Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by The Artsy Reader. This week’s topic is Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book. I really love this topic: it’s something I think about every time I pick up a book. Should I choose based on awards? Should I just stick to authors I’ve enjoyed before? Should I go into a book with as little information as possible? Should I stay far, far away from Goodreads reviews before I read the book to avoid being biased (the answer for this one is always yes)?

  1. Description on the jacket. This one is pretty self explanatory. I know what I like in the plot of a book, and if a description can’t grab me, I probably won’t pick up the book.
  2. Author – I have some authors that I will read anything they write. This door does swing both ways though, I have some that I won’t read after one too many duds.
  3. Reviews by readers I respect. I have a list of bloggers whose opinions and tastes generally align with mine, so if they like a book, I’m far more likely to pick it up.
  4. Accolades. When I have no inspiration for what to read next, I like to check out the major awards and pick one or two books from past winners.
  5. Publisher. This one might be a little odd, but I’ve found some publishers (more specifically, imprints) that consistently put out high quality books. I definitely check out their backlists more frequently.
  6. Cover – hey, I’m not perfect. If a book has a beautiful cover, it’s not going to not make me read the book.
  7. How many books are in the series? Lately, I’ve been trying to stick to stand alone books as much as possible (though I’ll go up to a trilogy in a pinch). I’m not a fan of stories that get dragged out, so the shorter the series the better.
  8. General opinion. For books I’m on the fence about, I like to check out Amazon and Goodreads overall average rating.
  9. Book club picks. I’m currently following a few book clubs/ book of the month lists right now that I’ve found have excellent recommendations.
  10. Finally, I search what’s popular at my local library.

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13 Comments

  1. These are great tips! I’ve been really focusing on local library popular reads and Goodreads reviews lately to guide my selection, just to get ideas. Last month I also chose strictly by author, which was kind of fun with her 10-plus stand-alone books. Thanks for sharing!

  2. The story is what pulls me in first (if it’s a trope I love, or a type of character I always go for), whether it’s the back of the book or a review written by a blogger I follow. Some authors, I’ll read just about anything they write, and so I’ll snatch a book off the shelf if I see a name I love.

    There’s one publisher I genuinely do enjoy and will give all their books a second look. I’ve never been one to be drawn in by a beautiful cover (I think I’m in the minority here!), but I do often check Goodreads to see what the general consensus is and to see if there’s any reason I shouldn’t read something (I’m guilty of checking one star reviews for this!).

    I tend to stay away from things that are super popular too, or at least I have in the past. Maybe not quite so much these days.

  3. A good description is huge for me as well. I frequently only read half a blurb, seems like sometimes, and if I’m not grabbed quickly I often just go whatever and move on lol. I must have an attention span problem. 🙂

    Blogger input is huge for me now too since I started blogging.

  4. #5 isn’t as odd as it sounds. I don’t read a ton of romance, but when I’m in the mood for one, Carina Press and Sourcebooks are usually the first two places I look. I know I’m going to get a quality story with a happy ending. So yeah, it makes a ton of sense to me.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

  5. #5 is interesting for me; it never occurred to me to check out publishers for consistently good reads. I shall add that to my list, thank you 🙂
    I’m with you on standalone books. I don’t know if it’s my age, but I don’t have much patience these days for anything beyond a trilogy.
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  6. The library is great for finding things that appeal to you. It’s great when librarians put out displays to highlight 5-10 books — things always look more appealing that way, and it cuts through the “noise” of a whole daunting wall of spines to look at.

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