This week’s Top 10 Tuesday is a pretty fun topic! There’s a lot of different factors that go into me picking up a book. Sometimes it’s an impulse buy because of a pretty cover and awesome back cover description, other times its because I’ve read lots of really good reviews of it.
Cover – As much as I try not to be swayed by a cover, my brain just can’t help being drawn to colourful, pretty or unique covers.
Title – Some titles make me roll my eyes and I instantly avoid. Others just get your attention and draw you in like a fish on a hook.
Blurb – I often skim read the blurb on the back cover looking for something that I think I’d like, something unique or particularly compelling.
Concept – If I read the back cover blurb and it sounds like a rehash of plots or storylines that have been done that puts me off. So many blurbs just sound the same. When I read a back cover and it has a unique or interesting concept, that really gets my attention.
First page – When I’m browsing I’ll often read the first page to see if it draws me in, but also to get a sense of the writing style.
Genre – I read quite a variety of genres but I definitely lean towards science fiction and fantasy so I’m probably more likely to pick up books in those genres.
Reviews – I sometimes make spontaneous purchases, but often I’ll buy a book because I’ve heard good things about it or seen positive reviews.
The author – I read a lot of new authors, but also if I see a new book by an author I absolutely love, I’m quite likely to pick it up even if I don’t know anything about it.
Offers – I’m a sucker for an offer or a good deal. It’s just too hard to resist.
Special binding – For example a fancy hardback, thicker pages, illustrations etc. Especially for classics. I like having leather or cloth bound editions of classics.
What makes you pick up a book?