The other day I was looking through the CEFS web statistics and was browsing my favorite section: search terms.
A fascinating trend I’ve noticed is that many Googlers put their searches in the form of a question, not dissimilar from Jeopardy! Since we get a lot of the same searches, I thought I’d answer a few of these common questions.
[Note: I’ve paraphrased a number of these searches that appear over and over again. But I swear, I’m not making any of this up.]
What should I read next?
Um… I don’t know. I just finished Wanderlove and adored it. Actually, I don’t even know what I’m reading next, to be honest. Maybe check out our CEFS favorites page?
What are the main themes in [book name]?
Kid, you’ve got to read the book. I’m not doing your homework for you.
Where can I download [book name] for free?
- Try your library, if there’s one in your area. Some publishers participate in ebook lending.
- If you’re a Kindle owner with Amazon Prime, you can also access the Kindle Owners’ Library in which you can access one book for free each month; many of these are self-published books, but there are a number of traditional publishers participating as well.
- Check Books on the Knob for daily deals, including freebies.
- If you live in a community with a library (not everyone has one, sadly), you can also check out print books for free—the one in my neighborhood actually holds back new releases each week for people who come into the library (Lucky Day Books), so it’s worth actually going in the library too.
- Some ebooks are lendable. If one you want read is, see if a friend will virtually lend you a book for your Kindle or Nook.
- Whatever you do, please don’t pirate books.
What are some books with lots of sex?
That’s probably a question better answered by Rebeca, whose knowledge on that subject is more broad than mine (I’m trying to get her to review the zombie apocalypse polyamorous novel she just read). But, maybe try Victoria Dahl? Her books are a little much for me, but with that said, they don’t have the yucky gender dynamics that can be very problematic. (Yes, this is a very, very common search term.)
What are some books with lots of action/violence?
I’m kind of a wimp when it comes to this subject, but check out our recommendations for my friend Matt in our Book Matchmaker feature.
I want to read an urban fantasy series with a strong female lead.
Check out these ideas!