Thursday, January 30, 2014
Let's Talk About... What Makes You Pick Up a Book?
As for me, it's a variety of things, and for each book I get so excited for that I have to buy a copy immediately, it's a different prevailing reason that I have to have it. For example, the book I most want right now is The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski. I first heard of this book quite a while ago, but I wasn't desperate for a copy until I read the first couple of chapters on Tor's website. Normally, I don't often read excerpts from books before their publication; it's just not something I do, preferring to wait until the book is out to look into the writing. I made an exception, and that changed my opinion completely. From that day on, it's been on the top of my wishlist. Rave reviews from other bloggers and starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly (which aren't a big recommendation to me, just icing on the cake) have only added to my excitement.
Conversely, a book I just became enamored of is The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco. I saw it on Kai's Waiting on Wednesday, but I often read WoW posts that don't interest me or I'm only mildly interested in. I was sold on this one before I finished the first section of the synopsis. In this case, all it took to make me want this book was the synopsis. I didn't need a recommendation or excerpt, nothing. That being said, the few reviews in are rating this very highly, and the cover is pretty gorgeous--none of which hurts.
But, I believe most recommendations I listen to come from other bloggers. There are people whose taste coincide with mine, and I do listen to those reviews, but those are not what make up most of the recommendations I listen to. Generally, it's a whole grouping of reviews that tends to sway me more.
So, what makes you want to read a book? If it's a mix of things, what do you listen to most often? OR, do you just pick what you want, without any consideration for other's opinions?