We are going to start something new here for us and see how it goes and hope a few of you will join in on the discussion with us. Norma always has these random questions she is curious about so she has asked our Traveling Sisters a weekly (sometimes more) book related question. We thought it would be fun and interesting to take some of those questions to our blog and see what you all think or do.
So the following question was a joint collaboration between Kristin & Norma while they were chatting about how they choose their books to read.
Norma’s random book question:
How do you start a book or prepare to start a book? Do you go in completely blind or read just the blurb or read reviews or read everything you can and research the heck out of a book before starting the book?
So I go in completely blind and choose my books by cover first and then the title of the book. I very rarely read anything about a book before starting. A book is like a present to me – I want to peak so bad and open it up but I don’t actually want to look inside the package until I am ready to open it up. The surprise for me is on those pages and I love being totally oblivious of what is inside. The only way I will read the blurb is if I am about 5 or so chapters in and I don’t get the feel of the book then I’ll read the blurb.
I think one of the reasons Norma included research the heck out of a book in her question is because that’s what I do sometimes, not always though. lol, I hardly ever go into a book blind because I get lost and need to know a bit about what the story is about. I read a few reviews and then the blurb before I start reading.
I like to read the blurb and a few reviews prior to choosing or starting a book. I don’t do to much research, but like to have a bit of an idea what to expect.
I’m always amazed by readers who go in 100% blind because I NEED to know *stuff*. Anything, really lol. No spoilers, but a general idea.
So, YES, I read the crap out of blurbs and non-spoilery reviews—full immersion. But my memory is as shoddy as my patience, so by the time I read the book I’ve forgotten half of what I’ve read! Win!
Please join in our discussion and let us know your answer. We would love to hear from you!