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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Choosing A Book - The Goose-bump Factor

How do you choose a book? Or a new author to try? For many of us, this is a very personal matter and we all have our own way. We might read a review and just know, we’d love that story. Or we might get a recommendation from a friend who tells us we have to read this author or this story.

I have taken recommendations from friends and not been disappointed. I might choose a story because the review was fabulous. I do have a long list of favorite authors I regularly read (and have been reading for many, many years) but my own way of choosing a new book or author is something I call the goose-bump factor.

First, the title and cover must strike me enough so that I pick up the book and flip it over. If the blurb on the back gives me goose-bumps, I investigate a little further. When I open the book at random and read a page and the goose-bumps remain, I must buy that book. I’ve been buying books and falling in love with authors for over 35 years this way…..hasn’t steered me wrong yet!

Happy reading!


  1. I dont 'live or die' by lists, but also I have found some of my favourite authors through 'Listmania' type recommends. I recently read a Loretta Chase when I saw her as number one on a list by a blogger whose views I really trust...and I loved it!

  2. Thanks for the tip, Grace. I'll pop on over to Listmania. Who knows what I'll find (perhaps another great author to adore!).

  3. Hi Marie,

    I find I'm so busy keeping up with all the books my friends are publishing, I hardly ever have time to try a new author. But I have to admit, winning a free book on a blog or at a workshop, definitely broadens my horizons. I have a few regular authors I read because of winning one of their books :-)