Reading new books and authors can be stressful—the wrong choice may result in losing the chance to read a fabulous book or may condemn you to slog through (or give up on!) a poorly executed novel. Sometimes taking a chance on a new author may not seem worth it. How do you decide whether to buy a book?
Here’s my (sometimes illogical) process.
When deciding whether to buy a book, I . . .
1. Look at the cover
Today, everyone judges books by their covers, especially me. To me, a good cover means the author cared enough either to spend time creating the cover or to pay someone good to do it. A cover also tells me what the book is about and if I’ll like it.
2. Smell it (if it’s a print book)
Yeah, this is actually my second test to determine whether to buy a book—and I’m positive other people do it too! I would like to pretend I’m a connoisseur of paper and binding glue and can simply tell the quality by smelling the book, but that’s not the case. I just like how some books smell.
3. Read the description.
If the description bores me, then I’m sure the book will bore me too.
4. Check out the reviews (if I’m buying online).
This one is a bit farther down, because I know some people leave bad reviews just to be malicious, and some people leave good reviews just because they know the author. I like to check out the four and two star reviews because I feel those people are usually the most honest. That being said, if the book’s overall star rating is below 3.5 stars, I’m wary about buying the book.
5. Read a little bit of the book.
If I like the sample I’ve read, I’m hooked. In fact, if the cover is great enough, I’ll sometimes skip directly to this step. Yep, I told you my process isn’t completely logical, but it works for me!
How do you decide whether to buy a book by a new author? I’d love to hear! Let me know by posting in the comments below.
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