Anne McCaffery, Orson Scott Card, Robin Hobb, The Princess Series, Fablehaven, A Song of Ice and Fire)
Popularity- I used to have a thing against reading books just because they were popular (which is kinda crazy considering my penchant for certain classics, which if you think about it are probably the definition of popular books). I was in a stage for the longest time where I only read books nobody else had heard of in some hoity toity lofty idea miasma of coolness (no seriously that is totally accurate). The book(s) that finally broke that stupid wall down for me was of course the amazing Harry Potter series. Of course not every popular book is a good book (I'm looking at you Twilight), but there are many many many books that are worthy of the buzz and popularity. Since starting this blog, I will sometimes read them, just to say I have and can continue my streak of snooty superiority, snug in the knowledge that I have actually read the book. That being said, here are some books/series that made me glad I jumped aboard the bandwagon. (The Hunger Games, The Book Thief, Anything by Jane Austen)
Movies/TV-As much as I hate to admit it movies and TV shows made from books do play a role in my book choosing. A lot of the time I have already read the book before the movie/show is even dreamed of, but in some cases the movie actually introduces me to the book. Sometimes I hear of the movie/show, go get and read the book and even eventually watch the movie/show (my Hubbin hates it when I do this). Sometimes I watch a movie/show and find out that it is actually a book, or it gets me interested in a book that never really held that much attraction before. Either way several of my book choices have been directly influenced by the movie. Here are some of my favorite books that have been bought and loved via movie/TV inspiration. (Sherlock Holmes, Stardust, The Walking Dead, Percy Jackson Series)
Recommendations/Reviews- I have found some of the worst books this way, but I have also found some of my most treasured stories through personal recommendations and reviews. I think this is a tricky category because as I have mentioned before I feel books are like art, what person genuinely and legitimately loves, will appear to another person to be no more then splotches on a piece of canvas. It is also really hard to get a recommendation from somebody and then hate the book and then have to find a way to not hurt the recommenders feelings. I found the best way is to find people who share similar tastes in life with you. My baby sis can recommend a book and 9/10 times I LOVE it. Same with review sites, I love reviews, but find that people (as they should) always come at it with there own idea and slant...as do I. I have however found a couple of sites that seem to sync up with my tastes and I have a 8/10 record with most of them, so that works out pretty well in my favor. Here are some awesome books I would have missed without these great recommendations. (And All the Stars, Any Tamora Pierce book, Ella Enchanted)
Covers-I know your'e not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but sometimes I can't help it. Normally this actually works for a book. In general if I am already gonna get a book, the cover doesn't really deter me (though I will pay a bit more for a nice cover). Sometimes however, I am in the mood for a bit of a gamble and I will walk the stacks and let a picture, color or title catch my eye. Oddly enough this has resulted in some AMAZING finds. Not really much else to say about this method, so here are some books that I urge you to judge by there covers. (Wildwood Dancing, Zombies vs. Unicorns, How to Ditch Your Fairy)
How do you decide which books go on your TBR pile/list? What is the oddest way you have discovered a favorite book? What recommendations do you have for me?