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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

How do you pick a book?

Today I made a quick run to the grocery store and as I find myself always doing lately, I made a quick spin through the book isle.  I've been looking for the sequel to Shiver, Linger, but I think I'm going to have to go to Target to get it.  Maybe tomorrow when I go into town to do my notary jobs.

Anyhow, I found one that I've read several reviews and comments about on  I saw a copy of hush, hush.  I considered downloading it to the Kindle a couple of times but I'm currently reading three other books on it [and a smut read short story, yesterday; actually when I think about it probably falls closer to the category of readable porn -- but I trudge through it because I'd paid my $1.50 or so, LOL].

Considering the cost to download it was only a dollar or two cheaper than purchasing the hard copy, I chose to spend the money on the hard copy in this case.

So, why did I choose it?  By the cover? Because of the reviews?  Because of the excerpt about the book?  Because someone suggested I might read it?  Well, yes.  But, when I'm looking through the shelves of the library or the bookstore I have another method that always proves successful for me.

When I come across a cover or title that looks interesting I pick up the book and flip to somewhere in the middle and I read a paragraph or two, or the whole page.  If the action there catches my attention, I might  do another flip somewhere else and read a few more lines.  I did this with hush, hush and found myself sold after one paragraph.

So, how do you choose a good read?  And, do you read multiple genres?  Or, do you stick with pretty much one genre?

Personally, I'm not for mystery and crime solving.  But, if you throw a little romance in there then I'm more game.  All these rules apply, of course, to fiction.  I read multiple genres of Non-Fiction books.

Well, it be beautiful and sunny outside so I'm going to tend to a couple of chores, help Lil'Gal with her paper mess making project, probably clean up after than and then grab the Kindle and finish a book there so I can be caught up enough to jump into hush, hush

Oh, if you haven't already checked it out?  Lis has a blog up for her first e-book, Precipice.  She has a video trailer for it which gives a fantastic sneak peak into the characters and story line.  So, go check it out!

I guarantee after having done so, you'll be downloading a copy of it for yourself! ;-)

Happy Hump-Day!



Melissa said...

I hate to burst your bubble, but Linger doesn't come out until this summer. :-(

I am a sucker for cover art. If it catches my eye, I'll pick it up and read the synopsis. I love your method of choosing books, though. It seems more honest, in a way.

Also, I tend to rely on recommendations from other people. I am faithful to the authors I read, too, so once I read a book of yours and I like it, I'm going to devour everything you write.

PS - Thanks for the plug!!

Farmer*swife a/k/a Glass_Half_Full said...

No wonder I couldn't find it. I've seen it's cover everywhere but I guess I just didn't notice a date for it to be out. It's already available on amazon; must be another one of those "buy in advance."

The plug? Well, you know. Like you said. Once I read an author I really like, well then I too read and devour everything you write. ;-)

Melissa said...

Maddeningly deceiving, eh?! I can't wait to read it. I'll have to read Shiver again as a prelude.

And . . . you're so sweet! I think you'll always be my biggest fan. :-)

The Queen said...

I wish you would do a sub blog or add a page (we can do that now) and just tell us what to read. I never know what to buy.. I like true stories and romances. I don't want anything scary.. feed the need... tell me what to buy..

otherwise, I just wander through blog land reading blogs and leaving random comments.. and no one likes that..

Farmer*swife a/k/a Glass_Half_Full said...

Dear Queen,

If you like romance with some "ahem" in it but not "readable porn" and you don't mind a sharp toothed smile here and there.

Go for the Sookie Stackhouse series.

If that is toooo much, then start with "Bet Me" (I don't know the author at this time because I have, yet again, lent the book out).


If you are looking for SMUT (readable porn and smut) then I can direct you to a downloadable short story. :-D