Friday, May 4, 2012
How do you choose a book?
You guessed right. I am talking about books. When I am reading, I can disappear for hours inside the pages of a good book. When I am in the company of a good book, I don’t miss human company at all. I have stayed up till 2:30 a.m at night reading thrillers.
But, when it comes to choosing a book, I go for word of mouth. If the book has garnered rave reviews in all the media, then it definitely lands up in my TBR pile. Or if a friend has recommended it.
Sometimes, I pick up a book going by the blurb. If the blurb is intriguing, and ensnares me big time, then it will land up in my house. Though, beautiful book covers attract me, I seldom pick a book solely relying on the enticing factor of the book cover.
Sometimes, I am attracted by book titles too. If the title has really intrigued me, I turn the book over, read the blurb and then drop the book in my purchase bag.
If I am confused about picking a book, I try to read the first paragraph or two, just to get a faint idea of what to expect in the book. During those times, I act a bit like an agent. Interesting first lines can hook me big time. Many times, after an interesting first few pages, the rest of the book has disappointed me.
I also pick up books by writers whose earlier books I have enjoyed. In that case I am solely going by their track record.
What about you all? How do you choose your books? Which books land up in your TBR pile? How do you decide which book you want to read next?
P.S. In the month of May, I will posting only once a week, on Fridays, as I have set a deadline for the first draft of my Half-blood Angels and Devils book. I need to complete the first draft by the end of this month. I will still be visiting all your blogs. If I complete the draft before that, I will revert back to my usual blog schedule of twice a week.