Monday, January 31, 2011
How I Choose Books
Reading is one of my favorite things to do and there are several ways in which I pick which books I want to read. I used to go to the bookstore. A lot. In fact, me spending $100 a visit to the bookstore wasn't uncommon. When I go to the bookstore just to look around I let the books choose me as I wander around. Certain covers and titles will reach out to me and draw my interest, begging me to read their inside flap or back cover to learn more about them. I will also usually read the first sentence of a book to determine if the writing style is something I like. I always figure that if I want to keep reading after the first couple of sentences it will probably be a book I would enjoy reading to the end.
When I go to the library, how I choose books is completely different. Because all the library books are stacked with only their spines showing, I can't pick books by their covers as easily. (I totally judge books by their covers and I am not ashamed!) Before I head to the library I will look at websites like Amazon.com to find out which books are on the best seller lists or to check which books have been recommended by editors or other readers.
Oprah's magazine as she has a "Book Room" section where she and her staff recommend books that are supposed to be good. I have since found out that this isn't always the case but it is a pretty good source for ideas.
Oprah's book club also is a source of books, as I like the idea of reading something that is going to be talked about later so I can compare my opinion of the books with others. I guess maybe I should join a real life book club sometime?
My co-workers are also big readers and we often pass around books that we like. This is how I found out about the book The Art of Racing in the Rain, one of the best books I read this past year.
Lastly, I use recommendations from friends, other bloggers, and family. If someone I know and respect has read a book and enjoyed it, there is a very good chance that I will, too.
So that's it! Happy reading everyone!