Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books & Dani @ Literary Lion, where they discuss certain topics, share their opinions, and spread the love by visiting each others’ posts.
Happy Friday, friends!
This week’s prompt: What Makes You Pick Up a Book? (suggested by Rafaela @ The Portuguese Bibliophile)
What makes you pick up certain books? Is a pretty cover enough?
My process in picking books has changed over time. I’m really selective on what I read now because my free time is so limited. Nowdays, all the books I buy come from the Kindle eBook deals. If it’s a book I’m not familiar with, then the cover is definately what catches my attention first. Then I take a quick look at the rating on Amazon. For all books I’m considering, I read the synopsis and reviews of Goodreads. On Goodreads, the book has to have like a 3.8 to 5 star rating. I also read the reviews to see what people liked and didn’t like about the book. Then, I finally make my choice on purchasing the book.
Do you look for diversity or #ownvoices?
I don’t specifically look for them but I usually buy them if they meet my criteria or if I’ve heard good things about them in other places.
Do you have autobuy authors?
No, not really because sometimes books by the same author aren’t always of the same quality. If it’s an author I like, then I’ll be more likely to buy it but not autobuy. I would still want to read other reviews on it.
I am sometimes put off by goodreads’ reviews, because they tend to be very personal and biased. A lot of critiques regarding representation have a valid point, but other times I check the reviews for a novel I loved and others just hated it?! But I am with you for the rest of the answers!
I actually like to skim the negative reviews. I look to see if there are common complaints from the readers. And I decide whether it’s something I can work with or if I’ll pass on the book.
I found that I am extremely influenced by negative reviews and then I cannot think for myself. It’s kinda tragic because I love goodreads.
That’s understandable! It takes me forever to read books that I’ve bought, so I don’t even remember what the negative stuff says by the time I get to it! 😆 I’m barely getting to the books that I bought LAST summer.
Well that is fair then!
Kindle ebook deals can save so much money, there are so many of them though they can be dangerous! Too many books to read.
Yes they are dangerous! Surprisingly, I haven’t bought that many this month. They’re just haven’t been any that have caught my interest so far.