There are so many books in the world to pick up with your hands and read. But a person is not going to be interested in picking up every book. Readers have things that make them want to pick up a book. Whether it be the promise of a fantastic adventure or just the pretty cover, we all have things that we need in order to want to take a book off the shelf.
For me, there are four main things that make me want to gently pick up a book and start reading:
1. A beauty of a cover.
I kind of want the book to look on my bookshelf, so a pretty cover is something that I definitely look for. I know, I know, I’m being vain and I shouldn’t judge books by their covers. But I can’t help it! An attractive cover that stands out from all the rest of those covers will make a book more desirable, thus making me want to pick it up.
Examples of pretty covers:
2. An intriguing synopsis.
This is one of those kind of traits that a book must have or else the deal is off. If a book’s synopsis makes me feel like I am already in love with the book, that’s when I know that the book will be very much worth picking up. If a book’s synopsis makes me feel indifferent or bored, I will leave the book.
3. A good first impression.
Another deal breaker. I almost always flip through the pages of book before buying it, searching for things that just pop out. If I am impressed with that first impression, I will definitely be picking up the book.
4. High reviewer ratings.
There are many fantastic people out there writing reviews for all these fantastic books. Might as well find the ones I trust and look out for the books that they absolutely love 😛
The book doesn’t require all of these things, though. I can excuse the absence of a good cover and high reviewer ratings. But #2 and #3 are a must have. Sure, an awesome looking cover will make the book stand out and easier to notice out of all those other books on the shelf and high reviewers ratings are a great way to see if a book is quality or not, but I do choose with my gut also.
Using those main four things (and my gut) as a basis for deciding whether or not a book is worth picking up hasn’t always worked. But hey, I have already put on a wedding dress and danced around with a great story that I adore in my hands tons of times so far. I think it works for the most part 😉
What makes you pick up a book? Please tell in the comments!