I hate shopping.
Well, that’s not true – I like shopping for certain things like DVD’s, music, video games, gadgets – but groceries, clothing, toothpaste – I hate it. Especially the toothpaste. I mean, do we REALLY need a hundred different versions of Crest?
Anyway, what I want to know is this: How do you know what to read?
When I go to the bookstore, I browse; I walk through the stacks, I check out covers, publishers, cover comments – that sort of thing, to see if I want to read something.
What’s really difficult for me, is reading something from an author I don’t know. Recommendations from friends are great and they help a lot, but sometimes you’re just there, in the store, a whole section of scifi and fantasy goodness all around you and it’s all up to you!
I admit, publisher/imprint means a lot to me. I know that I like books that have been written, for example, but authors of TOR/Forge, so I will check the spine.
I also judge a book by the cover. Sometimes this bites me in the butt. Take a look at a few books I’ve bought recently, some based soley on the covers:
So, as you can see – the covers on all of these books are appealing; some I bought because of their covers, some because of their authors. In the case of one of my favorites, Modesitt, the book confused the hell out of me. It was, in a word, boring – which is sad for so many reasons. In the case of Kate Elliott, I bought Spirit Gate riding on the coat tails of her ‘Crown of Stars’ series that I loved, but I haven’t cracked this one open yet because I know it’s going to be a huge investment and I don’t know that I can devote that time just now. Later.
The other two books I purchased based on their covers and both fell flat for me.
So, my question to you is – how do you know what to read? How do you pick a book? How often do you hit and how often do you miss?
Nosey minds want to know…