Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Never Judge A Book…… Or Do We??

I was at the library this evening with Christian, browsing the shelves as I do and it got me wondering - how do other people select what they read??? Do they rely on best-seller lists, reviews, friends recommendations? Do they stick to particular authors or categories? There’s probably some that just grab a book at random and give it a go!

Now, I know the saying “never judge a book by its cover”, but honestly the cover tells me a lot. There are a lot of authors that I love and just habitually get the next book they write, but I found them all originally the same way - by one of their covers.   There has to be something that initially draws me to the book - a quirky title, interesting image and sometimes the “blankness” of it.

I picked two books this evening written by authors I’ve never read before. The first was “The Life Room” by Jill Bialosky I was drawn to those eyes on the front cover. I wanted to know more. I wanted to know what the hell a “life room” was.
The Life Room 

The second was “Leave it to Claire” by Tracey Bateman. The spine of this book was what grabbed me. It had a tiny replication of the front cover which made me look to see what it was. I even went ahead and grabbed the next book in the series, “Claire Knows Best”.

Leave It to Claire (Claire Everett Series, No. 1)Claire Knows Best (Claire Everett Series, No. 2) 

I also grabbed some Sophie Kinsella books “Remember Me” and a few in the “Shopaholic” series - “Shopaholic Abroad” (also known as "Shopaholic Takes Manhattan"), “Shopaholic and  Sister”, “Shopaholic Ties the Knot” and “Shopaholic and Baby”
Remember Me?: A NovelShopaholic Takes ManhattanShopaholic & SisterShopaholic Ties the KnotShopaholic & Baby
 

My last pick was the Jackie Collins novel, “Poor Little Bitch Girl”. See, this is one of those authors whose books I read out of habit now. I know I can happily sit down and read and get drawn into a completely different world.
Poor Little Bitch Girl 

So, how do you pick your reading material? Have you ever thought about it? Have you ever started reading something and wondered just why on earth you picked it? I’ll let you know how I get on with my new finds.

3 comments:

  1. With a lot of my reading...well, most of it...I have some kind of relationship with the material or the book beforehand through people I know and respect. If they say it's good...I believe them! I've gotten in trouble reading covers and having the book not be what I thought it was! In my experience, a book recommended by a friend who's read it, is the best!

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  2. Oh those look really good!

    And you're right...we actually do judge books by their covers...they're what draw us in for sure!

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  3. I guess we all judge by the covers:) Oh and Sophie Kinsella is fun to read. It's like chatting with a friend or reading a good blog. So much fun! I am now following you thanks to Follow Me Back Tuesday and it would be so nice if you could share the love back on my blog:)
    And don't forget to stop by today because we continue with our Show Yo' Flow Campaign, and you don't want to miss the interview we have on Jessica and the amazing surprises she has for our readers:) See you there! Happy Wednesday!

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