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Why Do You Pick a Book? + 5th Annual September To Remember Giveaway Hop

I’m curious as to the reasons behind why you pick a book to read. I mean we all have very different reasons and I thought I would take the time to share with you some of my reasons and give you a giveaway to go with it. I do need to thank our hosts for this giveaway hop first though. So a huge thank you to HOP HOSTS HERE. Now that is done lets get to a few of the reason I will choose a book to read.

The Author

If the author is one of my favorites or one that read often I will most likely select their new book to read on that alone. My favorite authors are ones that I will read again and again. For example I will read a Lani Lynn Vale book without really reading the synopsis. I enjoy her and just know the book will be good.

Word of Mouth/Reviews

If I have heard other bloggers, readers, podcasts, etc discussing a book I will take a chance on it. Although that isn’t always the case. I picked up a book recently that had a cliffhanger and enjoyed it. When I went to get the next book I read horrible reviews. So I checked out the books for the rest of the series and the reviews were so awful. Like the couple doesn’t get any sort of ending but I just needed to know what happened. So I purchased the next book and guess what? Another cliffhanger!

My Mood

Sometimes I’m just in the mood for a certain genre or theme. I may be on a paranormal kick or an alien kick. When I can’t figure out what I want to read I go back to my favorites and reread them but that’s another post altogether.

The Cover

Sad as it is when I wondering around the book store the cover always catches my eye first. Humans are visual so it’s no wonder this is one of the reasons I will pick a book. I will pick up a book that has a cover model I know and follow. I like to support them and have ended up with some amazing books just because it had Tank Joey or Jake Wilson on there. It happens!





Now take the time to head over to all of the other blogs that are taking part in this giveaway hop. Good luck in every giveaway that you enter. Remember that each blog is responsible for their own prizes and please allow 4-6 weeks to receive your prize if you win.

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  1. monique s

    September 1, 2020 at 6:25 am

    I pick a book based on title, cover art and the summary

  2. Maureen

    September 1, 2020 at 6:38 am

    I have read previous books by the same author. I have read complimentary reviews re: a book.

    1. Isreal

      September 1, 2020 at 2:45 pm

      When im browsing shelves its cover art then title of book. If it looks good i read the summary.

  3. Jayne Townsley

    September 1, 2020 at 6:53 am

    Cover and blurb are the two main things that draw me.

  4. Kim Avery

    September 1, 2020 at 7:02 am

    Usually I pick a book by an author I’ve read before.

  5. Kelly D

    September 1, 2020 at 9:15 am

    I choose a book based on the plot. I like mysteries.

  6. sandra

    September 1, 2020 at 9:26 am

    recommendation from a friend or family member or a favorite author

  7. Beyond Comps

    September 1, 2020 at 9:36 am

    I usually pick a book if I like the sound of the blurb.

  8. Mishelle G

    September 1, 2020 at 9:47 am

    I was trying to figure this out yesterday when my daughter asked me how I picked one… I look at the title, the cover and read the back but it seems to be mostly instinct. I do pick some really bad ones but mostly there’s something in the title and the summary that makes me pick one.

    Mishelle G

  9. chelsea w

    September 1, 2020 at 10:06 am

    I usually pick a book based on what genre it is. However, I don’t really tend to stick to one genre. It just depends on my mood!

  10. Kayley

    September 1, 2020 at 11:21 am

    I pick the book if the premise is interesting to me, especially if it is unique and doesn’t sound like anything I’ve read before.

  11. Mary West

    September 1, 2020 at 1:35 pm

    I pick a book if it’s summary is interesting and it sounds like a story I would want to read.

  12. Lori H Carey

    September 1, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    I love finding quirky mysteries, and I love a play on words. One book I read recently was about a chef turned detective and it was called “S’more Murder”. I love the play on words there!

  13. Barbara Montag

    September 1, 2020 at 2:32 pm

    I pick a book with subject that I am interested in.
    Or especially if it is a mystery with a favorite author of mine.

  14. Karen A.

    September 1, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    I usually choose by a favorite author

  15. heather

    September 1, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    I think the main reason I pick a book is the genre I love western romance books the best. Then I also pick authors that I have read before and liked. The cover is super important to me I like a tasteful cover with a hot guy on it.

  16. Viki S.

    September 1, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    Subject, previous author experience.

  17. Marisela Zuniga

    September 1, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    the blurb and cover grab my attention

  18. dana

    September 1, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    I typically read non-fiction and what draws me to it is the story

  19. Ann Fantom

    September 1, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    I pick books by what friends and family recommend to me. I also sometime read book reviews or choose by reading the dust jacket.

  20. Darlene Owen

    September 1, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    I usually pick a book for a good author, secondly for the cover.

  21. Chrystal D

    September 1, 2020 at 6:27 pm

    My favorite authors, the subject of the book and what i read about the story from reviews on the inside covers.

    1. tiffany S

      September 1, 2020 at 9:49 pm

      I pick a book based on the writing on the back of the book and if it sounds interesting to me.

  22. Daniela

    September 1, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    I usually pick books from my favorite authors.

  23. Margaret Smith

    September 1, 2020 at 7:21 pm

    I pick a book based on the excerpt.

  24. Christina Gould

    September 1, 2020 at 7:23 pm

    The reasons I pick a book is if it’s my favorite genre (psychological thriller) and if I like the cover (I know that’s wrong) and if it got great reviews. Thanks for the giveaway!

  25. Natalie

    September 1, 2020 at 7:26 pm

    I choose books based on a combination of things, including online reviews, friend recommendations and the book description!

  26. Calvin

    September 1, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    Mostly the genre, and setting. The author and series can be a factor as well.

  27. shannon zeidan

    September 1, 2020 at 8:01 pm

    I tend to go for recommendations or books of authors i love.

  28. KariLorr

    September 1, 2020 at 8:44 pm

    I usually base it on whether I find the blurb on the back of the book interesting or not.

  29. Victoria Alexander

    September 1, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    It’ a combo of the blurb and the cover…. but if the blurb is amazing and cover is so-so or bad, I’ll still read it 🙂

  30. Diana Corlett

    September 1, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    Genre,, title, cover art, blurb are all important, but the quality of the writing tells me which book to read and which one not to spend time on.

  31. David Hollingsworth

    September 1, 2020 at 11:25 pm

    I choose a book based on the author and if the story sounds interesting.

  32. Shirley O

    September 1, 2020 at 11:25 pm

    I often choose a book from an author that I have read before. The description and cover play a role as well.

  33. bn100

    September 1, 2020 at 11:49 pm

    blurb, characters

  34. Jennifer

    September 2, 2020 at 12:03 am

    I either look for one of my favorite authors, or I read the cover blurb to see if it catches my attention. Sometimes it sounds so good, I can’t resist!

  35. Barrie

    September 2, 2020 at 12:29 am

    I choose a book based on the cover, the blurb, and reviews. I normally check at amazon to see the star ratings.

  36. Jon Heil

    September 2, 2020 at 12:53 am

    Maybe has a good plot to zone out and be in anothr world with it

  37. Cheryl

    September 2, 2020 at 1:21 am

    I pick a book if it’s in a favorite genre, if I like the cover, and/or if I enjoy reading the excerpt.

  38. Ginger Hafer

    September 2, 2020 at 5:15 am

    I usually choose a book based on the author. I have a list of authors whose books I like to read.

  39. beth shepherd

    September 2, 2020 at 8:59 am

    I like to read books from authors that I know then ask friends for their faves. Thank you


    September 2, 2020 at 9:16 am

    By Author, then by cover.

  41. Dawn Monzu

    September 2, 2020 at 9:55 am

    I guess it kind of depends on what my mood is. I love to read things that uplift me or make me laugh! I love inspirational books, but I also have a dark sense of humor. That’s me in a nutshell!

  42. Debbie P

    September 2, 2020 at 10:09 am

    I will pick a book depending on the subject matter,title,artwork on the cover,if I like the genre, or if a friend recommended it.

  43. Cathy French

    September 2, 2020 at 10:26 am

    I pick a book based on a syopsis and or revies

  44. Amber

    September 2, 2020 at 10:32 am

    I pick a book if I think the characters are relatable and if I think I can learn something from the book. One of the reason I love historical fiction!

  45. Phyllis Huebbe

    September 2, 2020 at 11:16 am

    By the description of the content

  46. wendy hutton

    September 2, 2020 at 12:08 pm

    the title and the cover is why I usualy choose a book

  47. Kelly Kimmell

    September 2, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    I like to pick a book that I can connect with, something of interest.

  48. Dana Rodriguez

    September 2, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    Author and story line.

  49. Cynthia C

    September 2, 2020 at 1:23 pm

    I tend to choose books by authors I enjoy and are my favorite genres.

  50. paige chandler

    September 2, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    I pick a book by the cover and the back of the book synopsis.

  51. desiree

    September 2, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    the author like the blog i have and they will send me book to read and blog

  52. Heather S

    September 2, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    The first thing is the cover and if it catches my attention. Next is the summary of the story and if it is unique.

  53. Rebecca Moore

    September 2, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    Usually I look at the cover and back excerpt.

  54. April Morin

    September 2, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    I pick a book for many reasons – could be the cover caught my eye, I am interested in reading something by the author. Sometimes the title grabs me.

  55. Sharon Rooney

    September 2, 2020 at 7:58 pm

    I usually pick a book from authors that I have previously read. I also select new authors based on the recommendations of family and friends

  56. Christina Sparks

    September 2, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    I read the back cover and see if it catches my attention.

  57. Carolyn Daley

    September 2, 2020 at 10:37 pm

    I pick out a book if I like the author, series, or description on the back of the book. Sometimes I browse by genre.

  58. Stevie Albertson

    September 2, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    I usually pick a book based on the summary. If it’s a favorite author, I may give it a shot even if the summary doesn’t catch my eye.

  59. Bea LaRocca

    September 3, 2020 at 2:52 am

    A gorgeous book cover will always draw my attention, usually a scene depicting the great outdoors, not just an awesome six-pack on a handsome cover model! There are several authors that I love and will just buy their latest book regardless of any other factors, and I often buy books from my favorite tropes based on the blurb

  60. Rebecca Smith

    September 3, 2020 at 3:19 am

    I pick based on cover and summary

  61. Edye

    September 3, 2020 at 8:25 am

    The plot and I read reviews as well.

  62. BlackAsphodel

    September 3, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    Either the blurb grabs my attention or it doesn’t. I gravitate towards heavy, dark, taboo topics and themes. I like the sci-fi, horror, mystery, thriller and supernatural genres but don’t much care for fantasy. Angsty, hurt-comfort romances are what I seek out most of the time. Love me some magical realism à la Haruki Murakami and dark humor.

  63. Linda K

    September 3, 2020 at 7:59 pm

    I go to New York Times Best Sellers List when I’m looking for something new.

  64. Ashley Chassereau Parks

    September 3, 2020 at 10:39 pm

    I read all kinds of things so there are different reasons I choose a book. I choose books based on my interests, but also if they are recommended by someone I respect.

  65. molli taylor

    September 4, 2020 at 9:55 am

    when i find an author i like i tend to read all their stuff!

  66. Victoria R.

    September 4, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    A good first sentence always gets me!

  67. Brandi Dawn

    September 4, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    I often pick out books that are inspirational when I am feeling down.

  68. Harsha S Patil

    September 4, 2020 at 4:11 pm


  69. polly

    September 4, 2020 at 8:37 pm

    I pick a book by what is recommended to me or if it just catches my eye!

  70. Kayla Harmon

    September 5, 2020 at 12:07 am

    the summary

  71. Christina moore

    September 5, 2020 at 3:04 pm

    i pick a book based on the reviews

  72. BookLady

    September 5, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    I pick a book based on author, genre, blurb, reviews, and cover.

  73. tiffany dayton

    September 5, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    Something I’m interested in or for a gift.

  74. Susan Smith

    September 5, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    The cover and blurb are the two main things that draw me. I will search for other books by my favorite author first.

  75. Katie Bellamy

    September 5, 2020 at 9:39 pm

    I like a good mystery in a book!

  76. Jennifer R

    September 6, 2020 at 2:12 am

    I pick up a book based on recommendations from friends or online normally.

  77. mistercmo

    September 6, 2020 at 3:32 am

    I pick a book based on cover and the summary.

  78. Shannon Gilchrist

    September 6, 2020 at 9:55 am

    Family/Friends suggestion, back of the book cover, author I enjoy.

  79. Max Morais Dos Santos

    September 6, 2020 at 11:31 am

    I always get a book thinking in a specific area of my life

  80. kathi bennett

    September 6, 2020 at 2:37 pm

    I will pick a book by an author I’m familiar with first over others but, most of the time its word of mouth from friends or just reading the back cover.

  81. Barbara Riffe

    September 6, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    The story line, does it sound like a book with a story line that I haven’t read before.

  82. Janice Wright

    September 6, 2020 at 2:48 pm

    If I find a book I really like, I tend to read other books by that author.

  83. Kyona Sirico

    September 6, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    I’m first attracted to a book by its cover design, colors, and font. Then, I read the inside cover to see if the story pulls me in.

  84. Susan Christy

    September 6, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    Recommendations or it’s a book by a favorite author.

  85. Linda

    September 7, 2020 at 2:54 am

    I pick books to read from personal recommendations and authors that I’ve read before.

  86. Jeanna Massman

    September 7, 2020 at 6:07 am

    I usually choose a book based on the book blurb, reviews and cover. I, also, often read books written by my favorite authors.

  87. Geri C

    September 7, 2020 at 7:28 am

    I pick a book if I’ve read other books by the same author and loved them. Of if a friend read a book and loved it, I will read it.

  88. Robin Abrams

    September 7, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    Cover and blurb are the two main things that make me choose a book

  89. Tracy Robertson

    September 7, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    I have to have a book at all times! I use to spend hours browsing the bookstores and reading the first couple of pages of books that looked good to make my selection, Now I mostly use Goodreads and I hard about books that I like there. Of course when I love one, I check out what else that author has to offer,

  90. Laurie Nykaza

    September 8, 2020 at 2:46 am

    I choose a book many times by reviews so I can read something about it before choosing it to buy. I like certain types so I look for them like a great mystery.

  91. Helen

    September 8, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    I look at the cover and read the synopsis on the back, and if it looks good to me I read it. I also like getting recommendations from people, be it face to face or on social media.

  92. Melanie B

    September 8, 2020 at 6:50 pm

    Well aside from the cover as the obvious first draw, it’s if the blurb sounds good. If it’s a favorite author then it’s an automatic must read for me.

  93. Emily Gibb

    September 8, 2020 at 6:52 pm

    I choose on reviews! and others give me books to read

  94. Robyn Bellefleur

    September 8, 2020 at 7:18 pm

    I go by genre and then by the cover.

  95. Pauline Milner

    September 9, 2020 at 9:48 am

    When considering my family, friends and freelance writing career (I write both for clients and am now spending time on my own writing), any free time I have has to be carefully filled. I want a book where I can become completely lost in the story and escape from the world for a while in addition to being entertained. John Steinbeck is my favorite author exactly for that reason. His descriptive writing is so detailed that I can imagine myself in the story while seeing and feeling the same things as his characters. Thanks for the super giveaway opportunity.

  96. Christine Beasley

    September 9, 2020 at 4:56 pm

    Various reasons come into play for me when choosing a book to read. They include: the topic or genre; the title; the description; the author; reviews; recommendations; the cover; received as a gift; required for class, study or book club; my mood; part of a series; I enjoyed seeing a movie interpretation; preview of book intrigued me; it’s a classic; it received a medal or award.

  97. Colleen Boudreau

    September 9, 2020 at 6:09 pm

    Good reviews and a subject matter that I’m interested in.

  98. Kim

    September 9, 2020 at 8:27 pm

    My first way I will always pick a book is if it’s by one of my favorite authors I haven’t read. I tend to stick to my preferred genre if it’s an unknown author, for example I wouldn’t choose a historical romance but I would always be open to a pnr or thriller. While casually shopping I definitely gravitate towards certain covers that stand out.

  99. Judy Thomas

    September 10, 2020 at 6:20 am

    I pick a book mainly on the cover or author.

  100. Jeanette Jackson

    September 10, 2020 at 12:07 pm

    I choose a book by reading what the story is about. If I like it I read it.

  101. Lisa Ehrman

    September 10, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    I may pick a book because I like the author, I like the reviews, or it’s a classic.

  102. Lisa

    September 11, 2020 at 12:32 am

    I usually pick a book based on the genre, and if the main character sounds interesting to me!

  103. Vera C

    September 11, 2020 at 3:49 am

    I typically go by reviews from fellow readers when choosing books

  104. Michelle J.

    September 11, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    I read based on recommendations.

  105. Richard Hicks

    September 12, 2020 at 5:52 am

    I usually pick books based on friends’ recommendations.

  106. Veronica Lee

    September 12, 2020 at 6:00 am

    I actually judge a book by its cover! The cover is the first thing that grabs my attention! Then I would read the blurb and if it captivates me, I would read it!

  107. Jenn

    September 12, 2020 at 6:50 pm

    I usually go for ones that have an intriguing plot, or a relatable or intriguing lead.

  108. Melissa Storms

    September 12, 2020 at 7:38 pm

    I will read books if it is an author I enjoy. I also choose books from friend and book blog recommendations.

  109. Kirsten

    September 12, 2020 at 8:48 pm

    I am drawn in by covers but usually flip to a random page to read a paragraph to see if the writing is any good. If not, it gets put back and the search continues.

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  111. kjasus

    September 13, 2020 at 9:59 am

    i usually pick a book because someone recommended it

  112. Daniel M

    September 13, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    if your a big fan of the author

  113. AuntySuzany

    September 13, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    Author, cover, synopsis.

  114. Nina Lewis

    September 13, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    I am the ultimate mood reader. Honestly. I have to read whatever I’m in the mood for otherwise I’m just not gonna be into the book.

  115. Amy Nick

    September 13, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    I look at book reviews and see what genre it is

  116. ShootingStarsMag

    September 14, 2020 at 8:59 am

    If I’m just browsing, then the cover does have to catch my attention.
    I pay attention to authors I love already and their new work.
    I read a lot of book reviews.
    I have to find the summary intriguing overall though!


  117. Kim Henrichs

    September 14, 2020 at 9:46 am

    Usually based on my interest, i.e. true crime and author.

  118. Abdu

    September 14, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    I pick up a book based on recommendations from friends often.

  119. Julieh

    September 14, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    I often pick up a book by its jacket synopsis.

  120. Corey Olomon

    September 14, 2020 at 11:58 pm

    I tend to go by the blurb.

  121. Deb Pelletier

    September 15, 2020 at 12:57 am

    The book cover draws me in the I read the back, if I like it I read the in side page, blurb.

  122. Soozle

    September 15, 2020 at 6:58 am

    I pick a lot of books based on a genre I tend to like; or by authors I like!

  123. Betul

    September 15, 2020 at 12:04 pm

    For new authors, I read the blurb and a couple of reviews if the cover catches my eye and then I decide if I want to read it.
    For authors whose books I read before the cover matters less and I check the blurb,

  124. Piroska

    September 15, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    First thing that catches my eye is the cover. Then I read the blurb. At that point I decide whether to read or not.

  125. wendy lee klenetsky

    September 15, 2020 at 5:52 pm

    When I want to read( instead of knitting for charity), I follow authors I like.

  126. AEKZ2

    September 15, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    I usually choose a book based on what I’ve heard from friends or bloggers.

  127. Antoinette M

    September 15, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    The cover & the author interest me.

  128. Buddy Garrett

    September 15, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    I usually pick a book based on reviews.

  129. Kriss k

    September 15, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    Either because I already like the author or someone told me about it.

  130. Sand

    September 15, 2020 at 9:39 pm

    If I have read the author’s books before or if the storyline sounds good!

  131. Hesper Fry

    September 15, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    The cover and the genre catch my attention.

  132. Shannon

    September 15, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    I pick a book if reading the back cover makes me want to read it.

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