They say ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ however, I’m shamelessly guilty of that. Here’s what makes me buy a book.

Social Media/Blogs

I remember the first time that social media made me buy a book and weirdly, it was actually only just over a year ago. I had seen a lot about Matt Haig’s How to Stop Time all over Twitter. There were reviews, photos, quotes – everything! I’ve been a part of bookish Twitter for a while, but this was the first time I had actually been tempted to buy a book because of it.

Now I rely on reviews to work out what books I want to buy. I trust other bloggers because of their honest opinions, and if I know that they have read some other books I like, there’s a pretty good chance that I will like anything they do. I love seeing what other people think of a book before I buy it so I know what I’m letting myself into.


I’m terrible when it comes to books being cheap. Waterstones’ buy one get one half price? Yes please! Amazon 2 for £7? Of course. And the best of all, The Works 3 for £5? How could I not?!

If a book is on offer, it means there’s definitely more chance I will buy it. If it’s a book I’ve been unsure on buying, the offers make it cheap enough for me to risk not liking it. However, a lot of the time I buy books I haven’t heard of if they’re on offer, especially at The Works. It’s helped me discover a lot of new authors that I wouldn’t usually read.

The Cover

Okay, you can hate me for this one, but I do judge books by their covers.

If I don’t find the cover attractive, I probably won’t buy the book. I had this issue with One of Us is Lying. I did eventually buy it, but I feel that the cover really doesn’t do it justice. When the cover doesn’t match the theme of the story right, it just seems like it was done in a rush and without any care. Perfect covers will always fit exactly in with the story. For example, all of Rainbow Rowell’s books have lovely covers, but the UK cover for Carry On is the only one that really doesn’t work and it just seems like it was made to match her other books rather than to reflect the actual book.

I’m sure I can’t be the only person who still judges a book by its cover?

The Author

Anyone who regularly reads my blog will know my obsession with two particular authors – Matt Haig and Cecelia Ahern.

When these bring out a book, I won’t even bother looking at what it is about before I pre-order. If I know I love the author’s other books, I will almost always pick up a book just because it has their name on it.

Sometimes this can go wrong – like some of Jodi Picoult’s books which if I’d have read the blurb, I would have known they weren’t for me. But the majority of the time, this works perfectly.

The Blurb/First Page

If it’s by an author I don’t know and I haven’t seen anything at all on social media to do with the book, and if I like the cover, I will do the normal thing and read the blurb. If I like the blurb, I will always flick to the first page and read the first sentence. If it still interests me, then I will give the book a go.

Sometimes when I have flicked to the first page I’ve seen a format I dislike or the first sentence has put me off, but at least I’ve got a good idea of the book before deciding whether to buy it or not.

How do you pick your books? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. Great post! Sometimes, I pick books up on a whim but I definitely rely on the blurb and reviews the most. When I’m in a used bookstore, I might pick books up because they’re tie-ins or part of an established series. I still rely on blurbs or I’d look at the publisher to see the genre (like Tor or DAW). I don’t really feel guilty for hauling many books use because they’re so cheap but if it’s brand-new, I do tend to wait a bit and read reviews.

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