I’m pretty picky about what books I pick up/add to my TBR.
I spend a lot of time on watching Booktube. More than I probably should 😅 But I’ve grown to trust the recommendations of some of my favorite channels – Books and Lala, Chelsea Dolling Reads, Books with Emily Fox, Peace Love Books, and Merphy Napier.
We’re all susceptible to it. If I keep hearing about a book, eventually I look into it. And I’ve found some of my favorite books of all time this way.
3. Available from Book of the Month
I love Book of the Month and I trust their recommendations.
4. Author I Love
If a favorite author releases a new book, I will most likely pick it up asap.
I spend SO (too) much time looking through the new releases section on Goodreads. It’s where I find a lot of upcoming books I want to pick up.
I love bookstagram and like all other book platforms, spend a gross amount of time scrolling through there. I follow a lot of publishers, indie authors, and reviewers here so I find new books all the time.
7. Genre I’m Currently Obsessed With/Mood Reading
I go through phases with genres – my latest obsession is romance. So I’m actively searching for new authors/books to fit my reading mood.
8. Available on Kindle Unlimited or Hoopla
I’m not sponsored, I just love both these platforms. It’s a great way to check out books I wouldn’t normally pick up.
9. Readathon Challenges
It’s no secret I love readathons. And they’re a great way to expand my reading comfort zone.
10. A Really Good Blurb
If the blurb is outstanding, intriguing, or compared to a favorite book of mine, I will pick it up. I’m not a cover buyer, I’m a blurb buyer.
I thought it would be fun to mention a few things that DON’T make me pick up a book, because I think I have some unpopular opinions here.
1. The Cover
I have never purchased a book without knowing the synopsis. A cover may grab my attention to look up the book, but I’m, by nature, a non-impulsive person. So while I appreciate beautiful covers, they don’t really impact my book buying.
2. “Celebrity” Authors
I won’t pick up a book SOLEY on the fact that the author is well known – Booktuber, celebrity, etc. The truth is I’m downright picky about what I spend my time reading and I won’t read something I don’t like just to support someone.
Okay hear me out… I LOVE reading book reviews. However, I don’t tend to read/listen to many about books I’m anticipating but haven’t yet read. The reason being – a lot of reviews go into more detail about the plot than I want to know before picking up a book. So I tend to steer clear until I’ve read the book already. Also, good/bad reviews are going to sway me if I’m already interested. I WILL seek out reviews if I’m on the fence though!
Do you agree/disagree with any of these? What is something that makes you pick up a book??