Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Bookwyrme's Book Selection Process
I pick up books for any of the following reasons, alone or in combination:
1) I like the author. I already know I'll enjoy anything by Neil Gaiman, Robin McKinley, or Sue Hubbell, for example.
2) The author is shelved next to an author I know I like. I first read Patricia McKillip (now on the list of authors I know I'll like) because her books were persistently shelved next to Robin McKinley's. It was fate.
3) I like the cover. I found Carola Dunn this way. I still think the covers on the Daisy Dalrymple are tremendously fun and charming and exactly reflect the contents.
4) I like the title. Frankenstein's Cat caught my eye for this reason (and because of the cover and because of the subject).
5) I'm curious about the subject. Carousels, genetic engineering, the development of our concept of time, rose names... Interests come and go and return again.
6) I like the publisher. This one is new to me, but I find I'm now paying a lot of attention to Quirk Books these days. They've published Pride and Predjudice and Zombies, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, the Lovecraft Middle School books, The Last Policeman, Cooking with Flowers, and now Shakespeare's Star Wars. They match their name and that makes me very happy.
7) I read a review or two. I've found a lot of books that way--too many to list, really, but for now I'll mention Tuesdays in the Tower and Plain Kate.
8) Someone recommended the book to me. Oddly, this sometimes means it will take me longer to read the book. I'll save it for a rainy day, so to speak, a day when I don't have anything else to read.
9) It's an old favorite. I do reread, quite a lot, actually, though a bit less than I used to. My room is full of old friends, and they get taken down and reread.
There. Now you know the secret to finding good books!
Or at least, you know how to find books, and you also know why I am a long-term library addict.