Here's something I've been thinking about: how do other people decide what books to pick up, put on their lists, and read? I know how I do it, a sort of rough intuitively weighted system with 'direct tailored recommendation from trusted friend' and 'rave review from friend or reader whose interests/tastes I share" at the top, and all sorts of other factors below. I pay heed to Goodreads, Twitter, word of mouth from friends and sufficiently interesting published reviews from trusted sources, as well as occasionally to mentions on podcasts. Sometimes there's an element of impulse which can of course be influenced by author familiarity, blurbs, subject matter, even covers!
Below is a tiny fraction of my to-read pile including some recent acquisitions. The book on top I picked up on impulse in a bookstore, and justified buying by reading good reviews on Goodreads on my phone! Emily Wilson, who translated that edition of the Odyssey, posted comparisons of her translations of individual passages with those of other historical translations on Twitter, and someone retweeted them -- I followed her and decided to get her translation. Roadside Picnic I'd never heard of when I walked into my local indie bookstore with a giftcard, but I was chatting with a bookseller and he handsold it to me: his recommendation, my desire to read more translated science fiction, and a blurb on the cover from Le Guin were my only datapoints. This stack is all over the place!
What sources do you consult and trust when deciding to read a book, or where do you even hear and notice books that might be of interest? Where did you find out about your favorite authors?