booking through thursday: choosing

What makes you choose the books you read? Genre? Reviews? Certain authors? Covers? Recommendations?

Trying to get back into the Booking Through Thursday weekly meme, too! I usually come across new (to me) books on book blogs. Then, depending on the reviewer and what they say, I check it out on Goodreads to see its rating there. (Not that the star rating means anything necessarily, but I can see how many of my friends on there have read it, and how many stars they rate it.) Once in a while (not often, because I have a huge TBR I’m trying to whittle down), I browse what’s new at a bookstore. Ultimately, though, I just trust my gut feeling about a story or subject matter, whether it immediately interests me or not. There are certain authors that I love and will always try to keep up with: Jon Krakauer, Wally Lamb, Alex Ross, Michael Pollan, Cormac McCarthy, Margaret Atwood, Mary Roach, Gillian Flynn, Erik Larsen, and more. I’ve read a lot by Steve Martin, Gabriel García Márquez, Paulo Coelho, among others. Typically if I loved (or even really liked) a book by an author, I am apt to read more by them, even if it takes me forever to get to it! Cover art isn’t necessarily a very strong factor, but I’ll admit that I’m generally turned off by overly gendered cover art (male or female), or art that implies young adult or cheezy romance.

What is your answer? How do you go about choosing books to read?

8 thoughts on “booking through thursday: choosing

    • Absolutely! I also get subscription emails from sites like Shelf Awareness, which has interesting recommendations I’m not sure I would have discovered otherwise. Thanks for stopping by!

  1. Before I started blogging I would go to my local library and just browse and browse. Once in a while I’d come across a book in a magazine that I would request on purpose but mostly I’d find books by chance. I’d read the blurb and decide from there.

    I’m the same as you with the cover art. If there is a half naked person on the front I won’t pick it up, lol.

  2. I also get a lot of my recommendations from fellow bloggers. I’ve found fewer non-fiction blogs, so I’m more likely to pick those up by browsing at the library. I love goodreads and find that anything that sounds good and gets over 4 stars there is most likely going to be something I’ll enjoy 🙂

    • Yeah, Goodreads is a great resource. I feel just about the same with the ratings as you—if I check out a book on there and it has more than about 3.5 stars, it is more likely to end up on my list!

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