Today’s Booking Through Thursday prompt presents two related questions:
- Overall, what factor most influences your choice of your next read?
- What is it that makes you want to read a book by an author you have never read before?
My answer is essentially the same for both questions:
Word of mouth: Generally, I keep this mostly to the word of friends/colleagues, because I find that oftentimes, when I rely on the “everybody’s reading it” sort of buzz, I end up halfway through something like The DaVinci Code, wondering what the hell is wrong with people.
Book reviews: There are times when I suspect I might like reading about books almost as much as I like reading the books themselves. The New York Times and Salon.com are two of my go-to review sites, but I also stumble across reviews via Twitter on an almost daily basis.
Podcasts: I listen to podcasts on my commute to work, and sometimes at the office. The three book review related ones I listen to regularly are the New York Times Book Review, NPR Books, and the Labyrinth Library (which is done by a friend of mine from college).
How do you decide what to read?