Friday, August 10, 2012
What attracts you in a book?
When we pick up a book in a bookshop or a library, what attracts us in a book? Is it the gorgeous cover (I am floored by the covers of many Young Adult books.) Whenever I visit a library or a bookstore, I am attracted by books with beautiful covers, but I definitely don’t buy a book based on the cover. I pick up the book, turn it over and read the blurb and then make my decision.
Are we hooked by the titles (few titles like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Under the Never Sky, Hunger Games, Divergent) definitely intrigue the readers. Again, it’s the blurb that is the deciding factor for me.
Do the blurbs nudge you in the direction of the book? I can say with conviction that the blurbs help me decide whether the book is up my alley or not. If the blurb does not interest me, than I never take the book home.
Is our book reading or book buying decision based on reviews? I feel that most of us pick up books based on the reviews it has garnered. Bad reviews definitely have me shying away from books.
I have also picked up several books solely by word of mouth; writer friends recommend a book, they praise the story and writing, it makes me eager to read the book.
Here I must make a confession; once upon a time I was biased towards the publishing houses that published books. For me the big six publishers was equal to great books. Not anymore. I have read some wonderful books by smaller and relatively new publishers.
What is your book buying or book reading decision based on: cover images, titles, blurbs, reviews, friends’ suggestions, publishing house that brings out the book. How do you make your decision whether a book should be bought from the bookshop or borrowed from the library? Please share with us about what attracts you in a book?