Let’s Talk Bookish – What Makes You Pick Up A Book

Hi everyone, I hope you are all doing well! As it is once again Friday, it is time for another Let’s Talk Bookish edition. Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion. This weeks topic is all about what makes you pick up a book.

There are a lot of different things that make me want to pick up a book. I tend to be a little bit impulsive when it comes to buying books, so I can pick books up for the most random reasons.

What makes you pick up certain books?

There are quite a few reasons as to why I would end up picking up a book. The majority of the time, it will come on recommendation from someone else who I trust, and their reading tastes match up with mine. But I will also stumble across some on my own and am instantly intrigued. I can also be easily brought in if a book has an amazing cover that catches my eye. Certainly, in the pandemic, I have not been able to browse, so at the moment, I don’t tend to be picking up books that I haven’t heard anything about, which is different to how I used to be. I also think that being a part of the book community has broadened the range of books that I am picking.

Is a pretty cover enough? Do you check for good reviews? Is the synopsis important? Do you look for diversity or #ownvoices? Do you look for any checkboxes?

I thought I would put these questions altogether and make a massive paragraph/list about what makes me buy a book. 

  1. It is very rare that a pretty cover enough for me as I always want to know a bit more about a book. I think this is because I have a few specific tastes that I want from the books that I read, and it can be quite hard to guess from just the cover. 
  2. Most of the time, I will check for reviews, especially reviews from people that I trust. If no one that I know has reviewed it, I am more likely to pick it up even if it has bad reviews because everyone’s reading tastes are different. 
  3. To me, the synopsis is the most essential part. If a book does not have a good synopsis and I am picking it up independently, I am much more likely not to read it. 
  4. I am always looking for diversity and own voices representation in the new books that I buy. If a book has representation that I have heard is good, I am much more likely to pick it up. 

There aren’t any other things that I really look for when I come to pick up a book, it all depends on those factors.

Do you have autobuy authors?

I have a couple of autobuy authors that I don’t even need to know the concept because I will be buying their books anyway. At the moment, it’s Sarah J. Maas, Samantha Shannon and Leigh Bardugo, but this list does tend to change as I find new authors that I love.

What makes you pick up a book? Let me know in the comments below!

6 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish – What Makes You Pick Up A Book

  1. Cover first, synopsis second lol. I just wrote a post about cover buys and it was basically me defending why I like to cover buy books. If it has a pretty cover, I’m immediately intrigued. Sometimes I just get it, other times I’ll read the synopsis and make a decision. Also, if any book hints at a post-apocalyptic setting, I’m sold. I LOVE end-of-the-world type stuff lol

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  2. A pretty/intriguing cover will definitely have me reaching out for that book but I won’t pick it up without reading reviews. Goodreads rating 3.8 and above only make it to my reading list!


  3. For some authors I definitely only need to know the author name haha! For me also recommendations are the main reason for picking up a book!



  4. The synopsis and then the reviews makes me interested in picking up a book! A pretty cover also makes me interested in the initial glance at the book.


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