What draws you to a particular section of the bookstore is unique in each reader. Some are draw to covers, the thrilling, sex, pretty, or horrifying pictures weave a spell that make us turn over the book to read a blurb. I love the eye catching colors on some and photos of people. I saw a Twitter post the other day of someone who was fawning over flower covered fiction. Some tend towards certain colors (a shelf filled with the loveliest red covers). There are authors we love.
“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”-Shakespeare
I have an addiction to certain authors Jodi Piccoult, Kim Harrison, B.A. Paris, Kelley Armstrong, and any James Patterson standalone novel (JUST TO NAME A FEW). A book recommended or written by them is a huge sign I will walk out of the store light a few extra dollars.
My interests run towards certain subjects; fiction centered on disease or history. A good mystery or thriller, show me the word psychological and I get very curious (hasn’t killed me yet, luckily I am not a feline). Anything WWII related, I have a very large obsession with Diary of Anne Frank. Science Fiction set in our world; please give me vampires, werewolves and zombies (OH MY). The occasional memoir, political or romance book. Though I will be honest in telling you I of course went through the typical romance novel fueled years.. Some I will proudly admit to, others you will never be told. I have a passion for dystopian and apocalypse novels, there is nothing to make you appreciate your life as much as someone else’s life exploding.
Some covers are like artwork drawing you in. Making you wonder what is happening just on the other side of the door or in the next house. Mysterious appeals as much as sexy does to a reader. We love the the challenge to our imagination when some aspect of the cover makes us guess. Don’t judge a book by its cover . Sorry to late I am judging, and so is everyone else. We can’t help it. We even sometimes judge people based on their book covers. Sad but true.
“Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back.” -John Green
I am a sale lover. Show me a table or shelf filled with deals and I will turn over every book to see if it is something I would be interested in. One sticker has me halfway to heading out the door with your novel.
When I feel connected to the author or the subject that book is headed home in my bag. WWII you have a place on my shelf. Anything about the connection between humans and dogs, we will definitely be going for a stroll. Author who personally responded to my reviews in the past; even if it was just a glad you enjoyed the book (Lisa Scottoline is the author who comes to mind for doing this). You are going to the front of the line.
Now I am not guaranteeing that each of these books I take home is read in a timely matter. I am a collector of books. My shelves overflow and piles topple down. Enamored with reading, books, and all they involve I can not help myself from visiting the local bookstore and library; as well as my kindle and different reading apps/sites. I will never finish every book I own since I can not stop myself from buying. Yet knowing that they are there and waiting for me to discover once again always provides satisfaction.
“To build up a library is to create a life. It’s never just a random collection of books.” Carlos Maria Dominguez