May 5

5 Ways I Choose My Next Read

This year I’ve completely given over my reading freedom to the infamous TBR jar (read post here), which chooses my next read. But how do I normally go about this ever increasingly difficult choice? Well, there are primarily five things I consider when deciding, whether it is from my own bookshelf or a book store.

Disclaimer: I own each one of the books mentioned, but I haven’t necessarily read all of them yet. A lot of them are in the TBR jar and will find their way onto The Mystery Corner in the due course, others I read aeons ago.

1. Awesome Cover

This one is quite obvious. I like pretty (or horrific) pictures and normally the very first thing I notice is the book cover. Put some blood-soaked object or supernatural effect on a cover and I’m most probably going to check it out. Some of my reads that were purely based on the cover:

Cover

 

2. Catchy Title

A catchy, interesting, riddled with suspense title entices me just enough to pick up the book and I almost always end up buying it! Here are some of the more interesting titles that got my attention:

Title

 

3. Enticing Blurb

So I sort of like the cover, title doesn’t sound too bad, but I’m not yet fully convinced. This is when I turn the book over and check out the blurb. If the first sentence doesn’t peak my interest, I don’t even bother further and the book goes straight back. But these were successful in finding their way to my bookshelf:

Blurb

 

4. Favourite Author

We all have them. And let’s face it, you don’t care about the cover, title or blurb. You KNOW the read will be awesome. This is an ever-growing list, but some of my favourite authors include:

Authors

 

5. You absolutely should read…

And last but definitely not the least, the recommendations from your bookish friends. This is probably the best way to ensure you will have a great read, especially if your tastes are the same as the recommender. Some friends have recommended I read a specific book, others just recommend authors. Some of the great reads I’ve discovered via recommendations (Persuader by Lee Child is the only one I don’t own, I borrowed it):

Recommends

 

Do you have a ritual when choosing/buying a new read?

Happy Hunting!

 

* All images are either from Google Books or the author’s websites.


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Posted May 5, 2015 by Natasha B in category "Book Musings

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