It's got to be supernatural and life changing in a most wonderful sort of way, otherwise I don't have time for it.
I mostly just use amazon.com. The little thing of "Readers who bought this book also bought.."
Honestly I do judge a book by it's name, author, cover art, buy I always read the description. If I like how it sounds, I''ll read it.
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Whoever pays me the most gets their book read.
(oh, have some background
Also: this is an interesting feature... Not sure I like it.)
Honestly? I judge the book by its cover. And I go by writers too.. or if someone demanded I get it.. or whatever but mostly? I judge.
Well I have my favorite authors, but for someone's work I've not read before... If the title or cover catch my eye, I'll read the back and see if the teaser makes it worth reading.
For example, if I had been wandering through Barnes & Noble and came across The Sword by Jean Johnson and, not knowing who she was already, I would have stopped because of the cover (go to http://www.jeanjohnson.net for covers & details - I am a promotional whore for my sister) and probably bought the book because of the story teaser.
Most of my favorite authors/genres have come from the recommendation of friends over the years. A co-worker in Portland got me hooked on Laurell K Hamilton (and despite the Mary Sue tendancies of her later stories, I'll still read her work - even if just for the laughs), my former sister-in-law got me hooked on Shannon Drake. MomF got me hooked on Lori Foster, Erin McCarthy and because of LKH I got hooked on MaryJanice Davidson. Then there's Lori Handeland, I dont remember how I got hooked on her.
Then there's the series by Lauren Willig - The Secret of the Pink Carnation, The Masque of the Black Tulip, etc... another MomF influence.
I'm an avid reader, so I'm always on the lookout for books. Any recommendations? I prefer fiction - romance, fantasy, historical, horror and sci fi
Hmm...that's a good one. Sometimes, it might be the art, the title, word of mouth, or if it just plain looks interesting to me.
I have three main methods.
1. Bored, bored, bored, bored ... hmm, is anyone guarding that book over there? *checks* Sweet! *borrows*
2. Hey, So-and-so said I should read that. I should read that.
3. The cover looks like the kind of cover that's on books I like.
(For the record: if you want to catch me with #3, go for the old-school. Something like this
or, if you can't afford that good an artist, a single-color would be excellent. Also, have a good title
The people who write the blurbs on the back of the book, do a fine job in hooking me in.
If it's sci-fi or fantasy, the artwork, I admit. Or, if I can recognize the cover.
Still, it's just plain good to read a random book. Then again, I've never read all of the Penguin Classics. I hear you can purchase them all on Amazon; over 1,000 books.
I've gotten better with people who give me books - my average reading time to get to them is about a year. I used to read tons but working in a bookstore drains me from really wanting to read every day. Print/typography overload. Already done with the books given to me from last year, thankfully.
If you don't like a book you can put it down. You can't do that in conversation. How one writer's snap of language hooks you differs between people. That's the wonder of books & writing
What are your ten favorite books and why?
There are a lot of those, and for different reasons and moods many songs put me in the holiday spirit. I love Christmas music - always have. It's a huge deal in my family, and coming from over a decade of Catholic schooling, especially much of that time being in choir, you kind of have to love holiday music or you'd go insane.
But here's a few tunes/albums that always brighten my holiday mood:
My Only Wish - Britney Spears. It's Britney's answer to All I Want for Christmas is You (another favorite). It's so bouncy and cheery and just so POP... yeah, I love it. Sue me.
The Charlie Brown Christmas Soundtrack - Vince Guaraldi Trio. A Charlie Brown Christmas is a traditional holiday viewing selection in my house. And I love the jazz take on many of the classic Christmas songs, and really, you just can't deny the genious of Vince. He's got magic in him.
Mannheim Steamroller - Christmas. I love the first two Christmas Cds of theirs (this one and A Fresh Aire Christmas), but the first is like the mecca of Holiday albums in my house. One year my mom woke my dad up Christmas morning by blasting Deck the Halls. Dad was not amused... but we were :)
John Denver and The Muppets - A Christmas Together. Not a big Denver fan am I, but talk about a magic Christmas album... funny songs, sweet songs, traditional songs... when those Muppets sing Silent Night after Denver narrates the story of the songs origin, I tear up every time.
The Chieftains - Bells of Dublin. I cannot say enough good things about The Chieftains... they bring holiday cheer wherever they go 365 days a year, and so does this cd.
There are so many other albums and songs that stir feelings in me - too numerous to mention I now realize, but here's a small list of some of my other favorites:
'N Sync - Home for Christmas
Hanson - Snowed In
Sarah McLachlan - Wintersong
Harry Connick, Jr. - When my Heart Finds Christmas
Bing Crosby - White Christmas