As Chissy says, these are quite tricky questions. Certainly I'm not very systematic, and tend to go with whims, but these are some of the ways I find books:
1. Like you, I'm a classics fan, so I'm sort of working my way through those. I've got a short (actually, rather long!) list of writers/books I intend to read, which I refer to.
2. Through reading magazines, newspapers etc. This tends to apply more to the non-fiction I read: I subscribe to The Literary Revew, which is strong on non-fiction, whilst I use Slightly Foxed for some fiction (but that's not about recent books!).
3. I read our book club choice each month. That's introduced one or two authors to me (e.g. Penelope Fitzgerald) whose work I've then pursued further. It's also put me off others!
4. Recommendations here. That takes quite a lot of sifting, as I have to admit that most of the books don't interest me reading-wise, although I really enjoy reading about them and about others' reading choices. However what has had an impact have been the challenges I've gone for, which can provide a ready made list of interesting reads (English Counties being one of them).
5. Browsing - especially in smaller bookshops where the choices tend to be most interesting (although I had a great time in the Leeds Blackwells earlier today - definitely more my style than Waterstones).
Like Janet, I have a substantial library but often can't find one I want to read at that moment - fickle or what?! And I can only agree with her about not reading one writer consecutively, although there are a few series that I'm following, but over an extended period of time (O'Brian, Simenon, Leon for instance).
Edited by willoyd, 23 July 2015 - 06:01 PM.