Literary Lures is a new feature here at Wastepaper Prose that will run every Wednesday into the fall. Some awesome bloggers will be stopping by to tell you what hooks them on books and give some recommendations of books they love.
Kat from Books & Sensibility is here today to share what grabs her attention when she's shopping for new reads. She'll tell you what grips her about specific storylines, shy she chooses books off the shelves, and how she knows when it's time to set a book down for good.
Where you can find her...
List the top three things that hook you into buying a book.
The top three things that will hook me into buying a book are the cover, hype and the author. I think the cover thing is obvious-- even though it shouldn't, pretty covers always draw me in. I just I know they will look pretty on my shelf or when I'm carrying them around. As for the hype, if I hear a lot about a book, good or bad, I will most likely have to pick it up and make my own judgement. This was how I read Twilight and The Mortal Instruments. Lastly, if I know an author from either meeting them or following them on Twitter and feel like I have a connection to them, I am more inclined to pick up the book. I want to support authors who I feel connected to.
What type of storyline never fails to grab your attention?
Any kind of twisted, speculative/ dystopian fiction storyline always draws my attention. I love the ones where society is essentially the same, except for one thing. I'm always intrigued by things like, what is we lived in a world where love was a disease (Delirium by Lauren Oliver) ? What if abortion was outlawed, but you could become unwound (Unwind by Neal Shusterman) ? What if all the human life span was reducing to 25 (Wither by Lauren DeStefano) ? These scenarios grab me because I want to see how our characters thrive in this environment and more importantly how present day themes still exisit within the book's society.
What kind of love stories do you always fall for? What makes you want to root for those couples?
I like love stories that develop over the whole course of the novel and not just insta-love. I'm also finding that I'm a fan of the manic pixies in relationship, whether they are male or female when they are done well. Kind of like the love interests in John Green and Sarah Dessen novels. I think it's because they offer this unbelievably to the story, that makes it more fun.I root for the couples that have a relationship with high stakes. I also like the ones that had a past together and are rediscovering one another in the present. A little unresolved sexual tension doesn't hurt either. Some of my favorite YA couples are Ethan and Lena in Beautiful Creatures and Adam and Julliette in Shatter Me.
Some books get released as quickly as you snatched them up. What makes you put a book down and how do you know it’s time?
When a book is in a series I am often time more likely to let it go for a while. No matter how much I enjoy a series, I always end up with series fatigue towards the end. Also, if a book sounds anything like Twilight I probably won't pick it up. There are just so many similar stories and they are all pretty similar.
Books that hooked Kat: