The other day a friend and I were talking about how we pick the books we read.
When looking for a book, either in a book shop or at the library, how do you chose?
-go by the cover– if it catches your attention you pull it from its place on the shelf for a closer look? Many good books have been chosen for their ‘cover appeal’.
– the author– his/her name may be familiar to you, you’ve read him/her before and have a connection and a level of trust with the author- you know how they write.
– read the ‘advert’ on the back of the book. This may be a general overview of the story, a ‘teaser’, or it may have a few very short sentences of praise for the author from other authors.
– do you simply chose the book by the title? It sounds like a story you would like to read.
– chose a book because you’ve read a review of the story.
Of course, these do not guarantee the quality of the writing or the interest of the storyline.
Here is a simple way to choose a good book –
– pick up the book
– go start to the first chapter (don’t read the back cover)
– read the first page or page and a half
– skip ten pages, read another page/page and a half
-if you’d like to know how the author is going to take you from the first page to page ten, then this is the book for you, because….
Already you will have a ‘feel’ for the writing, an insight into the storyline, a connection with the character, it should have already stirred your interest.
Try it next time you’re are looking for a book, let me know…
Thanks for reading!!!