fall. It is at times like these that there’s nothing better than snuggling up with a good book.

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It may be that novels are your personal preference, and they can vary widely from author to author. Perhaps you are searching for your next read but are struggling to know where to look. If that is the case, this article will help you find the perfect novels whenever you need them.

What Are Novels?

Novels are traditionally defined as fictional books with a narrative structure. Added to that are novels that are written in verse form (poetry) or other alternative formats, including graphic novels.

Some famous novels from the past are Don Quixote, Pride and Prejudice, and War and Peace. If a poll was taken and people were asked to name some famous novelists, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, and Leo Tolstoy would feature highly.

View Free Websites

Some examples include Gutenberg.org, Manybooks.net, and Feedbooks.com, and they have a great selection of novels. Some books on these services could be out of copyright or public domain, meaning they are entirely legal for anyone to download/read at no cost whatsoever.

Many other websites are well worth the visit. If you are looking for free books online, you may download them in PDF, EPUB, or KINDLE formats. You can sometimes give star ratings and provide feedback and look for the most prolific authors or the best books for students.

Project Gutenberg

This is over 45 years old and has almost 29,000 free e-books. Therefore, it is a great place to start looking for the books you’ve always wanted to read. It has many classics, including Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne. Project Gutenberg also provides works from multiple languages, including French, German and Spanish.  

Visit Local Libraries

Historically, libraries were large buildings containing books stored in different sections, according to category (e.g. reference, biographies, novels, humour, etc.). People could then borrow them for free for a restricted period. These days, libraries are a place where you can hang out, do work, and even borrow Kindle e-readers for free.

It’s almost guaranteed that if a book has been borrowed multiple times at your branch, there’s something special about it. Choose the allowed number of books, book them out and take them home.

Google It!

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If you search on Google.com, you’ll get a list of different websites that feature the author/title you’re looking for. If you are looking for a specific book and can’t exactly recall its name, Google may still find it for you. You can also type in “books like X”, where X would be the title of a book that interests you. It’s also possible to search for “authors like X” where you have a favourite writer.

You can also enter “novels” into the search box to help refine your results. Your search may lead you to sites where you can download the book as a free PDF or to pages such as Barnes and Noble or the Book Depository, where you can buy them online.

Try Amazon

This is a great place to search for books -it’s simple, straightforward, and easy to use. All you need to do is type in the author/title on the search bar at the top of the page or click on “books” under the subject heading. You can also find other books by the same author or recommendations for similar writers. If an item isn’t currently available from Amazon, they will usually let you know where else it may be found (e.g. a rival book website).

Kindle Books

Whilst you can buy paperbacks and hardbacks on Amazon, it’s also possible to download e-books versions for many of them. Kindle books can be read using the app, downloaded onto smartphones, tablets, laptops, and computers. You can also read Kindle books on their special reader devices. Once you’ve purchased a Kindle book, it’s yours permanently, and some are free.

Kindle Unlimited

Interestingly, Amazon has its monthly subscription service for books called Kindle Unlimited. For a monthly fee, it is possible to read as many e-books as you like – the only restriction is the number of books you can download at any one time. The books will be removed if you cancel your subscription, just as your music would vanish if you cancelled Spotify.

Goodreads

This is a website where you can catalogue what books you would like to read and record those you already have. You can also get recommendations for other novels to add to your list based on the titles or authors you currently enjoy.

You can also write book reviews, join a community of readers and authors, and share your favourite books with friends through Facebook or Twitter. It’s also possible to create groups dedicated to specific genres to interact with each other on the site.

Friends, Charity Shops And Book Clubs

If you’re stuck, ask people close to you whether they know of any novels that fit your criteria. You may be able to borrow from them, saving money in the process. Going to charity shops will enable you to pick up books in excellent condition, which are often very cheap. They are a good way of expanding your collection at little expense.

Book clubs are a great way to receive discounted books, often in hardback. It is worth checking out book club options if you are looking for something specific, as they frequently have sales.

Hopefully, this has helped you know where to go to find the novels you’re looking for. An exciting journey awaits you as you discover more and more books and authors. Reading is a pastime that multitudes enjoy, and you may be about to experience this pleasure more than ever before.

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