What makes you buy a book?
I used to be an impulsive book buyer. (Can anyone relate?) Nice cover? Buy. Hype from a friend? Buy. The book just fell into my hands? Buy. But then I ended up with shelves and shelves of books that I didn’t actually love. Some of those books–with gorgeous covers–were about as pleasant on the inside as a cup of straight buttermilk. So my book-buying tendencies got picky.
I now try to buy only books I want to own, and that I want to re-read, and that I want to lend out and shove in other people’s noses. I’m also determined to actually read all the books I own. 😛
So…I’ve made a list of reasons I (or you) might buy a book. Which ones do you relate to?
1. You buy a book because you adore the author.
This one’s easy. We all have our auto-buy authors. We will automatically buy whatever that author writes on paper–whether it’s a book or a grocery list…WE WILL BUY IT. One of my auto-buy authors is Marissa Meyer. Her books are always amazing, clean, and brilliantly written. *drool*
2. You buy a book because your friend recommended it
Good friends recommend books. 😛 But it has to be the right friend. I have friends who read and love books that I definitely DO NOT LOVE. So I have a little list in my head of which friends have the same reading tastes as I do. And then I stalk those friends’ Goodreads. (Good friends stalk each other’s Goodreads. 😛 ) And I can go to them weeping, “What do I read neeeeeeext?” and they never fail to send me to the bookstore.
3. You buy a book because it’s on sale
Don’t give me that look. We’ve all done this. Amazon has some freak- price-drop AND THE BOOKWORMS POUNCE. Who doesn’t like discounted portals into other worlds? Anyone? Anyone? Especially if it’s a book you’ve had your eye on for a while. (Unlike The Night Circus that has been over $20 on Amazon FOR MONTHS and I am still weeping because I haven’t gotten to read it. Okay…#rantover)
4. You buy a book because you’ve been slain by its cover. 😱
During my “book-buying-uncontrolability” days, I bought so many books solely for their covers. In fact, I bought the whole Selection series by Kiera Cass just because THE DRESSES! *swoon* Thankfully I also ended up loving the books. 😉
But that wasn’t the story with all books. I have so many gorgeous books on my shelves with stunning covers that I tried reading and then wanted TO BURN. I won’t name names (because I’m a nice bookworm like that), but I learned my lesson the hard way. No more buying just because of covers. Also…on the flip side, some of my favorite books have…erm…lame covers. (Again, I won’t name names.) But I love them to pieces so much that their covers become beautiful to my little lovey bookworm heart.
Still…this is often a valid reason to buy a book. 😛 What was your last cover-buy?
5. You buy a book because hype, hype, hypedy hype…
Sometimes we buy books because OF HYPE. And we have a fear of missing out and we don’t want to miss the train of awesomeness!!! For example, the only reason that I am trying to buy The Night Circus is because everyone and their pet bookmark IS OBSESSING OVER IT. You’d think it’s the next Harry Potter or something. Maybe it is? I still haven’t read it. I’m still afraid that when I do read it maybe I’ll hate it and be the red-headed stepchild in the bookworld. But maybe it really is as awesome as all my friends keep saying it is.
Then there’s also book hype that is completely misleading. I won’t name names, (see how good I’m being today?) but I’ve bought books from hype that totally FLOPPED. And now I’m stuck with them. And I want to shake the people who hyped it. Why? WHY DID THEY DECEIVE ME?!
6. You buy a book because you wandered into a bookstore
There’s something magical about a bookstore that demands that you buy a book. This is why bookstores are dangerous places to go…and you must go there every single day, yes? 😉
If I enter a bookstore, I either need to buy a book…or read through an entire book to make up for not buying one. Who’s with me?
7. You buy a book because of its first line
Please tell me I’m not the only one who does this. First lines are not only rare, but they’re addicting if you find a good one. It makes me dump brownie points all over the author and I enter in on a very high level of grace. Because if they got the first line right, then the rest of the book must be awesome…RIGHT?
I bought A Stolen Kiss by Kelsey Keating FOR THIS REASON ALONE. For the first line. That’s still the only part of the book I’ve read and I thought it was brilliant and funny and simple, yet totally setting the tone for the book. No, I’m not going to tell you what it is. You have to go read it for yourself. Mwahahah!
But let’s, let’s face it, not every amazing book has an amazing first line. So sometimes you have to read a little further. Take The Hunger Games for example…or Harry Potter. Nothing great or gripping about their first lines, but they’re still world-changing books.
8. You buy a book because of great reviews
When I’m shopping for a book online, I’m always looking at reviews. I love how Goodreads will show me the reviews that my friends wrote, so I can see their opinions before deciding on whether or not it’s a book for me. I also tend to go read all the negative reviews because those can be even more revealing. If the only complaint is, “I didn’t like the book’s font!” then I’ll probably still buy the book. But if the complaint is, “This book was about a space slug and I thought it was a fantasy retelling of Anne of Green Gables.” then I probably won’t buy it…unless I’m really craving a space slug story.
9. You buy a book because of its WORLD-BLOWING CONCEPT
“Willy Wonka meets The Matrix.” Wait…what? Okay, now I have to read Ready Player One.
“A fantasy novel about a girl who can sense gold in the earth…during the gold rush time period.” Duuuuude, that’s what Walk on Earth a Stranger is about?
“Little House on the Prairie meets X-Men.” Woah. Um…now I need to buy The Girl Who Could Fly.
“Survivor meets gladiators…but with kids.” That sounds intense, I think I’ll pick up The Hunger Games.
Cool book concept is a weakness of mine. Those are the ones that make me want to splurge on an unread book the most. But I resist. Sometimes. 😛
10. You buy a book because you’re simply in a book-buying mood
Don’t argue with me on this one. I bet half of you reading this right now have purchased a book because of a mood. I was in the mood for a retelling and ran across The Wrath & the Dawn. So I bought it. Thankfully, I ended up loving it. 😀 Whether you’re in a romancey mood or a shoot-em-up mood or a historical mood or a space-explorer mood…there’s a book out there for you.
What makes you buy a book? Did I miss one?
What’s the last book you bought?