Lets look at my two favourite books:
Oh, ‘The Time Travellers Wife’.
What about her? I’m still intrigued. Yep, I would definitely read this based on the cover.
My other favourite book is Ken Follets ‘Pillars of the Earth’.
The cover is quite dramatic, yet it doesn’t actually tell me anything about what the book will be about. I really like the name of this story, and the cover isn’t a bad one.
Without reading the synopsis/blurb at the back I think I would choose to read this, but perhaps that is only because I already know how amazing this book is!
I really enjoyed visiting the library and browsing through books. I didn’t go in with an idea of what I was going to read, nor did I take the advice on the shelves of ‘if you like this author then you might like these people who write in the same style’. I would just choose a section, and quickly work my eyes over the rows until something caught me – the name of the book, or a design on the sleeve. I’d then take that book out, assess the cover in conjunction with the synopsis, and either put it back, or take it home with me.
I used the past tense in that paragraph as I very rarely visit my library now that I have a kindle. Not only that, when I first got my kindle it took me almost a year to finish my first book! No idea why. That’s almost a year of not reading.
I’m part of two book clubs, one where we actually meet, and another one that is a closed group on fbook where people post recent reads and assess them. Basically now all of my reading material is based on recommendations.
I’m feeling a bit nostalgic over my old book selecting habits; I think I’ll be taking a trip to my library soon. For old times sake!
SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY!!!!! I pledge to visit once a month. Who’s in?