When I was twelve, my mom started to let me ride my bike to the library by myself. This was such a monumental moment for me because I no longer had to follow my mom’s library rule where she would only let me get three books per library trip. Now that I was making my own trip I could read all the books I wanted!!!
But, I had the small inconvenience of having to ride on my bike back home from the library, which meant I could only take as many books as I could fit into my backpack, which was still a lot but not enough of course. This led to me having to become choosier in my selections.
As an adult, I find that I’m even more choosier. Work, school, laundry, dishes, birthdays, social events, taxes. These are all things that make me have less and less time for reading. Here are ten things that make me pick up a book:
Of course I value reviews. I write them after all. Reviews are the most effective way for me to pick up a book, especially if some of my favorite people that I follow give the book a good review. I will say that I am a bit more skeptical if a book gets a bad review, I tend to try and find out if perhaps what didn’t work for the reviewer would not be an issue for me. However, a good review always gets me pumped about a book.
2. Book Cover
I’m a total consumer. Packaging gets me every time. Put a cute kitten on literal trash and I will still buy it because the kitty looks so cute. Books are the same way. If the cover blows me away I’ll still pick up the book even if the blurb doesn’t seem interesting at all. Sometimes, I have picked up a book because of the cover and began reading the book before I even found out what the book was about.
If it’s from an author that I like, chances are I’m going to read the book. I loved The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang and planned to read The Bride Test before I even knew what it was about.
4. Library Displays
I’m a bit bias on this one since I work in a library and frequently make book displays. These are to get books to catch your eye, sometime’s they’re a bit more engaging. I think they’re a great way to get someone to pick up a book they normally would not choose.
Obviously I’m going to pick up the next book in a series regardless of what that particular book might be. Here’s a fun example. When Cassandra Clare wrote The Mortal Instruments there was only three books. I even have the original copy of the third book and the sleeve said “In this dramatic conclusion…” (or something like that). However, years later I found out that miss Clare released three other books! I didn’t know what those books would be about, to me Jace and Clary’s story had finished, but you bet your sweet cheeks I picked up those final three books.
There are many authors that write multiple books within the same universe, but they don’t necessarily go together. I’m going to use Cassandra Clare again for this example, because she does this so much. I’m pretty sure she has like three different series within the same world she built, plus The Bane Chronicles and all of her Shadow Hunter Academy books.
If a friend or family member suggests a book and then gives me their copy, I’m going to read it simply because they gave me their copy. It’s a huge deal to lend someone your book! So it must be good if you’re willing to part ways, even if it’s for a little bit.
I go through phases where I need to read all the best books within the genre I’m currently obsessed with. Last fall I went though a huge Historical Fiction phase where I had to read all that I could get my hands on. I even brought Lilac Girls to a bar with me to read while my friends played darts because I needed to read it so bad.
Some titles just grab me, like Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Oh man, I love that title. I read it so long ago, but the title still sticks in my mind.
10. Movies/ TV Shows
Sometimes I don’t find out about a book until I see a commercial for a movie or TV show that’s based off a book. I’m definitely one of those people that need to read the book before the movie or show comes out.
What makes you pick up a book? Do you agree with my list? Let me know in the comments below!