February 22

What Draws You to a Book?

February 22, 2015

For some random reason, I was thinking about how I choose books. There are a few factors that come into play as I select my next read (and my mood plays a big part in choosing what I want to read at any given moment). I have not read any of the books below, but here are some of the big draws that are waiting for me (as always you can click on the link to go to the Goodreads synopsis):


I am such a sucker for an eye-catching and/or cute cover (pretty much the same way I’m a sucker for picking out a bottle of wine). How can you not want to pick up these covers:


Made You Up by Francesca Zappia – I love all of those beautiful shades of blue!

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer – I love all those bright colors and the striped pattern!

Nowhere but Home by Liza Palmer – There is something just so sweet and touching about this cover. I think it is something about the stars that is drawing me in. It makes me think something sweet and magical will happen!

Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper – I love the print of the title and the figures on this cover. It just makes me feel as if something special is about to happen in this one!


Coming up with a clever name for a novel must be one of the biggest challenges authors encounter (I know that I have no idea what to name my own novel). I love these totally original titles below, and they definitely make me want to read the book:

A Fireproof Home for the Bride by Amy Scheibe – Whaaaat? Aren’t you totally intrigued what this book might be about?

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd – This title makes me feel like someone is going to overcome the odds and soar. I’m looking for something heartwarming based on this one.

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga – I am also totally intrigued by what this one is about!

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin – Of course you want to read about someone’s fabulous and exciting life!


When the blog world is exploding with positive reviews of a book, I find myself chomping at the bit to get a hold of certain books. These are the books currently on my radar based on reviews I have read about them and the chatter they are getting on social media:

I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios – I have not heard one bad thing about this book!

Shutter by Courtney Alameda – I also love the cover in this one! How creepy does this seem? I can’t wait!

Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing by Ted Conover – I am totally intrigued with the story behind this one. I really enjoy memoirs about experiences of some sort that I will never partake in.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – Who hasn’t heard of this one? Who doesn’t want to pick this one up?


There are certain authors that I will always read because of both their writing and how they have had some sort of personal impact on me.

Renee Rosen – A great author who does impeccable research. I love her style of writing and how she draws you in to the time period she is writing about. She is a delightful person that you will enjoy meeting in person if you ever get the opportunity!

Trent Reedy – I’ll keep saying it….he’s a great author and a great guy and you must check him out!

Adele Griffin – I loved Tighter, and I can’t wait to read The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone. She was so charming and friendly when I met her, and I love how she interacts with the teens that she writes for.


I love when a friend of mine suggests a book that they have read that they think I will love based on my own personal reading preferences. Some people are definitely better at this than others (I am sooooo not going to tell you who my better referrers are :) ), but I always love when someone gives me a personal recommendation. Here’s what’s waiting on my list based on recommendations:

Wonder by R.J. Palacio – I’ve had multiple friends recommend this read to me, and someone even just lent it to me. I’ll be reading it soon!

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling – Yes I’m still working on this series, and I can’t even begin to count how many people are horrified I haven’t read them yet!

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – I really want to get to this one soon! How do people find enough time to read all of the books that they want to?

The Nazi Officer’s Wife by Edith Hahn Beer – I am so fascinated by stories set during the Holocaust. It is hard to imagine how such atrocities happened, and I like when an author tries to give different sides of the story.

How do you decide which books you are going to read?

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Posted February 22, 2015 by Lisa @ Reading, Writing, and Random Musings in category "book covers", "book recommendations", "book titles", "random musings


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