Hey everyone! So even though I’m just getting settled into my new house, I’m still on Spring Break and I literally want to do nothing but talk about books. It’s ridiculous. So I’m going to embrace my obsession for the time being.
So today’s Top Ten theme is things that make me pick up a book. And seeing as I just got 5 new books from the library today when I wanted to pick up like none (I know, silly me), I think I’m well versed on this.
Top Ten Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book
1. The Title
Bar none, this will get my attention first. The title tells you so much about the book. A book called The Art of Falling is going to have a very different feel to it than a book called A Curse So Dark and Lonely. I tend to stay away from the very long, silly titles like The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things. Especially right now, I am totally digging fantasy novels and suspense, so I know those titles aren’t going to bring it.
2. The Author
I have a really good memory for authors I’ve read before, so that’s something that definitely plays into my picks. If I liked something else that author wrote, why not pick up their next book? That’s especially true of contemporary romance writers, like Kasie West and Sarah Dessen and Morgan Matson–I loved many of their other books and I will probably pick up their new ones without reading the blurb.
3. The Cover Art
Let’s not lie–everyone judges books by their covers. That’s kind of the point. And cover art is fabulous. There are some amazing, fascinating covers out there and I do love looking at them before I’ve read a book and trying to figure out what it means. The harder it is for me to figure it out, the more interested I am in reading it.
4. The Genre
I absolutely choose books based on their genres. It’s not something I’m doing necessarily to rule books out without giving them a chance, but I know what I like. I know that, like right now, I’m in the mood for fantasy. This’ll last probably 2-3 more months and then I’ll be on a different kick. And because my genre love changes, I do try to expose myself to as much in that genre as possible while I’m on that kick because I know I’ll find some things there I wouldn’t have normally picked up.
5. My Mood
My mood plays a huge role in what I pick up. Like if I’m in a relationship, I’m going to avoid books like How We Broke Up or if I’m tired of seeing pictures of couples on Facebook, I’ll avoid romances for a while. If I’m feeling ansty and angry, I go for books that have a lot of action in them–I want to root for someone like Tris Prior or Katniss who can kick butt when maybe my life isn’t letting me do that at the time. So I try to take stock of my mood before I start a new book.
6. The Length of the Book
I have a wooden plaque in my library that reads “I Like Big Books and I Cannot Lie” and it’s true. I know a lot of people–my students especially–like super short books. But I’ve learned that longer books have what I crave most: character development, slow burning plots/romances, and a fleshed-out plot with probably multiple subplots to keep my attention. I’m not saying I never read shorter books, but I’ve just learned what I like.
7. If It’s Faced Out
This goes back to the cover art one, but I like to see books. I like to see what it looks like as I walk up to a shelf. My eyes naturally go there because the cover is easier to read than one that is only spine-exposed. It doesn’t determine for sure whether I take it or not, but it does help.
I love themed displays. When my library does a themed display (Rainbow Covers! Winter! Summer Romance!), I always have to take a look, even if that’s not what I’m in the mood for. I just have to know what someone else has chosen as a recommendation, even if it was only because the cover was purple or something. They still chose it.
9. C O L O R S
Speaking of colors, I love eye-catching, colorful covers. A ton of books right now are black or dark, and that definitely adds to the suspense and mystery they create, but there’s something to be said about a cover that just makes you happy by looking at it.
10. The Blurb
Let’s not forget that, most importantly, the blurb is going to be the deciding factor here. No matter how much I love the cover, the author, the title, and all the rest, if the blurb doesn’t do it for me, I’m not picking it up. Why bother with it if it’s crap that’s been nicely decorated? It’s not worth it.