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Subject: Picking books to add to your WL
Date Posted: 7/5/2011 7:02 PM ET
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Just a random-curiosity-question here...When you are looking for books to add to your WL, what do you use to make your decision?  Description?  Author?  Title?  Picture on the cover? 

 

I was just browsing through titles from Cynthia's upcoming releases thread and some of them caught my eye simply because of the author.  But I quickly started realizing how many I was choosing simply based on the wording of the title....and nothing to do with the author.  Well, THEN, some of the books didn't have a description and I wasn't sure if I wanted to add it to my WL or not.  But, the cover of the book along with the wording of the title just caught me and enticed me enough to add it to my (ever-expanding!) WL. 

So I wonder...what makes you add a book?  If there is no description, what makes you add it to your WL?

Date Posted: 7/6/2011 10:51 AM ET
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Most of the time it is because I know the author. Like the one by Lynette Eason? I LOVE her books and have yet to be disappointed in one so I automatically added that to my list. The other reason would be the cover or if it is a genre I like. I don't read that much modern or contemporary CF so I don't add any of those. And sometimes I add one I am not sure about until I can find out more about it. But at least that way I am in line in case I do want it:)

Date Posted: 7/6/2011 11:00 AM ET
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first i'm with author, then publisher, then cover.  for authors i already know and enjoy, i'll WL all their books.  for new authors, it usually depends on who their publisher is.  for example, Bethany House has been 95% consistent with publishing books that I enjoy so I always WL almost all their new books.  Covers are the last choice for me, I have been known to be completely turned off by a book simply on cover alone, regardless of author or publisher.  This hurts new authors unfortunately.

Date Posted: 7/6/2011 2:39 PM ET
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Most of the time, I go by the author and what type of book it is. Mystery, etc.

I have tried a few times over the past couple of months to submit edits on new books but a few they wouldn't accept until the book is released.

Date Posted: 7/7/2011 12:36 PM ET
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While at a bookstore, the cover is normally what catches my eye first.

Normally the description of the book and sometimes a 'sneak peek' is what gets me to decided whether to put it on my wishlist or not.

The author can be an influence, as well as the publishers.  There are some authors I will not read and sometimes the publisher can be an indicator of what kidn of book it will be.

If it's not a new book, I'll normally go check out the 1-star reviews on Amazon.  This may sound weird, but hear me out.  I've found that the majority of 1-star reviews normally list reasons why they didn't like the book, whereas 5-star reviews normally don't say much other than that, in a nut shell, they liked it. 

Date Posted: 7/7/2011 1:15 PM ET
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I hear you Jennifer.I try to read several of the reviews to see if someone actually says why they liked or did not like a book. There are some books I wish people had been specific on but I have had to live with it. And some of the reasons they didn't like a book were not major to me, but others helped me come to a decision to not buy the book. Certain moral issues, graphic parts, etc.

Date Posted: 7/8/2011 7:26 PM ET
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Deborah, I've never thought about figuring out my likes based on publisher...will have to look at that.  I know Tyndale is one of my favorites, but as for a percentage, I'm not sure.

Jennifer, you're SO right about the 1-star ratings.  I can easily see how looking at those will give more insight to a book than the basic 5-star "I loved it!" reviews.  :)

 

I'm very much one that will ignore a book based on cover, especially if I don't know the author.  Sad, but true.  :)

Date Posted: 7/9/2011 4:04 PM ET
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Sometimes a cover will really jump out at me and I want to get it, but then the book stinks. Other times the cover pulls me enough to check the back cover blurb. And publisher I go with some but I have had good and bad experiences with that.