I would like to know how you go about choosing a book to read. Is it the cover? The title? Word of mouth?
I don't get a lot of book recommendations from my family or friends. (That's because we don't read the same genres.) About 90% of the books on my TBR list are books that I heard about on the internet, whether through blogs or recommendations.
Taking 5 random books from my TBR list or from my favorite books, here's how I heard about them:
- The Shifter by Janice Hardy- Janice is represented by Kristin Nelson, one of my dream agents, and I decided that I should read a few of the books she represents probably a year and a half ago.
- The Absolutely True-Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. I was looking at a list of NYT bestsellers and saw this. I read a book review of it and was so intrigued that I bought it at my local indie the next day
- The Christopher Killer by Alane Ferguson- I think I was looking up lists of YA mystery novels on Amazon, looking for something to add to my TBR when I found this. I read the first few pages and the blurb and thought it sounded awesome (and it is).
- Little Brother by Cory Doctorow- I saw this at my local indie bookstore and picked it up because the spine looked cool. I didn't think much of it and I didn't buy it, but I wrote the title down and later checked it out and read it over Spring Break.
- Plain Kate by Erin Bow- I saw a mini-review of this on Mary Kole's blog, read the first few pages on Amazon, and checked it out at the library.