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Friday, April 29, 2011

Books For Thought: How do you choose books at the store/library?

Previously known as Monday's Question of the Day, Books For Thought is a feature where I post a book-related question up for discussion. I am open to all opinions and enjoy reading diverse comments from my lovely followers. I look forward to picking your minds!

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How do you choose books at the store/library? Do you ask for opinions from staff? Go by covers?
(Question credit goes to: Laura from The Zealous Reader)

My Response: I love this question Laura! I usually take my sweet time when I am strolling through a bookstore. Due to the fact that most of the time I know what I am looking for, I never ask the staff for recommendations. Is it shallow to think I know more than they do in the book department? I know, I know I'm a meanie. Now as for the bloggers and bookworms who work in bookstores, they would make the ideal employees for sure.

On other occasions when I am diddle daddling, I admire the pretty covers while I familiarize myself with their summaries. Once in awhile I find a book that I never heard of and leave the store feeling happy and accomplished. Honestly speaking, it's been so long since I actually shopped in a bookstore! Amazon is my friend. Plus, I never go to libraries, I hate the one in my neighborhood. Does anybody else not go to the library or am I the only weirdo? I am very curious to know everyone else's shopping tactics though!

What are your bookish thoughts?


Mocha ღ Latte said...

My process in picking books takes quite a while, I rarely if ever purchase books on a whim. It's usually the cover that grabs my attention, if the cover in unattractive I often tend to ignore it. If the cover is attractive i pick it up, read the summary and if it sounds interesting, I'll then check the reviews on GR to see if any of my friends liked it. If so, i'll usually purchase it.

However, since i work at a book store and the novels literally pass through my fingers before reaching the book shelves, I rarely go around and browse the store since i'm already quite familiar with the stock.

-Mocha from A Cupcake and A Latte.

The Zealous Reader said...

Thanks for picking my question!

I go by covers or authors I'm familiar with. I usually don't take out books with bad recommendations but every once in a while I want to read it just in case I have a different opinion.

Same with you, I don't really like asking for suggestions because I know the collection better than the librarians. LOL!

The Book Vixen said...

Great question! When I'm at the library, I'll browse the New Release shelf to see if there's anything on my TBR/wishlist. When at a bookstore, I pretty much know what I want to buy, though I do browse the isles as well. Either way, I almost always get a book I'm familiar with. I get my recommendations from fellow book bloggers.

Amelia said...

Cover -> Summary -> First page

Failure to comply to any of the above will result in continued exile on the shelf.


The Authoress

PS - Yes, I realize you can't actually BURN this after reading it. Make do.

Jill said...

I used to love our local library and rarely bought books. You could request a book months before they even got it and when it was your turn you would get an email and could go and pick it up. They always got new releases and since Las Vegas was so big and you could borrow from any library they would send it to the branch you wanted to get it at if the book was at a different one and you'd have it in a day or two. Since moving I buy a lot more books because our library system is struggling for money, does not always get new books and you have to pay to request them adn wait forever!

When I do go I tend to look at the new releases or already know what book I am there to get having checked online to see if it is available.

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