i like to get most of my current lit information off the internet. i find the nytimes book review, even tho i read it when i get the chance (if it's laying around somewhere), to be maddeningly worthless. but, like an idiot, i always pick it up thinking that it's going to have something of worth.
a similar thing happens with my local "newspaper." i always flip to the book page to see what they're reviewing, telling myself that this one time they're not going to be reviewing an utter piece of crap that talks about some philosophical journey by a cancer patient or some half-baked cookie cutter drivel written by the latest incarnation of vc andrews. i'm always wrong.
best seller lists annoy me because they're not real.
basically i read the "what are you reading" forum on litkicks to find what real people are reading, or i'll come across a new book that looks interesting by reading essays or reviews from arts and letters daily or mobylives or stuff like that. i also like to check out indie writers by following links from the underground literary alliance site or these very pages. theres usually good stuff there.