Friday, February 3, 2012

TGIF and Book Appeal

We've reached end of another week (yay!!!) --- and that means, among other things, it's TGIF at GReads!
Today's question is:   Book Appeal:   When you're browsing GoodReads, the library, or another blogger's reviews, what grabs your attention to make you want to read it?

I get a lot of my books from my library, so when I'm browsing the new book section, unusual-sounding titles will catch my eye.   I also keep my eye out for books I've been meaning to read (and keep forgetting to grab), or a familiar author.   Cover art sometimes does make me pick up a book, but not always (mostly because there isn't enough room on our displays to put the books with their covers facing out -- so I'm looking mostly at the spines).    The one book that did catch my eye this week is Caitlin's Kiernan's newest (that book's catching everyone's eye right now -- see image below).

When I'm looking at books on GoodReads and blogs, an interesting-sounding summary and review will make me want to pick up the book.   I've seen reviews on blogs for books that I don't think I would have chosen, but the reviewer made it sound interesting --- and it's great to then discover a new book that I probably wouldn't have known about.

Have a great Friday, everyone!


Jenni Elyse said...

That is a cool image. I'm going to have to read the synopsis on that book and see if it sounds like something I'd be interested in.

I like catchy titles too. I'm okay if their weird or unusual, but if they're stupid I usually stay away from them unless someone tells me I have to read the book. I'm the same way with movies, lol. For example, I won't go see Man on a Ledge because I think it's the stupidest name in the world!

The Lit Bitch said...

I love that image! Very cooL! For me, I have to agree with you....if a book has an interesting title I will pick it up...but I think the number one thing that influences me is the book cover. If the book cover has a certain 'feel' to it that I am looking for, I will pick it up. It's hard to describe but I just 'know' when a cover is right which usually means I will like the book :). I also don't like reading pocket books, I prefer the standard/hardback size books over the mass market paperbacks...if I get a pocket book I probably won't read it or at least not likely to read it :)

TC said...

I agree with the importance of a good summary to catch the eye. Thanks for dropping by my blog.

Jinky said...

I'm a library user too and good point about the spine. Although it doesn't have the full image there are some that jumps at me. --Definitely, another's exciting review have lead me to reading a book I wouldn't have.

Thanks for stoppin' by my blog. --New follower. :)

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