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.
Katie from Sophistikatied Reviews is here today to talk about why books get her attention. She'll divulge she choses her next reads, what genre has he heart, and the reasons she'll walk away from a book.
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List the top three things that hook you into buying a book.
The author - if it's by an author who wrote previous books that I absolutely loved, I'm definitely going to gravitate toward it (i.e. The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa). The cover - I hate it, but I am a person who judges a book by it's cover. And since I'm a designer myself, I'm very picky and finicky about it. But if it has a cover gorgeous, consider me sold (i.e. Ice by Sarah Beth Durst). Lastly, the inside flap synopsis. This is pretty much the biggest lure for me. If it's written so tantalizingly that I feel like I need to read it, I'm most likely going to buy (i.e. Graceling/Fire by Kristin Cashore).
What type of storyline never fails to grab your attention?
Fantasy! Any good fantasy storyline will always have my full attention. It could be an epic, action-packed thriller or a soft, romantic character-driven novel - it doesn't matter. The magic and wonder and imagination that fantasy brings enthralls me so quickly (i.e. Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken).
What kind of love stories do you always fall for? What makes you want to root for those couples?
Love stories where there are NO love triangles and the two characters haven't met each other previously. I love those the most because I feel like we get to experience the firsts of that relationship with the characters. And if both characters are likeable and have the right chemistry, that's what's gonna make me root for them.
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?
If I feel like reading the book is becoming an obligation or a chore, that's when I let it go. If I'm not at least a little bit invested in the story or the characters, it's not the right kind of book for me (i.e.The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern).