I’m very…peculiar when it comes to the books I read, especially these days. I’m not on social media so I have no idea what books are out and what books are releasing this year (except for very few) so I’m not ‘in the know’ on what books I wanna read. I’m also a mood reader so my next book will always depend on what mood I’m in. Do I want something really swoony, dramatic, angsty, a reread, something paranormal? It all depends. Since I’m so behind on book releases right now, when it comes to me deciding if I want to read a book or not depends on a few things.
How to get me to read a book:
1. When Nick tells me to read a book
This is how I read most of my books to be honest. Nick knows all my weird quirks and what I love and hate in books, so when she tells me there’s a book that I should read: I listen. Like most of you guys, Nick is responsible for most of the books I read.
2. A Favorite Author
There are authors that I absolutely LOVE: Rachel Gibson, Richelle Mead (although her last few books have sucked), Lauren Layne, Chloe Neill. If I see a book by them, I will add it to my TBR. Even if it has a trope that I usually don’t like I usually give them the benefit of the doubt.
3. A Favorite Narrator
I love listening to audiobooks! There are quite a few narrators that I absolutely LOVE and that I could listen to (almost) anything narrated by them. Even if I may not have heard of a book or if it wasn’t originally on my radar, seeing a book narrated by one of my favorite narrators (Julia Whelan, Elizabeth Louise, Sebastian York, Michael Crouch, Jorjeanna Marie, Rebecca Soler, Fiona Hardingham, Shannon McManus, Therese Plummer, Jason Carpenter, MacLeod Andrews), will make me want to pick it up. I’ve heard quite a few books like this that I ended up really liking, most recently: The Careful Undressing of Love narrated by Julia Whelan.
4. Seeing them on NG or EW
Since I’m so out of the loop with book releases, it really helps when I see books that sound interest to me on NetGalley or Edelweiss. I like this because if a book sounds good, I can decide if I want to read it based on the summary alone and without being swayed by reviews.
5. Reviews from bloggers I trust
Of course, this is still a big one. I tend to be…weary of book reviews from bloggers I don’t know or that I just flat-out don’t trust. I take certain things into consideration like how close a blogger is to authors or publishers but if it’s a review from a blogger on my feed, then I know I can trust them.
6. A pretty cover
I hate to be shallow, but a pretty cover is the first thing in making me even notice a book. That’s not to say that a good book can’t have an ugly cover because I’ve definitely read some amazing books that have ugly covers, or that a book with a pretty cover is automatically good cause I’ve also read a lot of sucky books with beautiful covers, but a nice, professionally made cover is the first step to getting me to notice your book in the first place.
7. Tropes I love!
Killers? Rekindled romance? Friends to lovers? Best friends brother? Brother’s best friend? Gimme, Gimme, Gimme! *grabby hands*
How to get me to (NOT) read a book:
1. Pushy Authors or Publishers
Yes, I guess it is a sort of privilege to have people who actually want you to read or review their books, but oh man, there are some really pushy authors and publishers out there that make me NOT want to read a book by their methods. Adding me to a mailing list without my permission? Nope! Sending me a copy of the book in the same email you pitch it to me? Nope. Asking me to buy a book if I’m interested in reviewing it? Nope. Asking me to be a part of a blog tour where I have to do something ridiculous? Um no thanks. Sending me multiple follow-up emails to see if I got your previous emails Bye bye bye. This rule applies to indie and published authors/publishers…
2. Blurb Comparisons
I’m sure we all hate this, I don’t understand why they still even do this. Claiming that this book will be the next or is perfect for fans of: Twilight, The Hunger Games, Divergent, 50 Shades of Grey, John Green/Rainbow Rowell, Sarah J. Maas, Leigh Bardugo, whatever else is popular right now is the fastest way to make me not want to read a book. Comparing a book to whatever is popular right now just seems lazy to me.
3. Over the Top Promotion
Seeing a book allllllll over the fucking place is one of the quickest ways to make me lose interest. Seeing Illuminae everywhere a few years ago made me not want anything to do with it. Seeing everyone and their mother get an ARC copy (And yes I got a copy so I wasn’t just being bitter), seeing mostly 5 star reviews and all the endless promo made that book be on my ‘no thanks, I’ll pass’ list. Luckily, Illuminae was not only narrated by some of my favorite narrators but also by a full cast (which is very rare) and that made me pick it up and it’s one of the best audiobooks I’ve ever heard. Unfortunately, most of the time I simply don’t bother with over promoted books.
4. Only positive reviews
Even some of the best and popular books out there have people who hated the book. When I see nothing but 5 star reviews or positive reviews that don’t really sound all that convincing? Yeah, I don’t trust that. Just one of the reasons I no longer read CoHo books. If I’m still a little curious of the book, I wait until the book has been released…then we see what actual readers that bought the book thought of it.
5. Mostly Promos, No Reviews
I trust reviews more than anything. With the popularity of Bookstagram, I’ve seen more and more that most book promotion is through…mostly beautifully staged pictures but no real reviews. I’ve even been offered ARC’s just in exchange for a bookstagram (I don[t even have Instagram or Twitter) post which makes me kind of sad because there are bloggers who put so much work into actually reading and reviewing books. I don’t have a problem with Instagram, there are some accounts I love, I just prefer book reviews when it comes to deciding what books to read.
6. Tropes I hate or certain words in the book blurb
If I see in the book summary that a book features kids, I’m outta there. I just strongly despise books that have kids/pregnancies 99.9% of the time because they are mostly used for drama. There are a few books that have had these tropes that I have actually loved, usually from books I really love but it’s rare. Seeing anything about a love triangle or seeing the words ‘secret’ or ‘tragic or traumatic past’ has me saying hell-to-the-no so fast.
7. Ugly, oversexed or badly photoshopped covers
Again, I have read some books that have all these covers and some have been good…but most of the time I read them because it was highly recommended to me, probably by Nick. But I feel like if an author thinks it’s acceptable to put an ugly or badly photoshopped or half-naked couple on the cover and call it a day, then I wonder about what’s in the inside. Will they worry about typos? Editing? Story flow and accuracy?
Of course, there are always a few exceptions to these rules but for the most part this is what I rely on when it comes to what books I want to read and which ones I want to stay far far away from.
Do you do any of these? What makes you want to read a book? What makes you NOT want to read a book? Let me know in the comments!
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