Hello readers and friends. After a week off (sort of) from this wonderful list meme, today’s post is again set to join another fun meme. On this first Tuesday in April, we participate (sort of) in Top Ten Tuesday April 2:
That Artsy Reader Girl | April 2: Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book
Ok, so right up front I’m going to say this topic seems like such a fun one. I love the idea of talking about what draws us to a book especially since I suspect we’ll have lots of different reasons that I’ve never even thought of! I do think I’ve talked about many things that draw me to a book before (in a discussion post), which wasn’t that long ago. Admittedly the post I reference is a little off topic, but I’m making it work. You see, in this post I talk more about the things that help me to define what I like so that the things that “make” me pick up a book (cover art, hype, etc.) will hopefully lead to less mishaps.
As a result of this I’m taking the lazy route and re-copying those reasons/answers below. (You can read the full post here, and yes, it’s freshly re-edited so the Blogger-to-Wordpress margins aren’t a mess!!) Plus, to be honest, all of these reasons still hold true, and since I cannot seem to resist the chance to talk about all the bookish things, I decided re-sharing was bookworm-okay.
Top Ten Tuesday April 2*
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1: KNOW your Reading Preferences | Of course this goes hand in hand with today’s topic. But it’s so helpful once you “learn” what type of book you best love. There are millions (billions?) of books in this world, and of those books, a very small percentage (in the scope of the books out there) will be your kind of read. No one needs this permission, but this is okay.
There’s nothing wrong with clinging only to the reads you like.
Sometimes this means I turn down review offers, and there’s no shame in this. Just as there’s no shame in not signing up for all the book tours or opportunities that pop up in our inbox. Once upon a time this was a real struggle for me, and one I don’t feel I struggle with nearly as much today. To pace ourselves (for the sake of our blogs and our sanity) is a good thing.
Knowing what genre you like best is THE best bookworm feeling. Whatever it is, it’s OK not to like all the genres. For example, I adore contemporary fiction. Most people don’t. They want a fantasy novel or a historical read. No matter what your genre is, own it and love it.
2: The Genre & the Details | This one is definitely a personal measure by which I judge a book’s likability. Another way that helps me make judgments is the publishing house. Yes, publishing house. I find if a book is published by a publisher I’ve read a lot from, I’m more likely to click that little “add to cart” button.
(Coral, from Thomas Nelson Publishers; Seconds to Live from Bethany House Publishers; and Now and Then and Always from Indie author Melissa Tagg.)
Publishers I often trust [and are therefore inclined to buy from] are Bethany House, Blink, HarperCollins (and its divisions), Random House, Revell, and Simon Teen. Under these publisher emblems I’ve often discovered books that suit my reading preferences so well.
Of course, I also consider the genre.
3: KNOW what Makes You Happy | Just living life has challenges, which is why my philosophy is to read what makes me happy. I’m not against philosophical, biographies or books about Christian living (at all), but I also live life and I know about its challenges because I’m living it.
Right or wrong, this is why I read what makes me smile, laugh, and yes, experience that HEA [anything – so far – by Kasie West is, for example, an author whose stories make me happy]. Life’s too short to force one’s shelf through a book you a: aren’t enjoying or b: cannot connect with. I’ve been there, done that. It’s not worth it.
PS: because I’m a weirdo fangirl, here are a few recent-ish cover arts that definitely draw me to the book; because I’m 100% a shallow cover snob. Also, let’s face it, this is the number one thing that draws me to a book.
*no video this week; channel linked above
Your turn! What draws you to a book? Is it cover art? An author? Plot and genre? Share all of your thoughts down below. I look forward to reading your comments and talking with you all.
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ps: please excuse the “disorder.” you can read more about Finding Wonderland’s changes, new follow options and why archive posts are a royal mess in my “Disorder + Feedback” post!