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What makes me pick up a book? // Let’s Talk Bookish

Howdy and happy Friday.

I’ve been on morning this week at school and so I’m dead. Or at the very least, my brain is napping right now. But functioning brain or not, it’s time for another round of Let’s Talk Bookish, with this weeks topic being: What makes you pick up a book? (suggested by Rafaela @ The Portuguese Bibliophile)

Let’s Talk Bookish is a is a weekly meme hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion, where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.


What makes you pick up certain books?

Sheer randomness and sometimes time restraints.

I write out a TBR each month for the sole reason of having the satisfaction of crossing them off when I’ve read them, but even then those books are picked based on what I’m in the mood for and what books have just been catching my attention recently.

Sometimes this is influenced by hype. Seeing a certain book talked about a lot on Youtube or on blogs makes me pick it up because I want to be part of the conversation.

And then there’s the whole: I need to read this because I don’t have much time left before the blog tour/ arc’s publication date/ release of the sequel or tv show.


Is a pretty cover enough?

Nopeee. Definitely not. I’m a high school student with not much money coming in. I can’t afford for pretty covers to be enough.

It is a contributing factor though. If I have two books I’m desperate to read I’m probably more likely to get the prettier of the two. It can also effect the format I buy the book in. If the prices are right but the cover is kind of fugly then I’ll get the e-book. This definitely goes for romance covers, which are usually pretty cringe.


Do you check for good reviews?

Yeah, usually before even adding them to my wishlist. A lot of the books I choose to read, I read because they’re popular and I’ve heard good things about them. There are lower rated book on my TBR but because I have limited funds/time/space I do tend to gravitate to books with more hype.

Sometimes I also check for bad ratings too though. Bad romance books can be highly entertaining to read sometimes. Either way the rating of a book does effect me picking it up.


Is the synopsis important?

Even though I’m the absolute worst at remembering specifics about synopsis, I do think they’re important.

Because I read such popular books and hear about them online so much I don’t always read the exact synopsis so I don’t know the intricate details, which I prefer, but I know the overall premise or idea. There is the occasional exception for thrillers were it’s better to know nothing beforehand but I still like to have some information. I don’t think I could go into a book completely blind.


Do you look for diversity or #ownvoices?

Yeah I definitely try and read as many diverse and own-voices novels as possible. I have to be interested in the plot though. It’s not fair to the book or the author to read a book I’m not interested in because of course I’ll end up not liking it and dragging down the overall rating.


Do you look for any checkboxes?

Nope. I don’t even know what my checkboxes would be??


Do you have auto buy authors?

Cassandra Clare has me whipped for the Shadowhunter series, and Rick Riordan can get me to buy anything within the Percy Jackson world at the click of his fingers.

Outside of those two I’d say I have maybe three:

  • I will read any Jenn Bennett contemporary but I’m not really interested in her historical-fantasy novel.
  • I became an Erin Hahn stan when I read her debut novel You’d Be Mine and I’m excited for everything else she writes.
  • Despite kind of hating her last book I’ll still checkout Laura Stevens YA books because I kind of love her and I’m not gonna let one bad book ruin that.

I found this topic kind of hard to be honest. It really had me questioning “how do I choose what books to read?” I’ve come to accept that I have no method, it’s all very random and that’s okay.

I am interested in knowing if you have a specific way you choose what to read though. Thanks for reading.

Elli xx

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