Monday, June 25, 2018

6 Ways to Find Clean Books: Guest post by Rachel Meyer




We're all here because we're making a stand for cleaner fiction. Many of us are writing that as you read this. But until those are published (hopefully soon!), there's just one problem. How are we going to find clean books now? Here are six suggestions for you to try.


1. Read children's books

Maybe they aren't YA books, but it is a great place to start. Personally, I find a lot more books I enjoy and are clean can be found in the children's section. That's starting to change a bit as kids aren't kids as much anymore, but remember that's always an option. No one will judge you for reading middle grade books.


2. Use Goodreads

Goodreads is one of the best sites out there, and if you aren't using it, you're missing out. (Not to say that you have to have it.) If you have a Goodreads account, however, there are several ways you can use it to help you find clean books.
First, try the “Readers Also Enjoyed” area on the right of a clean book title. It's fairly self-explanatory what these books are. This section isn't always very helpful, but it can certainly help you find other books of a similar genre or plot.
Second, try the lists feature. If you scroll down on a page with a clean book, right before the reviews section is an area with lists containing said book. You can click through them and find what sort of books others have put it with. You can also search through them for whole lists of clean fiction.


3. Join a group

Like this one! The advantages of being part of a group is you can all share clean books, warn others about bad ones, and find suggestions. Don't forget to follow people who have the same views with you on Goodreads for honest reviews of books.


4. Ask your friends for recommendations

Your friends, and possibly family, are the people who know you the best, so they can give you the best recommendations. They know what you like, dislike, and want to avoid. And don't forget to return the favor by suggesting books for them.


5. Go back to the classics

This isn't for everyone, but if you like classics, or are willing to try at least, try reading more of them. There isn't exactly YA in classics, but there's still plenty of reading material. The nice thing about classics is most (not all) of them are much less explicit and full of cussing.


6. Find a clean author and read all their books

One of my personal favorite authors whose books are clean is N. D. Wilson. He writes all sorts of books on all sorts of levels. And even though he's a Christian and you can see that in his work, he doesn't shove it in your face. When you find someone like that, don't forget them. You may not enjoy everything they write, but at least there is someone you can turn to who you can be assured writes clean fiction.

There are my ideas. If you have any others, don't forget to share them down in the comments. Happy reading!



About the Orator: 

Rachel Meyer is a blogger who loves many forms of writing and art. Her goal is to one day become a published author and have her books in libraries and bookstores, if she isn't accidentally crushed by her overfilled bookshelf first. She lives in Maryland with many books and a cat. When she's not writing or reading, she's probably playing music or watching a movie. You can find Rachel's blog at R's Loft and follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

16 comments:

  1. Great suggestions, Rachel! I’ll have to take these up immediately.

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  2. I love Rachel Starr Thomson books, she's one of those authors I've read nine of her books.

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    1. I've never heard of her, but I'll have to check her out.

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  3. Oh, this is such a fun post! I have found most of my books at thrift stores (crazy how you learn about books in that way) and through friend suggestions. But I definitely have always had favorite authors I collect and read all of their books - one being Katherine Paterson!

    And yes so much to classics! Love them so much ;D

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    1. I've gotten some great books at thrift stores too. And the classics are the best, aren't they?

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  4. ALl true, Rachel! And then when you find a "clean" book--share it on social media so others can find it too!

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    1. That's a great idea that I forgot to mention. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  5. There are some YA-skewed classics out there. Louisa May Alcott, Frances Hodgson Burnett, and Lucy Maud Montgomery are three classic YA authors that spring to mind -- their books are lovely and uplifting!

    I actually have a page on my book blog that I call the #Rebellious Writing Clean Reading List that's full of links to my reviews of books that I have read and would recommend to those seeking clean reads. If you have a book blog, consider creating a list like that to share your recommendations with others!

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    1. Those are some great authors. I never thought of creating a page for clean reads, but it's a great idea.

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    2. Maybe if lots of us book bloggers did that, there could be like a database of links here that takes people to various people's #RW recommendations pages!

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    3. We're in the process of reviewing possible changes to the website - we'll add that to the list of suggestions!

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  6. It's true. Finding clean books can be so hard! We should really strive to break the mould and write appropriate content.

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  7. Thanks for publishing this! I really love the movement and I'm happy I can help share ideas. :)

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    1. You're so welcome, Rachel! Thank you again for sending it to us!

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