Something I’ve noticed since I started blogging is that nearly everyone has different things that makes them decide to read a certain book. Some rely completely on reviews. Others pick up a book based on its cover or its blurb. I decided I would type up a quick post on what commonly gets me to read a book and, out of curiosity, see what gets all of you to read a book!
Most commonly: its blurb
9 times out of 10 the reason why I decide to read a book is its blurb. Often when I’m in a bookstore or a library or just browsing through books on Amazon, trying to decide what to buy, I look at its blurb and if it sounds interesting, that’s good enough for me. It seems like this is fairly atypical of book bloggers, as most seem to want some sort of confirmation from other people that the book lives up to its blurb.
That saying “don’t judge a book by its cover”? Yeah, I don’t follow that. I usually don’t read a book only because of its cover, but a lot of the time when I’m trying to find a book to read, I’ll pick up books that have nice covers and read their blurbs to see if I want to read them. It’s not usually the deciding factor, but it can definitely be what makes me initially look into a book. I’m a sucker for pretty covers, what can I say?
Before I started blogging, I paid very little, if any, attention to reviews. But now that I follow so many lovely bloggers, I pay more attention to reviews. If a blogger who tends to like similar books as I do writes a review praising a book, I’m more likely to pick it up. Negative reviews don’t deter me too much (more on that here), but positive reviews can absolutely get me to go check out a book or if it’s already on my TBR, to bump it up.
I feel obligated as a book lover to read books that are really popular, regardless of whether or not they deserve that popularity. Hype about books is what made me pick up books like The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Divergent, and (way back in the day) Twilight. I feel left out if I haven’t read series that are really popular with readers, although I’ll admit there are still tons of really popular series that I haven’t read yet. You can check out this post I made last week to see what some of those series are.
These are some of the most common reasons why I personally decide to read a book. Are any of these deciding factors for you? Are there any other factors you would add?