It’s interesting to analyze what makes me select a book to read while I’m strolling through the aisles of my local library. Sometimes it’s the alluring cover art. I’ve always liked the Harry Potter cover art of Mary GrandPré, who did the illustrations for the American editions. Edward Gorey, Marc Simont, Ronald Searle and Tasha Tudor are also favorites of mine; each had a unique style that conveyed a certain mood for the book (gothic, colorful or homey) that tempted me into reading it.
Sometimes it’s the author. I’ll read one book by a particular writer (Clive Cussler, David Baldacci, Louis L’Amour, Nora Roberts or Susan Mallery) and want to continue. Either I’ll want to find out what happens to the characters later on in future books or I just get interested in everything that author has ever written.
Then there’s the blurb inside the front cover flap. If it’s written well, that’ll get me to at least leaf through the pages and get an idea if I want to read it or not.
But often, it’s the title. I just finished a book called When The Ghost Screams: True Stories Of Victims Who Haunt by Leslie Rule. I spotted it in a display, and honestly, how was I supposed to not read a book with a title which is that delicious? I like ghost stories (Edgar Allan Poe, you’ve got a lot to answer for, buster!) so it snagged my attention. It features ghost stories throughout the U.S., with a few stories from other parts of the world as well.
And then I saw another book called The Herring In The Library, a murder mystery by L.C. Tyler. And now I’ve GOT to find out what a herring is doing in a British library! Arrrgh. Those book titles get me every time! What is a book lover supposed to do? I am powerless to resist.
Blog readers, what gets you interested in reading a book from a library or bookstore, something that no one has ever recommended to you? Title? Cover art? Author? Inside flap? Let’s talk.