Thursday, 2 August 2012

Booking Through Thursday: Book selection

This week we have been blessed with two question, both about how we choose to read books. BBT is hosted over at BBT.
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Two questions about selecting your books.
Pooch asks:
Overall, what factor most influences your choice of your next read?
Sefcug asks:
What is it that makes you want to read a book by an author you have never read before?

What probably influences me the most when I choose my next read  is the synopsis and what/who the author states as influences. For me a good synopsis introduces main characters, but mainly focuses on how the plot develops. I think it should outline the main storyline and some of the sub-plots because then you get a good idea of how the novel is written. If there only seems to be the main storyline then the novel might get a bit boring. If there are too many subplots then it might get confusing. I really like it when authors tell you what inspired the story. I recently accepted a novel for review because the author was inspired by Greek mythology. I love Greek mythology and cannot wait to see the author's spin on it! Once I got the book I either read them immediately or they find their way around my room until I find them again and start reading them!


I really like reading books by authors I haven't read anything from. That way I don't have any expectations about the writing style and can be pleasantly surprised. What convinces me to read a book by a "new" author is probably either the plot or if it's well recommended. Thinking about it, I might go back on the second one. I read the second and third Twilight novels because everyone was talking about and loving them. Never been thus disappointed. Having read the first one I guess Stephanie Meyer doesn't count as "new" but it's just a side note on the recommendations.

So, how about you?

2 comments:

  1. hello, miss Juli :)
    you have an interesting point about not having expectations about writing style when it comes to new authors! It's true that not having expectations can influence choosing a next read! I hope you enjoy the book influenced by Greek Mythology! thanks for stopping by!

    Aspen

    http://inner-aspen.blogspot.com

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  2. Hi! Thanks for the visit to my blog!

    I'm the exact opposite when it comes to trying new authors. I like to stay inside my comfort zone. Even if I'm trying out a new author at least the book has to be from a genre I'm comfortable with. :-)

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