Sunday, April 25, 2010

Books and Buying

Another trip to the bookstore, so I'm going to talk about what I bought and what are obstacles to me buying books. Don't forget to post author/book suggestions in the post below this one. Still have a week left to give me your suggestions.

From Barnes and Noble I purchased:

1. empty book with black&white cover with tree and mist. Quote is "One instant is eternity; eternity is the now. - WU-MEN"  It's for my Sekrit novel since it'll take more than one notebook and most of what I already have is either unlined or a bit too femme even for a gay boy character.

2. Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez - If it isn't obvious, it's a book with gay characters. Woot. Boys in high school and homosexuality. At least it's a start.

3. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld - This is one that I've heard a lot about but hadn't really considered at first. The cover isn't bad either, so I'm going to see how this first book reads.

4. Wake by Lisa McMann - I'd heard about this one over blogs. The premise interests me and the cover isn't too bad. It even links to the story a bit, which I prefer but don't always see.

There are a variety of reasons that I'll buy a book. Having people tell me about it is one and the cover another. The story has to have something that interests me but I'll give almost anything I try. However, there are a few things that can hinder a book's chances with me as the buyer.

Hardback: I don't like to purchase hardback books. I will on the rare occasion, but I just don't care for them. There are two main reasons. First, the sleeve that has the nice cover on it gets in the way so I end up throwing them away. Which means the pretty part of the cover gets thrown away because it gets in the way and is more annoying than anything else. The other reason is financial. Fact is, hardcover are more expensive than paperback. Sure, I would like to support the author more but why buy one hard cover when I can get 2 paperback books for the same price, or even 3.

First Person: While I am willing to read the occasional first person pov book, it's not my preference. I have a harder time getting into the main characters and such. Maybe it's from my preference of epic fantasy, but I'm not sure. I just prefer third person. So, if a book is in first it's going to be a harder sell for me.

Combining them is even worse. Still a slight chance but won't be easy to sell to me with both.


Ashelynn D. Sanford said...

I love Uglies, and the series. It's an amazing book. *delight*