All the reasons for picking up books (as if you needed any reasons)


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is:

10 Things that make me pick up a book

The author – this has to be the first reason.  Certain authors are just naturally on my ‘go to’ list.  I always keep an eye out for their next piece of work and as soon as I hear the merest hint of a book on the horizon, even the far horizon, like, so far on the horizon that it’s barely even a dot, I’m am all about that book.  I want it.  I want it now.  Give it us preciouss..


What’s that you say?  A new book, tell me more…

Bloggers –  I follow a lot of you folks and you definitely keep my TBR in a perpetual state of ‘impossible to complete and dangerous should it ever fall over’.  Yes, I’m talking to you – you know who you are!


Photo taken from Irish Times

The cover – Yes, I know this may sound very fickle but, in my defence, cover art can be a seriously beautiful thing, it’s the first thing that draws your eye on a shelf, you can usually find a description for the book, the price and quite often some information on the author – so yep, I stick by this.  Covers are the bee’s knees and the camel’s hips – here are a few of my more recent lovely looking covers.  Are you not entertained:

Sales/discounts/giveaways – If you buy books on an almost constant basis reductions and giveaways are always nice.  I like to support authors so even though I receive a good number of ARCs I usually buy two or three books a month and I also pay a monthly subscription to Audible.  So discounts and giveaways = happy me.

Next in series – I realise that I have a lot of uncompleted series in my stacks of books.  I think I have completionist issues or something!  But, sometimes the final book in the series might not yet be released – I’m just trying to find excuses for not completing all my series really.  I actually need help.  Send help.

The description – see the cover item above – I like to read the blurb.  Sometimes they can be a bit over chatty, sometimes they can lead me in the wrong direction (usually by my own determination to go down the wrong route to be fair) and sometimes they can be spot on and incredibly enticing.  Those ‘spot on’ blurbs give me a serious case of the ‘grabby hands’.

Publisher invites/catalogues – I can’t help wanting to accept invites.  It just feels rude not to!  And catalogues – you simply have to browse them.  It’s actually compulsory – you just have to.  Tell me I’m not alone in this.

Hype – we all like to jump on hype and generally cat-call and boo it from the stands, but then at the same time we can’t help but be drawn to the books that are receiving all the hype – nobody wants to miss the next ‘best thing’.

If it’s being adapted to a movie/series – as soon as I see that one of my unread books is being made into a film or series it makes me desperate to read the book first.  Don’t ask me why, but once I’ve seen the adaptation I just can’t go back and read the book.  I have a mental block.  Check out this rather wonderful post for a list of forthcoming (or already released) adaptations.  I’m very excited for some of these.  NOS4A2 looks particularly scary – I’m going to have to pick up the book very soon.

What about you?




30 Responses to “All the reasons for picking up books (as if you needed any reasons)”

  1. evelynreads1

    Totally agree! And yes the cover definitely helps!


    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s the first thing that attracts your eye after all 😀

  2. pagesandtea

    I love your list, and we have quite a few in common this week.
    Seeing that Westside cover just jolted my memory that I need to check whether the library have got that book listed yet 🙂 And the new Jen Williams is another one I’m excited for.
    I had no idea there was going to be an adaptation of NOS4A2. I just recently bought a copy of that, so definitely going to have to put it to the top of my TBR now, because it sounds so good and I’ve wanted to read it for ages.

    • @lynnsbooks

      The trailed for NOS4A2 looks really good. It has made me want to prioritise the book now.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I forgot about sales because that can convince me as well but I also included adaptations, covers and other bloggers – the more you follow, the bigger the TBR is my motto!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Exactly, it’s one of the best, if not the best, things about blogging – I never have any shortage of recommendations these days.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Tammy

    I love going through publisher catalogs as well and discovering new books😊 And covers! A gorgeous cover is hard to resist, even when the story isn’t quite right for me.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yep, sometimes the contents don’t quite live up to the expectations but I still just can’t resist.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Paul's Picks

    I read Games of Thrones right before the series started! And I’ve done that for several other books too.

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s a personal quirk but I just can’t do it the other way and pick up the book after seeing the adaptation.
      Lynn 😀

      • Paul's Picks

        Right? I love to see it in my mind first.

      • @lynnsbooks

        Yep, and once I’ve seen the adaptation I’m reading and seeing and hearing the actors instead.
        Lynn 😀

  6. lydiaschoch

    I have the same reaction to adaptations. Either I read the book first or never read it at all.

    My post.

    • @lynnsbooks

      After you’ve seen the adaptation it just doesn’t feel like you’d be using your own imagination does it.
      Lynn 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Hi Lydia – your link didn’t seem to work. Let me know the name of your blog and I’ll come and check out your post.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Amber @ Books of Amber

    The hype definitely gets to me as well!

  8. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Even though I buy few physical books and 99,9% of my reading is through e-books, my virtual TBR is not so different from the one in your picture! 😀
    We’re all little Gollums in our bookish souls….

  9. PerfectlyTolerable

    Great list! I am definitely a cover picker! And books in series, and its being adapted, and pretty much all of these 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – yeah, lots of the same reasoning on most people’s lists this week – although I also really liked when people went for themes too.
      Lynn 😀

  10. Amanda @Cover2CoverMom

    I pick up books for most of the same reasons you do 🙂 For me, a cover will get me to pick up a book & read the description. The description will get me to actually READ the book 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I tend to mooch round a bookstore, pick up a few books, read the blurb and then usually read the first few lines. I could just wander round book shops all day.
      Lynn 😀

  11. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    So many great reasons 🙂

  12. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Cover whore here too! No matter what they say about never judging a book by its cover, I don’t think any of us can help it 😛

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know – you just can’t help but be wowed by some of them.
      Lynn 😀

  13. waytoofantasy

    Great list! Yeah, I definitely love me some covers hah. I also do pick up a lot if they’re on sale! It’s hard to resist when they’re a dollar or two and they look somewhat interesting. 😀

  14. jessicabookworm

    Yes, yes and yes to no. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, but no. 8 (hype) usually has the opposite affect on me! 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      I want hype to have the opposite effect too but in the end I usually succumb.
      Lynn 😀

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