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How do you pick your books?

11 Aug

The saying goes “do not judge a book by its cover” and most of the times that is true, especially if:

  1. You already know the author and you love them.
  2. One of your closest friends recommended it to you.
  3. The book has made such a hype that your just HAVE to read it, regardless of how the cover looks like.

But what about those sometimes rare moments when you just need to read something new? A new series or standalone novel? How do you pick up that new book when all you have is a title, a blurb, a cover and the genre?

I won’t lie to you, some of my best reads were as a result of those “OMG, this cover is so cute…I have to read this book” moments. I remember the first time I came across a Gena Showalter novel, one look at that Lords of the Underworld book and I knew I just had to read it. Don’t judge me, that turned out to be one of my greatest book choices in my life. Now here I am after 10 books and I still count her as one of my Favourite Authors. (Even though she has lost her “spark” and gone all clean and umm well just different from the Gena I felt in love with).

Before this amazing world of ebooks and ereaders, I remember walking home from school with my friends and at times when we had saved up enough money we would buy some books in the streets. Back then my reading just involved Sweet Valley Twins, Mills and Boon, Silhouette romance and the like. With the Wakefield twins, I didn’t care which one was on sale, I just had to get it. With romance I always found Medical romance a bit boring so I avoided those. But at times when I was in want of a book and nothing was available, I pretty much read anything. Call it a disease or just an addiction. It is possible right? To be addicted to reading? I guess that would give an explanation as to why I found myself reading the cereal packet or the bread wrapper during breakfast. Weird I know, but reading is reading. 😀
Anyway my point is it was easy to choose the books I wanted to read back then…powerful main character , good captivating blurb and that catchy title. Teenage me had it good.
I would go home, do my homework if I had any and get swallowed up in my latest purchase…okay fine, so maybe most of the books I read back then were all borrowed from someone 😛

These days though, I think people put too much thought in picking up the next book they want to read…I mean with so many books available and being published everyday, one might wonder how our brains don’t explode with the overwhelming force of it all. So many good books, so little time. Which one should I read now? Do I pick this one? Do I pick that one? This looks good. Oh wait so does that one. God!!! AAAAHHHHH

Sorry about that, I am good now. *takes a deep breath* But you see what I mean, right?

With Goodreads and Blogs and everything, I just have to ask…what influences you to choose that particular book? How do you pick one over the others? What criteria do you use?

-Dee

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So Many Books So Little Time

22 Feb

Wow, I never thought a day would come when I would feel totally and uttered overwhelmed by how many books I have to read. After discovering Goodreads and then making this blog, Oh My God, it has been one amazing book filled day after the other. I have to admit though, before all this, my reading mostly involved reading Harlequin Romances, Mills and Boon, a bit of Danielle Steel, Jackie Collins, John Grisham and the like. My sister always used to try and force the books she was reading in my face but between University and Boyfriend time the only books I could manage starting were small romance novels.

I have to say I am glad to have discovered the Young Adult genre, Its so amazing.

I can say at this point that I am happy, discovering that people still read and love books just like me. I was so convinced that I was like one of the last hundred or so people that still enjoy reading. But at the same time I am sad you know. This is because as at now, I know I only have like a month before school starts again and then its back to Computer codes and Algorithms. No more time to get really swallowed up in a good book. I think I am going to cry.

Anyway I have made a pact to myself (this is the best kind of pact really), that I will read a minimum of 20 more books before I head back to school.
I recently got the Covenant series by Jennifer. L. Armentrout and some many other books. I do hope I get to read these at least. Wish me luck 🙂

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