With so much content available in video form these days, reading is on the decline. But when you're feeling vaguely dissatisfied with your life, there's nothing better than picking up a good novel and imagining yourself right there in the action with the characters. That's the power of a novel. Novels can suck you in and make you forget about the bills that need paying, the house that needs cleaning, and your approaching medical tests and treatment. If you're looking for advice on what to read, Novel Talk has you covered.

Plenty of people out there have convinced themselves that they don't like books. If you're one of those people, we've got news for you: you just haven't found the right book? Finding the right book is about matching the tone and plot of the story with your day dreams. Avid readers who long for adventure will love the latest Michael Crichton thriller while lonely singletons will devour romances by Nora Roberts. Even children who swear up and down that reading is for losers will soon be lost in the latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid book. What's the right book for you? We can help you figure it out.

Reading can be an expensive hobby - hardcover novels retail for about $30 apiece while paperbacks and ebooks cost about $10. If you read more than a few books a month, you can reduce your book buying budget with a few Novel Talk tricks, such as checking out your local library, buying second hand, and trading among friends in your art group. If you're looking to save money on books or find a hard to locate book that's out of print, we can point you toward valuable but under utilized resources such as Amazon Marketplace and Google Books.

Most people think of reading as a solitary activity, but did you know that reading can actually help you meet like minded people? It's true! Whether you decide to share your thoughts about a book you read on a popular topic or join a book group at the library, talking about reading can not only deepen your understanding of the novel but also strengthen your connection with other people who share your opinions on the book. If you're bursting with opinions on what you've read and have no one to share them with, we can give you some outlets.

Reading is also an important first step in learning the elusive craft of writing. If you spend a lot of time at home reading novels, you may eventually find yourself thinking: I could do this. If it feels like time to put your money where your mouth is, we can share tips on planning, writing, editing, and publishing your own novel. Who knows, someday we may end up talking about your book here on Novel Talk! But for now browse our store of articles on the popular novels of today and yesterday.



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