There’s something great about going into a bookshop and then buying a book without knowing anything about it. There’s also something incredibly risky about doing this. I’ve done this and picked up a horrific book up. I’ve also done this and have managed to pick up a book I wouldn’t have read otherwise.
I thought I’d share a load down of the thoughts I go through before spontaneously buying a novel that I’ve heard nothing about beforehand!
1. Is this book floppy?
In normal people terms, this is a ‘Is it printed in the UK or in the USA?’ question.
2. The genre run though: Does it have romance? Is it dystopian? Fantasy?
Probably my priority when spontaneous buying a novel in a bookshop. I’m a helpless romantic so I am quickly drawn to a novel with any sort of romance in it, furthermore dystopian and fantasy elements are that added bonus.
3. How many pages is the novel? A lot? Not a lot?
I do judge a book by it’s fatness. I somewhat feel like the fatter the book, the more words it has, the better value for money it is. It also means that I get to read the novel for longer.
4. How is it narrated?
I read a lot of first person narrated novels, so naturally, I look for this when buying a novel. I have a flick though the novel, get a feel of the introduction of the book: read the first few sentences, maybe read a few lines somewhere randomly in the book and then decide.
5. Is the cover nice?
GUILTY! But true for everyone. Buying a book spontaneously means you have to judge the book by it’s cover. You have to take in every detail because you don’t have anyone from the internet’s to help you with.
I hope you enjoyed this post -thank you for reading! 😀
What are some of your thoughts when you go decide to spontaneously buy a book? Do you have a list you run through?