The art of selecting a book by Jennifer | Nov 3, 2010 | Uncategorized | 4 comments It’s my day to post at Killer Chicks, and I’m talking about my book-buying thought process. Read my post HERE and let me know what goes through your mind when choosing a book! 4 Comments Melissa on November 3, 2010 at 4:14 am I just read your post. (I totally didn't realize I wasn't following your personal blog even though I've been following the killer chicks for a while.) When I choose a book, I definitely rely on personal recommendations as well as cover art. Book blurbs don't usually do it for me…. they all sound to similar or they take the heart of a story and make it sound a bit cheesy. Nice covers grab my attention, and when I go to the store I usually pick 5-10 covers that jump out at me then I read the first line. I eliminate several books that way, then I read the very last line in the book. Some people think this is strange but I feel like the last line needs to be as strong as the first and a lot of authors forget that and put something lame or cheesy or pointless as their last line. To me, that says something about the quality of the book. I'll put a book down if I hate the last line. If the last line only confuses me (cause I don't have the backstory) it's still in the game. I still get disappointed but for the most part, this system works for me. Log in to Reply Roland D. Yeomans on November 3, 2010 at 4:40 am The title usually is the thing that grabs my attention on the bookshelf. Then, if the cover art is intriguing, I'll read the inside flap. I thumb through a few pages to get the feel of the author's voice and attitude. If the premise is engaging and the hero one to root for, I will buy it. I bought THE PERICLES COMMISSION based on the premise alone : the young Socrates accompanies a clever son of a sculptor on the hunt for a murderer at the request of the the famous Pericles. Log in to Reply Marsha Sigman on November 3, 2010 at 4:58 pm I posted over at Killer Chicks but thought I'd pop in here too. Hellllooooo. Log in to Reply Jennifer Hillier on November 3, 2010 at 7:34 pm Melissa, you're a cover girl too! Ahh titles, I forgot about that one, Roland. You're right, a good title can really sell a book (CREEP CREEP CREEP CREEP CREEP) Hellllooooo Marsha! 🙂 Log in to Reply Submit a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.