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Lisa
Posted: Sunday, January 29, 2012 7:11:59 PM

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If you're looking for a new book to read, how do you choose which one you're going to read next? Does the cover have much of an influence over your decision? Do you stick with authors you know and love or do you often try writers you've never read before? Which genres appeal to you the most?

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Posted: Monday, January 30, 2012 3:30:20 AM

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I have favourite authors who I religiously buy and read anything by, but I also like to read books I've had recommended to me or heard people talking about. Cover and title are a big influence when I'm browsing; I like to go to second hand and discount book stores and pick up things that look interesting, generally in the sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal genres.

What to read next tends to be more a matter of looking through the vast pile of unread books on my bookshelves.

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Posted: Thursday, February 2, 2012 2:55:34 AM

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If the cover attracts my attention, I would read the résumé at the back and if it intrigues me, I will definitely get it. I have my favorite authors as well and my first choice would be their latest books but again, only I'm drawn to the résumé. If a friend recommends me a book and it fits with the themes I like, I'd definitely read it if they do convince me that it is worth to go for it

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Posted: Monday, April 9, 2012 3:12:36 AM

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I do appreciate a good book cover, but it's not what draws me to reading a book. The title is usually what draws me in. I am one of those creatures of habit though, I enter the library and head directly for the authors I know and love, but I do often just browse and I always pick books with an interesting name (bearing in mind that book covers can't really be seen while browsing a crowded bookshelf).

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Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 1:28:11 AM

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I usually go for my favourite authors, but when I read random new authors, I tend to go for the ones where the cover catches my eye. They say 'never judge a book by its cover', but that's exactly what readers do. If the cover is eye-catching, I'll read the back blurb, and if that sounds interesting, I'll read the book.


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Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 7:05:59 AM

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When it comes to finding a good book to read, I usually stick by picking books from the previous authors that I've read.
But usually, when I browse around in the bookstore trying to look for something, the books somehow calls to me.

Like when I first picked 'The Shadow of the Wind' by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, I've never heard of him. But when i saw the cover and held the book in my hand, i knew i had to get it and just start reading it.

I know this sounds corny and crazy, but that's basically how i choose my books book
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Posted: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 7:28:07 AM

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When choosing a book to read, I’m not into having the ones that does have a good cover or the one that attracts me. I always look into its genre and its author. I always read its synopsis, seeking if that story would interest me and thus I would decide to have my own copy of which.



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Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2012 2:23:09 PM

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I get a lot because they are free on my kindle. I've found a few treasures and have bought a lot because I liked the author. I have my favourites authors who I'll buy all their books and read them again and again.

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Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 11:33:28 PM

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I think it is near impossible not to judge a book by its cover because that cover image gives you a very brief and instance sense of what the book is supposed to be about (usually). The cover art is the bait and the back or inside flap short description is the switch or the juicy hook that catches you and reels you in.
It helps if the book is cheap so you can afford to take more chances on something entirely new. I think once you find that diamond in the rough though you want more from that author and can look for more of their work and even find other books similar to that one.
Overall though id say the best way to find a new book is go to a forum about some of your favorites and ask reader/forum writers if they can suggest more books alike the ones you loved so much :D
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Posted: Friday, February 8, 2019 10:20:19 AM

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Usually, I like to pick a first time writer. It's easy when one has access to thousands of books.
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Reviews, recommendations from friends, books podcasts, looking at the books on my book shelf and deciding to reread one of them...

Browsing a bookstore and seeing new titles, reading the blurbs on the back, reading the first few pages, flipping forward to read random pages...

Looking at the featured section at the library, browsing the stacks at the librarry, checking out what is new...

There are so many ways to chose a book, sometimes the choice falls into place, sometimes, not.



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Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2019 10:37:47 AM

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Depends. Back in my prime reading and book buying days, I often perused the shelves of libraries and bookshops looking for interesting covers with interesting plot summaries. So a bit of serendipity. However, there was also recommendations from friends, associations between authors (e.g. reading H. P. Lovecraft led me to his friends and successors), and even sometimes reviews (this was pre-Web so they came from magazines I read and that sort of thing). And, of course, certain authors were a must.

These days, I am kind of sea where reading is concerned. I'm trying to use the same methods but I'm having a hard time latching on to anything that "grabs" me and when I do, it's as likely to be an old favorite as a new discovery (e.g. on my cruise in December, I brought like three new novels but ended up on my umpteenth re-read of Dracula instead).


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Posted: Sunday, March 3, 2019 4:30:16 AM

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From personal recommendations. I don't read nearly as much as I used to, or should, so if I'm buying a book, I go for one my friends have read and enjoyed. It's usually a good place to start. If I'm reading something free, I'll read the first chapter and only carry on if it really grabs my attention. I don't persevere with books that don't have me hooked in the first few pages. Life's too short. book

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Posted: Sunday, March 3, 2019 9:45:09 AM

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A book has to grab me and not let go. There are too many books to be read than to be bored in the first couple of chapters.
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