How do you pick what blogs or books to read? What’s the one thing that will get you to pick up a book or click on a link every single time?
If I were to write why a book gets to be my pick from say, a stack in a store —- then these are the top 6 reasons (and I use just 3 books to drive home my point — if there is even one):
1. The cover said Pick Me Pick Me Pick Me Please (this explains the title of this post) —- could have been the title … or the picture on the cover (yeah, I am a highly visual person — I have tons of baaaadly written books with oh-so-nice covers). I picked up Piper Kerman’s Orange is the New Black (it was laying around in our room) because the picture caught my attention. Hmmm, nice shoes — are those espadrilles? (Are they? Who knows?) Yes, orange espadrilles are more interesting than black ones. Just like that, my curiosity is piqued.
I also picked up Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project for the same reason. I got her second book for some other reason. Until I wrote this post, I didn’t know that Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club had a lot of interesting covers (more than 6!) I have included a picture of the one we have at home. I don’t think our copy has the best cover and I had to get it for someone’s book review project.
2. Not only was the cover catchy, its title echoed Pick Me Pick Me Pick Me Please —- I had to find out why orange is the new black (ohh, someone had to go to prison), whose happiness we are charting (it’s Gretchen’s!) and how one gets into the JL Club (OK, old Chinese women with daughters. Am not qualified). Once I get the reason behind the title, then I may or may not buy it … if I cannot get it from the excerpts printed on the interesting enough cover, it goes back to the pile of books … bye-bye!
3. So interesting cover —- catchy title …. the book moves on from the Pick Me Pick Me Pick Me Please stage to the next one: You have 5 Minutes to get me to Buy You stage. I start to read blurbs and statements that start with “Praise for ….” by the Blah-Blah-Blah Book Review.
Take this for example: In 1949 (OK not too long ago, people live in houses already, no dinosaurs) four Chinese (OK, ancestors, possibly related to Mulan, interesting enough) women …. eat dimsum (yum yum), play mahjong (my grandma’s favorite pastime) and talk (OK, I like to talk) … call themselves the Joy Luck Club.
Beautifully Written … A Jewel of a Book – The New York Times Book Review.
Good enough. Minimum requirements met.
4. Then, there’s checking if it is related to an earlier book … if it’s not, good! No back reading required.
5. Next and quite importantly, I prefer big font (look for the BIG READ logo on the front cover) —- also, books that are thinner than my dictionary, thus light-weight and hopefully may fit in my handbag.
6. Do I do The price is right routine? Occasionally, but not really. I have pretty expensive books — hardbound ones (like my copies of Rubin’s books — and I got stickers with my name handwritten by her …. yes, all the way from her desk! My sister got me the book labels.)
So given all these reasons ….. what happened when I picked up the book which had Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling on it? The kid got a scar on his forehead … not an interesting drawing, not in my favorite colors … no one’s book report assignment …. mmmm, no, thanks.
I have a Kindle (a gift) … it has an orange sleeve. I have not picked it up at all.
Sadly, it’s collecting dust. I love books — honest-to-goodness books.
This is a delayed reaction to http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/10/02/daily-prompt-choices/ as I only get to write on weekends now. Busy now, though not necessarily reading books. What about you?
For photo credits: They aren’t mine … I got them from the web. If I have time, I will take a picture of my copies of the books, all in a row.
Happy weekend, everyone! I saw Ground tonight —- but she said she is still busy and has not been writing any posts —- grrrr!