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I read a book mainly because...

It's a classic
31
6%
It was recommended to me
74
15%
It's by an author I like
88
17%
It's a best-seller
11
2%
I like the genre
304
60%
 
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Warrior Princess says...



Actually, I generally pick up books because something about the cover attracts my attention; then I read the summary to see if it's something I'd be interested in. But I chose "because it's a classic," because I'm a huge fan of the classics, especially novels written in the nineteenth century (i.e. anything by Jules Verne, Oscar Wilde, Dickens, the Brontes, etc.). 1984 and The Great Gatsby are also very good.
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ToritheMonster says...



I usually go to the section that has the genre I like and pick out the most eclectic looking book I can find. Or I read the summaries on the backs untill one interests me.
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Gheala says...



None of these, actually. >.< I read a few pages from the beginning and the middle and judge the description and writing style.
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Mon Mar 28, 2011 12:37 am
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Kyllorac says...



You need the option, "It was there."
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Lethero says...



For me, it's all of the above except classic. I went with genre mostly because I hardly consider anything outside of fantasy or Sci-Fi though.
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LookUpThere says...



Because I've been searching for some good superhero literature for ten thousand years (if anybody has some, please recommend, sci-fi or urban fantasy).

My English teacher's actually trying to rehabilitate me... so I'll come back in a month and change me status to 'recommendation' as I will be one of those weirdos in the library, chatting up about names I don't really know, novels that half bored me to death and yet enjoying it.

(I say that every time I'm about to read a classical. And then I end up nodding and smiling 'what an awesome book')




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Mon Mar 28, 2011 7:34 am
AnnieBauthor says...



Genre. LIVE ON FANTASY!
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Day says...



captain.classy wrote:Definitely genre. Fantasy for the win!

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Kaedee says...



The blurb. The genre. And yes, I suppose little things like the title and the cover may effect my book-choosing too...-.0
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Rosey Unicorn says...



It was a toss-up between "I like the genre" and "it was recommended to me." However, pretty much every single genre I like was recommended to me at one point, and I'm a lot more likely to read books that were recommended to me. I keep expanding what genres I read thanks to recommendations.
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PhoenixBishop says...



I will say I do try to read all bestsellers. I mean if so many people are buying it there must be something. Usually though I pick books based off of genre. YA fantasy for the win!
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TheWalkinDude says...



Gotta say, I'm a classics man. I love older books. I'm reading The Divine Comedy by Dante, and I have to say, I love it! I also like Stephen King's early work and some George Orwell (not 1984 *shudders* did not like that book). Plato, Virgil, Homer, just a couple other old authors I like. H.P. Lovecraft is a great horror writer. I'm not a big fan of contemporary writing. Not all newer books I think are bad, just the ones that seem to focus entirely on the contemporary characteristics of society and not the bigger impact that stays with history.

Of course, when the things that I like were written, they were probably considered contemporary to an extent. Rather hypocritical, huh?
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Dreamwalker says...



I read classics. Mostly because contemporary fiction annoys me, and fluff infuriates me. I'll take Charles Dickens over Stephanie Meyer anyday.

That and there is something oddly provoking about the emotions that larger, harder words invoke... maybe thats just me though.
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Wed Mar 30, 2011 7:08 am
Vanadis says...



I said because it was recommended to me... I don't stick to just one genre. I don't necessarily read everything by a particular author. I don't care whether it's a classic or bestseller or not (I'll still read it...) So, most of the time, it was a recommendation. Although, even when someone suggests I should read something, I do bombard them with questions to make sure it's my cup of tea before I go get it.
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Saman says...



I look at the genre of a book and choose to read it only if I like its genre. I really don't judge a book by its cover that's because I've grown up reading my uncle's rich collection of books with yellow and crinkled pages, so it really doesn't matter what a book LOOKS like to me.
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