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What Makes Me Pick up a Book? Tag

Hello readers! Today’s post is a rare one for me. I love doing tags, but I don’t find new ones I want to do often. Let me know what book tag I should do next!

What makes me pick up a book tag was created by Booktuber Wonderfully Bookish.

Do you judge a book by its cover?

YES! I think most seasoned readers do. If you’ve seen enough of them, you can easily tell what genre a book is simply by the cover itself.

Focusing just on the cover, what attracts you to pick it up?

Personally, when I am walking through a bookstore, I will grab books that have long and quirky titles. They always catch my eye on Twitter when I see cover reveals. The 2nd one below I saw on Twitter as a cover reveal and instantly knew I wanted to read it.

Do you read the synopsis first, or prefer to go in without knowing anything about the book?

I like knowing the least amount possible, but I will read it if I want to buy it. I prefer to read books that are talked about online. Then, I don’t have to read any synopses. Many times the synopsis isn’t reliable or is too vague anyway.

Do you have any auto-buy authors – authors whose books you will always buy, even without knowing anything?

I have more auto-buy authors than I care to admit! I will add those authors’ next book before it even has a title, cover, or synopsis. Two off the top of my head are Elizabeth Acevedo and Alechia Dow. Both of them have books coming out this year, but I added them to my Goodreads before anything was out about their next books. I will be reading these books as soon as I can get my hands on them.

Are you more likely to pick up a book if it includes specific themes/elements (ex. LGBT rep, mental health rep, disability rep, etc.)

Of course! I always want to be reading more diversely. I found a bunch of posts about diverse books coming out a few weeks ago and added so many to my list. I almost made a winter new releases post part two. I want more books with physical disability rep and chronic illness, but I need to search more.

Do you ever read a book that has generally negative reviews just to form your own opinion?

Yes and no. I will stay away from a book that has a ton of negative reviews. However, if a book has a lot of negative and a lot of positive, I have to see where I sit on the spectrum.

Do you ever buy a book just because another book community member has reviewed it or talked about it a lot?

Not necessarily if one specific person has talked about it, but if I see it a few different times, I will add it to my TBR. I love to try books that are popular on multiple platforms. It isn’t often that everyone is reading the same thing on Instagram, Tik Tok, Youtube, and here.

Is there anyone whose book recommendations you will generally always trust?

Again, I don’t have one person. I have tried to find one person I have super similar reading tastes, but I always find I will follow their recommendation and then have an opposite opinion. I don’t think anyone is inherently trustworthy or untrustworthy, we all just have different tastes.

Does anyone else prefer to look at reviews after they’ve read a book? I love to see other people’s opinions of a book I had so many thoughts about.

If you see this, I TAG YOU.


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