Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.
This Week’s Theme:
Things That Will Make
Me Pick Up A Book
I will fight you on being the most superficial of superficial when it comes to picking up the next read.
(and oh my god I have not posted in so long I apologize).
Step 1a: Autobuy/read Authors
Attaining the status of “I will read your grocery list” is incredibly
difficult easy. Just write a solid book that garners a 4+ from yours truly and baaaaaam, I will buy everything from you. Also helps if you’re rad as fuck on social media (e.g. Twitter).
Example: Patrick Ness. Leigh Bardugo. Jeff Zentner.
Step 1b: The Community (see: hype)
If I’m being honest, most of the time, “recommendations” are a no go for me mainly due to my random/sporadic reading habits of picking up the most random of titles even if I ought to be following a regimented schedule due to reading commitments. But, there are times when hype is so loud that I have to read it just to
potentially shit see what the fuss is about (and in most cases, it’s always unwarranted hype…).
Example: Red Queen and The Crown’s Game.
Step 2: Book Cover
The face-iest value of face values. Look, if it’s ugly as shit and looks like you used Microsoft Word Art (or god forbid Comic Sans), chances are it’s a no go. Design is key.
Example: colour palettes. embossed text.
no faces or models
Step 3: The Blurb
Alright. Let’s say your cover is passable. I flip to the inside cover (or the back) and read what you have to offer. If you a) tell me the ENTIRE plot in your synopsis…bye felicia. The point here is to pique interest without vomiting all them stories into two-to-three paragraphs.
Being surprised is good; intrigue is great.
Step 4: Tome-worthy-ness
Look: 500+ page books are suerly wonderfully immersive. But that’s potentially TWO other great books I could be reading. Is it worth it? Am I that interested in this book?
This is what is stopping me from reading Sanderson’s Way of Kings…
Step 5: The “Pilot” Chapter
So I open this book and read the first few pages. Am I engaged with the preliminary conflict? Do the words grip me? Are the characters those I can identify with, humorous, will offer a jolly good time? These factors and more all considered in the first chapter.
It also helps if the threat of looming death is already on the first chapter…because, well, it just helps.
Step 6: Ignore the above steps
Just start reading.
I don’t actually follow the above but it just happens seamlessly without thought…do you follow any of the above?