I’m curious as to the reasons behind why you pick a book to read. I mean we all have very different reasons and I thought I would take the time to share with you some of my reasons and give you a giveaway to go with it. I do need to thank our hosts for this giveaway hop first though. So a huge thank you to HOP HOSTS HERE. Now that is done lets get to a few of the reason I will choose a book to read.
If the author is one of my favorites or one that read often I will most likely select their new book to read on that alone. My favorite authors are ones that I will read again and again. For example I will read a Lani Lynn Vale book without really reading the synopsis. I enjoy her and just know the book will be good.
Word of Mouth/Reviews
If I have heard other bloggers, readers, podcasts, etc discussing a book I will take a chance on it. Although that isn’t always the case. I picked up a book recently that had a cliffhanger and enjoyed it. When I went to get the next book I read horrible reviews. So I checked out the books for the rest of the series and the reviews were so awful. Like the couple doesn’t get any sort of ending but I just needed to know what happened. So I purchased the next book and guess what? Another cliffhanger!
Sometimes I’m just in the mood for a certain genre or theme. I may be on a paranormal kick or an alien kick. When I can’t figure out what I want to read I go back to my favorites and reread them but that’s another post altogether.
Sad as it is when I wondering around the book store the cover always catches my eye first. Humans are visual so it’s no wonder this is one of the reasons I will pick a book. I will pick up a book that has a cover model I know and follow. I like to support them and have ended up with some amazing books just because it had Tank Joey or Jake Wilson on there. It happens!
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monique s says
I pick a book based on title, cover art and the summary
I have read previous books by the same author. I have read complimentary reviews re: a book.
When im browsing shelves its cover art then title of book. If it looks good i read the summary.
Jayne Townsley says
Cover and blurb are the two main things that draw me.
Kim Avery says
Usually I pick a book by an author I’ve read before.
Kelly D says
I choose a book based on the plot. I like mysteries.
recommendation from a friend or family member or a favorite author
Beyond Comps says
I usually pick a book if I like the sound of the blurb.
Mishelle G says
I was trying to figure this out yesterday when my daughter asked me how I picked one… I look at the title, the cover and read the back but it seems to be mostly instinct. I do pick some really bad ones but mostly there’s something in the title and the summary that makes me pick one.
chelsea w says
I usually pick a book based on what genre it is. However, I don’t really tend to stick to one genre. It just depends on my mood!
I pick the book if the premise is interesting to me, especially if it is unique and doesn’t sound like anything I’ve read before.
Mary West says
I pick a book if it’s summary is interesting and it sounds like a story I would want to read.
Lori H Carey says
I love finding quirky mysteries, and I love a play on words. One book I read recently was about a chef turned detective and it was called “S’more Murder”. I love the play on words there!
Barbara Montag says
I pick a book with subject that I am interested in.
Or especially if it is a mystery with a favorite author of mine.
Karen A. says
I usually choose by a favorite author
I think the main reason I pick a book is the genre I love western romance books the best. Then I also pick authors that I have read before and liked. The cover is super important to me I like a tasteful cover with a hot guy on it.
Viki S. says
Subject, previous author experience.
Marisela Zuniga says
the blurb and cover grab my attention
I typically read non-fiction and what draws me to it is the story
Ann Fantom says
I pick books by what friends and family recommend to me. I also sometime read book reviews or choose by reading the dust jacket.
Darlene Owen says
I usually pick a book for a good author, secondly for the cover.
Chrystal D says
My favorite authors, the subject of the book and what i read about the story from reviews on the inside covers.
tiffany S says
I pick a book based on the writing on the back of the book and if it sounds interesting to me.
I usually pick books from my favorite authors.
Margaret Smith says
I pick a book based on the excerpt.
Christina Gould says
The reasons I pick a book is if it’s my favorite genre (psychological thriller) and if I like the cover (I know that’s wrong) and if it got great reviews. Thanks for the giveaway!
I choose books based on a combination of things, including online reviews, friend recommendations and the book description!
Mostly the genre, and setting. The author and series can be a factor as well.
shannon zeidan says
I tend to go for recommendations or books of authors i love.
I usually base it on whether I find the blurb on the back of the book interesting or not.
Victoria Alexander says
It’ a combo of the blurb and the cover…. but if the blurb is amazing and cover is so-so or bad, I’ll still read it 🙂
Diana Corlett says
Genre,, title, cover art, blurb are all important, but the quality of the writing tells me which book to read and which one not to spend time on.
David Hollingsworth says
I choose a book based on the author and if the story sounds interesting.
Shirley O says
I often choose a book from an author that I have read before. The description and cover play a role as well.
I either look for one of my favorite authors, or I read the cover blurb to see if it catches my attention. Sometimes it sounds so good, I can’t resist!
I choose a book based on the cover, the blurb, and reviews. I normally check at amazon to see the star ratings.
Jon Heil says
Maybe has a good plot to zone out and be in anothr world with it
I pick a book if it’s in a favorite genre, if I like the cover, and/or if I enjoy reading the excerpt.
Ginger Hafer says
I usually choose a book based on the author. I have a list of authors whose books I like to read.
beth shepherd says
I like to read books from authors that I know then ask friends for their faves. Thank you
KIM DAVIS says
By Author, then by cover.
Dawn Monzu says
I guess it kind of depends on what my mood is. I love to read things that uplift me or make me laugh! I love inspirational books, but I also have a dark sense of humor. That’s me in a nutshell!
Debbie P says
I will pick a book depending on the subject matter,title,artwork on the cover,if I like the genre, or if a friend recommended it.
Cathy French says
I pick a book based on a syopsis and or revies
I pick a book if I think the characters are relatable and if I think I can learn something from the book. One of the reason I love historical fiction!
Phyllis Huebbe says
By the description of the content
wendy hutton says
the title and the cover is why I usualy choose a book
Kelly Kimmell says
I like to pick a book that I can connect with, something of interest.
Dana Rodriguez says
Author and story line.
Cynthia C says
I tend to choose books by authors I enjoy and are my favorite genres.
paige chandler says
I pick a book by the cover and the back of the book synopsis.
the author like the blog i have and they will send me book to read and blog
Heather S says
The first thing is the cover and if it catches my attention. Next is the summary of the story and if it is unique.
Rebecca Moore says
Usually I look at the cover and back excerpt.
April Morin says
I pick a book for many reasons – could be the cover caught my eye, I am interested in reading something by the author. Sometimes the title grabs me.
Sharon Rooney says
I usually pick a book from authors that I have previously read. I also select new authors based on the recommendations of family and friends
Christina Sparks says
I read the back cover and see if it catches my attention.
Carolyn Daley says
I pick out a book if I like the author, series, or description on the back of the book. Sometimes I browse by genre.
Stevie Albertson says
I usually pick a book based on the summary. If it’s a favorite author, I may give it a shot even if the summary doesn’t catch my eye.
Bea LaRocca says
A gorgeous book cover will always draw my attention, usually a scene depicting the great outdoors, not just an awesome six-pack on a handsome cover model! There are several authors that I love and will just buy their latest book regardless of any other factors, and I often buy books from my favorite tropes based on the blurb
Rebecca Smith says
I pick based on cover and summary
The plot and I read reviews as well.
Either the blurb grabs my attention or it doesn’t. I gravitate towards heavy, dark, taboo topics and themes. I like the sci-fi, horror, mystery, thriller and supernatural genres but don’t much care for fantasy. Angsty, hurt-comfort romances are what I seek out most of the time. Love me some magical realism à la Haruki Murakami and dark humor.
Linda K says
I go to New York Times Best Sellers List when I’m looking for something new.
Ashley Chassereau Parks says
I read all kinds of things so there are different reasons I choose a book. I choose books based on my interests, but also if they are recommended by someone I respect.
molli taylor says
when i find an author i like i tend to read all their stuff!
Victoria R. says
A good first sentence always gets me!
Brandi Dawn says
I often pick out books that are inspirational when I am feeling down.
Harsha S Patil says
CLASSIC JUDGING THE BOOK BY ITS COVER.
I pick a book by what is recommended to me or if it just catches my eye!
Kayla Harmon says
Christina moore says
i pick a book based on the reviews
I pick a book based on author, genre, blurb, reviews, and cover.
tiffany dayton says
Something I’m interested in or for a gift.
Susan Smith says
The cover and blurb are the two main things that draw me. I will search for other books by my favorite author first.
Katie Bellamy says
I like a good mystery in a book!
Jennifer R says
I pick up a book based on recommendations from friends or online normally.
I pick a book based on cover and the summary.
Shannon Gilchrist says
Family/Friends suggestion, back of the book cover, author I enjoy.
Max Morais Dos Santos says
I always get a book thinking in a specific area of my life
kathi bennett says
I will pick a book by an author I’m familiar with first over others but, most of the time its word of mouth from friends or just reading the back cover.
Barbara Riffe says
The story line, does it sound like a book with a story line that I haven’t read before.
Janice Wright says
If I find a book I really like, I tend to read other books by that author.
Kyona Sirico says
I’m first attracted to a book by its cover design, colors, and font. Then, I read the inside cover to see if the story pulls me in.
Susan Christy says
Recommendations or it’s a book by a favorite author.
I pick books to read from personal recommendations and authors that I’ve read before.
Jeanna Massman says
I usually choose a book based on the book blurb, reviews and cover. I, also, often read books written by my favorite authors.
Geri C says
I pick a book if I’ve read other books by the same author and loved them. Of if a friend read a book and loved it, I will read it.
Robin Abrams says
Cover and blurb are the two main things that make me choose a book
Tracy Robertson says
I have to have a book at all times! I use to spend hours browsing the bookstores and reading the first couple of pages of books that looked good to make my selection, Now I mostly use Goodreads and I hard about books that I like there. Of course when I love one, I check out what else that author has to offer,
Laurie Nykaza says
I choose a book many times by reviews so I can read something about it before choosing it to buy. I like certain types so I look for them like a great mystery.
I look at the cover and read the synopsis on the back, and if it looks good to me I read it. I also like getting recommendations from people, be it face to face or on social media.
Melanie B says
Well aside from the cover as the obvious first draw, it’s if the blurb sounds good. If it’s a favorite author then it’s an automatic must read for me.
Emily Gibb says
I choose on reviews! and others give me books to read
Robyn Bellefleur says
I go by genre and then by the cover.
Pauline Milner says
When considering my family, friends and freelance writing career (I write both for clients and am now spending time on my own writing), any free time I have has to be carefully filled. I want a book where I can become completely lost in the story and escape from the world for a while in addition to being entertained. John Steinbeck is my favorite author exactly for that reason. His descriptive writing is so detailed that I can imagine myself in the story while seeing and feeling the same things as his characters. Thanks for the super giveaway opportunity.
Christine Beasley says
Various reasons come into play for me when choosing a book to read. They include: the topic or genre; the title; the description; the author; reviews; recommendations; the cover; received as a gift; required for class, study or book club; my mood; part of a series; I enjoyed seeing a movie interpretation; preview of book intrigued me; it’s a classic; it received a medal or award.
Colleen Boudreau says
Good reviews and a subject matter that I’m interested in.
My first way I will always pick a book is if it’s by one of my favorite authors I haven’t read. I tend to stick to my preferred genre if it’s an unknown author, for example I wouldn’t choose a historical romance but I would always be open to a pnr or thriller. While casually shopping I definitely gravitate towards certain covers that stand out.
Judy Thomas says
I pick a book mainly on the cover or author.
Jeanette Jackson says
I choose a book by reading what the story is about. If I like it I read it.
Lisa Ehrman says
I may pick a book because I like the author, I like the reviews, or it’s a classic.
I usually pick a book based on the genre, and if the main character sounds interesting to me!
Vera C says
I typically go by reviews from fellow readers when choosing books
Michelle J. says
I read based on recommendations.
Richard Hicks says
I usually pick books based on friends’ recommendations.
Veronica Lee says
I actually judge a book by its cover! The cover is the first thing that grabs my attention! Then I would read the blurb and if it captivates me, I would read it!
I usually go for ones that have an intriguing plot, or a relatable or intriguing lead.
Melissa Storms says
I will read books if it is an author I enjoy. I also choose books from friend and book blog recommendations.
I am drawn in by covers but usually flip to a random page to read a paragraph to see if the writing is any good. If not, it gets put back and the search continues.
i usually pick a book because someone recommended it
Daniel M says
if your a big fan of the author
Author, cover, synopsis.
Nina Lewis says
I am the ultimate mood reader. Honestly. I have to read whatever I’m in the mood for otherwise I’m just not gonna be into the book.
Amy Nick says
I look at book reviews and see what genre it is
If I’m just browsing, then the cover does have to catch my attention.
I pay attention to authors I love already and their new work.
I read a lot of book reviews.
I have to find the summary intriguing overall though!
Kim Henrichs says
Usually based on my interest, i.e. true crime and author.
I pick up a book based on recommendations from friends often.
I often pick up a book by its jacket synopsis.
Corey Olomon says
I tend to go by the blurb.
Deb Pelletier says
The book cover draws me in the I read the back, if I like it I read the in side page, blurb.
I pick a lot of books based on a genre I tend to like; or by authors I like!
For new authors, I read the blurb and a couple of reviews if the cover catches my eye and then I decide if I want to read it.
For authors whose books I read before the cover matters less and I check the blurb,
First thing that catches my eye is the cover. Then I read the blurb. At that point I decide whether to read or not.
wendy lee klenetsky says
When I want to read( instead of knitting for charity), I follow authors I like.
I usually choose a book based on what I’ve heard from friends or bloggers.
Antoinette M says
The cover & the author interest me.
Buddy Garrett says
I usually pick a book based on reviews.
Kriss k says
Either because I already like the author or someone told me about it.
If I have read the author’s books before or if the storyline sounds good!
Hesper Fry says
The cover and the genre catch my attention.
I pick a book if reading the back cover makes me want to read it.