Booking Through Thursday: Choosing 16

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme, hosted by btt2, about (mostly) books and reading.


Question for the week: What makes you choose the books you read? Genre? Reviews? Certain authors? Covers? Recommendations?


Most of the time, I have a systematic way (yes, I know, control-freak) of judging a book if it’s worth reading, whether it was recommended by a fellow reader or not. The very first thing that catches my attention is the cover – if it looks enticing and intriguing then I’ll check it out. The next is the blurb and genre – most of the time, you can tell what the genre is just from reading the blurb so they go together. Next thing I do is read some of the reviews, both positive and negative, while trying not to read excerpts and spoilers. I try to weigh if the positives are good enough that they can compensate for the negatives (I hate poor writing the most). If I’m still not convinced to add it to my to-read list, but I’m somewhat interested, I check out the average rating (how many stars it has on Goodreads) and other books written by the author. Those are basically how I choose my books.

Although, there are those times when I find or hear about a book and I know I definitely want to read it, even without knowing what it’s about, who wrote it, what genre it is, or what the cover looks like. Sometimes, I’m just drawn into reading them (talk about book addiction).


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16 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday: Choosing

    • Reply Andrea K. Jun 6,2013 9:19 am

      Somehow it’s second nature to weigh everything to help decide.

      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  1. Reply laurelrainsnow Jun 6,2013 6:09 am

    I have a similar process…here’s MY BTT POST

    • Reply Andrea K. Jun 6,2013 9:23 am

      Goodreads, eReaders, and being exposed to the internet and all the book bloggers out there really did help widen my reading world.

      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  2. Reply Jenn Jun 6,2013 7:02 am

    I do read reviews, too. Sometimes, the more 4 or 5 stars… or more 2 or 1 star(s) make me interested with the book. 🙂

    My BTT post –

    • Reply Andrea K. Jun 6,2013 9:33 am

      I absolutely loved how you wrote about the factors of how you choose your books. 🙂 And I wish I’d visit the Philippines more often.

      Thanks for stopping by Jenn! 🙂

  3. Reply Kristin A. (@Hermyoni) Jun 6,2013 5:29 pm

    Great response. I definitely agree for the most part 🙂

  4. Reply Holly (2 Kids and Tired) Jun 6,2013 6:02 pm

    Mine is a combination of factors as well. Cover and blurb are huge, but so are reviews.
    2 Kids and Tired Books BTT

    • Reply Andrea K. Jun 6,2013 6:35 pm

      There are times when I just love the cover that I don’t even read the blurb or know anything about the book.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Reply kristinshafel Jun 7,2013 10:15 am

    Great response, I agree!

  6. Reply mervih Jun 8,2013 2:51 am

    I also judge a book by genre and reviews. Great answer.

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