How do you decide to read a book by an author you haven’t read before? What sort of recommendations count most highly in making that decision?
I love discovering new authors. I have had many favorite authors over the years mostly because I just can’t choose one favorite.
Usually, for me, I read based on the book not the author. If the cover grabs my attention, or the title pops out at me, or if it is about a subject I am interested in, then I will pick it up. If I pick it up, then I will read the synopsis on the back. If I like the synopsis, I will page through the book and maybe read a page or two (never the last page of course). And then, after that entire process, and if I really want/can afford/like the book, then I will buy it. If you haven’t noticed, my “book searching process” has nothing to do with the author.
Of course, if I am looking for a particular author, then the process will involve the author. However, most times, it’s whether or not I want to read the book, and it has nothing to do with the author; I am always up for reading a different, unheard of author’s book, and a lot of times, I fall in love with their books and I continue to read more of theirs, hence I discover a new favorite author.
I have just discovered Goodreads, and based on their recommendations, I have found many a book that I have added to my TBR list. I also trust my mother’s recommendations (since we love the same kind of books) and other than that, I search for books on my own, whether at the book store or through Amazon.