This post follows the thoughts of the previous one. We talked about writing titles and ones that catch our attention, and it made me think about how I choose books to read. I’m a bookworm, and I always have been. But I honestly can’t think of a set patter that I have when it comes to choosing a book.
I was one of those kids who loved to go to the library and choose random books off the shelf. Okay, not just as a kid. I still do it. Though I haven’t gotten a library card since I moved here a year ago, which is quite a shame. And something I need to rectify. There’s nothing like the thrill of taking home a pile of books (for free!) and delving into them for hours. I’m also the kind of person who doesn’t like to buy a book until after I’ve read it. I’ve had buyer’s remorse once or twice, which has made me a bit hesitant to buy a book without knowing whether I like it or not.
When it comes to choosing a book, it’s hard to say what really attracts me. Is it the cover? The title? Usually it’s a combination of them along with the blurb on the back of the book.
But all of that’s about to chance. I just got my first e-reader for Christmas. I was one of those resistant to the e-reader and e-book because I loved the feeling of holding a book in my hands, smelling the pages, and the finality of closing the book when it finished.
Of course, I still love the idea of holding books while I read, but more and more of my friends are publishing e-books and I want to support them. And with the price of e-books it may be just between checking books out at the library and buying them in paperback.
Of course, this means that I have to develop a whole new way of finding books. Though they’re all laid out, it doesn’t quite look like a bookshelf to me.
So how do all of you find e-books? What’s a good process? What about a book most attracts you? The title? The cover?