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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