Making Up For Monday: I Choose…

How do you choose a book to buy (recommendations, book covers, back summary, etc.)?

I always, always, ALWAYS read the synopsis for a book I’m thinking of reading. Book covers are important to me as well, altho more so for an author I haven’t previously read. I check out what other bloggers are saying on goodreads, or in the blurbs inside a book. I look for books that keep cropping up in my timeline on twitter, and when a follower specifically recommends something that they’re all fired up about. I try to keep up with what all of my favorite authors are coming out with too.

What about you?!?

Tamie Xo


7 thoughts on “Making Up For Monday: I Choose…

  1. msdebms says:

    A cover or title will draw my attention but I always chose a book based on the synopsis. I remember one book where the cover and title were awful but I bought it anyway because of the synopsis and loved it. Even though I read them, I try not to let reviews influence me too heavily. Different strokes for different folks you know.


  2. mothergolf says:

    the cover also draws my attention as well, but I always read the synopsis and if I’m still not sure I open the book to a random page. You can get a pretty good feel for the writing, if it flows, or if its choppy etc.


  3. BlissfulReader says:

    Ooh, this is such a good topic for discussion! I, too, ALWAYS read the synopsis of the story, and that is usually the first thing to draw my interest. I give some weight to the cover — if the cover is so cheesy that I would be embarrassed to have someone see it on my Kindle, I might stop at that point. I do read some of the reviews. If people dislike a book because they find a character immature or they don’t like that a story involves infidelity, I don’t pay too much attention. Those things are subjective and they don’t mean that a book is poorly written. However, if I see repeated comments about terrible punctuation, grammar, sentence construction, and spelling — I go no further. I’ve done some freelance editing, and I’m very particular about those things. I know that poor writing and editing take my mind completely out of the story and into “correction” mode, and there’s no point in even trying to read a book like that. It just makes me angry that the author didn’t care enough to address those issues.


    • Tamie says:

      I know what you mean about editing issues. I have to say that I’ve become much better at letting small things go, but if it happens over and over then I’m likely to give up, or start skimming.
      I’ve mentioned this before, but one of my biggest pet peeves is when an author seems bound and determined not to use contractions in dialogue. My reaction is always…for the love of God…normal peeps don’t talk that way!


  4. Franca Cawley says:

    I always read the synopsis and if my attention is caught within the first few lines then I make a note of it in my “Wish list note book” and will go back to it once I have finished what I am currently reading. If it’s an author I know and love I usually buy it straight away. You can also download samples on your kindle which I also find helpful sometimes, and I am also swayed to buying a book when you fabulous book bloggers highly recommend them. You guys do a fantastic job – THANK YOU.


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