I saw this tag on Becky’s Book Blog and thought that the questions were original and interesting. I loved reading her answers, and I tag everyone else to do this because I am curious to see how you would respond.

Do you judge a book by its cover?

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I think that it is impossible not to! An amazing cover is one of the first things that draws me to a book, especially since joining Bookstagram. It is rare for me to buy a book solely on the cover, but it has happened. I have been burned before (looking at you The Nest!), so I try not to let a pretty cover be the only reason I purchase a book. That said, I think that covers have come a long way over the past few years and it is not often that I see a cover that I absolutely hate.

Focusing just on a cover, what attracts you to pick it up?

There are so many things! I have realized that I am most drawn to vibrant covers, especially if it is floral in some way. I know that these covers are a bit of a cliche, but I absolutely love them. I am also a huge fan of illustrated covers- there are so many beautiful ones, especially in YA!

Do you read the synopsis first, or prefer to go in knowing nothing about the book?

It is actually rare that I read a synopsis! I usually rely on reviews more than the actual synopsis- I want to hear what fellow readers thought about a book first and foremost. There are times where I know next to nothing about a book, but if it is so beloved by readers who I trust, I will feel confident that it is something that I will enjoy. It is fun to pick up a book you know nothing about every once in awhile.

Do you have any auto-buy authors?

I have quite a few! Heather O’Neill, Elizabeth Acevedo, Mitch Albom, Sylvain Neuvel, Abby Jimenez, Helen Hoang, Akemi Dawn Bowman, etc.

Are you more likely to pick up a book if it has specific elements/themes?

Yes! There are certain themes that I am instantly drawn to. If a book explores the different ways that people deal with grief, I am always intrigued. I am also drawn to books that have to do with art in some way, whether that is painting, sculpting, music, dance, etc. I love reading about characters who have a passion for the arts!

Do you ever read a book that has generally negative reviews just to form your own opinion on it?

It depends on why the book is receiving negative reviews. If it is a book that the majority of reviews have deemed problematic, I will stay far way from it, but if some reviewers simply couldn’t connect to the story and the writing style, I will still give it a chance if it is something I am interested in. The book that instantly comes to mind for me is The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh. It has a 3.26 average rating on Goodreads, but it is one of my favourite books ever. I am so glad that I ignored the negative reviews and went with my gut.

Do you ever buy a book just because another booktuber/blogger has talked about it a lot?

No, but I used to. I have started to realize that I often don’t love extremely hyped books. I think that I end up building them up in my head, and then I am left disappointed when they don’t live up to those expectations.

Is there anyone whose book recommendations you always trust?

There are a few bloggers and bookstagrammers who have similar reading tastes to mine! I will turn to certain to reviewers when I find myself looking for a certain type of book. I don’t want to forget anyone, so I plan to create a separate blog post on this in the near future!

29 thoughts on ““WHAT MAKES ME PICK UP A BOOK” TAG

  1. What a fun tag! With The Fire On High does have such an appealing book cover and I would fill my entire bookstagram feed with it if I could. Would love to take part in this tag – sounds fun πŸ™‚ x

  2. I’m totally stealing this tag!

    I’m in the same boat with you about overhyped books- they always end up just being 3 star reads for me at best. There are a few bloggers that I trust, though, and I definitely take their opinions more seriously than buzz I see elsewhere.

  3. Loved readnig this!
    Doesn’t everyone judge a book by it’s cover?! I mean it is what first catches your eye!


  4. I love vibrant colors too! I usually don’t trust the synopsis…..they can be misleading. Recently Sea Wife was described as a Thriller and it isn’t! I also have fav themes and auto buy authors! Great post Kristin!

  5. I do buy books based on the cover, I have to admit. Or at least a good cover can really sway me! And I do usually read a synopsis, although I take ’em with a grain of salt sometimes lol. I can’t help myself- sometimes I’ll read the blurb and maybe even a few pages just to try and get a feel for whether I’ll like the book or not. πŸ™‚

  6. This is such a cool book tag, and it’s made me rethink how I choose a book! I can’t wait to do it! Also it’s really interesting that you read reviews of a book to determine if you’ll read it or not because I’m usually the other way around (I only read the reviews after I’ve finished the book to see what other people thought about it)

      1. I mean, I’m glad you read reviews beforehand because I love knowing that maybe something I, or another person, has said has made you consider if a book is right for you!

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