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What makes you pick up a book?

I read a book mainly because...

It's a classic
It was recommended to me
It's by an author I like
It's a best-seller
I like the genre
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Demeter says...

Most people have a reason why they read a certain book. What makes you pick up a book you haven't read before? How do you choose it?
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Jas says...

I know that it's frowned upon, but I normally pick up a book based on a cool cover or interesting title. :) A lot of times, I read books from reccomendations though.
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writerwithacause says...

Being also a visual artist, I admit *feels guilty* that I've bought books for their covers. This will not happen to me anymore, though. I've learnt from my mistakes. Now I just buy books whose genre and plot appeal to me. I do a lot of research before buying a book, in order to not make a mistake. I also buy books that friends of mine with similar taste recommend to me.

As for best-sellers, I tend to run away from them. Most of the them are not what I'm interested in.
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midnightpoet21 says...

Usually it's the cover art that attracts me enough to pick it up, but I won't get the book unless the plot interests me as well. I've been known to go to a library and not leave with a book because nothing interested me that day.
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Snoink says...

I picked "Classic" because they're generally free on the Kindle and I am a cheapo and too lazy to go to the library. XD
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JabberHut says...

I picked the genre one! When I go book shopping, I immediately venture into the fantasy and sci-fi sections 'cause I know I enjoy those. And, admittedly, a lot of the summaries on the back sound really interesting to me. I have to limit myself to two or three books so I don't buy an entire shelf!
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captain.classy says...

Definitely genre. Fantasy for the win!

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SmylinG says...

This was a tough one for me. I read books based on so many different things. I've picked up Wuthering Heights because it was a classic. I'm itching to read some James Patterson because he has so many great books out, therefore mostly because I like the author. I've picked up bestsellers, but mostly I'm very into particular genres. So I picked genre. It sums up everything for me best. :D
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Nate says...

For me, it's usually because it's either by an author I like or because someone recommended it to me. But lately, I'm a lot like Snoink! With the Kindle, I get tons of classic e-books for free, so I've been catching up on those.
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charcoalspacewolfman says...

A lot of the time it'll be the aesthetics or the author. Sometimes, It'll be by recommendation, but then only if someone gives me the book.
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earendil says...

I used to read based on genre, but after reading certain books that just seriously hit home, not all books impress me as easily anymore. Lately I just read when my friends recommend a series/books they really like. Fortunately their judgement hasn't failed me so far. :P

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ForsakenAngel says...

I chose that it was recommended to me, but only because I didn't see the option to choose "because the cover looks cool" xD
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Firestarter says...

Mostly recommendations from friends, family, the internet, newspapers, reviews, etc.

But also classics I think I might like, and well-known books from genres I enjoy. I also like picking up a book I know nothing about and trying it every so often so my reading doesn't get stale.
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JoyceSparrows says...

Yay classics! I LOVE them.
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airforcegirl says...

normally i just pick up random books, i go to the library a lot so whatever sticks out, but i always go back to my favorite authors and see if there is anything i havent read!
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