Deciding what book to pick up next is like THE hardest part of being a bookworm. Oh, there’s the pain of feels and the potential of death when your TBR is taller than the Himalayas and falls on you and kills you dead. BUT! Picking is still hard! Decisions, decisions. HOW IS A BOOKWORM TO HANDLE THIS HORROR?
How do you decide which books to add to-read on Goodreads? What makes you pick up that library book? What excites you beyond belief? What must a book do to catch your attention?
What must a book do to catch your attention and make you desperate to gobble it with the vivacity of a thousand rabid goblins?
For me, there are several things I consider when I come face to face with a new book. So let me make a list (!! OMG WE LOVE LISTS !!) of these factors and then I’ll (of course) turn these difficult questions to you and see what your priorities are.
I have to admit, this is my BIGGEST factor when choosing if I want to eat a book or spurn it’s potential love. I’m horrific at reading blurbs. I basically…um…don’t? I like going into books totally blind! SO. All I want is the premise. You say “Hey, Cait, this book is about a female Sherlock who –” I AM SO ONTO THAT. If you say “And this is an epic fantasy about thieves –” Pffft, I have stopped listening and am already adding the book on Goodreads and selling my sister on the black market so I may get this book right now and consume it.
Premise is everything for me.
Read the blurb? ME?
BLURB REAIDNG IS FOR WEAKLINGS*. If I do bestir my regal eyes to read a blurb, it’s usually 2 seconds before I start the book.
And do you find that blurbs are often too useless to even be interesting? It’s very hard to make a book stand out from a blurb.
* I’m totally kidding. I’m too lazy to read them, basically. But I can’t admit that too loudly or oh gosh, what will you think of your mighty overlord?
Comparative titles make me wary. Only because 99% of the time, whoever does these pitches has only read the famous books in the genre. So ever contemporary EVER is “John Green meets Rainbow Rowell!” and anything remotely fantasy or dystopian is “The Hunger Games meets Game of Thrones!” The worst I think, is when it’s “Twilight meets The Fault in Our Stars, with a bit of Divergent, and Percy Jackson!” NO. A BOOK CANNOT BE ALL THOSE THINGS EVER. JUST STAHP AND GO HURT SOMEONE ELSE’S EARS.
Although sometimes, there are excellent comparative title pitches out there. Like Ink and Bone was pitched “The Book Thief meets Fahrenheit 451, with a pinch of Harry Potter” and…well, there are some big titles in that claim, BUT. It really was spot on. And it totally sucked me in.
I read a lot of new books, so this doesn’t even matter half the time. BUT SOMETIMES IT DOES IN A BIG WAY. Like I would read anything by Maggie Stiefvater. She could write about a pineapple pikelet and, hello, I would be all over it.
And I’ll often read books by authors I know just…because I know them. Sometimes it’s because I want to give the author a second chance. Like Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman! I really really didn’t like Taken (most blah dystopian ever, for me) but 94% of the reason I want to read her new book is to see if it’s a “you not me” or “me not you” thing.
Because when you have a favourite genre, you gravitate there most of all, right?!? I am a fantasy fiend. I WILL EAT IT UNTIL I CAN EAT NO MORE. Urban fantasy or epic fantasy, I am it’s one true love. So, I’m a million percent more likely to dive for a fantastical book over a contemporary. This does play into my choosings.
(Although I also pick contemporaries solely so my brain can have a break. Sheesh, is it just me or are epic fantasies exhausting? I basically need a nap after one Game of Thrones chapter. A nap and psychological counselling.)
OF COURSE I HAD TO LIST THIS. I’m a big believer that covers and titles are legit reasons to pick up a book. Why wouldn’t they be?!? If covers weren’t important, we wouldn’t have them. If a book is gorgeous I’m totally snatching it up and hugging it and devouring it like a goblin eating melons*. Made You Up got me on cover love. I AM NOT ASHAMED.
* I don’t even know what goblins eat. I assume they like fruit occasionally and eat it passionately?
As I’ve mentioned, I’m very open to passionate suggestions and recommendations. And I trust humans who are wildly excited about a book. I spend a lot of time adding books to my
scarily gargantuan TBR that’s going to fall on me any second and kill me manageable TBR because I’ve read a great review. This is a big part of blogging right?! Listening to recommendations? I like to find bookworms whose tastes line up with mine and then just stalk them in a totally not-creepy way and read everything they read and monitor their every move. Subtly. I’m always subtle. Don’t deny this.
SHUSH. YES I AM EVEN THOUGH I JUST ANNOUNCED IT TO THE WORLD.
I think all the things are somewhat important. Right? There’s no ONE factor that contributes to every. single. book. you. read. Sometimes the cover will win us and sometimes the blurb and sometimes the fact that I’m standing 2 centimetres from your ear screaming that you read it right now will really motivate you.
But, for me, it’s the premise that lures me most of the time. Although, to be honest, I personally read just about anything and everything that falls into my lap. I like books okay?! I want to know all the things.
obviously i’m desperate to know what is your biggest influencer for picking which to devour at dawn?? TELL ME ALL, OKAY!??! is it premise or author or do you just read whatever? is picking books hard for you? do you read blurbs? do goblins like melons? I ASK THE BIG QUESTIONS.