She was a thing of beauty.
Her gloss glistened under the florescent lighting,
and she beckoned me to stop and stay awhile.
Her shape was nothing short of…breathtaking.
But there were others.
Some almost garish with color.
Others promising things out of this world.
I couldn’t help myself.
I added her and five others to my Chapters bag.
My husband would only shake his head at my secret obsession.
What attracts me to a book?
1) I do judge a book by a cover.
I believe it is the first promise that the author makes with the reader.
Check out Robert Treskillard’s newest cover.
Doesn’t it make you wonder…who is this girl???
And what about the cool looking sword???
2) The back cover copy is important to most readers.
I admit that I don’t always like to read it in advance as it often reveals too much from the story.
However, I was pulled in by R.J. Anderson’s sci-fi novel Ultraviolet‘s back cover.
“ONCE UPON A TIME THERE WAS
A GIRL WHO WAS SPECIAL.
THIS IS NOT HER STORY.
UNLESS YOU COUNT THE PART
WHERE I KILLED HER.”
You had me at hello… 😉
3) Finally, I do believe that it’s the inside beauty that counts more than the glossy exterior.
I will always crack open the book to the first page before making a commitment.
There I can find out if the author has got what it takes.
Usually it only takes a couple of lines.
Like the first line of Divergent by Veronica Roth:
“There is one mirror in my house.”
And so I must read on.
How about you? What makes you initially pick up a book? What book have you fallen in love with recently?
**If you are a follower of The Scriblerians blog AND you put a comment below you will be put in a drawing to win your choice of one of the three books mentioned in my blog post.**
CONTEST CLOSES on Saturday, October 12th. The winner will be announced on the Monday. 🙂
This post brought to you by the letter K and the number 3.14. 😉