Writing this post up made me realize that, really, I don’t really know what makes me pick up a book! I just, kinda, do it. So, let’s embark on my journey of self-discovery.
- It’s by a favorite author.
I have a few authors that I automatically buy from or know immediately that I’m going to check it out. Mark Lawrence is one major one. Then, Stephen King is another author I always check out because I usually like his books.
- It has an asexual MC.
Gotta love that rep. Good rep, at least. Usually, I’ll pick up a book if there’s a hint of a character being on the ace spectrum. Doesn’t mean I’ll enjoy it, but I’ll pick it up.
- It’s horror…
Now, I love horror. Really love it. And, I’ll pick a book up if I hear that it has some sort of horror elements to it.
- Or a mystery…
I also love mystery. I love reading these as ARCs for some reason, but I do read them pretty often. I do enjoy them!
- Or fantasy…
Yes. Fantasy. I think this is the genre that I read the most of anymore. I really enjoy fantasy and how it literally will take me away from whatever’s going on.
- Or sci-fi.
Sci-fi is becoming something I’m gravitating to more since I’ve had really good luck this year with reading them! It’s kind of like fantasy, tbh. Just takes me away from the world.
- My friends with similar tastes hype it up.
I definitely have reviewers/friends I pay attention to when I’m considering a book. If they like something, usually I’ll like it. Or, I’ll like it but maybe a bit more or less than them. So, I really do value reading reviews when I make decisions!
- I keep hearing about it.
Good, bad, meh. If it’s always on my dash — bookstagram, blog, or Goodreads — I’ll pick it up and give it a try.
- The title catches my attention.
I’m huge on titles. If it’s a good title, I’ll give it a try. Titles usually catch my attention.
- It has a good cover and good description.
And, like everyone else, I do like a good cover. However, that’s not enough for me. It also has to have a good description. Because, a good cover isn’t going to be enough for me.
What makes you pick up books?
Do we share any reasons?