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Who do you choose your next book?

I cannot even guess on many people. But for me it revolves around the cover, title & what the book is about.
Oh I have my favorite authors, but even they can let you down ever so often. It’s not that the book is bad, for me it’s just not up the the standard I expect from them. (But that’s life, right?)

The cover … has to draw my attention to it out of all the books or eBooks around it. If the cover doesn’t pull me in, I usually find the book/eBook to be rather boring & not worth my time. But I will read to the end … even if I have to take breaks a lot!!!

The title … I love interesting titles. If they make me laugh, I will read. If they are silly or quirky, I will read. After all the title of the book is suppose to be that catches your eye, right? Makes you want to check out what the books about.

What the book is about, that can always draw you in more or it can turn you away. For me I check it out, if it’s one of those so-so, I will still read it because the other two caught my attention. I add it to my never-ending-reading-list!! Does this have to be outstanding to make you want to read the book, for me if it’s dull & boring … it won’t ever make that list. But I am willing to TRY anything else.

My other favorite thing to do is have a few of the list & choose from them. Looking over titles, covers & what the book is about … then picking the one or two that I like the best. Then I dive in.

I bounce between GoodReads, OverDrive, Amazon & NetGalley a lot. NetGalley provides me with free books (they have so many listed it’s not funny), all they ask is once I am finished I provide my honest opinion. Which I do, I post it here & once it’s published I copy it to all three of the above.
GoodReads has suggestions for me. Along with many GR members who give their reviews on a book. Those are great to read because it will either give me that push to read the book, or move on to the next one. They are usually right on the spot.
Amazon … with Prime I get free reads. But since I have a Kindle, I also have to option to get other free books. Which lead me to new authors that I can purchase their books or check with OverDrive to see if they are available. (I wish I had all the money in the world to purchase all the books I run across, but I don’t Crying face )
OverDrive … this is an online library. You can access you local library (make sure you have a card or account). I have access to 3 different library’s, which I truly love. My local library, Army MWR Library, and the one my Mom use to use (because I was there so often I got an account). Now, if you are in a military community, you will have to make use you update your account, usually, yearly. With MWR, every time you get a new ID  you will have to update your account. I have found that in towns where military is not connected, they don’t update your account. But you can run across all different types of books using OverDrive. (and save a little money)

When  you choose the next book to read or add to your list, think about how you do decide. How that patricidal book got your attention over the rest? Was the cover better than the others, was the title something that made you look twice? Or did you choose it just because one of your favorite authors published it? Did some of your friends talk about it & made you want to read it? Or are you taking a chance on a new author? Where you asked to review the book?


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I visit this site often. Probably not as often as I do with GoodReads, but then again they are two different reading sites. (But both like getting reviews on the books you have read!)

I came across Net Galley by accident back in 2015. With this site, you request books & provide honest reviews. They do not pay you or offer anything, they just want honest reviews on the books you receive from them. Since I LOVE reading, I gave it a shot.
I requested some books, but did not have my Kindle set up right, so I did not get to read them. I have since fixed that problem & have been slowly reading the books I have requested.

This site has a variety of options for how you will get the books you request. Kindle/Kindle Fire, iPhone/iPad, computer, Nook, Android phone/tablet, Nexus phone/tablet, Kobo eReader/tablet or Sony Reader. They offer links to download a variety of different readers.
I have found some great reads from this site. The Weaver Series, where I was able to get all 3 books, was one of the 1st I read & reviewed.
They provide you with a large variety of categories. Which usually means I loose track of time just going through the books trying to find the next good read.


If you love reading, give it a shot. The set up is free. You choose the option for “Professional Reader,” fill in your bio & reading preferences. (Which you should do 1st) Once that is complete, click on the “Dashboard” button & begin search through the books they have. Choose the ones you want, but don’t forget to take a few minutes to give the author a honest review.


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