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Book buzz, cover design, and a confession.

Looking back on my past year of reading, I’ve come to some decisions.

I will no longer buy a book based on book buzz and cover design. This will be hard. But I will wait.

Too many times this year I just had to, I mean just had to read certain books. The premise interested me. The book had a rockin’ cover. The kind you want to hold next to you and stroke the pretty picture on and off during the day. And the book got major buzz. Call me a sucker.

Okay, sometimes this paid off. Most recently I bought these three books for the previously mentioned reasons and it paid off. I loved them!

Sadly, there were several books I purchased for previously mentioned reasons and they disappointed. I shoulda waited. I shoulda read the reviews because it turns out I wasn’t the only one who had certain issues with them. I shoulda gone with my gut when I read the first page and didn’t get that confirmation of insta-love.

That’s not to say these books were badly written or weren’t entertaining. I finished them.

On the other hand, I will be willing to try books that have a terrible cover. As in at least read the first chapter, especially if it’s at my library!

Because I almost missed out on this incredible book.

(Seriously? Is that the best cover they could come up with?)

And, okay, here’s my confession. I’ve had this one arc for a few months. I didn’t even read the first page because the cover was so unappealing and I didn’t get the title at all. When I finally opened it, I didn’t make it past the first page. It wasn’t the book. It was me. It’s the kind of book I need to give more than a page. But sometimes I end up loving those kinds of books.

Can you guess which book I’ve shrugged off for months?

Yeah, that’s right. I feel like such a schmuck.

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It’s raining and pouring…books.

(The winner of Laura Josephsen’s book is Eileen Astel! Please email me! Congrats.)

I received the email that the books at Borders were 50-70% off. So I made one last journey and brought my kids. I had no idea what to expect.

But I was looking for some deals.

The middle grade section was completely wiped out. Completely.

Most of the YA but not all was gone. Borders had brought out a lot of warehouse books. Nothing I wanted to buy though. Lots of vampire books. I guess vampires don’t live forever after all. #finally

I did purchase two books. DELIRIUM by Lauren Oliver. And WITHER by Lauren DeStefano. Honestly, even at 50% it wasn’t much cheaper than Amazon. And we wonder why bookstores are crumbling. Srsly. #not-ebooks

I also just received a shipment from Amazon. I have a major theme going. I just finished IMAGINARY GIRLS by Nova Ren Suma. And I can’t wait to read HOURGLASS by Myra McEntire. BETWEEN by Jessica Warman. And HEREAFTER by Tara Hudson.

Can you say paranormal? Ghostly? Time travel?

Yes that’s a big part of what I read and love to write. #can’thelpit

But the covers are gorgeous. The writing drew me in from page one.

And I absolutely love that I have the hard covers and they aren’t on my Kindle.

Why did I purchase those? A combination of buzz and cover love and genre. But I didn’t buy any of them until I’d read the opening pages.

How do you decide which books to buy? Any last purchases from Borders?

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Online reviews, Goodreads reviews – and honesty.

This has been on my mind for a while. In fact, every time I add another review of a book to Goodreads. Or I read an online review. Or I review a book on my blog, I think about it.

For Goodreads reviews I only use 3, 4 and 5 stars. (If I’d give lower than a three, I don’t review it.)  

Five stars: These books are my favorites. They hit every aspect of a book that I like. It’s personal. And I’ll probably read it again.

But on Goodreads – should it be personal? Should I give five stars to books that even if I didn’t love, I think kids will?

On my blog I only list the positive aspects of books. For one, this is not a book blog. I know most of you understand that. We’re writers and we want to promote, not tear down.

But I have so much more respect for a book review when a reviewer states what they felt could have been done better. Then I trust why they loved the book because they are being honest.  And just because there is a negative doesn’t mean I won’t read it. Because let’s face it – it’s nigh impossible to write a book that pleases everyone.

What do you think? How do you review books on Goodreads? And should my reviews on Goodreads not be personal? And at some point, do book reviews lose their power when book after book is always a glowing review?

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