How to get me to read a book (and how to get me to NOT read a book)

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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?


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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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Nereyda is a 31 year-old mother of two girls with addiction to Friends, fashion, books, Pinterest, Netflix, the color black and a little bit of everything else. Also, the world's worst texter...
  • Angel @Angel Reads

    I am pretty much agree with everything that you said on both parts. Every single day I get a email asking to review a book, with the book attached. Umm no thanks. Ask me first, and then maybe. And yes, to only positive reviews, espeically with hyped books.

    I am with you on trusting bloggers with reviews, there are a few that I know if they don’t like somethine there is a 90% chance I won’t. But, then something it doesn’t work like that.

    I could go on, but like I said totally agree with everything that you said. Thanks for the post.

  • Being added to mailing lists without my permission makes me so angry. Those just go straight to my bin without me even opening them because how rude!!!!

    And I usually do read books when trusted bloggers recommend them to me or when my fav author is writing another book! Thanks for sharing this and very cool idea <3

    xx Anisha (sprinkledpages.blogspot.com.au)

  • Great post Nereyda! I agree with most of these, especially the favorite author and trusted bloggers part haha I’m a pretty harsh rater and often be the black sheep, so I look up to a few bloggers whom I know share the same taste and are equally harsh raters for recommendation 😛 also yes to favorite tropes, I love the trope fake dating so much it’s ridiculous hahaha I don’t like blurb comparison either because sometimes they turn out to be so different or I don’t like the books/authors they compared them to

    Puput @ Sparkling Letters

  • It always comes to great blurb and positive reviews from people I trust. These two things are a sure way to get me read a book.
    On the other hand, same as you, only positive reviews are always a clear sign that I should not read this or that book. I got burned too many times when I “trusted” all those early 5 stars reviews from bloggers/street teamers.

  • I love this post!! I agree with all your things that make you want to read a book. I hate blurb comparisons! HATE! But I feel like every book has them now. They just make me roll my eyes. Being added to mailing lists makes me stabby. It’s even better when it’s one that doesn’t have an unsubscribe… Grrr. Great post!

  • ALL. OF. THIS.

    Love triangle romances need not apply.

  • I’m with you on your 7 NOs… I’m a mood reader too and currently, I struggle with reading romance. Not sure why exactly, I’m planning to try historical rom this weekend as I’ve indulged and loved historical mysteries, maybe the setting will make it easier

  • I so agree with so many things you mentioned here. One of the biggest turn offs for me is the whole “fan fiction” type element. Especially if they compare the book to a big series or pushy authors. Or ugly covers by indie authors will be a turn off for me as well. I just love a pretty cover but when its obvious the author doesn’t take time for a decent cover I won’t be reading it unless its a author I trust and have read before. I rely heavily on reviews. Mostly on Goodreads, so if many of my trusted friends on Goodreads like it, i will grab it up. But I have a hard time trusting in a book where its all five stars. Because not everyone will love a book, there will be lower ratings. Great post here and very informative.

  • Lol those are basically the same reasons why I’d pick up a book. Usually a book friend pushing it on me and I like the blurb (chock full of my favorite tropes).

  • HA, okay to be fair, I think many people read books because Nick tells them to…me included. 😂 She’s the book rec queen!

    Authors and narrators I love, reviews from favourite bloggers, pretty covers, and tropes are my selling points too. It features a quest where a girl has to disguise herself as a dude? Y E P sign me up, hahaha. Wow, maybe it’s because y’all have such a good blog with such a large following, but it sounds like some authors and publicists can be downright rude. Asking you to buy a book if you want to review it…what?! That’s so…forward, and rude!

  • Yep. I agree with all of your not points. I hate comparisons, blasts, blitzes, over the top promos and all that crap. I am becoming more and more true to myself and reading what I want, and lots of my books I am picking up based on reviews I trust. Great post, Nereyda.

  • I love this and agree with a lot of them. For the making me pic up a book a good cover or a trusted blogger giving a book great reviews is a sure way I will look into it. On the other hand blurb comparisons are the most annoying thing in the world and they are almost never actually true!! I love looking at Instagram but don’t really take any recs from there unless it is an actually review which most of the time it isn’t. Great post!

  • Pushy reviews, gods yes!
    Also only positive reviews has me running for the door

  • Yes, yes AND YES!! On like 99% of the items you mentioned! I think I am happy to say that I don’t get a lot of pushy publicist or authors!

    I DO work closely with a few of my favorite authors and I’m also part of the Avon Addicts but I have been fair with my reviews. The awesome thing about that group (and we have the Avon publicists in the group, as well) is that we can share negative reviews. And I have HAD to write negative reviews with authors that I love. I actually just posted a negative review on an Avon book today. But I do get what you mean. I am wary on those bloggers so I look at their reviews differently. And if they post ALL 4/5 star reviews, I’m out.

    I also HATE books with kids/pregnancies! Eeeek! I was upset at a historical romance book that I read last year from a favorite author where the heroine was pregnant (by the hero’s brother, no less!) 99% of the book. Ick! Just ick!

    I also try to avoid overly hyped books. But I am so happy that you listened to Illuminae! Because it was SUPER AWESOME!!

  • YES – to almost all of this! 🙂 A favorite author – yep. Even if the subject matter is something I might not pick up if it were by anyone else. I mean, they’re a favorite author for a reason. And those favorite tropes… I’m a sucker for them. Over the top promotion – ugh. Sure fire way to send me in the other direction. For some reason if it’s that hyped I want no part of it. Tropes I hate – nope. If I can figure out in advance that it uses a trope I hate – not happening. I am sooo not a fan of kids in books. I’m not a kid person anyway and most of the time it seems the kids are so precocious, oh so precious, or just 100% unnecessary. My other big one is “the big misunderstanding”. You know, the one that keeps the couple apart for 75% of the book when in reality a two minute conversation could have solved everything. GAH!

    Awesome post, Nereyda!

    Tanya @ GIRL PLUS BOOKS

  • I love that you’re swayed to listen to audiobooks by the narrator. I think Georgette Heyer narrated by Richard Armitage is the most romantic combination ever!!
    Totally agree on blurb comparisons being offputting, and I also avoid books with only 5 star reviews unless I can see that there’s only a few reviewers and they have posted constructive, thoughtful reviews.

    Stephanie Jane @ Literary Flits

  • I think Nick is to blame for most of us having a massive TBR shelf. I don’t know how she does it but she convinces me to buy so many books I wouldn’t have looked at twice. I also agree favourite authors will have me buying whatever they’ve written regardless of if it’s my kind of book. It’s just a fact. And a trope I love will make me read the worst things. I am a sucker for a fake relationship (like seriously, I love it so bad it’s embarrassing) so I’ve read a wide variety of books because I cannot help myself.

    Things that put me off: Major hype (I just don’t trust that many people loving one thing) and all positive reviews. It’s why I hate when I end up loving something which is really popular because then I have to figure out how to convince others it isn’t bad hype. Covers don’t bother me as much mostly because I hate the Ilona Andrews covers and I follow their blog and you see them complaining about the covers too. They don’t get as much input into the covers as you might always think, which sucks.

    It’s strange how the weirdest things can put us off reading a book. It’s nothing against the book and all to do with our quirks and it’s a little crazy when you think about it.

    • I gotta say, publishers have this whole thing wrong. I’m sure bloggers like Nick can generate more actual sales (as opposed to just buzz) just by her reviews and her honesty…

      • Pretty much, Nick just has to say a few positive words and I’m off buying a book. It’s almost like witchcraft, but it could also be her enthusiasm convincing me.

  • I am with you for SO many of these. The ridiculous pushiness is such a huge turnoff- even if I HAD been considering the book, it goes off the list if someone can’t respect boundaries. I do agree with the over-promo too. It’s like, I KNOW it could still be a good book, I am just sick of hearing about it? Maybe when the hype monster dies down, who knows. I feel you with the whole bookstagram pitch thing. I… I don’t dislike seeing books on bookstagram, but it seems kind of unfair, too. Especially since I might like the picture of the book, but I can promise that I have never ONCE looked at a picture of a book and thought “oh, I saw a picture, NOW I must buy it”. Nope, doesn’t work that way. Oh, and I rarely trust the all positive reviews either. Seems shady. OH and the comparisons? I HATE those. Even if they WERE accurate (which they never are), if I wanted to read The Hunger Games again, I would read The Hunger Games again. Grr.

    As for what makes me need a book? It’s like, 90% other bloggers, tbh. Like, sure a synopsis will have me put a book on my list, but unless it is like you said a favorite author or a blurb that just SCREAMS “Shannon”, I will probably be waiting to hear from trusted bloggers (good call on the “trusted” distinction, because that is key!)

    • Ugh, th over promo is the worst! And Im not even on twitter or Instagram so I don’t see 90% of it! I just found out Harper pays for reviews and I gotta say it puts me off from them as a whole. Like are they that desparate that they cant get good reviews on their own?? Are their books that bad???

  • Bookworm Brandee

    Great post, Nereyda! I think, for the most part, I find books to read in much the same ways you do. But I choose most of my books based on reviews by blogging friends/trusted bloggers. And yes, you AND Nick have placed several on my shelves. 😉 Ooh, and as I listen to more and more audiobooks, I too will grab one simply for the narrator. And I may be guilty of buying books purely based on their covers. Maybe. 😀
    I also agree with you on reasons I might choose NOT to read a book. I have learned my lesson with books having only glowing reviews. And I really don’t like comparisons being made because they never hold up and really, don’t authors want their books to stand on their own?? And pushy authors…ugh!

  • I feel and act very similar when
    it comes to choose what to read next, Nereyda. I’m a mood reader too, and
    lately I don’t have time to be active on social media, hence I’ve very behind
    on new releases. And being an audiobook fan I relate to your point about a
    favorite narrator. I picked up books that weren’t on my radar, or weren’t my
    Genre based on narration as well. I don’t like phrases like “this book is
    perfect for fans of that book” either, and over-the-top hype have negative
    effect on me. As for the covers I try not to make my decision based on them,
    but in the end of the day I’m a visual person and they affect me big way. Great
    post, Nereyda!

    • I deleted all my social media and it’s been fantastic! Authors need to realize that unfortunately, covers mean a lot to us readers. Not as much as what’s on the inside but it definitely is the first step in getting our attention.

  • I agree on all of these! I’ve read plenty of books because trusted blogger friends rave about them (Bee, Nick, you and Alyssa are at the top of the list 🙂 ) There are also some authors that are must reads for me.

    As for things I won’t read, well, I love pretty covers so bad ones put me off. Some blurbs are cringe worthy too, especially when they are long, confusing or involve insta-love or a love triangle. Oh, and how many more books can be compared to THG or Twilight? It’s awful.

    • Ugh, I feel shallow by judging books by their covers but oh well. It happens.