Until recently, I’ve never thought too much about how I choose my next read – it just seems like such a natural process. By this point in my reading life, I’ve a pretty good idea of what sort of thing I’ll like and usually go off instinct (not that this is foolproof!), although I’ve noticed there are a few things that tend to guide my decision:
- The cover
I know they say never judge a book by a cover, but the truth is that I’m unlikely to pick up a book and read the blurb, and therefore consider it, if the cover doesn’t catch my eye first.
- The genre
Like most other readers I have my favourite genres, and these preferences certainly influence my book choices. Anything in the fantasy/science fiction/historical fiction genres are automatically on my reading radar (because that’s a thing!), and are more likely to end up on my to-read list.
- The blurb
The blurb is obviously massively important when deciding whether or not to read a book, as it gives you a flavour of the book, and basically tells you what it’s all about. I’m not going to enjoy every book in my preferred genres, so picking the ones with the most promising plots is a pretty good way to ensure your reading ones you’ll like (yet again – not foolproof. I’ve read some stinkers!).
As I don’t have that many reader friends, this wasn’t a great source of book choices until I started blogging…now however I find loads of books through recommendations. I read a lot of other blogs and will often see books being reviewed which I would never have heard of otherwise, but are right up my street. This is yet another reason to love book blogging!
So how about you? How do you choose books?