What Makes You Pick Up a Book?

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Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly series hosted by Rukky at Eternity Books and Danie at Literary Lion. The full list of April topics can be found here.

This week, I’m doing a previous topic which was What Makes You Pick Up a Book?

Here are some of the things that will make me pick up a book, in no particular order…

At the Library or Bookstore

  • An appealing cover
  • A thoughtful display surrounding a theme
  • A sale – who can resist discounted books? Both at the bookstore and at the library used book section, I always take a moment to browse

Based on a Recommendation

  • I will almost always pick up a book that a close friend has recommended
  • Lately I have started to seek out books based on author recommendations. It doesn’t always pan out but sometimes you strike gold and find a new favorite author

On My Own

  • I read a lot of series, so typically I seek out books that are a continuation of a series I have been reading
  • If I read a particularly compelling review of a book here on WordPress or on another platform, it will make me want to seek out that book
  • NPR Book Concierge is a source I sometimes go to for book recommendations, as with above, when a favorite author reviews something, that greatly increases my chances of wanting to read that book
  • Lists curated by librarians, especially those for e-books and e-audiobooks on Libby/OverDrive (think the library displays mentioned above but even better!) almost always result in my checking out a book from that list
  • If I’ve watched a movie or TV show that is based on a book, I’m more likely to read the book, as with Virgin River by Robyn Carr

Those are just some of the reasons I pick up a book.

What makes you pick up a book? Tell me in the comments or drop a link to your Let’s Talk Bookish post so I can check it out!

4 thoughts on “What Makes You Pick Up a Book?

  1. I definitely take recommendations from bookish friends who I know have similar tastes to mine and then I find recommendations randomly elsewhere- indie bookstore staff picks and browsing the library and bookstores for backlist finds. For new releases, I look into a lot of most anticipated release lists, Indie Next lists, etc. to see what’s new!

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  2. Definitely recommendations are a huge part of why I pick up specific books! I also think it’s just coming to know my tastes and likes/dislikes with books. If I hear that a book is a historical fiction set in a time period that I’m interested in, I know for sure that I want to read it 😊

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