February 3, 2012

TGIF (18): Book Appeal

TGIF at GReads is a feature by the fabulous Ginger, who asks us a fun question to answer every week. It's always a joy to be a part of this, and I think everyone certainly should try it out!

When you're browsing Goodreads, the library, or another blogger's reviews, what grabs your attention to make you want to read it?
I have a book list that's always growing (seriously, I don't even want to print it out because I'm afraid to find out how long it is). Every week I find a new (or old, but new to me) title to add to the list, which is crazy talk, but hey, I guess that's what bookworms do!

Goodreads, my library or the bookstore

If I'm browsing Goodreads, the bookstore or my library, the first thing that will grab my attention about a book is the cover. I absolutely adore beautifully done covers. My preference is for those covers with eye-catching photos, lovely artwork or beautiful typography. Examples of covers that have caught my attention in the past include  Shiver, Graceling, and Remembrance.

A close second to the cover is the title of the book. I have a preference for titles that are made up of one word or catchy phrases. Examples of titles that have caught my attention in the past include It's Kind of a Funny Story, PS I Love You, and Wanderlove.

And the third thing that catches my attention is the author of the book. I have my favorite authors, of course, so I always make it a point to find their books wherever I go (if I haven't read them yet anyway). I also take recommendations from my favorite authors to heart and check out the books that they've loved. Authors who always get my attention are Maggie Stiefvater, Sarah MacLean, Julia Quinn, Tamora Pierce, Sarah Dessen and Christopher Paolini.

(The synopsis also plays a part in me choosing a book; it's often how I whittle down the pile I've gathered. But this isn't necessarily one of the things that grabs my attention straightaway.)

Reviews and other blogs

If I'm browsing through blogs and reviews, the cover, title and author always manage to catch my eye. But the synopsis actually plays a bigger part this time around. It's really convenient how bloggers usually include a synopsis with their reviews or posts. Instead of being at the back of the book, as with a physical copy, it's usually at the top of their review. Easy access means it's more likely that I'll be able to read a synopsis and find out if the book appeals to me.

I also love reviews. When the review is done by a blogger that I admire, look up to, respect or have similar tastes with, I always take their opinion into consideration. It's helped me pick and choose between a multitude of titles plenty of times. Some reviews I really loved recently include Fathers and Sons (by Lisa), The Survival Kit (by Ginger), Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (by Magan), Sometimes It Happens (by Estelle) and Learning to Swim (by Jana).

What grabs your attention when browsing for books?

Review: The Awakening of Leeowyn Blake by Mary Parker
Review (150 Words): Spiritus by Dana Michelle Burnett
The Curiosity Quills Blog Tour
A Touch Awesome Blog Tour, Week Two
Review (150 Words): Venture Untamed by R.H. Russell
Review: The Scarlet Dagger by Krystle Jones
Review (150 Words): Shattered by Kathi Baron
Project Tell Taylor
Thursdays with Macky: Sandry's Book by Tamora Pierce


  1. Sorry I am getting to this post late! I love how you broke down what catches your eye. I think people would be lying if they said the cover didn't play a role. I am ALWAYS a sucker for a good cover. And I also ADORE catchy titles <3

  2. I'm always judging books by their cover, it's a bad habit of mine!

  3. I forgot about the title! :/ If it's a fun title, I have to check out the synopsis, too :)
    Thanks for sharing, and thanks for stopping by! :)

    Monaliz @ Mind Reading?

  4. HEY HEY! Thanks for the shoutout. :)

    I get so many of my recommendations from fellow bloggers too!

  5. Old GFC follower hopping by to return the visit and subscribe in RSS! :-)

  6. Wow, that is a perfect list of things that catch your attention. I hate to judge a book by it's cover but I can't help it. Thanks for stopping by.

    Jennifer @ Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance

  7. I love the cover of Remembrance, would love a mask like that. Always love the Maggie Stiefvater series covers too.
    thanks for stopping by my blog.

  8. Graceling attracted me with it's beautiful cover (That and the fact that fellow bloggers seemed to adore it!).

    Alison at The Cheap Reader

  9. Love the Remembrance and Graceling covers! I like that you mentioned the author...definitely important during browsing!

    Old follower,
    Jennifer @ Feminist Fairytale Reviews

  10. I really like the cover of Shiver. Funny I hadn't thought about the title. Cliched titles definitely put me off, as do ones that don't really say anything about the book.

  11. Good point about the author of the book catching your eye...I hadn't thought to mention that...but especially at the library when looking at spines -it is all about the author!


  12. Love your examples. I am such an author stalker also.

  13. The Wolves of Mercy Falls have gorgeous covers. I really enjoy reading blogger reviews, especially fellow bloggers who I have similar tastes with. That way if they enjoyed it, more than likely I will too.

    Darla @ DforDarla's Definite Reads

  14. I can't believe I forgot to mention the title. Argh. -_- In my defense: It was 3 am or something when I wrote my post. XD

    Thanks for stopping by again! ♥

    Happy Friday!

  15. I couldn't agree more.
    Adding books to my must-have list is clearly a bookworm tick but one I really love.
    What I really enjoy about blogging is that I can share my bookish habits with fellow readers which is wonderful.
    Greetings from Vienna, Austria,

  16. Heh. It seems we're all cover snobs :D

  17. I agree with you about those covers. My favorite thing about the Shiver trilogy, however, aren't the covers. Well, that too, but I love the blue, green and red print.
    (another example of this is Anna Dressed in Blood, with print the color of dried blood. Beautiful)

    Maja @ The Nocturnal Library

  18. I have been so bad at having blog-reading time lately! I figured I'd stop by here and stay for a while! I love this post. You totally hit the nail on the head, as far as what I think grabs my attention. I love awesome covers. And I love typography, photography, uniqueness, etc. And I love reading reviews! Thanks you so much for mentioning mine. :)

  19. Thanks for stopping by my blog (I'm quite late in response, but I still appreciate it of course!) consistently, I'm a follower of yours now! I swore I was earlier, but somehow it wasn't on my GFC...regardless, all fixed now :)

    I love your answer, I completely agree with all of it. I really liked that you put up It's Kind Of A Funny Story, I actually think it's one of my favourite covers ever (especially after you read the book and figure out what it means!).

  20. We can't help being drawn in by interesting looking books (see: The Night Circus) and then the title is obviously going to be the next go to point. I actually think I follow the exact train of thought as you've posted.

    I don't actually get to the point of buying a book though until I've read a review, the synopsis or seen the author. Sometimes, I will buy straight away if I like the author, but mostly I like to be informed.

  21. Well, the cover isn't my only favorite thing about Shiver. It's one of my favorite trilogies! <3

  22. It is SO cool that you're from Vienna. My mom loved it when she got to visit (years ago) and she's made me want to go and see it for myself!

  23. You know I adore your blog. And yes, titles are essential <3

  24. That series is gorgeous - covers, titles, writing. Maggie Stiefvater and her publisher are AMAZING <3

  25. Graceling is SO good. I hope you enjoyed it!

  26. But of course. I trust your recommendations <3

  27. You're my bookish twin, so of course I trust your opinion when it comes to books. Speaking of, I just finished Dreaming of Mr. Darcy last weekend. It was pretty cute!

  28. Yes! I absolutely adored that book, by the way. It's actually one of the books that I read and failed to realize how it would stick with me :)

  29. I think that's a very smart decision. I wish I thought that way but... I get very, very tempted at bookstores ;)


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