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There are lot of different reasons why a book appeals to me and why I decide to add to to my to-read list. So today I will be examining the different reasons why I want to read a book and add it to my to-read list. And yes I love delving deep into my reasons for doing things, so that’s why so many of my posts are about my reasons or explanation for doing things. Often it’s a combination of reasons, but I still like outlining and making lists of multiple reasons. I love making lists.
Reasons why I want to read a book
- Blurb. One of the main reasons why I want to read a book is probably because of the blurb. I like to think that a blurb gives me a feel for where the book is about and if the blurb get’s my attention there’s a good chance that it get’s added to ym to-read list.
A book I added to my to-read list for this reason: Removed (Nogiku series #1) by SJ Pajonas. When I first came across Removed I had never heard of the author before or heard about the book. The blurb made such a big impression on me that I knew I had to read it. I was completely sold by the blurb and bought the book the same day.
- Cover. We all heard the saying don’t judge a book by it’s cover, but most of us do. And while the contents are more important, I often do see a nice cover and decide to give a book a try or in some rare cases add a book to my to-read list just because the cover is so pretty. It can also be the deciding factor on for example netgalley, I am just scrolling until a great cover catches my attention. So yeah the cover can definitely play a role in whether I want to read a book or not, it might even be the deciding factor in some cases. Often it’s the cover which get’s my attention and if the blurb sounds interesting as well it get’s added to my to-read list.
A book I added to my to-read list for this reason: In for a Penny (In for a Penny #1) by Rose Lerner. My goal for this year was to read more historical romances and when I saw this pretty cover on netgalley I just had to have it and it sounded good as well.
- It’s part of a series I already started. If I read the first book in a series and liked it I might want to continue a series, although it depends on the series whether I want to continue the series or not. Often if I gave the last book a 4 or 5 star I wil continue the series, with 3 stars it depends on whether I liked it enough to continue or not. But if I decide to continue the series I add the next book to my to-read list.
A book I added to my to-read list for this reason: Beyond Reach (True Calling #2) by Siobhan Davis. I enjoyed the first book in this series and decided to continue the series as the first book was good and I really wanted to know what would happen next. By now I have read this book and have added the third book to my to-read list and can’t wait to read it.
- Author. Ofcourse who has written the book also plays a role in my descision of whether to read a book or not. Books by my favourite authors often get added to my to-read list without even reading the blurb. I love these author their boks so much I know I have to get my hands on their next book and I hardly care where it’s about as I am pretty sure I’ll enjoy it anyway. So in general if I enjoyed previous books by an author there’s a higher chance I want to read other books by them. On the other hand if I didn’t enjopy a book by an author or even DNF’d one of their books I am more hesistant to try future books by them even if I do like the sound of the blurb.
A book I added to my to-read list for this reason: Cold Burn of Magic (Black Blade #1) by Jennifer Estep. I love Jennifer Estesp her Mythos series, whcih I recently finished and her Elemental Assassin series. So when I learned Jennifer Estep was writing a new Young Adult series, I immediately added it to my to-read list.
- Heard good things about/ read good reviews. Sometimes I read a review on a blog or hear multiple bloggers talking about how much they liked a book and then I check out the book and maybe even add it to my to-read list. Sometimes one good review can convince me to read a book, sometimes it takes multiple reviews. Although ofcourse the blurb and other factors still play a role as well. But I also give some books a chance simply because I heard good things about it.
A book I added to my to-read list for this reason: Hardcore: Volume One (Hardcore #1) by Staci Hart. Michelle from Because Reading is Better Then Real Life is a big fan of this author and her great review of Hardcore made me decide to add it to my to-read list. I eventually grabbed my copy when it was free.
- It’s free/ cheap. Sometimes my reason for reading a book is simply because it was free. There are books I never heard of that I grab simply because they are free. Or books that I read just because they where free or cheap. Often these are books I already wanted to read, but quite often a freebie also convinves me I want to read a book even if I never did before learning it was free and probably wouldn’t have had it to my to-read list if I hadn’t gotten my copy for free.
A book I added to my to-read list for this reason: Strange Magic: Part One by Michelle Mankin. I heard good things about this one and it was free, so I grabbed it and gave it a try.
How do I decide whether I want to read a book?
Usually there are three different ways I can come across a new book, either I receive a review request/ see the book netgalley, hear about a new book due to following the author or I see a book on someone’s blog and decide to check it out. So how then do I decide whether I want to read the book or not? Usually I read the blurb of the book and read some reviews of other bloggers to see what they thought of it. If I hear about a book through an author I already know the chances are higher I will add it to my to-read list after just taking a look at the blurb. For review requests and netgalley I usually check out some reviews as well or even read the first few pages of the amazon excerpt to see if I like the writing style. Often I try to discourage myself from adding a book to my to-read list, so I will read the negative reviews as well and try to find a reason to not add the book to my to-read list rather then find reasons to add it. I already have a lot of books on my to-read list and I try to only add books I really want to read, so a book really has to make an impression on me. Covers often are something that pull my attention to a book, but if the blurb and reviews aren’t good I probably won’t add it to my to-read list.